November 30, 2015
Guerlain’s Météorites Flocons Enchantés, the special Christmas edition of their iconic Météorites luminising powder pearls, is undeniably festive. First, there’s the white and gold packaging adorned with snowflake motifs – after all, the collection name “Neiges & Merveilles”, translates into “snow and wonders”. And then, there’s the actual Météorites on the inside, all golden and pearlescent shimmer, with star-shaped powders mixed in among the familiar pearls, bringing to mind a starry night sky.
It’s definitely one Christmas makeup item we, and all the Météorites fans, we’re sure, have already added to our wish lists. But when it comes to how exactly we’re going to incorporate it with the rest of our makeup, that’s where we’re a bit more clueless. It’s not always easy to figure out how to use golden shimmery powder without ending up looking like a Christmas ornament gone very wrong.
And that’s where we turn to the Guerlain experts for help. We had a chat with Guerlain International Makeup Artist Raynald Lehongre, who has been doing makeup for more than 20 years and spent more than four of those years at Guerlain, and he taught us just how to work the Météorites Flocons Enchantés.
“It’s a mix of champagne, rose and white; it’s transparent, but it really reflects light,” he explains. Each colour actually performs a different function: champagne illuminates the skin, the rose adds a sun-kissed effect, and the iridescent white helps even out the skin tone.
As for how to apply it, it’s all about the letter “G”. “The best way to use the Météorites, as they reflect light, is to use what we call the ‘double G’,” says Lehongre. “We just use the brush and make double ‘G’ shapes on the face. This is going to reflect the light over the face.”
To create these double Gs, turn to the Météorites Pinceau powder brush, advises Lehongre. “You can see that (the bristles are) long and soft. You can work the double G, or you can work it in circles all over the face.”
When it comes to potential mistakes in applying these Météorites, Lehongre assures us that it’s hard to go wrong with these. “It’s difficult to make mistakes with the Meteorites, really. As you can use it all over the face,” he says.
But of course, don’t get to heavy handed with the brush. “It could be a mistake to put too much, and look like a Christmas tree,” Lehongre concurs. You don’t want to be competing with any Christmas ornaments, after all.
Guerlain Météorites Flocons Enchantés, $112. Available at Guerlain counters. guerlain.com