Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 Beauty Look and Newbie Spring Products

Chanel Pre-Fall Beauty Look

Few brands influence color trends in beauty to the extent that Chanel does – especially brands that have a fashion, not cosmetic, heritage. During 2010 Fashion’s Night Out, when most people were looking to celebrity ogle and take advantage of free booze, customers eager to buy the limited edition Les Khakis de Chanel nail polish lined up outside the store. The result? Khaki-tinted brown, green, gray, and rose hues became omnipresent in the weeks following the one-night event. With that in mind, take a look at the Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance themed collection’s beauty look for an idea of what we can expect trend-wise in the months to come.

Chanel Pre-Fall Beauty Look


Prior to the show, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld gave Peter Philips, global creative director of Chanel makeup, a sketch with a rough idea of the direction he wanted for the look. Lagerfeld also came bearing an image of the mosaic portrait of Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire Mosaic from the Saint-Vital de Ravenne Basilica, which ended up becoming the inspiration for the show’s makeup.

Philips says that the portrait gave him a focus point – namely, the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows. He added that this “look is all about light and rich textures. The choreography between gold, bronze, black and red can be easily personalized according to the desires of each woman."

Chanel Pre-Fall Beauty Look

To create the look, Philips used the following Chanel products:

Skin – Hydramax + Active Nourishing Cream, Vitalumiere Aqua (skin perfecting makeup), Poudre Universelle Libre (natural finish loose powder), Éclat Lumiere (highlighter face pen), and Correcteur Perfection (long lasting concealer).

Eyes – Newbie products Regard Signe de Chanel in Topkapi & Jques Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge (both launching June 2011), Le Crayon Levres (lip definer in Rouge), Le Crayon Khol (eye pencil), Le Crayon Yeux (eye definer in Brun Teak), Le Crayon Sourcils (available August 2011), Inimitable Mascara in Noir.

Cheeks – Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Or ( available June 2011), and in Moca were applied to the cheeks; Soin Tendre Levres on the lips.

Nails – Beige Petale (available May 2011) was applied on the nails.        

The key product to get on this trend now is red liner for your eyes; for the most hue options, however, opt for a lip liner (like Tom Pecheux, who used a lip pencil to create the beauty look at Derek Lam‘s S/S 2011 show when he couldn’t find an eye liner in orange).

Chanel Spring Products

Chanel 2010 Holiday Beauty Collection (left) and Chanel 2011 Spring Beauty Collection (right)

Chanel will release their new Spring Beauty Collection in January, which focuses on pearlized shades of black, white, pinks, and corals. The big standouts are the nail shades – pearlized black, white, and coral shades – natural tones of rose and coral lip shades, and the eyeshadow palette called Ombres Perlées de Chanel, which has shades of White Pearl, Pink, Deep Purple, Green-Grey, and Black Pearl. The Spring collection is the perfect progression from Chanel’s 2010 Holiday Collection (left), which featured richer chocolate and fucsia shades. Combine the two to give your look a seasonal pop and edge yourself toward the bolder red liner look sure to be super-hot come pre-fall.