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Artist In Residency: Cyndle K's Parisian Smoky Eye

Artist In Residency: Cyndle K's Parisian Smoky Eye

Welcome to Artist in Residency, our series that brings the industry's most innovative makeup artists to Rose Inc. for a month of creativity and inspiration. Each week, you'll discover an original look—and the story behind it—created by an artist we love.

For many artists, inspiration and exploration play interconnected creative roles. Discovering a color or shape, or feeling a texture or mood in a new location, can be enough to spark something magical. After years of working across continents and time zones on editorials and with celebrities—and collecting inspiration along the way—Chanel makeup artist Cyndle K experienced a different phenomenon in 2020: wanderlust. In the midst of a global pandemic, the New York City-based creative found herself looking back at images taken during her travels—a spirit she brought to Rose Inc. for her January Residency. “I want to be reinspired by the places I’ve been lucky enough to see in my life,” says the Boston native. “It’s nice to travel through the past.”

Best known for the effortless, sophisticated-yet-cool aesthetic that’s made the self-taught artist in-demand across publications like Vogue, W, and Allure—and with celebrities like Taylor Russell, Maggie Rogers, and Phoebe Tonkin—she translated four reference images from her own camera roll into pared-down homages to the beauty of her subject. Done on herself, and photographed by her husband in their home, keeping things light and easy was of utmost importance. “I wanted to keep the vibe very wearable,” Cyndle says. “You don’t want to wear a ton of makeup at home right now.”

For these reasons and more, Rose Inc. is delighted to welcome Cyndle as our first Artist In Residency of 2021.

Her Residency Inspiration:

Gliding through the heart of Paris on a sunset boat ride down the Seine river, Cyndle snapped this picture of the Eiffel Tower just after dusk. It’s easy to understand why this moment stands out as extraordinary while in the midst of a global pandemic, so Cyndle challenged herself to find inspiration in the memory—or, more specifically, the wrought-iron French landmark. “I just love the graphicness of it,” she says. Using inky black liner set against dewy skin, she crafted a fresh take on a glossy eyelid that’s both seductive and understated.

Behind This Look:

With radiant, moisturized skin as her goal, Cyndle prepped her complexion with Furtuna Skin Olive Replenishing Balm then buffed Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint Foundation only where needed. A bold eye requires a defined brow, so she used Laura Mercier Brow Pencil in Blonde for depth and Make Beauty Sculpting Lash & Brow Gel to hold a brushed-up shape.


Sexy, but easy.


Next came Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Black Wood. “I started by rimming the eye, building it up, and smudging it along my lash line with my finger,” Cyndle says. She then traced the edges of the liner with a neutral shadow—Hypnotic from the Huda Beauty Naughty Nude Palette—to soften the overall effect and prevent bleeding. To add a glossy texture, she then tapped Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick in Sculpting all over the liner with her finger. “It gives you that wet look, but the texture isn't sticky or goopy at all,” she says. Le Volume de Chanel Mascara came last.

Cyndle describes a coat of the brand’s Rouge Coco Flash Lip Colour in Moment as a beige-brown that delivers the perfect natural tint for those with pale lips. “Sexy, but easy,” she says.

Cyndle K photographed by Stas Komarovski. Written by Lexy Lebsack.

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