Peter Phillips is the global Creative Director of Chanel, a position described by Vogue magazine as “the most coveted job in cosmetics.” His latest project has been creating the new CHANEL Makeup Confidential film, Miroir Miroir, which features a preview of the new Rouge Allure lipstick shades that are set to launch nationwide on 14th September.
After “Here comes the Beauty Pack” and “Shade Parade” what was your inspiration for this video? What message did you wish to express?
Various elements came into account in the realization of this film.
I wanted to do a film, a teaser, to announce the coming lipstick event that CHANEL is doing around our Rouge Allure line. I also was very inspired by the Paris Bombay Show that we did last December.
The usage of a mask often occurs in your work, why the use of the mirror effect? What is the hidden message?
There is no hidden message behind this makeup. I was mainly inspired by an editorial makeup I did a few years ago. It was a composition of pieces of crystals and mirrors that I applied on a girls face. We did some amazing pictures, but I always felt a bit frustrated that we never captured this makeup in movement. I loved the sparkling, hypnotizing effect, which, unfortunately, you partially loose in a still image. When the idea of doing a film around the lipsticks and Paris Bombay started growing in my head, I actually found a platform to recreate this mirror face. The concept complimented the shades and the hypnotizing, psychedelic aspect fitted well with the Indian theme.
How were these masks created?
The “mirror look” isn’t an actual mask. The pieces of crystals and mirrors are individually applied onto the face. The composition is created around the central mirror that’s applied on the forehead as a third eye, surrounded by a peacock-tail motive. The whole face is covered with pieces of crystals and mirrors to create a mesmerizing effect. The only touch of colour is the changing lip shades. The application of the crystals and mirrors took a good 4 hours.
What makeup products were used for this shooting to enhance the eyes and the mouth?
I kept the eyes almost naked. I only curled the lashes, applied Ombre Essentielle in “Ivory” and our “Clair” khol liner on the eyes, and that’s it. On the lips I applied 5 different, new shades of
Rouge Allure lipstick: Pimpante, Excentrique, Enjouée, Exaltée, Palpitante.
Any interesting anecdotes on the shooting?
The brightest sparkle of this shooting, was our model, Inguna. She was truly amazing, her beauty and patience made it for the whole team an even better experience.
Who is the model?
Check out Miroir Miroir below
The new Rouge Allure lipstick shades will launch nationwide on 14th September.