SINGING THE BLUES
We’ve got the blues and we’ve never looked better. While fall typically signifies the return of dark, smoky eyes, Chanel is turning up the volume with Blue Rhythm de Chanel, a new, jazz-inspired collection out in August. The French house describes the collection’s signature look as “a fascinating rhythm in blue major, with its rebellious spirit sweeping away everything in its path.”
And while it’s a bold and defiant look, this isn’t the time to freestyle – it takes a steady hand to perfect. Chanel makeup artist Najette Ezzarqui suggests starting with a clear, glowing complexion, so eyes can take the lead. “Highlight the canvas with an illuminating base, followed by foundation and concealer,” she says. Finish with a powder and a sheer blush on the apples of the cheeks “for a touch of radiance and color.” A touch of gloss is all the lips require. Because eyes will be going solo, redefine skimpy or unruly brows with an eyebrow powder or gel.
Next, line the base of the upper lashes with blue eyeliner. “Extend it outwards using an eyeliner brush to create almond-shaped eyes,” Ezzarqui says. Apply a navy blue powder on top of the liner, blending it towards the temples, and then line the lower lashes with the same shade. “Blend this towards the temples, too,” explains Ezzarqui, “and meet the makeup on the upper eyelid.” A light blue hue enhances the shape of the eye when added to the middle of the eyelid, while a black shade around the outer counter of the upper and lower lids structures the graphic effect. “Blend the product inward to create volume,” Ezzarqui instructs, adding that a touch of shimmering blue shadow in the center of the lid and a hefty coat of mascara are the final crescendo.
Ezzarqui offers two subtle variations, depending on your mood. For more intensity, use a black or blue pencil inside the waterline; to brighten the eyes, try a pencil in pearly white. No matter which you choose, this is one look that deserves a standing ovation.