We simply loved the punk Marie Antoinette inspired makeup for the Chanel Cruise 2012-2013 (“Versailles de Chanel”) show by Peter Philips that has wickedly played with pastel wigs and cotton candy pink cheeks and eyes. That definitely was strangely reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette film.

The gardens of the Versailles, where the French royal family ruled in extravagance before the French Revolution, were chosen by his Royal Highness, Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld himself, as the stage for the Chanel Resort 2013 collection show.

The rococo embellishments on many of Karl’s garments sent down the runway, made it impossible to imagine him showing the collection anywhere else. Floral embroidery accented modernized versions of what French nobles wore to the court of Louis XVI. And yet, many of the looks were paired with jean and pastel-colored flatforms.

[Trivia: In 1973, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Halston, Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta faced off against couturiers Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro in a runway spectacle that became known as “the Battle of Versailles” and in 2007, John Galliano rented out the palace for Dior’s 60th anniversary couture show.]

But back to the makeup now, here’s what the magician Peter Philips, Creative Director for Chanel Makeup, said, after the show:

“The makeup is inspired by the theme of the collection: Versailles. It’s really a pink makeup, between “girly” and “rebel”. I used “Ombre Essentielle-Rose Favorite” on the eyelids and “Joues Contraste – Rose Pétale” as a blusher. Beige Khol liner “Clair” in the eyes and I slightly enhanced the eyebrows. I kept the skin natural, to avoid the makeup from looking historical. Soft, pinkish lips I achieved by applying “Rouge Coco Shine – Evasion” and I topped the makeup off by placing a black velvet Chanel logo as a beauty spot on either the left or right side of the face (high on the cheekbones, under the eye). Last minute I added a subtle highlight with “Mouche de Beauté” a compact highlight powder. The eyeshadow, highlight powder and velvet CC’s were created especially for this show”.

All of the products used, are part of the Versaillers de Chanel collection that shall be available for sale in December 2012. So if you loved the look, remember that old virtue and be patient.

All backstage images courtesy of Vincent Lappartient – for Chanel.