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Philippe Chansel at New York Fashion Week SS09


Philippe ChanselDuring New York Fashion Week SS09, Philippe Chansel, Key Makeup Artist for the Chris Han show, turned to Greek mythology and used nymphs as inspiration to create the beautiful look that graced the runway. Chansel’s creations were soft and feminine, similar to French-born artist Sophie Gengembre Anderson’s painting, The Head of A Nymph.

The Head of A NymphChansel focused on keeping the face soft and clean by opening up the eyes with matte neutral colors, freshly-pinched cheeks, and natural lips. The application of brown mascara barely defined the eyes but was perfect for maintaining flow throughout the look.

Inside Philippe Chansel’s kit:

1. MAC Face and Body Foundation – A water-based foundation with sheer coverage and a dewy finish, perfect for the fresh-faced nymph look.

2. MAC Matte Squared Eye Shadow – (Using the shades Tete-A-Tint and Brown Script, Chansel was able to achieve the clean open eye he required for the look.

3. MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power – This soft coral-rose color was perfect puffed on to the cheeks for a pinch-like look.

4. MAC Twig Lipstick – Twig lipstick is one of MAC’s staple shades, and for good reason! The brown-pink shade was used by Chansel to finish off his nymph look.

Backstage Chris Han showBackstage Outside Tent at Chris Han show
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By definition, a nymph is a beautiful and graceful woman. The genius combination of Philippe Chansel’s vision of a nymph and Chris Han’s creations of flowing fabric and vivid colors proved to be elegant yet mythical.

Photos: Victoria Stiles & Getty Images

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Philippe Says:

    Hi Victoria,
    Thanks for the great article and also thanks for the great makeup backstage!

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Beauty Editor and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Victoria Stiles, is a professional makeup artist specializing in print, celebrity, television, film, and events. Based in Washington DC and working in New York City, Victoria’s credits include Glamour Magazine, Vogue Bambini, Oprah Magazine, JCK Luxury, Ladies Home Journal, Virginia Living Magazine, FW Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, and various press for The Washington Post. Victoria’s celebrity clientele has included Star Jones, Gary Sinise, Jordin Sparks, and Olivia Thirlby as well as production makeup for Cher’s Farewell Tour and Missy Elliott. As part of Beyond Beauty Basics, Victoria looks forward to sharing the latest trend in makeup, hair, skin care, and style straight from the celebrity red carpet, runway, and her experience in makeup for fashion and commercial publications.

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