Makeup Artist Lucia Pica on Chanel’s Spring Collection, Desert Dream

You’ll notice these colors are a far cry from the jaw-dropping neon and rhinestone makeup trends we’ve seen this year. Pica is heralding a return to softer shades by next year, and in turn, hopefully, some softer emotions.

“Generally speaking, I associate emotions with colors quite a lot,” she says. “This mauve, taupe, brown earthy color with accents of peach and pink makes me feel contentment and grace. This is just where I feel like I am at the moment and I think it’s what’s needed right now.”

These soft, romantic visions from her trip became eye shadow (Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow, $62), nail polish (Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, $28), highlighter (Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick, $45), and more.

Pica’s favorite part of the collection? How well it layers. She starts with Stylo Ombre Et Contour Eye Shadow in mauve, placed above and below the eyelid. Next, she layers the powder eye shadows on top for long-wear color. Finally, she intensifies the look with Ombre Première Laque ($36) — a liquid eye shadow that comes in five new metallic shades (metallic ivory beige, metallic mauve peach, metallic mauve brown, metallic violet brown, and metallic apricot) — in the inner corners of the eye or in the middle of the lid.

These are the final products:

Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick ($45)


Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Warm Memories ($62)


Stylo Ombre Et Contour ($34)


Le Vernis Nail Colour ($28)


Ombre Première Laque Liquid Eyeshadow ($36)


Silence, stillness, and romance sounds like the ideal moodboard for 2020, but until we can make that (or maybe a January trip to Palm Springs?) happen, we’ll just be swiping on this gorgeous highlighter. Chanel Desert Dream launches December 16 on

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