Euphoric eyes: Chanel Haute Couture makeup steals the show

Spring runway shows usually aim for natural makeup and pops of pastel, however the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2014 runway created a whole new category for Spring beauty.

While the clothing featured traditional Chanel staples, such as tweed and intricate beading, Karl Lagerfeld upped the game this time with futuristic accents, such as bejeweled elbow pads, kneepads, and even fanny packs.

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(Photo courtesy of The Telegraph)

The focus of the show was past pieces with futuristic influences, which made for a lively theme; as it opened with orchestral music, the models sported spiky hair and sneakers as they trotted down the runway.

While there are many parts of this show that sparked interest, such as first model Cara Delevingne skipping down the runway steps, the most alluring facet of the show was the makeup.

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Using all Chanel products, the models wore thick, cat-winged eyeliner on top of the lid accompanied by loads of glitter layered on the bottom lash line.

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The eyes at this show were basically a euphoric symphony of makeup; two styles that usually are polar opposites were introduced to each other and together paired a look that was both youthful and dramatic. (Leave it to Karl to set a whole new trend.)

Because the eye-makeup was so vibrant, it was balanced out with fresh-faced foundation, bold brows, and barely-there lip color.

The eye makeup embodied the shows elements perfectly: the cat-winged liner represented the classic pieces, like the simple yet refined tweed dresses, blazers, and skirts, while on the other hand the glitter lining the bottom lashes reflected the youthful vibes of the show like the messy up-do’s and metallic elements.

What’s even better about the runway makeup is that it can be recreated easily. Below is the basic outline on how to get this makeup look.

1. Apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer with concealer where needed. The focus of this look is the eyes so the less makeup on the face, the better.

2. Next, fill in brows where needed.

3. For the eyes, simply draw on the wet-liner following the shape of your eye and adding a slightly winged tip that should raise where your eyebrow ends. If you want, you can even go over this line more, to create a thicker and more dramatic cat-eye.

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For this show, the glitter beneath the eye was applied by dabbing glitter pieces with makeup glue and adhering them to the lower lash line.

If you are opting for a less-dramatic glitter approach, swipe a light colored shimmery eye shadow on the bottom lash line. With this, the eyes are still highlighted without going overboard with glitter.

4. After you’ve applied the shimmer factor, curl the top lashes with an eyelash curler and add a couple swipes of mascara to each eye.

5. Lastly, to finish up the look, apply a lip balm followed by a lipstick that is closest to your natural lip color.

Be inspired by Karl and ditch the basic spring makeup with rosy cheeks and pink lips. This season’s all about the eyes.

On that note, here is a quote from Karl himself to get you in the spirit of strangeness. (Makeup, that is.)

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Here is the link so you can watch the runway show that has fashionistas everywhere gossiping:      http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/haute-couture.html

-Alex Cooper

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