Sari Anne Tuschman 2016-09-03 01:22:05
Lucia Pica, Chanel’s global creative designer for makeup and color, has launched her first collection for the iconic French company. One can understand how a title like global creative designer for makeup and color at Chanel could be intimidating. “I try not to think about the fact I’m doing it for Chanel, so I don’t freak out completely,” says Lucia Pica, the aforementioned designer, who has held the impressive position at the legendary French house since the end of 2014. “But the brand is like a family—it doesn’t feel like [a] huge corporation at all.” Pica cut her teeth in the industry working under British beauty guru Charlotte Tilbury, eventually earning herself a reputation for a dramatic use of color and creative approach to makeup. “Chanel is so supportive, and they believe in creativity,” she says. “I’m free to do so many things, and I think that’s what makes me feel more at ease, so I don’t think about the status of it.” Over the summer, Pica—who was born in Italy but lives in London—launched her first collection for Chanel, Le Rouge Collection No. 1, which comprises an array of red-focused products for the eyes, lips, skin and nails. “I wanted to do something quite bold, [yet I] also knew women had to wear this collection in their everyday lives,” says Pica, whose own signature is a red lip. “Makeup artists can use the collection to create editorial looks, but a normal woman in her everyday life can also use it to enhance her beauty.” The range includes a sheer red nail gloss, several shades of lipstick and an eye shadow quad of reddish-brown neutrals inspired by the classic tweeds of Chanel. There are also a few products that tend toward the adventurous (think red eye shadow and eyeliner), but Pica knew exactly what she was doing with each one. “I worked on those colors in a way that ensured they would work very well on the skin and wouldn’t clash with it,” she says. “The red eye shadow has a brick undertone, and it’s surrounded by taupes and browns, so it can be as bold as you like or as natural as you like. And the red eyeliner picks up on the shine in the eyes so they become more bright.” For inspiration, Pica turned to an array of unexpected places, including photography, flowers and even the human form, drawing from each to formulate the perfect shades. “For Chanel, it’s not about having to follow trends,” Pica says. “It’s more based on instinct, and that’s why I want to put myself in situations other than fashion and beauty [for inspiration].” The results—at once classic and edgy—speak not only to the core values of Chanel, but also to Pica’s reputation in the beauty industry for innovating and pushing boundaries. “I play with textures and colors a lot—my colors are quite intense,” Pica says. “I think a lot is said through textures. Things can be strong and impactful in a subtle way.” That subtlety and strength, characteristics of Pica herself, are perfectly reflected in her inaugural collection. Paint the Town Red Try these five must-have products from Chanel’s Le Rouge Collection No. 1, all available via the brand’s website. Red, shimmery eye shadow may feel intimidating, but don’t knock the ILLUSION D’OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYE SHADOW IN ROUGE BRULE until you try it—it’s gorgeous but not too dramatic; a gel texture makes it easy to apply, $36. The STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF LONGLASTING EYELINER IN EROS is smudge-proof and slightly daring, managing to magnify and brighten eye color, $33. A good red pout is the epitome of chic, and the ROUGE ALLURE INTENSE LONG-WEAR LIP COLOR IN ROUGE TENTATION boasts a new formula that offers intense pigment with a satin finish that stays put, $37. The DIMENSIONS DE CHANEL MASCARA IN SUBVERSIF provides volume and length, while also conditioning—and it gets every last lash to make sure your eyes are the stars of the show, $32. LE VERNIS NAIL GLOSS IN ROUGE RADICAL is a glossy, long-wearing, sheer red hue that fuses simplicity with elegance by bringing just a touch of color to your nails while still remaining transparent, $28.
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