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India is clearly taking fashion and beauty centre-stage this season, especially with Chanel’s Bombay Express summer 2012 makeup collection, which is based on the couture house’s pre-fall catwalk collection. Inspired by the sights and delights of Indian festivals, the makeup is replete with the mesmerising beauty of gold and charcoal pigments that are perfect for adding a seductive glow to all skin tones. Prepare to make heads turn!

Chanel, Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, India, Le Crayon Khôl in Black, Le Vernis Nail Colour in Diwali, makeup, Mascara Inimitable Intense in Black, Paris-Bombay, Route des Indes de Chanel, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene

Poudre Compacte in Route des Indes de Chanel

Chanel, Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, India, Le Crayon Khôl in Black, Le Vernis Nail Colour in Diwali, makeup, Mascara Inimitable Intense in Black, Paris-Bombay, Route des Indes de Chanel, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene

This is the show stopper – a shimmering, lightweight powder that features fine light-reflecting pigments to create a ‘halo-like’ glow and give the complexion a fabulously flawless finish. It can be used over makeup or on bare skin and goes on super-easily with the help of a fluffy brush. I will clearly have to buy two of these: one to use, another to store as the paisley pattern is just too gorgeous to spoil!

Le Vernis in Diwali

Chanel, Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, India, Le Crayon Khôl in Black, Le Vernis Nail Colour in Diwali, makeup, Mascara Inimitable Intense in Black, Paris-Bombay, Route des Indes de Chanel, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene

This metallic gold nail polish, which Peter Philips (Chanel’s Creative Director of Makeup), describes as “a homage to the celebration of light that takes place in India”, is luminously glossy, making it the perfect choice for glam summer evenings. As an added bonus, the innovative formula not only promises a rich, long lasting colour but also strengthens and moisturises the nails with every application.

Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana

Chanel, Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, India, Le Crayon Khôl in Black, Le Vernis Nail Colour in Diwali, makeup, Mascara Inimitable Intense in Black, Paris-Bombay, Route des Indes de Chanel, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene

Sultry, kohl-rimmed eyes have long been a staple of Indian makeup and Peter Philips gives them a modern touch with an intensely pigmented, super-shimmering gel-textured eye shadow titled Nirvana. A little bit of the long lasting charcoal black shade will go a long, long way so start off with a gentle touch, building up the intensity as you go along. For a subtle look, use it to line the eyes; for more drama, cover the entire eyelid.

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume d’Or

Chanel, Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, India, Le Crayon Khôl in Black, Le Vernis Nail Colour in Diwali, makeup, Mascara Inimitable Intense in Black, Paris-Bombay, Route des Indes de Chanel, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene

This dusty pink blush is flecked with very fine gold luminescence to create a youthful vibe. It has a silky texture and offers buildable coverage, making it perfect for every mood – right from natural to dramatic.

Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte

Chanel, Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, India, Le Crayon Khôl in Black, Le Vernis Nail Colour in Diwali, makeup, Mascara Inimitable Intense in Black, Paris-Bombay, Route des Indes de Chanel, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene

A look with such dramatic eyes needs a nude lipstick – and Peter Philips comes through with Empreinte, which gives a natural pink-hued shine that complements all skin tones.