I was at Yorkdale today at Holt Renfrew, a fabulous store that I have been going to since I was a little boy (5 years old) with my beloved mother Marianne Ricchio. I would watch her put on her makeup and delighted at the joy it brought her to sweep on her signature Chanel lip and rouge. Chanel is currently renovating its space at Holt so I paid a visit to their pop-up counter to check out their latest, the Ultra Le Teint Foundation. Chanel is the go-to for my dear friend Angela Levin (celebrity makeup artist to Jennifer Aniston) and she recently used Chanel on American actress Michelle Williams for her appearance at the Golden Globes. I caught up with Angela live from Hollywood to dish on Michelle’s glam look.
John-Paul Ricchio: What went into the planning of Michelle’s Chanel makeup look?
AL: My dear JP, the creative process starts darling- always starts- with a conversation with the stylist and the hairdresser and mostly with Michelle herself as we discussed the overall look. I then research and pick the colors and shades for the make ups and it all comes together on the big day.
JPR: What do you love most about working with Michelle Williams?
AL: What I love most about working with Michelle is she’s not only a client but a very dear friend and incredible, creative, sensible, generous, funny human being. I adore and respect her on every level.
JPR: Can you walk me and our readers through the products and application?
AL: Yes darling… on a clean face, I started by hydrating Michelle’s face and neck with No. 1 de Chanel Rich Revitalizing Cream and let it settle for about five minutes. Always let the creme settle. Next step , I used Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation in B10, applied with a brush in a round, circular motion. Using my fingers, I applied a cream blush – Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick in Rosée on the highest part of her cheekbones, into the apples of her cheek. This created a fresh, youthful, blushing effect perfect for the Red Carpet.Next step – eyes. Wanting to achieve a very soft, elegant look for Michelle, I chose Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eye Shadow Palette in Light. I applied the darker colors onto the crease, then in a blending motion, used the rest of the shades from dark to light on the eyelids like a rainbow. I used the lightest shade on the inner eyes and under the browWith Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 20 – Espresso, I marked the upper and lower lash lines and blended using a small angled brush.I then applied three coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in 10 – Noir, brushing the lashes in between each coat with a small metal comb.Using a brow brush, I combed the brows in an upwards direction, and touched them up with brow gel (Chanel Long Wear Eyebrow Gel in 370 – Brun) to emphasize the color and keep the shape throughout the night.Lastly, for Michelle’s lips, I used Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color in shade 60-Intemporelle.
JPR: Wow thank you for breaking this all down! What do you love most about awards season?
AL: How so many talented people, so many artists, come together for what seems to be an incredible huge party of glamour style, beauty and achievements. It’s not only a celebration for those that are nominated. It’s a celebration for everybody around them as well.
All photos are from Angela Levin’s personal collection. Follow her at @angelalevinmakeup. xo JP