Le Bon Marché, the most elegant department store in Paris. If you want to see the chicest women, hang out here for a while. Above, looking down from the top floor into the cosmetics and fragrance section.
Whew! We’re home, unpacked, and I’ve already done a little bit of grocery shopping and a few loads of laundry.
Before we left, I’d hinted at a “project” I’d be doing in Paris. Here’s the scoop: I’d arranged a photo session in Paris with a professional photographer, Carla Coulson. We did a full day of shooting around the 6th arrondissement, and had a blast! I brought along a few outfits, and learned the art of the quick change in small spaces. I also opted to have a professional makeup artist (Véronique Marot) for the shoot and she was fabulous. I learned a lot watching and listening to them as they worked, and their attention to detail was amazing. Both women were so interesting and fun, and it was great getting to know them. I was more at ease in front of the camera than I’d imagined possible. Can’t wait to see the photos!
Véronique was very light-handed with the makeup, which I appreciated. She has a very French approach to le maquillage, and I never felt overdone, even when she suggested a bright red lip color for a couple of the outfits. (I love the look of red lips and am always trying to find that perfect shade, and the confidence to wear it.)
A couple of the products she used I liked well enough to make note of to try again at home. The first is this Giorgio Armani “Luminessence CC” moisturizer, which she applied instead of foundation.
It smooths and evens out skin tone, but still looks sheer and not at all cakey. It didn’t require a primer, and didn’t settle into my pores or lines. There’s no discernible fragrance and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing makeup. There’s some SPF, though I’d add an additional layer of sunscreen underneath for daily wear.
The other was this Laura Mercier brow pencil in Ash Blonde. If you have lighter, or grey/greying hair, it’s an excellent color that doesn’t go too reddish or dark. Sharpener comes with.
For the red lips, Veronique used a lip pencil which she says is one of her favorites. It’s matte, but not drying, and stays put. She gets it at Monoprix! She was kind enough to give me one because we liked the color on me so much. For those of you who live near a Monoprix, the brand is Deborah Milano 24 Ore in #10.
I’ll be working next on my travel wardrobe recap, and hope to have that posted in a couple of days.
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