When Chanel showcased their pre-fall AW12 collection last year I was super excited to see that the inspiration behind it was India! The models were adorned with gorgeous headpieces, intricate jewels, nose rings and tunics in the style of a selwar kameez. But what excited me even more was that there was a new makeup collection to coincide with it. Rather than going for down the typical Bollywood route (tacky, lots of glitter, bright colours...) the makeup was more reminiscent of Imperial India. Creative Director Peter Philips sums it up perfectly:
"We wanted to create an almond-shaped black kholed eye. A graphic interpretation of an iconic Indian beauty ideal. Something between mysterious and rock and roll. So I kept the focus on the eyes"
I was slightly disappointed with the Paris-Bombay makeup collection because Nirvana, the matte black Illusion d'Ombre shade used on the show, was replaced with Mirifique, which is packed with glitter. Nonetheless here's how I recreated this look:
Start by lining your eyes with a matte, black eyeliner. I used Shu Uemura Gel Liner for a really intense finish. Then, with a pencil brush flick out the liner ever so slightly to create an almond shape.
Intensify the eyes by layering a matte. black eyeshadow over the liner and extend up to the crease of eye socket.
Recreate modelesque cheekbones by contouring the hollows of your cheek with a matte bronzer and then sweep a dusky rose blush over the apples of your cheek.
Finish with two coats of mascara and a glossy flesh-toned lipstick.
I really love how simple it is to recreate this makeup look. I'm a huge fan of intense, kohled eyes so I'll be taking a lot inspiration from this!