If I Were a Makeup Artist, This Is Why Chanel Would Absolutely Be in My Kit

Chanel products are the key to French-inspired makeup.

If I Were a Makeup Artist, This Is Why Chanel Would Absolutely Be in My Kit
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In 1926, Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry with the creation of the little black dress. The garment graced the cover of Vogue and quickly gained footing in the cultural zeitgeist, cementing its place as an "iconic" piece of clothing. It only makes sense that Chanel would also be the little black dress of makeup.

Chanel makes the kind of makeup you'd find backstage at fashion weeks worldwide (and it is!). The brand's products are straightforward, easy to use, and really hard to mess up while still feeling cutting-edge. With foundations that look like second skin, lipsticks that won't budge, and easy-to-manipulate eyeliners that help you draw the most flawless wing every time, the brand is full of products that help make your makeup game easier and look better. Ahead, read my in-depth reviews of the brand's best sellers.

The Look

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Katie B, Chanel beauty Before

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Katie B after, Chanel Beauty

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I feel like I'm always chasing that "French-girl" makeup look—think effortless-looking eye makeup, blurred-out lips that give you a just-been-kissed effect, and frost-bitten cheeks. No brand makes this look easier to achieve than Chanel. Every Chanel product feels like a piece of Parisian beauty in a bottle—the products are smart, beginner friendly, and, best of all, perfect for enhancing your natural beauty. 

You can keep reading for my detailed product reviews, but from a birds-eye view, Chanel products are the perfect addition for anyone who likes more subdued, natural-looking makeup but wants it to look the absolute best it possibly can. It goes without saying that Chanel is a luxury brand, so it's also better suited for someone who is happy to make a splurge on high-quality products. 

This article was originally published on Who What Wear.

Katie Berohn
Associate Beauty Editor, Who What Wear

Katie Berohn is the New York City-based beauty editor at Who What Wear. She specializes in trend reporting, fragrance writing, and celebrity interviews, but also loves writing about all things beauty, from skincare to nails. Before working at Who What Wear, she worked at Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention as the beauty assistant. Prior to that, Katie graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her Master’s Degree at NYU’s Graduate Program of Magazine Journalism. Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life Magazine, Yoga Journal, the Hearst Women's Lifestyle Group, and Cosmopolitan, a digital editorial internship at New York Magazine’s The Cut, a social good fellowship at Mashable, and has freelanced for HelloGiggles. When she’s not obsessing over the latest perfume launch or continuing her endless search for the perfect shade of red lipstick (which she wears every day), Katie can be found in a hot yoga class, training for her next race, trying everything on the menu at New York’s newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends. If she's given the chance, Katie loves exploring how beauty intersects with politics, the climate, and culture.