CHANEL makeup artist Cyndle Komarovski shows you how to upgrade your warm-weather makeup looks by demonstrating two gorgeous ideas — on herself.
Makeup ByCYNDLE KOMAROVSKI
Photography BySTAS KOMAROVSKI
Written ByMAUREEN CHOI
Creative Direction ByVICEN AKINA
Spend 15 minutes with CHANEL makeup artist Cyndle Komarovski, and we dare you to not fall in love. With a refined warmth and impossibly chic sensibility, she’s one of those near-mythic creatures who can chameleon herself into any character — with the help of a little makeup magic. “When I wear makeup, I never want it to feel overpowering, but I still want it to make a statement,” she says. “I view it as a way to enhance, enrich, and add a certain vibe.”
Her mood of the moment? Easy, effortless, and eye-catchingly cool, as evidenced by the striking summer-inspired looks — both surprisingly achievable and profoundly uplifting — that she created exclusively for VIOLET GREY. The highlights and how-tos, below:
LOOK 1: SMOKE SHOW
“Keep the heaviness at the top and the bottom clean for a sexy, feline feel.” – C.K.
Pulling off a statement eye for summer doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, you can make it a reality with just two products, as Komarovski used here. Starting at the inner corner of the eyes, line your top lids heavily with CHANEL Stylo Ombre Et Contour Eyeshadow - Liner - Khôl in 08 Rouge Noir, a dramatic shade with a purple tint. Then, gently smudge the color up with your fingertip and create a soft cat eye by extending liner at the outer corners using an angled brush like CHANEL No 203 Les Pinceaux de Chanel Eye-Contouring Brush. For a graphic effect, sweep the brush across the crease, too. “What makes this fresh is that the center of the lid stays light, so it’s not overly done,” she says. Finish with three coats of CHANEL Le Volume Stretch De Chanel Volume And Length Mascara 3d-Printed Brush in 10 Noir.
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LOOK 2: SUN-KISSED GLOW
“It’s evening beach makeup at golden hour that lets all the gorgeous bits glow.” – C.K.
Is there anything more fitting for the season than a subtly contoured, fresh-from-vacation radiance? We think not. To recreate Komarovski’s summer glow without leaving your bathroom, buff CHANEL Ultra Le Teint Ultrawear All-Day Comfort Flawless Finish Foundation all over, which “gives great coverage without being too shiny, making it the perfect canvas for bronzer and highlighter.” Follow with a champagne shadow (try CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Medium) on lids before adding a pink shimmer to brow bones. “That makeup move is a play on the ʼ70s Saint Tropez vibe,” says Komarovski. Next, use the CHANEL No 100 Les Pinceaux De Chanel Foundation Blending Brush to blend the CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream in 390 Soleil Tan Bronze Universel under cheekbones, on temples, and the forehead. Add a touch of CHANEL Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Highlighting Fluid in Pearly Glow on top of cheekbones, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, and chin to bring light and dimension. A final glowy accent: pink gloss on lips for a pop of freshness.
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Name: Cyndle Komarovski
Where to Find Her: New York City
Represented by: Management + Artists
Pro Tip: “Always define and fix brows first. It sets the tone for the rest of the look.”
When it comes to makeup, Cyndle Komarovski was an early adopter. “I used to play with makeup all the time in middle and high school; I loved the experimental angle it had to offer,” she says. A serendipitous conversation with a neighbor, who happened to be a beauty product developer in her hometown of Boston, solidified her commitment to the industry. “She made me realize that I could make a career out of my passion.” So at 19, Komarovski moved to New York to begin her career, first studying photography and lighting design (a background that would provide an invaluable understanding of how shadow and light play off the skin), then working under makeup legends Diane Kendal and Mark Carrasquillo.
As her career gained steam, she scored coveted backstage bona fides and editorial spreads at publications including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New York Times. But Komarovski’s big break came in 2017 when she landed a prestigious CHANEL beauty expert contract that would allow her to show off her creative style through imagery and video vignettes for the brand. Playful experimentation, she says, still factors distinctly into her makeup approach, which can be best described as effortless, inspired, and unique — much like Komarovski herself.