Makeup is about balance. When the eye makes a statement, the lips should be quiet.
From the start, I used a different kind of girl in Nars campaign images. My choice to use models of colour such as Alek Wek, Naomi Campbell and Karen Park Goude was absolutely a deliberate one. I felt that makeup was universal and should apply to everybody.
I really wanted to have a different approach of beauty because when I came to America, they were still heavily, heavily plastic. The ads were so heavily retouched.
I'll keep creating modern, deep, rich and adventurous colors and products that inspire creative expression every day.
We are not afraid to be a bit different, to make shades that are bold.
Makeup can make a woman look more beautiful at every age.
It's one thing to read about how makeup is applied. It's another thing altogether to watch it being put on.
Looking at flowers, simple things in life. I don't need to look at gold and a castle; sometimes its very simple things that are very beautiful. I am keeping my eyes fresh to find beauty in many places, and in gold, too, sometimes!
I don't think there's a major change between runway and real life anymore.
As a make-up artist, you always want to be in a good light, whether you're walking down the street or in a restaurant. It is a very key element to me; you can't apply good make-up in a bad light.
When you photograph someone, you have to make them feel good, and you know that they want to look good. It's the same relationship that you have when you apply makeup on somebody. We're almost like shrinks.
I'm always looking to the lightweight superproduct that you apply and almost don't see. That's the ultimate, at least for me.
I had no connections, and the fashion world was a closed elite. So my mother made appointments for herself with three top Parisian makeup artists and spoke highly about me... she was my first publicist!
I love the architecture magazines and all of the French magazines for decoration or whatever. I end up enjoying them more sometimes than the fashion magazines.
I made contours and all that, but in real life, you have to be very careful with that because you can go out in the street and look terrible. All those girls who show how to do contour, they do it quite well, but they're like makeup artists. They're in artificial light.
I love to collaborate with artists, like Guy Bourdin and Steven Klein, who don't have any boundaries.