Andrea Miller
Andrea Miller

I Tried It: Bold White Winter Liner Inspired by Chanel

This year, Chanel’s Métiers d’Art pre-fall show was held at the opulent, newly redesigned Ritz Paris, and while everyone was talking about the celeb-heavy casting—including an out-of-retirement Cara Delevingne, It girls Lily-Rose Depp and Sofia Richie, an acoustic performance by brand fave Willow Smith and (sure, why not?) Pharrell—strutting, twirling and twisting through the dining hall set-up, I was hypnotized by the thick white liner on the models’ lids.

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who shared some of the candid backstage action on his Instagram, created the look with white powder from, duh, Chanel’s cosmetics line, but I thought it best for a non-professional like myself to try and recreate the effect with white liner for optimal control and precision.

A lot of models had otherwise bare eyes beyond the white streak, but I preferred the look Pecheux created for Depp; a futuristic and v. Parisian take on the smoky eye.

Here’s how I did it:

Giving my makeup a fighting chance at staying put, I started with Essence’s 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Primer, applying it gingerly with my finger. Then I chose three shades from the excellent Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue eye and cheek palette—Artistic was used as the all-over neutral shade and mauve-grey colours Spontaneous and Mischievous to add depth in the crease.


The white knight of this beauty look is definitely the Nars velvet eyeliner in Las Pozas. A creamy white that goes on as velvety as advertised, I’m happy to report it’s buildable too, and stood up to the numerous applications that were necessary to get the dramatic Chanel effect, including adding it to my waterline.

To finish the look, I grabbed a lip colour that would best capture the petal-pretty pout that Pecheux created, YSL’s Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in Fuchsia Live, and since I’m a don’t-leave-the-house-without-mascara kinda gal, a few swipes of mascara and I was that much closer to being a Chanel femme.