Tweed is as iconic an element of the Chanel identity as the double C logo, so it seems only fitting that the brand’s signature fabric has been reinterpreted for Chanel Beauty’s latest launch. Les 4 Ombres Tweed is a set of four new Chanel eyeshadow palettes with shades embossed with the texture of tweed and contained within a pink tweed pouch.
To celebrate the launch, Chanel make-up artist Anna Payne shares a step-by-step guide of four looks that can be created with the Chanel Tweed eyeshadow palettes, from the neutral browns and beiges of Tweed Brun et Rose; to the golds of Tweed Cuivré; the pinks and mauves of Tweed Pourpre; and the orange and purples of Tweed Fauve.
Look 1: intense coppers and rich purples
- This look brings warmth to the eyes using a combination of fiery brick orange and the depth of an intense aubergine brown. This palette will really make green and blue eyes pop, whilst complementing brown eyes.
- Using the darkest of the orange tones in the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 03 – Tweed Fauve, map out a domed eye shape using the socket as a guide. Take this under the lower lash line connecting the two.
- Take the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Longwear Eyeliner in 20 – Espresso, and apply to the upper and lower waterline, then using the same pencil, go right into the lashes, really massaging it between the lashes to give the eye greater intensity. Using a small domed brush and a little of the darkest shade, gently blend this to create a slightly more smoky effect. Go back in with a little of the orange shade to ensure it’s all blended.
- Taking the deep aubergine colour, sweep it right along the eye socket, creating depth. Join this to the lash line, pulling the line upwards and out to add a lifted effect to the eyes.
- Finish with some mascara and a little Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait in 812 on the lips.
Look 2: golden cat eyes
- Use a black waterproof liner to create definition on the top and bottom waterline of your eye. Pull the liner up and out at the edge, creating the perfect flick.
- I find that this is best created by roughly drawing the liner where you think you want it and cleaning any errors with a cotton bud. The process of dragging the product in the direction you want creates a flawless flick with minimal effort.
- Use the colours from the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 01 - Tweed Cuivré to create a gradient from the darkest bronze in the socket and blend down towards the lashes using the golden shades. This look will work particularly well on brown and green eyes. The golden bronzed tones will enhance the golden fleck that brown eyes often have.
- Clean up any drop-down from the eyeshadow and complete the look using Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Complexion Touch. After you’ve done this, go back in with a little of the darkest shade and soften the line between the bottom waterline and where you’ve added concealer. Finish the look with mascara prevents the lashes from becoming dusty and keeps them jet black.
- For the finishing touch, strengthen the flick using Calligraphie de Chanel in 65 – Hyperblack to ensure it’s jet black, and finish with more mascara.
Look 3: subtle neutrals
- A simple wash of orange shadow is sometimes all you need. Sweep Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 03 – Tweed Fauve across your lids and accentuate it with a darker brown shadow in your eye crease.
- Add a little of the golden tone from the palette to the centre of the eye to brighten and lift the look, and you’re done! Leave your lashes bare for a fresh, chic look.
Look 4: metallic bronzes
- Start by applying a light layer of the palest brown tone within the palette. Apply slowly and look straight ahead into the mirror to map out the shape. Get the shape in with your first layer and use it as a template for all the other shades to be blended into. By looking straight ahead, you can work out how far you want to come up into the socket and what shape is most complementary to your eye.
- Now apply Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Longwear Eyeliner in 20 – Espresso into the top and bottom waterline. Really work it in between the lashes to create intensity. You don’t want a gap between the lash and the eyeshadow. Taking the darkest brown shadow in the palette on a small domed brush, smudge it into the pencil line you’ve just created, slightly lifting at the end. Remember, you are always wanting to lift the eye up and out. Adding the shadow onto the liner will help to set it.
- Next, take the darkest shade and gently build up to the edge of the eye to really add definition to the shape you have made. Again, do it all with your eye open so you see where you’re placing it.
- Go back with a fluffy brush and a little of the light brown in the palette to make sure everything is nicely blended. The trick to blending is to do it very, very lightly; almost not touching, in a circular movement.
- Add shine to the centre of the eye with the lightest of the glittery colours in the palette. A little light reflection in the centre will really brighten the whole look.
- Always remember that you’re trying to elongate the eye, so don’t follow the socket line round and down. Make sure you’re always lifting slightly at the end, buffing up onto the brow bone to lift.
- Use a tiny bit of the lightest shade in the very corner of your eye just to enhance it further.
- Curl the lashes and add plenty of mascara, really getting into the root of your lashes.
- Using Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Complexion Touch, correct any redness and blemishes in the skin and finish with a lick of Chanel Rouge Coco Baume in 914 – Natural Charm on the lips.
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Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.