Beautiful Lives: Sylvie Chantecaille

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What started as an appreciation for fine art developed into an obsession with face-painting fairly quickly. "At 14, my mother took me to her facialist and allowed her to put makeup on me. When I got up from the lounge and looked at myself I thought: This is brilliant." A fast learner, Chantecaille became adept at doing her own contouring, eyeliner, and lipstick. "I was photographed all around Paris, I think because I did my makeup so well," says Chantecaille, pictured here in Patou couture at her coming-out party in 1963.

Photo: Courtesy of Sylvie Chantecaille