The way in which Gabrielle Chanel embraced Summer beauty as a radiant touch of sun on skin, is the stuff of beauty legend. Ever the trailblazer, her liberated definition of natural glamour changed the way we defined beauty forever. Now, for her first Cruise Collection, Lucia Pica has created a collection of makeup which encapsulates instinctively the beauty and warmth of a Chanel Summer; a tribute to the free and solar personality of Mademoiselle.
Les Indispensables De L’été is a luminous and glamorous makeup collection that distills Summer beauty down to its absolute essentials. It is makeup made effortless, focusing on bronzed, glowing skin and easy, understated flashes of color. Colors are inspired by natural landscapes. A palette of sun-baked earthy tones, from warm peachy nudes to intense deep bronzes, is punctuated by green accents and a delicate grey-blue, with glossy coral-pinks evoking a deep, majestic sunset. The textures are easy with delicate formulas that require only the lightest touch. Form follows function: the relaxed Summer vibe is echoed by easy, intuitive products. “It is all part of the relaxed freedom that is at the base of the collection,” says Lucia Pica.
But for Lucia Pica, Summer at Chanel is more than just a bronzed complexion, it’s a whole new state of mind. It’s the confidence engendered by the easy spirit of Summer. It’s freedom, daring not to conform, an it’s trusting in nature, relaxing and letting go. “The concept is that there is no concept! It is about sensuality, feeling and the spirit of things.” Lucia Pica is known for her thoughtful, artistic and intelligent approach to beauty, balancing the creative instinct with an intellectual rigor. For Les Indispensables De L’été, she has taken the idea of Summer beauty and traced its aesthetic back to the sense of freedom that we find in nature. “It’s a vibe really,” she says. “You want to look good, but not artificial. It’s about maintaining that spirit of freedom.” For Lucia Pica, the collection is all about “deconstructed glamour. It’s about how to achieve glamour without looking or being overly complicated – this is almost like a letting go.”
The collection itself contains a thoughtfully-curated selection of absolute essentials which will allow women to create a relaxed, naturally-made up Summer face without having to spend unnecessary time mastering complicated techniques. The hallmarks of the look, bronzed, glowing skin and confident flashes of natural color, are sensual – always effortless and relaxed. The result, says Lucia Pica, is about allowing your true personality to shine through. “It’s about being yourself, rising above judgments or perceptions of what you should be. Gabrielle Chanel was often about courage, the courage of being herself and not conforming. I want that for the women too.”
Nowhere is Summer beauty more indispensable than in the touch of radiant warmth to the complexion. As an addition to Lucia Pica’s Cruise Collection, Chanel introduces two new bronzing Les Beiges products for the face. With the emphasis on light and easy textures, they are Chanel’s most effortless bronzing products ever, chiming perfectly with Lucia Pica’s vision for relaxed and natural Summer beauty. Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Color takes healthy glow powder to a new level of radiance. It creates a subtle, natural veil over the skin, delicately lit with ultra-fine gold particles. In addition, mineral butters and beeswax give a softer ‘second skin’ glow. The result: radiant luminosity and a healthy bronzed glow in one easy touch.A choice of five bronze shades, from subtle pinky beige through to deep chocolate bronze, allows you to create the own perfect Summer glow. In addition, a specially designed applicator brush is included with the compact, created to work in perfect harmony with this new shimmering powder bronzer.
Lips shine with shades spanning a spectrum from sunrise to sunset. Choose the gleam: Rouge Coco Shine offers two beautifully glistening shades combining the glamour of a lipstick with the easiness of a gloss. Golden Sun, a modern, sunny peach, and Golden Sand, a warm intense nude. A trio of Rouge Coco Stylo lip pens is the perfect Summer travel companions, with their nourishing formulation. Sépia offers Lucia Pica’s version of a summery statement mouth, an intense bronzey chocolate to add a touch of Summer glamour. Panorama is the perfect nude: a soft beige, while Esquisse is the perfect coral pink.
Where would Summer beauty be without a perfect manicure? The final touch, a moment of glamour, a splash of color amid a palette of beautiful bronzes. Here is the moment to play: a quartet of Le Vernis Longue Tenue both complementing and redefining the idea of a Chanel Summer. A trio of coral and pinky shades adds a holiday feeling and a touch of breezy Summer glamour: Coquillage is a bold milky orange; Coralium, a glamorous milky coral, and Sea Whip, a delicate milky pink. Wear separately, or in playful combinations. And for a final flourish: Sargasso is a grey varnish with bluey-green shimmers that brings the ocean to your fingertips, creating a beautiful counterpoint to beautifully bronzed skin.
Photos courtesy of Chanel