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Beautiful Lives: Laura Mercier

Class Act
At her mother's suggestion, Michele continued her education at the Carita beauty school in Paris, where she officially became Laura. "I enjoyed the makeup class most of all because I got to put my art training into action." After learning under mentors like current Clarins artistic director of makeup Thibault Vabre, Laura taught classes at Carita for three years. She also began working as a freelance makeup artist, most notably for Marie Claire France and Elle France.

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