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Opposites attract

Opposites attract

In the world of beauty there are many rules and recommendations to help us apply make-up. One of these is to let one area do all the talking. But what if we let each section shine in its own right?

Chanel's Couture Fashion Week show followed this route in July, with models rocking bold lips, heavy bronze or blush and extremely defined eyebrows. To top it all off, there was a slick of neutral eyeshadow.

We have a step-by-step process on how to do it yourself. Professional make-up artist Justine Jenkins, who is also a Cruelty Free Beauty Ambassador, dubs this look "full of drama". She also points out how the expert behind the catwalk finish mixed '80s club culture and Berlin Weimar Cabaret. But where to begin?

"The skin should be flawless and matte," she explains, suggesting products such as Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation or Hourglass' Liquid to Powder Foundation. "Blend with a damp Beauty Blender (or a make-up sponge), using a dabbing action to create the perfect base."

She then recommends setting the base with a finishing powder, making sure any excess particles are brushed away. Next onto the brows, and a way to bring them from the catwalk to the sidewalk.

"Use a brow powder which creates a more diffused line... Groom any stray hairs by first using (a) wax. Then dip the angled brush in the powder and fill in any gaps."

A good nude, matte base colour should be used for the eyes, covering the lid. Then, using an angled eyeliner brush, pat another neutral tone along the upper and lower lash line, Justine suggests. Buff with a cotton bud to give a soft finish, then brighten up the eyes using a pale eyeliner on the lower waterline.

Now lips: "The shape of the lips in this look are specific - the Cupid's bow has been cancelled out and the edges have a downturn. To make this look more wearable, use a chunky lip crayon... Trace just outside your natural lip line and fill in with your chosen colour. Rub your lips together and let your lips press just over your Cupid's bow," she advised.

And we can't forget the drastic blusher make-up artist Tom Pecheux so carefully placed on the models before they strutted their stuff. Go for a deep pink shade in this case and place it below the cheeks to give the illusion of a shadow rather than making a bold statement.

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