GUERLAIN HOLIDAY 2016 MAKEUP COLLECTION

Created by Natalia Vodianova in collaboration with Oliver Echaudemaison, the Guerlain Exceptional collection is inspired by Shalimar.
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Created by Natalia Vodianova in collaboration with Oliver Echaudemaison, the Guerlain Exceptional collection is inspired by Shalimar.

Lookee! It's the Guerlain holiday 2016 makeup, inspired by the iconic fragrance Shalimar. Exotic yet absolutely wearable, it's shown on the two beauties in this Insta-snap (above) from Guerlain's international beauty artist Maxime Poulin's Instagram feed.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 by Natalia Vodianova

Guerlain holiday 2016 makeup collection by Natalia Vodianova

More than simply inspired by Shalimar, this #GuerlainExceptional collection was in fact created by model Natalia Vodianova in collaboration with Guerlain's creative director Olivier Echaudemaison.

Guerlain holiday 2016: Natalia Vodianova and Oliver Echaudemaison

Guerlain creative director Olivier Echaudemaison with Natalia Vodianova

"I wanted to name my first collection Shalimar, in homage to the fragrance I have been the face of for eight years and that symbolizes my link to Guerlain," says Natalia in the official press material.

As well, a portion of the profits from the collection sales will be donated to The Naked Heart Foundation, established by Natalia. 

guerlain holiday 2016: guerlain exceptional

Guerlain holiday 2016: Guerlain Exceptional makeup collection

Guerlain holiday 2016: Guerlain Exceptional makeup collection

The Guerlain Exceptional holiday 2016 makeup range features Soufflé d'Or de Shalimar ($105 CAD and maybe $95 USD, November 1st) perfumed iridescent body and hair powder in an atomizer bottle that echoes the curvy lines of the Shalimar flacon. A gentle pump of the dispenser emits a sparkling mist of gold that shimmers and twinkles hypnotically in sunlight – stunning.

Natalia's tip: "As well as on my face and hair, I apply the powder to the backs of my hands and my wrists. That way, a subtle scent is exuded whenever I move my hands."

Guerlain holiday 2016 Terracotta Terra India and Perles de Légende Météorites

Guerlain holiday 2016 Terracotta Terra India and Perles de Légende Météorites

A delicately embossed bronzing powder, Terracotta Terra India ($64 CAD and maybe $56 USD, November 1), shimmers with gold – you want a more golden hue in the dead of winter, says Maxime Poulin, Guerlain's international beauty artist (he's worked with Natalia Vodianova), and our man of a thousand makeup tips

Guerlain holiday 2016 Terracotta Terra India

Guerlain holiday 2016 Terracotta Terra India

"Bronzer you wear in summer is too much for winter, too dark," says Maxime. A shade with more gold is more flattering for paler skin in cold weather."

Guerlain holiday 2016 Rouge G 821 Rouge Saphir

Guerlain holiday 2016 Rouge G 821 Rouge Saphir

I'ma hafta re-shoot this Rouge G lipstick in 821 Rouge Saphir ($61 CAD and $54 USD, November 1), a wonderful, youthful bright red. This snap doesn't do it justice. In the opening photo, though, the lovely models in Maxime's photo are wearing Rouge Saphir beautifully. 

Oh wait, maybe this photo – below – will do?

Guerlain holiday 2016_Rouge G lipstick in Rouge Saphir

Natalia Vodianova, face of Guerlain and the woman behind this collection applies Rouge G lipstick in 821 Rouge Saphir.

Isn't it a beautiful happy shade? Such a flattering blue red.

Natalia's perspective: "The Rouge G jewel case and its integrated mirror have made this lipstick one of my must-have makeup products I always carry in my bag for easy touch-up moments."

Guerlain holiday 2016 L'Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold, Ecrin Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo in Gold and Sapphire, and Precious Light Illuminator in Pink Pearl

Guerlain holiday 2016 L'Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold, Ecrin Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo in Gold and Sapphire, and Precious Light Illuminator in Pink Pearl

Lovelies, the Guerlain holiday Precious Eyeshadows in Gold and Sapphire ($51 CAD and maybe $45 USD, November 1) duo is so beautiful. That iridescent sapphire shadow will look terrific with every eye shade, as will that gleaming gold. 

Guerlain holiday 2016_Ecrin Shalimar Gold and Sapphire

Guerlain Ecrin Shalimar Eyeshadows in Gold and Sapphire

The formula is so nicely pigmented – you'll get a lovely colour payoff with a sheer wash as well as with a more intense application.

Natalia's perspective: "For this case, I wanted highly metallic textures for an intense look. I was also inspired in the choice of the colours by precious metals and stones: gold and sapphire."

Guerlain L'Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold_holiday 2016

Guerlain L'Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold swatch

This is what the felt-tip Guerlain L'Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold ($42 CAD and maybe $35 USD, November 1) looks like on my skin. 

Delicate and so pretty! Easy to wear as an accent along lashlines on its own or with shadow.

Guerlain holiday 2016 L'Or Sparkling Gold Eyeliner

Guerlain L'Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold

The packaging is eye-catching too, yes? And here's what it looks like with the Ecrin Shalimar eyeshadow duo:

Guerlain holiday 2016 L'Or sparkling gold liner

Guerlain Ecrin Shalimar + L'Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold

Natalia's tip: "Don't hesitate to apply a stroke of gold eyeliner on top of the eyeshadows in the collection; it really brings out my blue eyes!"

The Guerlain holiday 2016 Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator ($62 CAD and $52 USD, November 1) has a sheer rosy pink shimmer finish – it's a lovely winter-who? glow for skin. Swatch to come, 'k?

Guerlain holiday 2016: Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator

Guerlain Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator

Natalia's tip: "To illuminate your face, apply this shade to the cheekbones, the outer corner of the eye, the bridge of the nose and the cupid's bow."

Guerlain holiday 2016 Météorites Perles de Legende

Guerlain holiday 2016 Météorites Perles de Legende

And oh hello, Guerlain Météorites Perles de Legende ($79 CAD and $62 USD, November 1), you gorgeous thing you. Hand-crafted spheres of rosy pink, soft shimmering gold and delicate aqua blue, a trio of shades that Natalia says reminds her of Indian Palaces. #gimmethat + #grabbyhands

Natalia's perspective: "I specifically chose these three colours of beads because they remind me of the colours of the mosaics in Indian palaces. The pink pearls enhance the natural colour of the cheeks and the freshness of the complexion; the blue pearls correct an uneven skintone and dark circles; and the gold pearls warm up and illuminate the cheekbones."

Guerlain holiday 2016: KissKiss lipstick in 563 Indian Pink

Guerlain holiday 2016 KissKiss Creamy Shaping Lip Colour in 563 Indian Pink

Also part of the collection is a #gimmethat Guerlain KissKiss Creamy Shaping Lip Colour in 563 Indian Pink ($43 CAD and $37 USD, November 1). "I sometimes use it on my cheekbones to heighten their colour," says Natalia.

What do you think? Anything triggering #grabbyhands?

xo