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Freshen up your look with make- up from Chanel’s new Les Beiges collection
Full Make- up Experience with a Chanel Make- up Artist, 60 minutes for £ 45 ( redeemable against purchases made on the day of the appointment) at their counter at Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh.
For springtime cosmetic inspiration, and to discover the new releases. These include Chanel’s Les Beiges collection, whose face is French actor Marine Vacth, pictured.
Our spy says
As always, it’s busy on this counter, with glam customers checking out the crystalline- looking bottles of fragrance and browsing colourful palettes.
The enthusiastic on- counter makeup artist, Jade, grabs me a stool by the mirrored desk, where there are already various potions laid out.
We begin by creating a blank canvas, and she expertly whisks every scrap of make- up off my face.
The next step involves skincare, using products from their Hydra Beauty range, which features extracts of white camellia. There are some lovely fresh textures, with Micro Serum (£ 70) and various other lotions smoothed onto my face, to make it feel plump and pillowy, and some of the cooling Micro Gel Yeux (£ 48) dotted round the eyes.
My brows are first to be fixed using a very soft pencil. Jade assures me that giant brows are yesterday’s news, and she will be subtly filling in the bald patches on my forehead hamsters. They look great. However, I’m most excited about trying one of the new creations – the Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water- Fresh Tint (£ 48), created by Chanel’s Lucia Pica.
It’s a rather unique take on foundation or tinted moisturiser, with pearls of colour suspended in a clear aqueous base. There are six shades to choose from, but they look dark for my wan complexion. Luckily, the Medium shade Jade’s chosen lightens up once blended.
This is buffed on with a brush and make me look surprisingly glowing and dewy. It can be worn under foundation, or on its own. Sadly, I need a bit of coverage on my blotchy cheeks, but the glowing base still beams through, even with a layer of the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (£ 42) on top.
Jade paints my eyes next, using Les Beiges Natural Eyeshadow Collection in Les Indispensable
(£ 67). All nine shades are supremely wearable, inspired by the colours of the earth. The ivory beige is used as a highlighter on the lid, with a taupe- y platinum to define and a terracotta along my lashline. Of course, there is a bit of pencil eyeliner and lashings of mascara to top it all off.
I’m finished with some coral coloured blusher and a touch of the gorgeously sheer Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm (£ 31), which contains moringa butter.
I don’t, for once, feel the need to surreptitiously wipe anything off my face. For those who don’t want to wear a mask of slap this spring, Les Beiges is ideal, naturallement. n