5 posts tagged "Melanie Laurent"
Since starring in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, and nabbing a Dior fragrance contract in the process, Mélanie Laurent has continued to impress us with her easy approach to red-carpet beauty. A lipstick lover after our own hearts, the French actress has a range that covers everything from classic updos and glamorous blow-outs to simple topknots—and even the occasional porkpie hat. At a photo call yesterday at the sixty-third Berlinale International Film Festival for her new movie, Night Train to Lisbon, Laurent pulled out another doozy, in the form of a soft side braid that swept across her hairline, thus showcasing her ombré blonde locks in the process. You don’t see that on the premiere circuit every day. Thoughts on the look?
Cannes master of ceremonies Mélanie Laurent stars in our Beauty Essentials feature today, and it’s no surprise that the very Parisian, very chic star of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds keeps a lot of Dior in her makeup bag. The blonde actress is the newly minted face of the house’s Hypnotic Poison scent, after all. “It’s very flattering when you’re asked to join the ranks of Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Marion Cotillard,” Laurent says of the spokeswomen who have come before her and who are still tied to the brand. Lending her talents to a print campaign wasn’t all that different from taking on a film project, though, Laurent tells us. “It isn’t a transition—it’s the same for me. The Hypnotic Poison woman is a little bit like me but not entirely, which is why embodying her means acting. I like the idea of playing her as a character,” Laurent says of the mysterious and bewitching image that the bitter almond, caraway spice, sambac jasmine, cinnamon, and tuberose eau evokes. As for her past fragrance trysts, there have been many—”I’m French, so perfume is part of my culture”—but her first love was Eau Sauvage, Dior’s hit men’s fragrance from the sixties. “It was my father’s favorite perfume,” Laurent explains. “I had the impression that wearing this strong, masculine perfume helped me affirm myself.” Click here to get an insider’s look at all of Mélanie’s go-to products.
Proper Riviera beauty typically takes its cues from the sun—a little bronzer here, some shimmer lotion there—but when the Cannes Film Festival comes to town, all of that changes. “You can’t think about Cannes without thinking about Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve,” celebrity makeup artist for Christian Dior Christophe Danchaud told us from the newly designed Dior Beauty Suite at the Hotel Majestic, referring to the icons’ heavily lined eyes and lots and lots of lashes. Danchaud, who has tended to Monica Bellucci’s gorgeous face for upward of 12 years, is the brand’s go-to guy for properly primping out its spokespeople—including newly named Dior Hypnotic Poison face Mélanie Laurent. “The trick is no powder until she walks out,” he says of keeping actresses camera ready for premieres and photo calls. “I love when you can see fresh skin, so I put powder on the T-zone and only the T-zone. It gives the right shine to cheeks.” As for blush, Danchaud prefers to start with a cream texture on really dewy skin and then dust on a powder pigment, like Dior’s Bronze Harmonie de Blush in Rose Brazilia “super-big,” from the apple of the cheek, way up past the temple.
When it comes to eyes, film premiere makeup requires eyeliner, but applied with restraint. “I like liner when you just have the liner. Lids need to be nude, nude, nude. Then mascara—you have to use it on the red carpet.” Danchaud’s method is to start with something volumizing like Dior’s Diorshow Extase and then top it off with DiorShow Blackout for an even fuller effect. Discussing the Hollywood set’s ubiquitous smoky eye, Danchaud says that he’s into it every once in a while. “It’s sexy,” the face painter points out. “And you can do it on every woman.” He recommends switching it up for added character, though, using a green, navy, or brown base rather than the more traditional black.
In regards to red lipstick—every actress’ best friend in paparazzi pictures—Danchaud prefers an orangey red to the blue varieties. “I like Rouge Dior in Red Premiere,” he says adding a proviso to the uninformed: “If you do the eyes, though, you can’t really do the lip too.” First-timers, take note.
Mélanie Laurent has already said that as the master of ceremonies for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, she’ll be wearing couture creations from Christian Dior at both the opening and closing events. Today, the Inglourious Basterds star’s ties to the famed French house got a little closer. Dior has just announced that the triple-threat blonde (Laurent acts, directs, and sings, so you know) will be the new face of its Hypnotic Poison fragrance. The print campaign will sadly not debut stateside, but we have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll see of Laurent in the beauty spokesperson-sphere. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, watch your backs.