Lucia Pica paints a portrait of her hometown the only way a makeup artist could. Inspired by her roots, the rich history, and the Mediterranean seascape of Naples, Italy, Pica created Chanel’s latest Spring & Summer Collection by incorporating the colours, grit, and exuberance of the volcanic city she grew up in.

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Lucia Pica, Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer

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Its stunning landscape and captivating heritage provided the right influence and incentive for the colours, moods, textures, and techniques of the unexpectedly Mediterranean collection. For instance, the new Poudre à Lèvres lip pigments evoke the colours and tempera technique of Pompeiian frescoes. It’s a powder applied over a balm, generating a blurred, painterly effect, with a customizable intensity of colour. “It’s my job to transform all these abstract references into something that can eventually go on a woman’s face and enhance their beauty,” Pica says.

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Known as Italy’s third-largest city, Naples is also the oldest and most artistic. The name Neapolis, which translates to ‘New City,’ reflects on its origins as an ancient Greek colony. This collection fills you with awe and effervescence, transporting you with a reflection of the vibrant, warm, dream-like brilliance of the Italian coast. It’s a bright new vision bursting with a luxurious mélange of crisp blues, rich greens, blazing reds, luminous pinks, neutral tones, and splashes of yellow and gold. This beauty assortment includes an eyeshadow palette, three lip balm & powder duos, a blush, a new Ombre Premiere, two Stylo Yeux, a mascara, six lip colours, four lip glosses, and four nail polishes.

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The “Neapolis: New City” collection is out now in CHANEL boutiques, accredited retailers and at www.chanel.com.

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