We’re mad about matte, it’s no secret. So when French makeup artist Elsa Durrens and long-time friend of the house of Chanel came to town, we just had to do a photo shoot. Here, she paints a portrait of strength and sensuality with a palette of Chanel mattes—all rich with plush pigments and intense quietude—from two collections: Apotheosis, Le Mat De Chanel and Rouge Allure Velvet.
Create runway impact effortlessly with an ultra-matte smoky eye. First colour lids with eye crayon, Stylo Ombre Et Contour in Graphique, a rich gunmetal blue-grey, then sweep over with creamy blues from the Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palette in Quiet Revolution, stretching out into a soft cat-eye. Finish with a slick of Rouge Allure Ink in Serenity, a sheer matte mauve that melts sublimely into lips, and luminous matte nails in Ultime.
The plush matteness of Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme updates the classic red lip instantly. Here, in a bold, universal red, N° 112 Idéal, juxtaposed with a clean and simple coat of Le Volume de Chanel waterproof mascara and an illuminating touch of Vitalumiere Glow Luminous Touch Foundation.
Blazer; necklace, Chanel
Eyes rimmed with kohl ever so delicately along the waterline are enigmatic—a perfect match with a blurred berry lip. Achieve this level of nonchalance with Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in Volupté, a deep raspberry by gliding the foam applicator across the centre of lips before diffusing it outwards with fingers for a just-bitten pout.
Stylist: Gracia Phang
Model: Ami G/Mannequin
Makeup: Elsa Durrens using Chanel
Hair: Marc Teng