The ‘Soirée Smokey Eye’ Is the New After-Dark Makeup Staple

Make eyes with opulent makeup inspiration, courtesy of Chanel’s 100 Years of Celebrity event.

What does a N°5 woman wear on a night out? An alluring fragrance, complemented by monochromatic tweed, a calfskin flap bag, and according to Chanel’s latest celebration, an elevated smokey eye.

In honour of the House’s iconic fragrance, N°5, and its 100th anniversary, Chanel’s intimate 100 Years of Celebrity evening provided a suite of nonchalant-goes-daring beauty musesthe perfect moodboard for flirting with nights out once again.

While vanities and skin have spent time in the comfort of skincare and minimalist makeup, Chanel Australia makeup artists Victoria Baron and Filomena Natoli revived the spirit of glamour and celebration with smokey eyes. 

“It was an evening of directional looks and picking just one elementlike a smokey eye or a flickthen celebrating it. I saw one woman with a white eyeliner and nothing else,” Victoria Baron shares with marie claire

Adorning friends of the brand, the makeup direction modernized bronzed eyes with a minimal, lashline-focused placement of neutral and terracotta shades. Keeping attention firmly on creating sultry lashes, the technique requires patient layering and blending with a collection of complementary eyeshadow shades (made easy by Chanel’s pigmented and buttery Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes) and deep brown eyeliner nestled in-between eyelashes.

Coupled with two of Chanel’s most innovative new foundation formulas, the waterweight Les Beiges Eau de Teint and the velvety Sublimage L’Essence de Teint, skin was left luminous with warming berry tones to match the soft-matte finish and colour palette of the eye makeup. 

“The romantic low candlelight at Felix meant that I wanted skin to glow,” adds Victoria Baron. “It’s important to take note of the lighting” when creating makeup for after-dark, she advises; “I used Chanel’s Baume Essentiel in Sculpting, which is my all-time favourite for making an evening look shine.”

Below, find the stars that shone the brightest on the night, and shortcuts to achieving their looks with a handful of Chanel beauty staples.

Lara Worthington Chanel beauty
Makeup by Stoj

Lara Worthington’s Bedroom Eyes

The marie claire cover star’s eyes were smudged with chocolate eyeliner, keeping her look fresh with brushed-up brows, softly bronzed cheeks and a satin nude lip.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream, $91;

Chanel le crayon yeux precision eye definer

CHANEL Precision Eye Definer in 02 Brun Teak, $45;

Rouge Allure Lacque Still lipstick

CHANEL Rouge Allure Laque in 62 Still, $58;

Maina Doe
Makeup by Claire Thomson

Maina Doe and Her Cruise-Inspired Cat Eye

Reminiscent of the graphic black eyeliner created at Chanel’s Cruise 2021/22 show days earlier, Doe’s eyeliner was balanced with flushed cheeks, cherry-stained lips by the new high-shine Rouge Coco Bloom lipstick, and a generous dab of liquid illuminator.

Chanel Signature de Chanel Intense Longwear Eyeliner

CHANEL Signature de Chanel in 10 Noir, $59;

Chanel Les Beiges Highlighting Fluid

CHANEL Les Beiges Highlighting Fluid in Pearly Glow, $91;

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom in Season lipstick

CHANEL Rouge Coco Bloom in 126 Season, $58;

Lara Worthington and Bella Heathcote Chanel 100 Years N5
Lara Worthington (left) with Isabella Heathcote (right). Heathcote’s makeup by Victoria Baron

Bella Heathcote’s Undone Plum Eyes

Making mauve tones feel cool and unexpected, Isabella’s look centred around natural radiance and undone technique. “Bella didn’t want to look too prettyshe wanted to toughen up her look slightly,” says Baron, “so I focused on her eyes using mauve eyeshadow and a chocolate eyeliner then blended with fingers so there were no hard lines. We didn’t want it to look as though we try too hard.”

Chanel Les 4 Ombres

CHANEL Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 364 Candeur et Séduction, $103;

Palette Essentielle

CHANEL Palette Essentielle in Beige Clair, $95;

Baume Essentiel

CHANEL Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick in Sculpting, $71;

Gabriella Brooks Chanel beauty
Makeup by Victoria Baron CHANEL Makeup Artist

Gabriella Brooks’ Inky Lashes and Red Lips

Victoria Baron embraced Brooks’ deep-set eyes with lashings of the brand’s signature volumizing mascara on top and bottom lashes, and pressed in this brick-red glossing lipstick for a truly Parisienne take on party makeup. “Gabby has that beachy vibe, so I gave her a bright bold lip then paired everything else back. She was worried about doing a bold lip for dinner but we used the  Rouge Allure Laque in 73 Invincible, which is a high sheen, long stay formula which gives you gloss but lets you eat dinner. She looked amazing all night long,” says Baron. 

Chanel Le Volume revolution Mascara

CHANEL Le Volume Révolution Mascara in 10 Noir, $57;

Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque in Invincible

CHANEL Rouge Allure Laque in 73 Invincible, $58;

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