French make-up artist Violette & the world of beauty
Internationally renowned makeup artist Violette is the ultimate French girl with a covetable, cool approach to beauty and wellbeing. Her resume reads like a dream - Dior beauty consultant, Sephora and La Mer ambassador, Tokyo and Cannes Film Festival make-up artist and fashion shoots on locations all around the world. Here one day, gone the next, we managed to catch Violette as she touched down in New York (her new home) to find out about her life and style.
ON ENTERING THE WORLD OF BEAUTY
Fashion and painting were my 2 passions. And makeup is for me is a way to paint faces, and dress up faces… I am also a big fan of of health and wellness. Like you should see my skincare routine… it’s kind of insane…ha ha! I love women and honestly, thanks to social media, I can now talk directly to them which is amazing. Beauty can really help someone to feel good about themselves and I am very happy to be able to share tips and makeup in a different way.
ON HER PERSONAL STYLE
Boyish but feminine... I am not really putting any thoughts into my style. I recently had some special projects where people tried to dress me in a style that isn’t mine and it made me aware that I actually have one! I like classic. I like to feel confortable but always a bit chic. It’s a balance of casual and sophisticated I guess. Like my hair can be messy and wild (but clean!) but my nails are always done. A redone jean but a Gianvito Rossi shoe… my boyfriend t-shirt but a vintage Saint Laurent bag and an intense red lipstick...I am not very girly but feminine.
ON WHAT SHE SEES FOR THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY
More awareness on what we use. What we need. People are sharing more thanks to social media and that’s great! Skincare will evolve in such a way that soon we will have botox as cream! The future is near! And makeup will have stronger textures, colors and effects than ever before. The industry is under pressure thanks to younger brands re-inventing makeup in a different way. More fun. It’s good, it’s pushing them!
HER FAVOURITE GAME-CHANGING BEAUTY TREATMENT
Food!!! 100%. Since I’ve started my alkaline diet, and try to follow a macrobiotic diet, my skin is better, my hair too… and I feel much more energy than before. It really changed everything. Beauty comes 1st from the inside. You can put as much as foundation on as you want, but if you’re skin is healthy then a skin without foundation is my favorite!!
ON ADVICE SHE WOULD GIVE TO HER YOUNGER SELF AT THE BEGINNING OF HER CAREER
Not much.. Not that I think I did everything right, but I believe that everything happens for a reason. And I’ve always done everything with my heart. So even bad things that have happened to me were good in the end because that’s how I’ve learned.
My youtube channel. It took me a few years to decide to do it. I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to say. But my followers were asking me more and more for advice and I was tired of all these tutorials that are incredible to watch but not accessible at the end. I mean it looks great on your instagram but how is it in the street? It’s so much makeup on…. And the problem with this too is that it changes your features completely. How are you supposed to love yourself if you change your face every morning? I’ve decided to do tutorials in real conditions. No artificial light… and in the uber, in the street, at the café etc… Like I and many other women do it…
I also interview my friends, and film their beauty routines. And at the end I advice them a little “+” so they learn something new! We always meet at a place we like so I can talk about the place too. A nice spa, a nice restaurant… it’s short but enough to tease you to go there ! It’s really about beauty, girls… style and places !
CURRENTLY ON HER WISHLIST
I can’t wait for the La Mer Skincolor to launch. I love this product and I can’t wait to share it with people. The new Mavy shoes from Jimmy Choo… the small trotteur Céline bag…. And more time at home. It’s a blessing to be able to travel so much for my work.. But this is how you know you’re getting older… when all you want is to be at home with a nice novel!
ON HER FAVOURITE PLACES IN THE WORLD
So many places ! I am a fan of Asia. I love Japan…. When I am there I visit as much as possible, trying as many restaurants as I can! When I go to Seoul in Korea, I buy so much beauty products that I have to buy a new bag just to fit them all in! Ibiza is my favorite island… I love to do meditation, yoga and swim swim swim while I am there. It’s my peaceful place. Last year we visited Brazil and it was absolutely amazing. I fell in love with Amazonia. I want to go back there… to be in contact with the wild nature and just observe animals.
ON CREATING BALANCE IN HER LIFE
I do transcendentale meditation. That became necessary. To ground myself and reconnect.. Simple things in life like cooking can also help me a lot. My job can be disconnected from reality sometimes. So it is essential to reconnect.
LIFE LESSONS SHE'S LEARNT ALONG THE WAY
Stay true to your heart always, always, always. Do your best. Put the best intentions in everything that you do.
Most treasured wardrobe item... silver sequins mermaid pants from Isabel Marant
Perfume...Lipstick Rose from Frédérique Malle
Skincare...La Mer. Joelle Ciocco. Pratima. Uriage.
Game-changing beauty item...Soft Lotion by La Mer
Evening beauty favourites...Lotion P50 from Biologique Recherche and any body balm from In Fiore
Book....Belle du Seigneur of Albert Cohen and any Murakami books
Flowers...Cherry blossom trees and black roses
Favourites to follow on instagram.. Lili Barbery Coulon, Into the Gloss, Aureta, Violet Grey, C_L_O, stevenpanpan
Place to drink after dark.. Paris: bar at the Bristol hotel and NY: Maison Première in Williamsburg
Places to stay when abroad...Park Hyatt in Paris, Standard in Miami, Ocean View Club in Bahamas and La Mamounia in Marrakech.
Songs currently on repeat...Symphonie N°7 in 1 major Beethoven, Kung Fu Fighting, The wind cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix,
Street Spirit - Radiohead, Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais - Serge Gainsbourg, Sympathy for the devil – rolling stones,
The Fall – Rhye, Homelands – Nitin Sawhney, Feeling good – Nina Simone and La Saga- Iam
Most happiest when...With people I love.
Never leaves the house without...A red lipstick and my perfume.
Images courtesy of Violette and by @tomtakesphotos