Armed with a degree from the prestigious École du Louvre in Paris, make-up artist Violette decided to pursue her passion for beauty, and has since become one of the hottest talents to watch. By Li Ying Lim.
How did you get your start as a make-up artist? After studying painting and fashion in Paris, I had to decide which to choose. It was impossible—I loved both! Then, a friend asked me to paint glitter on her face for a costume party, and I realised makeup could be a marriage of both of my loves. I simply started with my brushes and pigments, and began knocking on the doors of modelling agencies to do make-up. Where do you find your inspiration? In everything that surrounds me. It could be a place I am visiting, a book I am reading, or a woman I see on the street. I am particularly inspired by art. I look to neo-classic and Italian Renaissance art for anything to do with complexion. These periods are all about transparent skin with a pearly glow and flushed cheeks, and a charismatic play between light and shadow. For eyes, I’m inspired by the way metallic colours in butterfly wings change in sunlight, and flowers are my inspiration for lip colours. What does beauty mean to you? True beauty is freedom from conventional beauty codes and feeling truly happy with who you are. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is at peace with herself and who embraces imperfections. I never change facial features through techniques like contouring. My approach is embracing the natural and enhancing what you already have. Now that you are one of La Mer’s first-ever Global Make-up Artist Ambassadors, what is it about the brand that is special to you? I’ve always loved using La Mer. It’s more than just a very chic brand, though. La Mer cares deeply about making women look and feel their best through powerful results. It’s not about launching trendy products, it’s about creating healthier skin. Its products are helpful in my day-today work, since I work with many models that have stressed and inflamed skin from so much travel and not enough sleep. You can see the skin changes right away. How important is skincare in your beauty routine? Major! I may spend a couple of minutes on my morning make-up, but I spend 10 minutes on skincare every morning and evening. If you treat your skin exceptionally, you won’t “need” makeup—it’ll just be an accent or accessory. I really enjoy taking care of my skin, and the time I spend on it is also a way for me to take a moment for myself. There is nothing more indulgent and relaxing than a La Mer skincare ritual at the end of the day. What is your go-to La Mer product? I am a huge fan of The Renewal Oil because it instantly moisturises my skin, leaving a glow that is never too oily. I love to mix it with La Mer’s The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation to add extra radiance. Which city most represents your beauty aesthetic? Paris, my home, has deeply influenced how I view beauty. I love going to the French pharmacies to discover products. I mix my own face masks at the herbal stores. The beauty philosophy is very close to my heart—good skincare is the foundation of it all, and a woman’s natural beauty is deeply valued. What can you never leave the house without? Red lipstick. Yes, I’m very French.
La Mer The Powder, RM370
Creating is art Violette’s pieces with favourite make-up pastime
La Mer The Powder Brush, RM260 La Mer The Renewal Oil, RM890
@violette_fr puts up YouTube tutorials frequently for followers who love her day-to-day looks