MOTW: The Chanel Series - Raffinement

The Chanel Series continues with Raffinement quad, which must be one of the most-used quad in my collection. The colors aren't unique or dupe-able, but the quality of the shades are that of Chanel: sparkly without being over the top, shimmery without being too frosty, pigmented without being too chalky, in short un raffinement

The inspiration of the look for this week comes courtesy of magazine sale from local Kinokuniya. Here, I found Maquia of past months half-priced; easy on the wallet and still useful for those of us who are not following trend.

One of the article features past Maquia cover-girl and their most sought-after facial feature. This one features Nozomi Sasaki, apparently a popular model/actress/songstress in Japan. 

Rough translation: please be aware that the color used in this tutorial is based on Sofina Aube Couture Designing Impression Eyes palette no 552. Other products used: Aube Couture Desinging Eyeliner BK701, Chanel Inimitable Extreme Mascara.
1. Medium-brown shade on the movable eye lids, layer more on the center of the eyes
2. Brown-beige shade over the width of the double-eye lid. 
3. Blend the eyelids with fingertips.
4. Tight-line upper lash line.
5. Extend the outer corner of the lash line.
6. Highlight the inner corner of the eyes.
7. Use the peachy-beige color on the outer 1/3 of the lower lid.
8. Apply mascara in fan-shape manner.
  • Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss to give a sheer, luminous canvas. I found that as I age, I no longer go darker during the summer, despite of numerous daily trip to the local park with the Tod. Maybe because I've gotten very careful with my sun protection? I found Bliss still suits my skin quite well without looking pasty.
  • Chanel Quad Raffinement for eye look adapted loosely based on the above tutorial. I have hooded lids with somewhat deep-set eyes, so what I did was to sweep the sparkly champagne mid-tone all over the lid (no 1), then use the darker mid-tone to focus near the lash line (no 2). Light shimmery peach to highlight inner-corner of lower lids (no 6) and darkest shade to deepen the outer corner (no 7).
  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quarts added to the inner corner of the eyes as well.
  • Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Audrey eye powder pencil; which I love, love, evident by the size of it, to tightline the upper lash line. This is, by the way, a total dupe of Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil. Don't take my word for it, simply copy & paste these first four ingredients of CT eye pencil on Google search and see what pops out:
    Ethylhexyl Isostearate, Nylon-12, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera), ...
  • Le Volume de Chanel mascara, still going strong.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow blush to lend that hint-of-peach on the cheeks.
  • NYX Butter Gloss in -- what else? -- Peaches and Cream. The scent is atrocious but the color is lovely, especially for a drug-store gloss.

Speaking of eye makeup, I've only been using one brush for the past month or so to do my eye makeup; the Tom Ford eye shadow contour brush. It is super fast and effective as a lay-down brush, the tip is sharp enough as a smudger or for lining the bottom lids/along the lash line. I'd use one side of the brush for one color, the other for the next, then swipe the tip on the light highlighter color first before finally swiping it on the darkest shade for the bottom lid. If you can only get one Tom Ford brush, I highly recommend this one.

I wish you a happy, safe, productive week.


  1. What a lovely line-up of products! Chanel, Chantecaille, Charlotte Tillbury - the three big CH, haha :) Please share more tuts from Maquia, I always find them so interesting!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Please see above for translation.