Chanel Turns Simple Eyeliner and Blush Into Utter Gorgessity

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It's Couture Week! And that means the few remaining designers who still do haute couture are showing off their wares to socialites and celebs alike, in Paris (of course).

The ironic thing about couture is that even though everything costs bajillions of dollars, it's usually far too over-the-top—in its original runway form—for most people to ever wear. (Unless your name is Lady Gaga.) The same goes for makeup, most of the time... with the exception of our beloved Chanel. While Armani Privé is doing purple lipstick and Givenchy is sending models down the runway wearing Viking hats with antlers, Chanel does something SO simple yet SO beautiful, it blows everybody else out of the water.

Obviously I'm digging this because, as per yesterday's post, I'm having an eyeliner moment. (And you know I love me some blush—any kind, any time, GIMME.) But besides the fact that this involves two of my pet product categories, there are a few points about this look that are different and exciting and perhaps things that you may wish to incorporate the next time you're wielding an eye pencil.

First, another visual on another model, this time with eyeliner that's a bit less "wingy" at the outer edges than Miss Wixon's above:


So you may be thinking that this is Ye Olde Standard Liquid Liner Application—meaning, you just need to slick that wand across the lash line and then do the flick thing at the outer corners.

You would be wrong, though.

Because THIS is actually how the look was achieved:


It's a twist on the cat's eye (to keep it from looking "too retro," says global creative director of makeup Peter Philips). Instead of the outward flick, the direction is UP, in a diagonal stripe.

And it needs to be a thick, blunt line. Comme ça:


The product used, just FYI, was Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebène...


...but any long-lasting liner should be able to handle the job. For a few crowd-sourced suggestions, check this post.

And now for the OTHER super-cool thing about this makeup job.


Do you see it?

It's the blush*, dude. Instead of applying it on the apples of the cheeks—which is what I've been doing my whole life, basically—our mate Peter put it high, very high, on the cheekbones and just underneath the lower lash line, extending it out toward the temples.

Maybe it's just me, but somehow the blush at the temples looks younger and fresher than when it's on the apples. So I'm trying this new placement immediately.

*Full disclosure: Technically this isn't actually blush. It's a new highlighter-eyeshadow hybrid, created especially for this show, called Ombres Tissées in Beiges. But it's not available yet, so in the meantime let's all dewit with a peach blush instead, 'kay?

And to get the glowing, radiant skin—also très important—the prodz used were Vitalumière Aqua Foundation, dusted with Poudre Universelle Libre and contoured with the Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen.

Le sigh. Chanel, you do it to me every time.

Are you also enjoying this eyeliner + blush combo? (As opposed to yesterday's eyeliner + nude lips combo?)
Does the upward—not outward—liner application rock your world?
Might you consider a change in blush placement?