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More than 100 years since Chanel first launched in Paris, the mai­son is launch­ing its first-ever make-up range for men. Called sim­ply Boy de Chanel, it ref­er­ences one of Gabrielle Chanel’s great loves, Arthur “Boy” Capel, a Bri­tish polo player who helped fi­nance her early busi­ness ven­tures. Those ex­pect­ing gar­ish lip­sticks, how­ever, will be sorely dis­ap­pointed. This is Chanel, a er all, so it goes with­out say­ing that this new of­fer­ing (thus far just three prod­ucts) is both un­der­stated and dis­creet, and of­fered in stylish, semi-matte black pack­ag­ing. Le Teint is an all-day skin cream with the light­est of tints, to even out skin tone. Avail­able in sev­eral shades, it has SPF 25, to help pro­tect skin from the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of sun­light, while hyaluronic acid helps keep skin hy­drated and sup­ple. Next is Le Baume Levres lip balm, made from a com­bi­na­tion of shea but­ter, jo­joba oil and vi­ta­min E, to en­sure ef­fec­tive mois­tur­is­ing (but it comes with a to­tally matte fin­ish, so only the wearer knows he is us­ing it). Fi­nally, it makes sense to keep eye­brows well groomed, too, and Chanel’s Le Stylo Sour­cil eye­brow pen­cil is avail­able in four shades to help add def­i­ni­tion and shape. Dou­ble-ended, the de­sign of­fers a spi­ral brush for ap­pli­ca­tion, while the other end has a clever self-sharp­en­ing pen­cil. Made us­ing wax and oils, this prom­ises to stay put for eight hours, and even comes with in­struc­tions.

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