Spa spy Ev­ery­day glam­our

Freshen up your look with make- up from Chanel’s new Les Beiges col­lec­tion

The Scotsman - - BEAUTY & WELL- BEING - Har­vey Ni­chols ( 30- 34 St An­drew Square, Ed­in­burgh, 0131- 524 8388, www. har­veyn­i­chols. com, www. chanel. com)

The treat­ment

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.

Why go?

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.

The re­sults

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

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