Makeup artist Julie Cusson of Chanel has painted the pretty faces of songbirds Corinne Bailey Rae and Nikki Yanofsky (and even Lenny Kravitz), but what gets her excited is playing with texture and light. Julie Cusson considers her work a form of sculpture, and Chanel’s new Rêverie Parisienne collection lets every woman explore her inner artist with a range of finishes. Opt for a light, full effect with the luminous Rouge Coco Shine, or paint on Rouge Allure Velvet for a matte finish with drama, while Lèvres Scintillantes delivers a sleek high-gloss shine.
“This collection is a hymn to Paris, the City of Light, inspired by its perfumes, gardens, and flowers,” Julie explains. In addition to a fresh 3-D camellia-embossed blush (camellias were Coco Chanel’s favourite flower), shadows are touched by a soupçon of pink or coral that’s particularly fitting for Asian beauty.
“Trends change each season, but some rules never change. Pink, fuchsia, purple and coral always flatter Asian skin.” Julie notes the other must-have for alluring Asian eyes is the new slate-grey waterproof eyeliner that can withstand rainshowers, or summer swims. “It’s easy to apply as an eyeliner, or to rim the bottom and upper lash lines.”
Julie suggests the following technique for Asian eyes because they don’t have a high fold on the eyelid. Using Les 4 Ombres Tissé Paris from Rêverie Parisienne, apply the medium shade on the inner corner of the eyes up to the brow. Stroke the darker shade under the eye, and the medium shade on top of the lid. Trace Stylo Yeux Waterproof Ardoise close to the lashes and on the waterline. Curl lashes and top with Le Volume de CHANEL mascara. For a fun contrast, use a pink, fuchsia or purple shade on the lips, and a coral blush.