Makeup Bag: Purple Fashion Magazine’s Caroline Gaimari

Makeup Bag: Purple Fashion Magazine’s Caroline Gaimari

“I’ve been living in France for 10 over ten years, working at Purple Fashion magazine for almost nine. I am the fashion director of the magazine and the director of the company. I travel all the time for work, working as a fashion stylist on photo shoots, conducting interviews of celebrities, musicians, and artists for the magazine, working on special projects with fashion brands, and organizing events.

I live between Paris and New York, but I tend to go more for French products. It’s not news that French pharmacies are the best place for beauty. Duane Reade already caught on to this and has a whole mini French pharmacy in their Union Square store. I’m not really a person that wears a lot of make up, but I’m definitely a person who likes skincare. My ideal look is long, clean, black lashes and a matte red lip.

Since I am literally always traveling, my skincare bag is a cabinet of curiosities. I really just throw all sorts of new travel-size things to try in there.

My bag is by Cath Kitson and I bought it on a shopping spree in Tokyo. My makeup bag is from the Chanel coco cocoon line.

Bioderma Crealine H20 – A French secret is to never get the skin on your face wet. American women seem to think that lather (lauryl sulfates) equals clean, this is a marketing ploy! Miscellaire solution is a way more gentle, effective way to clean your skin without overdoing it and causing aging damage. But if you’re absolutely hooked on washing your face with water, the best thing to use is Avene Cleanance Gel soapless cleanser.

After cleansing with Bioderma, I use Phytomer Eau Marine Alcohol-Free Tonic Lotion to get my skin ready for moisturizers.

I use three serums a day. In the morning, The Radiant Serum by Creme de la Mer for the face and Verso Super Eye Care Serum for the eyes. I discovered this in the gift bag at the Rodebjer show this season. It burns a bit when you put it on but it zaps all the puffiness out of your eyes. If you only do one thing – besides not getting your face wet! – it should be to use a night recovery serum. You wake up with baby skin. I either use Estée Lauder Night Repair Serum or Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum.

Ymalia Isotonic Day Cream – I was lucky enough to get this product for a shoot I was doing about winter beauty, and now I am hooked! You basically can’t even buy the cream unless you are invited to. It is really rich, and it’s the only cream I’ve found that keeps my face hydrated all day.

La Roche-Posay makes hands-down the best suncare products in the world. Whenever I’m in the sun and the water, I protect my hair with Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse Dry Oil and I use La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray on my body.

I went to Japan last year for a shoot with the make up artist Maki Ryoke, and she brought me to one of those beauty mega stores and showed me the best mascaras. The Japanese are all about the eyes (and skin!) so she recommended I get these conditioning black mascaras, that I am now totally addicted to – Little Witch Mote Mascara. They don’t give you spidery, thick lashes, but more clean, long lashes.

Another great thing I picked up in Japan were these huge bottles of [Shiseido] Tsubaki shampoo and conditioner. I first used these at an onsen in Hakone, a town with natural sulfur springs about an hour train ride from Tokyo. My dear friend Kazumi, the editor-in-chief of Libertine Dune, the coolest magazine in Japan, taught me all about onsen, the rituals, and the rules. Onsen are Japanese public baths and you go in fully naked. You aren’t allowed in if you have any tattoos because, culturally, they are considered to be linked to gangs. You have to shower and scrub first, and then there are several different pools of different temperatures and varying degrees of sulfur and minerals. You leave with super soft skin, shiny hair, and totally clear pores.

Another important part of my beauty routine is the hammam, which I learned about on my frequent trips to Morocco. In a steamy room – the hammam – you get lathered with black soap, which is made from olive oil, and then scrubbed until you just can’t take it anymore. You leave with shiny, fresh skin, which is ready to absorb all the nutritive and moisturizing effects of the local argan oil.

Whenever I am in Milan, I always stay at the Armani Hotel, which is right in the center of town, at the end of Montenapoleone, the major fashion street. I always stock up on the Armani shower gel from the bathroom, which smells amazing! It may be embarassing to take the amenities? But I just can’t help it there.

Mac Prolongwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust is the number one beauty product that changed my life and totally changed my look. You can put it on at 6 PM and it won’t budge until the morning, no matter what you eat or drink or who you kiss! It’s the only long-lasting lipcolor that I’ve tried that doesn’t majorly dry out your lips or start to crack after a few hours. It seems to keep that powdery, matte feel the whole time.

OPI Nail Laquer in The Thrill of Brazil is my favorite red. It’s the only color I use, because I just love it so much! Also the OPI RapiDry Top Coat is a miracle-worker.”

– Caroline Gaimari, Purple Fashion magazine Fashion Director & Executive Editor

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