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Chanel‘s Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer, Lucia Pica, drew inspiration from a California road trip to create the newest Fall / Winter Makeup Collection. Her eye for new and unexpected color combinations brought a new sense of artistry to the collection.

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They say, it is not about the destination, but about the journey… is this case, it is totally true! Lucia embraced the serendipitous creative possibilities, left London and crossed the pond to meet up with photographer Max Farago and videographer Clara Cullen, to the open road, starting in downtown Los Angeles before meandering to Big Sur and back.

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”I wanted to make my own mood board; to be inspired by what is happening in the moment,” – Lucia Pica.

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Pica’s California, however, isn’t the usual representation of the state we are used to see. She drew inspiration from the state’s Central Coast during this road trip from Los Angeles to Big Sur in October 2015. Her new take on the colours of the coastline to the City Lights and gritty noir of downtown LA greatly influenced her fifth collection for CHANEL.

The Travel Diary makeup collection is based on the colors, details and textures Lucia found in Farago’s photos, resulting in a 21-piece set, which includes face palettes, cream eye shadows, eyebrow pencils, nail polishes, eye-shadow quads, lip colors and brushes.

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“It was not just the discovery of new colors but discovering new ways of putting them together in the palette. There was the sea, with the sun coming from one side to create this beautiful coppery gold, and then this lighter, brighter blue and a darker blue, and the pavement looked this beautiful beige…it was an obvious palette. It was just right in front of me; I couldn’t escape.”

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This trip created a complete starting point for her creative process. They stopped along the route to take in the city lights, picturesque coastlines, sunsets. By capturing fleeting, photographic moments, Lucia was able to find fresh nuances for color and visual textures to inform this collection. Those images served her as a muse, and nature’s own juxtaposition of the cool neutrals of the sand, the foamy ocean with the sunsets and the grey concrete hues were her true inspirations.

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Insight from Julie Cusson, Makeup Artist for CHANEL

For me with this fall collection, Lucia plays with the idea of duality: the nature and the city. Urban landscape meets natural landscape. The idea with this duality is clearly in Lucia’s work : she loves mat and shiny finishes on a same makeup look. For example : dewy skin with a mat cat eye.  Another example:  Les 4 Ombres in shade Road Movie : in the same case, mat and satiny shades are united – this is Lucia’s touch.

Also, the sea as an inspiration for the eyes. The reflexion you see of the water from Lucia’s picture is a translation for new colours- news shades for the eye (Ombre Première Crème). The dialogue that nature has with the daily light also translates into new textures for this collection. Again, the sea with its horizon line that Lucia took as a picture is now a new nail colour. The warm sunset refers to lip colours too.

Every aspect of the city was an inspiration for Lucia: even the traces of asphalt and the night darkness are interpreted in this new makeup collection with the new CHANEL eyeliner: Signature de CHANEL.

Lucia is an artist who creates for CHANEL, products that she would like to have with her on set as a makeup artist. Like the new Blender Concealer Brush: a pro-brush – a brush that I now always use in my work. It has a flat side to pick up the concealer and a fluffy side to blend the concealer into the skin. My tip is, by buffing the concealer with this brush you will instantly improve the holding.

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HOW TO USE THE NEW PALETTE ESSENTIELLE

Tips from Julie Cusson

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For me, the atypical flower garden that Lucia photographed on her road trip is a poetic indication of her vision. Palette Essentielle is Lucia’s makeup signature. It’s her personal interpretation of modern beauty: the skin, the face are perfectly radiant and natural.

The name speaks for itself: the “essential” you should have in your bag. It’s the perfect tool for women who don’t want to wear foundation as a mask and are more concerned with the freshness of the makeup… very European for me.

The concealer is like a creamy face balm that glides easily. Natural enough to use as a corrector base, to cover only imperfections on the face, to wear alone on the side of the nose and under the eyes or to lighten the complexion.

The Highlighter shade brings natural luminosity – for example on the inner corner, on the apple of the cheek, on the lid or on the upper lip to create fuller lips.  What is great about this creamy texture is that it is very easy to melt onto the skin and provides a natural iridescent texture–nothing too obvious.

The Blush shade – that brings a translucent hint of colour is amazing on checks and lips (my tip: use your fingers to create stained lips) and perfect to create a very subtle light contouring or tantouring. The 3 new Palette Essentielle are a corrector, a highlighter and a blush that will fit different complexions: light, medium and darker skin tones.

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JULIE’S COUPS DE COEUR

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Red is an important colour this fall. The classic Red will always be a hit but the density of the red in Rouge Allure Velvet in Nightfall is impressive because it doesn’t have too much brown- so it’s a perfect medium dark shade.  This Fall, the Palette Essentielle is a favourite to naturally enhance complexion – my ultimate “coup de Coeur”, and Rouge Allure Velvet in First Light is a strong vivid/neon red orange that is a perfect great match.

I also appreciate that the runway shows slowed down on the graphic eyebrow this season. Now the importance is with filling your eyebrow naturally. The new Stylo Sourcils Waterproof is wonderful for this because it is long lasting and will make sure the colour stays on; the natural-looking shade will be a perfect match because it doesn’t give off to much of a red pigment on the brow and the blond shade is almost grey, which is the best. The bevel tip is also very easy and perfect to define and groom your brow. My technique is : with the pointy side of the Stylo Sourcils Waterproof I draw little lines thin as hair, then with the other side that features the spoolie – I brush to soften the lines: the result creates a natural effect without looking over defined.

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