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Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Beauté

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Everyone may be buzzing about Paris Vogue‘s September cover girl, Charlotte Casiraghi, but we’re caught up with an entirely different editorial from the French glossy’s big fashion issue. In an exciting turn of events, editor Emmanuelle Alt enlisted not one but three of the business’ biggest face painters to present their own interpretation of French beauty on Isabeli Fontana’s gorgeous visage. Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux went with his standard nude lip, smoky eye combination—a similar look to the limited-edition Pure Color Night collection that he launched for the beauty brand last year as a tribute to French women. “It’s very sensual, very cool, and very sexual,” he said. Lloyd Simmonds, Yves Saint Laurent’s newly named international makeup artist, chose a high-shine red lip and smoked-out lavender eye with gold accents on the inner corners, pointing out that French women should dare to experiment with bold color more. As for Aaron de Mey, the Lancôme artistic director of makeup spotlighted the dynamic effect of asymmetry in makeup by dusting one lid with a rich emerald pigment and the other with shimmering sapphire, in order to illustrate French women’s unique ability to bush boundaries. Which interpretation do you like best?

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier for Paris Vogue, September 2011

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