bejeweled eyebrows

Bejeweled eyebrows by Peter Philips at Chanel Fall/Winter 2012

Chanel’s fall 2012 show was a gem — literally. From the mineral-encrusted clothing to the giant crystal stalagmites rising from the runway, it was clear that Karl Lagerfeld was going for an earthy, but eye-catching, theme. Chanel Makeup’s creative director, Peter Philips, decided to incorporate the rocky inpiration into the show’s makeup by “browdazzling” the models.

“The inspiration for the make-up look came from a few key words and a sketch that Karl Lagerfeld provided: minerals, shading and eyebrows were the key words and the sketch showed a face with stone-lined eyebrows,” explained Philips. “So the focus was on the eyebrows, which led me to interpret Karl’s drawing and the ‘mineral’ emphasis by creating straight, graphic eyebrows.”

Philips collaborated with Parisian embroiderers Maison Lesage to create the eyebrow strips (each pair took three hours to make according to Vogue Paris) that were made up of minerals in pinks, greens, blues and greys, and glued over models’ own brows.

“Each eyebrow consists of an anthracite grey sequin and pearl base, embroidered with several sorts and shades of mineral stones and crystals,” Philips said.