CHANEL makeup artist Cyndle Komarovski makes a compelling case for going all out with your beauty look this year — even if you’re staying in.
Makeup ByCYNDLE KOMAROVSKI
Photography BySTAS KOMAROVSKI
Written ByMAUREEN CHOI
Creative Direction ByVICEN AKINA
It’s finally here: the 2020 event we’ve all been waiting for — New Year’s Eve! The day we get to put the strangest year behind us and usher in a more hopeful 2021. While the future looks bright, things, for now, still seem out of character without the prix fixe dinners, extravagant parties, and crowded IRL countdowns to partake in. But that doesn’t mean we can’t ring in the New Year with a few of the typical markers — a red lip, flowing Champagne, sparkles from head to toe — of holiday cheer. Do it for your Zoom guests, and above all, do it for yourself. You’ll feel better for it, promise.
That’s our plan, for sure, starting with this stunning look created and modeled by CHANEL makeup artist Cyndle Komarovski. It’s easy and elegant all at once. Plus, it features makeup techniques that once you’ve tried them, you’ll do them a lot. In fact, this gorgeous look could well become your go-to in 2021 with the help of a few color rotations, of course. Feel free to riff off of it, too. This is just the jumping-off point for doing something special for the evening. Because a fresh start — especially one as meaningful as this — is worth celebrating in style.
THE BIG SLICK
“A red lip says it all — without you ever having to say a word.” —C.K.
How do you upgrade a classic red lip? With a little gloss, baby. The trick to getting the same flawless drama seen here is to exfoliate and hydrate lips first, then “blot with a tissue to make sure lips are moisturized but not greasy,” says Komarovski. Next, follow her application how-to: “Swipe on one coat of CHANEL Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Ultra Wear Lip Color in 49 Ever Red all over lips, starting at the Cupid’s bow and working your way to the edges. Let dry for a few seconds, then add a second coat and wait another few seconds before finishing with the clear, high-shine gloss on top.” Do that, she says, and you’ll get the most even application and the longest staying power.
To emphasize the eyes, Komarovski used CHANEL Le Liner de Chanel Liquid Eyeliner High Precision Longwear in 516 Rouge Noir (which lends more intrigue than basic black, she says) to create a baby cat-eye. Remember to “keep the line thin, so it feels like an extension of your outer lashes rather than an overwhelming statement,” she explains. Then, define your top and bottom lashes with two coats of CHANEL Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in 10 Noir and fill in brows using CHANEL La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax and Brow Powder Duo. For the pièce de résistance, lightly tap CHANEL Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick in Sculpting onto eyelids with your finger for a glowy effect. That’s the key to this look, says Komarovski: “There should be two points of shine — the lips and the eyes — contrasted against matte skin. That’s what makes it alluring.”
GET THE LOOK
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.