We go backstage for makeup tips and tricks from Chanel's head of beauty, Lucia Pica

2020-21 Fall/Winter CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Show Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica CHANEL 2020
2020-21 Fall/Winter CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Show Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica CHANEL 2020

So Virginie Viard's Chanel 2020-21 Fall/Winter Ready-To-Wear womenswear show at Paris Fashion Week may not have presented the luxury label's most acclaimed collection since the late Karl Lagerfeld's tenure, but it turns out the real charm of the show was, in fact, hidden in plain sight. On the faces of the models. 

With makeup done by Chanel's head of beauty Lucia Pica, who's also been affectionately dubbed "the queen of bare face chic", the beauty look here was characterised by warmth, freshness and a subtle touch of glamour achieved with Chanel's Rouge Coco Gloss applied on some of the show's muses.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Adu
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Adu
Images: Adut Akech (top) and Nora Attal walk the runway during the Chanel as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 03, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images) 

As makeup trends move from 'high glam' to 'glammed down', it's becoming more evident that healthy skin might just be the most important makeup trick. So given that the best base on which to apply foundation is good skin, the models' faces were prepped with an impressive selection of the brand's skincare products, including Chanel's Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux, Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and Hydra Beauty Camelia Water Cream.

READ MORE: 4 foundation fails a makeup artist wants you to stop making right now 

In a quick backstage Q & A, this is what Chanel's first-ever global creative makeup and colour director, revealed about her inspiration and approach to this past 2020-21 Fall/Winter Ready-To-Wear show's makeup: 

chanel makeup artist Lucia Pica
2020-21 Fall-Winter CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Show Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica © CHANEL 2020 

What were your sources of inspiration for this makeup?

The vibe and the energy of the makeup is a very heightened freshness with a '70s twist. It’s about girls outdoors having blushed cheeks - glow on the skin. I added a touch of glamour by putting gloss on the lips.  

Can you describe the fashion show makeup?

There are two looks:

One is super natural, fresh and glowy. The products I used for the skin are: LES BEIGES EAU DE TEINT and PALETTE ESSENTIELLE. Then, I used the BAUME ESSENTIEL Transparent high on the cheekbones and on the eyelids. I also applied the mascara LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL on the top and bottom lashes. Eyebrows are groomed, brushed up with a boyish feel. I added ROUGE COCO GLOSS Aphrodite on the lips. 

chanel backstage with lucia pica
2020-21 Fall-Winter CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Show Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica © CHANEL 2020 

For the second look, we have the same base. However, on the eyes, I added more depth and diffusion with a light taupe color. This look has a little bit more of the '70s vibe with ROUGE COCO GLOSS Aphrodite on the lips, which gives a very slight touch of glamour. On the eyes, I applied STYLO OMBRE ET CONTOUR Contour Clair on the top of the lash line until the outer corner and finally on the socket line. Then, I really blend it.

Finally, I applied it underneath, through the lash line and united the makeup with the top part.Everything is very blended and diffused. This look doesn’t have the balm on the top of the lid, so it has a matte finish. It’s all about the freshness of the skin and high-pigmented glossy cheekbones. 

Do you have any professional tips and tricks to share with us?  

I used the blush of the PALETTE ESSENTIELLE Beige Médium very high on the cheeks and blended it down, giving the idea of a natural blush. 

chanel backstage with lucia pica
2020-21 Fall-Winter CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Show Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica © CHANEL 2020 

Is there a product that you particularly enjoyed using for this makeup look?  

I really enjoyed using the BAUME ESSENTIEL Transparent because it gives a feeling of dewiness to the look. It brings a really modern and natural feel which is very effective and light reflecting. 

chanel backstage with lucia pica

All images: 2020-21 Fall-Winter CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Show Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica © CHANEL 2020. Supplied by CHANEL

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