At any given second of any given day you’re likely to find at least one or two pieces of Chanel in my makeup bag.
What can I say? I worship at the altar of the double CCs.
Chanel is always (always) a good idea, and to that end, here are five fine ways to introduce a little Chanel into your life this spring.
1. Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose ($55)
Let’s be real. The last thing on this earth I needed was to fall in love with another pricey Chanel blush, but I have. The flower pattern on the pan always brings a smile to my face (and it isn’t just brushed away after the first few swipes).
Technically, it’s a pinkish peachy mauve with a dash of plum and a finish somewhere in the heavenly ether between matte and satin. Un-technically, it’s like blasting Taylor Swift and dancing around your room first thing in the morning. 🙂
This is one of those Chanel blushes that I’m sure I’ll remember years from now and think of fondly with a sparkle in my eye…
Availability: Limited edition, and available now at Chanel counters and online at chanel.com.
2. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque ($35)
In The World According to K-Dawg (publication date: soon), hot pink lips are always a good idea, and La Romanesque is a fresh take on the concept.
While in tune with the current matte lipstick revival, it has a velvety matte finish, so it isn’t as flat as most mattes. It has the faintest whisper of shine, which makes it kinder and more approachable.
Whenever I wear it, I like to blur the edges. First, I’ll apply it directly from the tube, smack my lips a few times to disperse the color, then I’ll push it out to the edges of my lips with a lip brush, and pat a few times with a finger for a casual, barely-there edge, effortless and ladylike.
3. Chanel Quadra Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Tissé Rivoli ($61)
A satin finish and a dash of plum spice up Tissé Rivoli’s shimmery golden taupes.
Whenever I wear this quad, which is one of the permanent collection quads in the recently revamped baked eyeshadow fam, on my lids, I’m sure I have a little extra spring in my step.
I think it’s one of the most universally flattering Chanel quads, and its mix of shimmery golden taupes and plums suit a wide range of skin tones because they aren’t excessively cool-toned or warm, so I have free rein over the cheek and lip colors I wear them with.
I like to do a soft wash of color with one of the lighter shades and mix one the darker or mid-toned shades for a hazy, smokey eye.
If you’re tired of the pastels that typically dominate shelves for spring, try Tissé Rivoli.
No rush though. It’s in the permanent collection, so it isn’t going anywhere.
Availability: Permanent, and available now at Chanel counters and online.
4. Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ardoise ($32)
For me this spring, gunmetal gray is the new black, but not all gray liners are created equal. This one’s deeper, richer and more intense than most (none of that wishy-washy dishwater gray business), and it’s coupled with a subtle shimmery sheen that I swear makes my peepers look bigger.
Availability: Permanent (currently a re-promoted item in the spring 2015 collection), and available now at Chanel counters and online.
5. Chanel No. 19 Poudre Eau de Parfum ($120)
I’ll take Coco Mademoiselle for winter, Alex, and Chanel No. 19 Poudre Eau de Parfum for spring (Jeopardy ref!).
This scent: No. 19 Poudre Eau de Parfum… I feel like this one gets shoved into the shadows by Chanel’s flashier scents. I mean, I can’t even remember the last time I saw it in a glossy mag, but that’s one of the things I like about it — that it flies under the radar.
No. 19 floats on fresh grassy notes and powdery iris flowers. It’s an uncommonly crisp scent in a fragrance world filled with white florals dripping nectar.
And it’s my Chanel spring happy scent. 🙂
Availability: Permanent, available now at Chanel counters and online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,