Take a masterclass in modern matt make-up with Victoria Baron, official make-up artist for Chanel Australia, and get set to wow this season.
Velvety eye make-up is bang on trend. Get the look by using a taupe matt eyeshadow all over the lids, from lash line to brow bone, suggests Baron. “Add a dusting of the same colour under the lower lash line [to give] the eye a soft definition,” she says. Then, curl lashes so they all sit evenly, before applying mascara with precision. “Concentrate on the root of the lashes, making sure the mascara is all the way to the eyelid,” she adds.
For this traffic-stopping pout, Baron added a sheer coat of matt lip colour using a lip brush to softly define a full shape. She advises pushing the border a little beyond the natural line of your lips for added drama. “Then, apply a more bold, pigmented layer and [create a] sharp edge,” she says. Try Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême in 110 Impressive.
A subdued shade of pink is ideal to make lips look exceptionally full. Baron turned to Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 67 Peaceful. “The shape and size of the sponge applicator means you can create the perfect lip edge and cover the lips in a few strokes,” she enthuses.
It’s long-lasting, looks flawless and flatters every face: just three reasons why matt finish make-up is set to become your go-to
To create the best base for matt make-up, first cleanse and tone, then apply a serum and moisturiser and massage into the face to prep the skin, Baron advises. Next, use a velvet-finish foundation that absorbs shine but isn’t chalky. And don’t forget your arches. “Brows should be full and brushed, not heavy and severe,” Baron explains. “Sweep a light powder through the brow, then fill any gaps with a deeper colour [using] upward strokes. Set them with a clear or dark brow gel.”
Hairstylist Michele McQuillan created this cool-girl ’do by spritzing sea salt spray through damp strands and gently drying it in. Once dry, she brushed it through and added a touch of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($63; at davidjones.com) “to break it up a little bit”, she says.
InStyle: Matt make-up is traditionally seen as a winter beauty look. How can you make it work for spring/summer?
VICTORIA BARON: I think the idea of matt make-up for winter is really restricting and dated. The beauty of [the] texture is that it absorbs light rather than reflecting it. Pairing a matt [finish] with an opposing one, such as a gloss or metallic, results in both being amplified and enhanced, more so than on their own. Summer skin partnered with matte lips, or a metallic eye complemented by a matte skin finish are far from being constrained to a winter look. Make-up is about exploration and expression and having fun with colour and texture.
Talk us through the upcoming trends in lip colour for the warmer weather...
[Statement] lips are forever on trend, but l feel like the direction for spring/summer will be about considered textures and shapes.
What is your top tip for lip-colour application when using a matte-finish product?
Preparation is key: creating the perfect canvas for a matt, textured lip is essential. It’s really important that the surface of the lips is free from dead skin and well hydrated, especially around the lip line.
What do you personally like most about the new Chanel lip colour collection you used at our shoot?
The new Chanel Rouge Allure collection by Lucia Pica [Chanel’s global creative make-up and colour designer] offers a range of fresh matt colours and textures, which [give] the impact and vibrancy of a modern bold lip. [Plus] the formula is comfortable to wear and easy to apply. The collection is focused on the subtlety of texture and how the product feels on the lips. I love the colour combinations, fresh textures and the freedom that comes with exploring new, exciting shades.