Paris Fashion Week has been punctured with both weird (Yeezy SS23 comes to mind) and wonderful (Bella being sprayed into a dress, courtesy of Coperni) moments. But at Chanel Spring 2023 socially-charged trends were off the menu.

Instead, creative director Virginie Viard stayed true to traditional house codes, putting forward a laid back collection replete with tweed, ribbon, embroidery, slouchy shapes and a mostly monochromatic colour palette (inspired by Alain Resnais’s L’Année Dernière à Marienbad). 

The beauty look echoed a similar sentiment; a true Chanel woman without excess or artifice (much like the face and muse, Kirsten Stewart). Makeup artist Lisa Butler used shadows from the new Les Tweed collection to sculpt a softly defined eye sans mascara, while lips were painted in either a soft nude (Rouge Allure 195 Mis à Nu) or a deep wine (Rouge Allure 204 Sensation). The complexions were natural but diffused thanks to the soon-to-launch Les Beige Water-Fresh Complexion, and some artfully-placed concealer. The finishing touch was a swirl of pink blush on the apples of the cheeks, Joues Contrast 64 Pink Explosion, specifically.

Pared-back but supremely polished, each iteration of the look was exactly how we envision the Chanel woman to be.

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Whilst the hair might have played a supporting role against the collection and the makeup, it was still beautiful: soft, shiny, and swept into a low pony tail secured with a Chanel barrette (swoon). Those with natural texture or a short cut wore theirs natural, breaking up the uniformity and playing to each model’s unique beauty.

While less punkish than previous collections, this beauty look is one that’s as beautiful as it is easy to replicate. Scroll on for a few of our favourite moments.

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