Backstage at Chanel Spring Summer 2012 – Beauty


CHANEL’s Spring-Summer 2012 took place underwater…


An open stage which is all white and very bright with seashells and fishes  gives one the feeling like they are deep under the sea…and that everyone was a creature of the sea…Working with this theme, Creative Director of Chanel make-up Peter Philips shares his inspiration for the show: ” The focus was on luminosity, purity and a touch of humour. I did pale, glowy skin with a pink/coral blush, a wet shiny eyelid finished with black eyeliner, slightly glossy lips and randomly placed pearl piercings. Some girls had a pearl spine.” Peter advises: “This is a very accessible, wearable look that is easy to apply and flattering for most women. The balance between shine and matte, topped with a hint of colour, is a perfect way to float into spring 2012.”


Peter Philips has created a totally natural  mat base on the skin in order to highlight other areas with luminosity. To achieve “pure skin,” Philips used Chanel Pro Lumière Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 liquid foundation (Note: Instyle UK states Vitalumière Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup Cream Compact was used) and concealer where needed. “There’s a touch of peach-pink blush on the cheeks and chin, just to separate the face from the neck,” he added.


For the eyes, The touch of brightness is provided by the Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow “Fanstasme”, and “Emerveillé” which gives a “wet effect” on the eyelid.


Apply Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in “Fanstasme” over the lids, up to the browbone, and out toward the temples, where it blends into the peach (created using  Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Emerveillé).


To highlight the eyes and give structure to the face, Peter Philips used black liner and mascara on the upper lids and lashes.


The mouth has just a touch of  gloss.


The final touch of the look is a blush. The blush called “Horizons of Chanel” in shades of both coral and pink was used. If you look closely at the above picture (top right hand corner, near the model’s ears), you will notice a square palette with shades of both coral and pink in it  and  the same palette appears in the bottom picture (near the model’s shoulder. Does anyone think that might be the blush?


For their spring summer 2012 nail lacquer, Peter says: “I created a white, pearl nail polish (seen in the picture below) exclusively for the show.”


Peter continues “For the more ‘colourful’ passages I used three nail polish shades called April, May and June. All three shades come out next spring.”







I went through hundreds of photos but wasn’t able to get a good photo of April. In the majority of photos I could only see Attraction and May. Less so for April and June. Check out Lisa Eldridge’s blog where she has photos of the nailpolishes and she’s wearing June too.


For the skin: Vitalumière Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup Cream Compacts; Chanel Pro Lumière Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 liquid foundation

For the eyes: Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliner in Ebène, Mascara Inimitable Waterproof in Black, Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in Clair and two shades of Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow – Fantasme and Emerveillé.

For the cheeks: Blush Horizon de CHANEL.

For the lips: Rouge Coco Baume and Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in Plaisir.

For the nails: April (a cherry red), May (pink), June (peach), and Attraction (pearly white). April, May, and June will be available in January 2012, Attraction in March 2012.

I am very interested in the nail polishes and the blush. Which products are going to be on your shopping list?

source: french vogue,,


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