It is elegant, and then there’s French make-up artist Violette. She of the rumpled curtain bangs and scarlet lips is responsible for daily face massages and Sézane knits. Even her toddler shower changed into sublime — a pretty red fête thrown by none other than Emily Weiss. On the smartphone, she is as bouncy and delightful as crème chantilly. I believe her lounging barefoot in her dreamy Brooklyn brownstone as we chat approximately all things beauty. She will spill the secrets and techniques to her Rive Gauche tousles and assures me we can all channel our internal Godard muse.
What do you think the principal differences are between the French and North American beauty esthetics? “One issue that’s surely extremely good about the North American esthetic is that there’s so much extra range. I experience, like in France, all of our appearance the identical: pink lipstick, messy hair, white shirt, blue denim. It’s our uniform. On the best aspect, I’d say we’re very fortunate because in my us of a, we’re raised as little women to assume that we’re best the manner we’re. If somebody thinks we’re now not stunning, then we ought to be satisfied to recognize that because we can, without a doubt, reduce this individual from our life. We don’t should change for these characters; we don’t live around them. So we use splendor as a manner to celebrate who we’re. If we’re missing a little bit of definition in the face or don’t have lots of lashes, that’s simply the way it is. We’re going to apply makeup to style ourselves, not fake we’re plastic surgeons.”
What’s the French approach to skincare?
“It is going again to how we’re brought up. Mother nature made you best, so you want to attend to this because you’re now not using makeup to cover. So, what do you do? You take care of what you’ve got; that’s why skincare is first-rate essential to French women.” What’re your pores and skincare habits like? “It’s the whole thing but effortless! As ladies, we’ve hectic lives, so we don’t have time to meditate, study a e-book, be the proper human we need to be, so I want to, as a minimum, try to position this goal in ordinary moments like getting dressed, taking a shower, brushing my hair and doing my makeup. You will have this one second twice an afternoon to your existence wherein it’s about cherishing yourself. That’s why I clearly take my time and take satisfaction in caring for my skin. I rub down a makeup remover on my pores and skin for a couple of minutes, after which I rinse it off with plenty of water. I also can’t live without my Biologique Recherche P50 lotion. Then, I use Advanced Night Repair (Violette is Estée Lauder’s global beauty director), which is my should-have. I use it as a serum and a topcoat on my makeup to bring a little dewiness again. And then in the morning, I do the equal habitual. However, I cleanse a piece much less because your pores and skin produce oil in the course of the night. This is true for you. So I splash water on my face once I’m inside the shower.”