Hi, everyone! When it comes to makeup fears, a trepidation I hear most often is sporting shades of red. "I could never wear red lipstick" they say, "eek, that's so bright! I'll look like a clown". Convincing people that red lipstick is 100% do-able is often tricky enough, let alone shades of red for the cheeks and eyes. But if there is ever a time where red-toned makeup is possible, it's now! Not only does Fall call for warm, saturated shades, but Chanel has recently made it ultra- easy with their new Le Rouge collection for Fall 2016. When Chanel does colour, it is always done in chic, sophisticated style, so what better way to delve in!?
I first encountered the Le Rouge collection last month at Shoppers Drug Mart, where I was lucky enough to sit down for an hour-long makeup application at the Chanel counter with the amazing, hilarious makeup artist, Jorge. He totally got my love for colour, and makeup in general, and we had a proper play with several of the new products!
You can see that we had lots of fun ;)
I gave Jorge full license to create a bold, colourful look. He started with the eyes, applying one of the stars of the collection, Illusion d'Ombre in Rouge Brulee (a stunning copper orange) all over my lid as a base. He then reached for the collection's eye shadow quad, Le 4 Ombres in Candeur et Experience, using the palette's red and brown tones to add depth to the look. He lined my eyes with the gorgeous Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliner in Eros, a rich metallic cranberry shade, and finished with a couple coats of Le Volume mascara. For the cheeks, he reached for the bold, fantastic Joues Contraste blush in Rouge Profond, a deep rosy red, sculpting my cheekbones for a 70's-inspired look and then adding touches of the blush to my eyes as well for an extra pop of red. Finally, the lips were warm and vibrant! Jorge lined my lips with Le Crayon Levres in Desir and filled my pout with Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in Rouge Feu, a killer orange red.
Here's a shot of the final look!
I of course could not leave the makeover empty-handed (limited edition collections from Chanel are typically irresistible for me), so I snagged two products that are true red-toned gems!
The limited edition Le Rouge products come packaged in Chanel's typical glossy black boxes with white lettering and gold accents. Very chic, of course!
Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Eros ($35 CAD)
My first pick from the collection is perhaps one of the prettiest eyeliners I've ever tried! Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Eros is an amazing metallic cranberry red that glides effortlessly across the lids and truly wears all day! The shade is vivid enough that the cranberry hue is apparent, but deep enough that is still provides amazing definition. It looks amazing with my brown eyes, but I can also see it contrasting perfectly with blue and green eyes too! Its subtle brown and purple undertones make in amazingly wearable.
It comes in handy twist-up packaging with a skinny point for easy application.
Joues Contraste in Rouge Profond ($53 CAD)
There's something about red blush that instantly reminds me of Studio 54, disco, 70s-inspired glam. Always fantastic inspiration in my books! So of course I had to pick up the Joues Contraste in Rouge Profond. It's a bold, but totally chic rosy terracotta red with subtle shimmer throughout. This can definitely be super bright and intense with a heavy hand, but with a lighter touch it creates a flattering rosy glow!
It comes in a compact with a good-sized mirror and little brush. Not the worst mini brush ever, but I prefer my Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush for this (and most other blushes).
Here are swatches of Eros and Rouge Profond on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):
|(L-R): Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Eros and Joues Contraste in Rouge Profond (lightly, heavily)|
And here I am wearing Eros and Rouge Profond in the context of a completed makeup look! This time around, I went for a more subtle look than the one created during the makeover.
I aimed to make these bold red shades extra wearable by pairing them with some new favourite neutrals in MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder in Luna Lustre (gives amazing glow!) and Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipglass.
So... red eyeliner? Red blush? Have I convinced you? As always, my makeup mantra is- "vibrant colour- yes, you can!"
The Chanel Le Rouge collection really is a thing of beauty and the perfect Fall fix for those drawn to shade of red for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. There really is a red hue for everyone in this launch- even the colour shy!
Are you a fan of red makeup or does it intimidate you? Favourite red blush? Favourite red lipstick at the moment?
Thanks so much for stopping by!