Chanel’s ver­mil­ion vi­sion for beauty.

ELLE (Canada) - - In­sider -

I did a course at Grease­paint Makeup Academy in Lon­don, and I worked the night shift at Cafe Bo­heme in Soho. I called my agent every day ask­ing if I could work as an as­sis­tant to some of the big­gest makeup artists on their books. I was naive but full of pas­sion and cu­rios­ity; I knew [as­sist­ing] was the best way to de­velop and to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. I was of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to work with makeup artist Char­lotte Til­bury, and that is how it all started. In 2008, I be­gan work­ing at Pop Mag­a­zine and then on the run­way looks for House of Hol­land.

“My role at Chanel in­volves cre­at­ing all the makeup col­lec­tions and work­ing on all the beauty cam­paigns, in­clud­ing those with Chanel faces like Kris­ten Ste­wart. My first col­lec­tion for fall/win­ter 2016 was in­spired by red— my ob­ses­sion and one of my favourite colours. It made sense to start some­where per­sonal for me but also with some­thing that is a pil­lar of the house. Coco Chanel used to say, ‘Put your red lipstick on and at­tack!’ To her, red meant power. It does to me too, but it also means vul­ner­a­bil­ity, ex­cite­ment, in­ten­sity—all of the dif­fer­ent moods we go through and emo­tions we feel as women. The Chanel woman is so­phis­ti­cated, for­ward-think­ing and in­tel­li­gent, and she knows what she wants. She’s not a woman to be told what to do or think. My phi­los­o­phy is to em­brace who you are, to en­hance what is there. There is strength in im­per­fec­tion; there are nu­ances in some­one or some­thing. I be­lieve in happy ac­ci­dents and spon­tan­eity in life. It’s okay if an eye­shadow or eye­liner moves!”

Images from Pica’s mood board, in­clud­ing a pho­to­graph of red paint in­jected into wa­ter. “The trans­for­ma­tion of colours from a deep red to an or­angey red lit­er­ally cre­ated the en­tire fam­ily of Rouge Allure lip­sticks,” she says.

“I wanted to find a bal­ance be­tween some­thing that is clas­sic and some­thing that is mod­ern.”

Clock­wise, from top left: Le Ver­nis Nail Gloss in Rouge Rad­i­cal ($32); Stylo Yeux Wa­ter­proof Long-Lasting Eye­liner in Eros ($35); Les 4 Om­bres Mul­tiEf­fect Quadra Eye­shadow in Can­deur et Ex­péri­ence ($68); Rouge Allure Vel­vet Lu­mi­nous Matte Lip Colour in Rouge Vie and Rouge Au­dace ($43 each); Il­lu­sion d’Om­bre Vel­vet Long Wear Lu­mi­nous Matte Eye­shadow in Rouge Con­traste ($41). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

The 15-piece col­lec­tion in­cludes a semi-trans­par­ent red nail pol­ish in­spired by melting wax and a matte-vel­vet eye­shadow pal­ette to cre­ate “a mood” around the eyes.

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