Runway Beauty: Chanel Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall 2011

Inspired by the mosaic of Empress Theodora, Chanel Global Creative Director of Makeup Peter Philips created a beautiful, graphic look for the Chanel Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall 2011 Collection.

According to, Philips “re-created the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows by drawing the shape with Le Crayon Lèvres in Rouge.” He dusted the eyelids with “a game of luminous golds and bronzes” by mixing the gold shades in Chanel’s upcoming Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow Quad in Topkapi with Joues Contraste blush in Or and Mocha. Next, he added two more black lines along the outer edge of the upper and lower lash lines to create a “choreography between gold, bronze, black, and red.”

To finish the look, Philips left the lips nude with just a touch of shine with Chanel Soin Tendre Lèvres and painted the models’ toes with Chanel Le Vernis in Coromandel.

Below is a sneak peek of a new palette that is designed by Peter Philips (courtesy of Cafe Makeup). It is extremely limited with only 1500 available – I wonder if this is the Topkapi that he used?

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I don’t think that limited edition palette is the Topkapi because the Topkapi is supposed to be an eyeshadow quad and the limited edition palette seems to have 5 colors.

    • Yeah I wasn’t sure… I couldn’t find a picture of the new quad and since they both have golds I just assumed they might be the same. Guess we will have to wait and see =)

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