The 411: Mathilde Thomas of Caudalíe
You could say that Mathilde Thomas lives by the phrase, “in vino veritas“—after all, she and her husband Bertrand are responsible for creating the world’s premiere wine-driven beauty line, Caudalíe. Built on the principle that the polyphenols found in grape seeds are infinitely more effective at fighting pesky, age-provoking free radicals than Vitamin E, the brand has grown by leaps and bounds since its 1995 inception, thanks to innovative products and the spread of a range of vinothérapie spas. Though Caudalíe was born in France, Mathilde and her family recently made the move to New York. What major differences has the Manhattan transplant discovered so far? That Parisians’ laissez-faire approach to bike helmets doesn’t work in a city where taxicabs are moving menaces, for one, and that French and American women have different approaches to beauty. “I was surprised that here women often want to cover problems rather than treat them, so makeup is way bigger than skincare, and it’s the contrary in France,” Thomas told Style.com. “In France, we start taking care of our skin much earlier and here a lot of women will wait until they have a problem and then say ‘fix it.’ And in New York, everyone is in a hurry; women want results fast!” Here, she shares her beauty secrets on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Cosmetic Doctor: Dr. Bernard Hertzog
“He lives between London and Paris, and he is the absolute best for mesotherapy! (Editor’s note: Mesotherapy is a medical specialty that involves injecting microscopic quantities of natural extracts, homeopathic agents, pharmaceuticals, and vitamins into the skin, used to eliminate cellulite, promote weight loss, and treat aging skin.) He takes care of all the French celebrities, and after seeing him I glow for a week. He is very, very good and has a light touch. I met him in 1996, because he was the one behind our Beauty Elixir.”
Dr. Bernard Hertzog, 60, avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007, Paris, 01 45 56 10 00.
The Essential Product: Caudalíe Premier Cru
“Because it took me more than eight years to design, and 200 trials, I would have to say my most-used Caudalíe product is the Premier Cru. It’s my Rolls-Royce of creams, and it has 15 years of technology behind it, and all the best anti-aging molecules at their highest concentrations. It’s a serum plus a moisturizer, and I will use it morning and night without anything else.”
Caudalíe Premier Cru La Crème, $120, www.sephora.com.
The Hair Stylist and Colorist: Warren Tricomi
“I discovered the Warren Tricomi salon when I arrived in New York and I love it. I see Edward [Tricomi] for cuts, and Naoko Suzuki for the best blowouts. And for color, I always go see Joel [Warren]. Everyone there is very talented!”
Warren Tricomi Salon at The Plaza, 1 W. 58 St., NYC, (212) 262-8899, www.warrentricomi.com.
The Yogini: Louise Lougalates-Hale
“When I’m in Paris, I like to see Louise for a private session at least once a week, because doing yoga always makes me feel so healthy. We have even arranged for her to come to the Caudalíe offices so that the entire team can do yoga together!”
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The Makeup Artist: Delphine Sicard
“Delphine is my favorite, and I’ve been working with her forever. She is very good and she does a lot of magazines and television in France. She always takes care of my makeup for special occasions.”
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The Makeup Essentials: The Power of Prestige
“I really don’t like to use a lot of makeup, but when I do, it is extremely important to me that the look is natural. I rely on Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, Lancôme Définicils mascara, and NARS Blush in Orgasm to help give me a simple, sun-kissed glow without looking overdone.”
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $47, Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, $24.50 and NARS Blush in Orgasm, $26, www.sephora.com.
The Alternative Medicine Practitioner: Dr. Nadia Volf
“Nadia has been my acupuncturist in Paris for some time and I trust her immensely! If I could find someone in New York as good as her, I would be so happy!”
Dr. Nadia Volf, 5 Rue Quentin Bauchart, 75008, Paris; +33 1 47 20 09.
The Destination Spa: Caudalíe Vinotherapie Spa, Elciego, Spain
“I have two favorites. If I’m in an arty mood I go to the Caudalíe Vinotherapie spa at the Marqués de Riscal Hotel in Elciego. It’s the only Gehry-designed hotel, and the whole place feels like you’re living in a piece of art. Plus, every time I’m there, I get to go see my favorite spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. My other favorite is the Vinotherapie Spa in Bordeaux. It’s my family vineyard, so it’s like going home.”
Caudalíe Vinotherapie Spa at Marqués de Riscal Hotel, Calle Torrea 1, Elciego, Spain 01340, +(34)(945) 180880; www.starwoodshotel.com.
The Restaurant: Le Meurice
“When we are in Paris we always like to visit our friend, Chef Yannick Alléno, at Restaurant Le Meurice. He is a very talented chef and prepares the most decadent food…it is always a very special treat, and a luxurious dining experience.”
Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris, +33 1 44 58 10 10.; www.lemeurice.com.
The Edible Necessity: Cheese
“Food is very important to us French, so I’m constantly looking for new places in the city. Cheese is my essential, though, and I think Artisanal has the best selection. I go there for my 12-year-old Comté and the very stinky, but delicious Époisses.”
Artisanal Cheese, 2 Park Ave., NYC, (212) 532-4033, www.artisanalcheese.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Caudalíe