“In terms of makeup and clothes, I’m not into polished looks. I like off beat things in general and appreciate natural beauty and spontaneity. The idea of being perfectly groomed in NYC and in Paris, where I am born, are two very different concepts. I am very impressed with my American friends and their grooming techniques but I simply do not have the time or the nerves for it. For me, groomed does not mean looking perfect and spending hours to achieve this. It just means radiating something.
I think the world perceives les Parisiennes as nonchalant by which they probably mean that we appear as though we haven’t put too much effort into getting ready. This is probably true in some cases but not always. I think we do get ready, but we prefer to leave it a bit unfinished. The other day I went to pick up my friend from her house in Paris and on our way to an event I realized that I did not have any eyeliner or concealer with me. Surely she would have it, but she didn’t. She actually asked me for a hairband so she could pull her hair off of her face and then she wanted me to run my fingers through her dreadlocks to make her hair look less messy. I needed a hairband too, so neither of us used it! But we both looked fine and had a great evening, I was in a black jumpsuit and she was in a LBD [little black dress]. Our hair was a bit messy and neither of us had on full makeup.
I am quite ashamed of the little makeup that I do own, especially now that I am being featured on this blog. That is all the makeup I have in the picture!
I rarely have my hair blown out and wear no makeup during the day. I like to use David Mallet Hair Serum to achieve a blow dried look. I just twist bits of my hair around with my fingers. Takes 2 minutes and I don’t have to leave my house.
In the evenings for events I will go for a moisturizing mascara from Chantecaille, eyeliner or a red lip from Laura Mercier Scarlet Lip Stain. I like to use lip pencils from Rimmel- Lasting finish in Spice, Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk in Burnt Rose or Coffee, and Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Lilirose. I like lip pencils more than lipsticks as you can fully colour in your lips and achieve a look that won’t smudge and will last for hours, even when drinking or eating. The lips are pigmented and enhanced and you can play around with the shape!
I don’t pluck my eyebrows as I love big eyebrows and will occasionally color them in with a Givenchy Eyebrow Pencil #1. Like the 90’s eyebrow look, there is something quite glamorous about it. Think Cindy, Christy, Linda…
For eyeliner, I use Lancome Liquid Eyeliner in Black or a MAC brush with MAC Black Shadow or a Chanel eyeshadow and Chanel Khol Crayon. I like to define my eyes to achieve a feline look- my eyes are almond shaped and emphasizing them works for a very glam look. Some nights I wear liquid eyeliner, or I create shadows with a brush and eyeshadow. Other nights I use the Kohl Crayon smudged with a little Vaseline. As if I got out of the bed.
If I wear foundation it’s Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I only wear it at night and for a short period of time. I will literally rush home to wash it off so that my skin, so I can breathe with Dr Hauschka Almond Cleansing Cream. Do not like to keep any sort of foundation on my face for too long as it blocks the pores.
To nourish my lips, I use Baume de Rose by Terry nourishing lip balm and will once in a while use Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Exfoliator to get baby soft lips.I like to use Argan oil from the French brand Diar Argan and yes, wait for it, fish oil on my face after a night of makeup. My day cream is from Biologique Recherche VIP O2 Cream and I use the Balancing Exfoliator Lotion P50 that makes my skin shine. I also have 2 teaspoons of Flax Oil per day.
I drink lots of Evian water too. That must be a French thing. Water is so important to French women. I moisturize my skin from inside and also spray on lots of Avene Thermal Spring Water in spray format on my face, whether it is winter or summer.
I have a little Virgin Mary icon in my makeup bag for when I’m in the mood to pray and sometimes just holding it renews my energy. And the best advice I can give is to be in love, that is the best make up a woman will ever have.” — @SaraBrajovic