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A Couture Makeup Bag Exists—and It’s Worth Adding to Your Wish List



Alexandre Vauthier sent multiple slinky gowns down his recent Couture runway—some with details so elaborate (like a jewel-encrusted dress dripping with ruby-colored stones) that they required 1,850 hours of work. Naturally, these exceptional pieces come at quite the expense (typically in the six-figure price range), so the fact that you can snap up one of this designer’s accessories for $1,500 is, in comparison, a bargain.

The fashion protégé, who once worked in the studios of Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, was given carte blanche by beauty giant Lancôme (along with two other Paris-based designers, Yiqing Yin and Jacquemus) to create a luxury cosmetics case to house three staple products—L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor, Hypnôse Star Mascara, and a Hypnôse Eye Palette—as part of a collaboration dubbed Nouvelle Vague. Vauthier’s sleek, black envelope bag that doubles as a clutch beats out the plastic Ziploc we’re currently using to hold our makeup (by a long shot). And with a designated spot for each item, it’s a whole lot more organized, too. Here, Vauthier explains how you can tell a lot about a woman from the inside of her purse.


I see that you incorporated your signature gold bar across the front, but what inspired the unique foldout design of this clutch?
I wanted to have something that opened up like this, very technical. I’m very crazy and obsessed by horlogerie [the practice of clock-making], as well as the precision of haute joaillerie [fine jewelry], like when you cut a diamond. I want to have something that represents this kind of work. I wanted to have something really cool and original.

Who is the woman you had in mind when you created this bag—perhaps Beyoncé, Rihanna, or another member of your celebrity fan club?
I dress a lot of celebrities, but I’m very happy to see the diversity of my clients. Of course, they can do a red carpet, with beautiful gowns. But I take a lot of pleasure in tailoring, day dresses, all of these kinds of things. My client doesn’t live only in the evening—she’s got morning, lunch, she works. I’m really attentive to a woman’s desire. I listen to them say what they want, so I don’t really have one [inspiration].

So what do your clients tell you that they want? Sex appeal? Edginess?
It depends on the person I dress, in fact. It could be a 22- or 25-year-old single American, or it could be a French actress. But they always want to be at their avantage [best].

Naturally. Beyoncé or not, I think all women want to feel that way. But if you had to pick one person, who would you say is your beauty icon?
Daria [Werbowy]. No, really, I was a huge fan of Daria because I love the girl. She’s been with Lancôme since the beginning, and she’s like an icon for me. I love her beauty, but I also love her allure. She can be sophisticated, she can be natural—she has the ability to [take on] different [personas]. I love [her as a] person, really. It’s not only a question of beauty, it’s a question of attitude.

What was your introduction to beauty?
I remember when I was young, à la maison [at the house], there were a lot of fashion magazines, and I was crazy about the advertising for makeup. There were beautiful photos for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Christian Dior [cosmetics]. And this kind of femininity was very chic, very sophisticated, and I loved the colors. You don’t always see it in my collections, but I love color. I love lipstick. You know what? I love these objects [holds up a tube of lipstick]—I think there is something feminine in putting them on. The geste and attitude [associated with applying beauty products] is so feminine. I was always completely fascinated by that. And the smell [of the lipstick], it’s a little vanilla, but not too [strong]. I’m obsessed by fragrance, and Lancôme was my first contact with cosmetics. It was the night cream my mama wore when she kissed me. And the first perfume I remember from my father was Sagamore from Lancôme.

Do you remember what your mother would pack in her evening bag?
It is very interesting that you say that because there was a smell inside her bag—there was the smell of maroquinerie [leather goods], but there was also [the scent] of lipstick, perfume, and paper money…You can read a woman by the fragrance of her handbag.

Alexandre Vauthier for Lancôme, $1,500, available July 28 on

Prefer a sculptural accessory (like Yiqing Yin’s basket-like bag) or ergonomic pouch (like Jacquemus’ bubblegum fanny pack)? Check out the designer trio’s interpretations below.


Caroline de Maigret Collaborates With Lancôme


LANCOME-CAROLINE_F10_0043_DWe’ve studied French-girl style for years, but short of living and breathing that Left Bank air, it’s mostly a mystery. So we were pleasantly surprised to see that Lancôme tapped model and music producer Caroline de Maigret for its latest collaboration. Her nonchalant attitude, multiple talents, and laid-back aesthetic—often favoring flats and undone hair over the latest trends—have made her today’s poster girl for effortless glamour. (FYI, she’s also a Style Map contributor here on In addition to following De Maigret around the globe for her book release, How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, Lancôme will develop a makeup collection with the muse next year. Parisian chic captured in a compact? We’re already sold.

A Shiatsu Massage for Your Face


lancomeMore than sixty years ago, the Lancôme Institute located in France enlisted the help of Dr. Durey (a world-renowned physician in the fifties) to develop a dry facial massage method dubbed le massage a sec. Now the beauty brand is bringing the Parisian pampering technique to the modern masses, but with a bit of an antiaging boost. Rénergie French Lift—a nighttime balm brimming with fine-line-fighting Resveroside (a combo of resveratrol and rye seed extract) and plumping hyaluronic acid—not only rejuvenates skin via high-tech ingredients, but comes accompanied by a disc designed to mimic a therapist’s hand. Before applying the actual cream, the silicone saucer is used to complete a series of short, face-sculpting movements modeled after Durey’s original approach. The ritual is rather straightforward and focuses on three key areas: jawline, forehead, and cheeks. Surprisingly, it takes less than two minutes to complete and the brief rubdown seemed to help unfurl our furrowed brows after a stressful day at the office. Did it magically carve out catwalk-worthy cheekbones? Definitely not. But similar to a trip to the spa, this manual, multiaction approach to aging left us in a sublime, Zen-like state before bed.


EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at Jason Wu’s New Makeup Line for Lancôme



Little-known fact: Jason Wu started out sketching costumes and accessories for dolls. While he now designs for fashionable female figures in action, he thinks of makeup like a toy—the overall presentation being just as important as what is inside. “Before you even try the product, [you see] what it looks like first, right?” he noted. “It’s kind of like candy.” And his latest cosmetics line (click here to preview the entire range) and sophomore effort for Lancôme (launching tomorrow) is certainly a feast for the eyes. Printed with a floral pattern straight off Wu’s Pre-Fall ’14 runway, the range comprised of two lipsticks, two blushes, a scaled-down brush, three eyeshadow palettes, a liner, nail polish, and a mascara all channel the same “dark glamour” as the clothes in the collection. Here, Wu divulges his thoughts on his latest beauty endeavor, his own skincare regimen, and why cosmetics are the ultimate transformative “treat.”

What inspired your Pre-Fall collection?

It really revolved around the midnight floral motif. For Pre-Fall, I was feeling sort of saturated, earthier tones, and that felt really interesting because those weren’t colors that I’ve used so much before. I’m known for using either pastels or brighter, jewel-toned colors, and this time was really much more autumnal-looking. I thought it was a really nice palette to serve as inspiration for beauty because earth tones always make for a great beauty look.

The makeup at your Fall 2014 show also seemed to go in a different, more masculine direction in comparison with the over-the-top feminine glamour we’re used to seeing backstage. Why the switch?

I thought it was a different kind of beauty because I’ve really concentrated on the eyes for the past few seasons. I thought it was interesting to [focus] on the brow for once and do something a little scaled back. It was almost like going in the opposite direction, and [the makeup] felt like it wasn’t something I’ve done before. The clothing was so dressed up that the juxtaposition with the more boyish look was interesting and felt modern.

Is there a product you’re particularly proud of in this range?

I always love the compacts because they [contain] all of the colors I love. They mix all of the [shades] I’m really inspired by right now. It puts them into a palette that really gives you a statement look that can be highly versatile depending on how you use them and put them together.

What do the women you’re surrounded with think of the new line?

I think it’s great to always have all these girls around—it’s really inspirational. I think Diane Kruger is a very good example. She does her own makeup for all the things that we do together, and so I think she’s always a great [source] for figuring out what the newest lip color is, or what feels really fresh for us. And also the girls around the office, every time we have some new samples come in, I disperse them throughout the studio. They’re all kind of my test subjects!

Can you give me a sneak peek of what you have in store for your next Lancôme collection?

Well, there’s always something! For Fall I used glitter on the eyes and we literally just used craft store glitter. It would be nice to develop something that gives you texture. I’d love to explore that [idea], but maybe not glitter. I do love the idea of developing some sort of a texture or a new kind of shine that we can play with.

What is the best beauty secret that you’ve ever learned—maybe from your mom or Diane Kruger?

Always moisturize…In Asia, a skincare regimen is super-important, so I think I just grew up with that. I’m always very good at moisturizing and exfoliating and things of that nature.

So what is your daily skincare routine like?

You’re going to laugh—it’s super-simple. I just exfoliate a little bit and use Neutrogena.

I take it you don’t have time for the twenty-six-plus steps many Asian women have in their beauty regimen. What are your go-to products?

I really like the exfoliating face wash from the Remède Spa. I always love that and I use it all the time. And then Neutrogena’s moisturizer for combination skin—the stuff you get at Duane Reade. It’s surprisingly simple, but sometimes I think the simplest things are the best.

Very true. Do you ever switch up your routine before bed?

No, I use the same [moisturizer]. I think in the true style of a designer: I put all of my efforts into the women that I dress and design for, and for me it’s always a sweater and jeans at the end of the show. It’s kind of like that for my skincare regimen. I keep it simple and keep the concentration on the girls.

Is there a beauty product you particularly love for summer?

There’s a good oil eliminator from Kiehl’s that I really like. It’s a shine-control toner, and I think it’s really nice for summer. I love a little mist.

I love that you think of beauty products like candy—I definitely can’t stop at just one.

It’s like a treat, you know? And I think women really have fun with it. I certainly have fun playing with the beauty [look] for my collections because I think it [helps realize] this idea of transformation and being able to change. One season you can be ultra-glamorous and the next season go boyish.

So who will the Jason Wu woman be for Resort?

I think you’ll see something that’s really fresh and pastel-inspired.

I can’t wait.

A Little Bit Retro, But Very Much Lupita


"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - ArrivalsIt’s been less than a year since makeup artist Nick Barose started working with Lupita Nyong’o, but he’s dolled her up for countless events (seriously, we tried to count, but got tired and gave up). That’s what happens when your client goes from being an unknown ingenue to an Oscar-winning international fashion icon in just eight months. And yet we still always look forward to seeing what Nick and Lupita come up with next, because unlike so many other A-listers who love to play it safe with a signature makeup look, this duo never fails to throw a surprise or two into the mix.

For tonight’s Met Ball, the twist comes in the form of metallic purple eye shadow—a playful contrast to Nyong’o’s green Prada gown and new raisin-colored strands. “The dress has a Josephine Baker vibe to it, and she’s wearing a headband that’s very dramatic, so I didn’t want the makeup to be too strong,” explains Barose. Here, the scoop.

The inspiration: “I’ve been looking at a lot of old photos from the 1920s to the 1950s, but I didn’t want to give her a specific period look. Her eyebrows have a classic, Grace Kelly kind of shape, and the smoky eyes look like they could be from the twenties or thirties—but the color is very seventies. So it’s a bunch of stuff I collaged together.”

The process: “I saw Lupita this weekend in D.C., so I showed her the kind of colors I wanted to use, but we’re both very laid-back about it. I show her so many ideas, but there are so many elements that play into [the look] that it’s good not to get so married to the one idea in your head. It’s good to go with the flow because it’s never going to turn out exactly how you picture it. For example, I came up with the lip color at the last minute.”

The look:“I did purple smoky eyes to contrast with the green dress. I didn’t want it to be matchy-matchy. On her cheeks, I used sheer powder blush in fuchsia. With dark skin, you can wear something bright and blend it down. It still pops, you just have to use a light hand. And on the lips I did a bronzy, berry-toned lipstick. Green is such a strong color that the lips can’t be too red, because then it competes. Same thing with purple—on dark complexions it really blends in well. Bronze would just disappear, so purple was the better option for something dramatic but not too loud. Especially because tonight it’s about the outfit.”

The breakdown:

Lancôme Tient Idole 24H foundation in 550C
Lancôme Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Powder & Foundation in 550C

Giorgio Armani Beauty Cheek Fabric Blush in Eccentrico
Giorgio Armani Beauty Maestro Blush in 300

Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eye Colour Base
Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Miss Sweetheart D
Lancôme Hypnose Mascara in Deep Black

Lancôme Le Lipstique pencil in Sheer Chocolate
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Bordeux