Shes done make-up for Sigourney Weaver, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche and even Gerard Depardieu and aims to create make-up that makes the most of womens features without being heavy handed, so they look lit from within. Another of her strengths is a comprehensive knowledge of all the products on the market and being able to whittle them down to a few universal hits. During a recent and wonderful make-up session, she shared her (latest) favourite things with me:
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Parure Aqua Radiant Feel-Good Foundation, £31, by Guerlain.
Light reflection is the very essence of make-up because it improves your looks by illusion. Guerlain make some fantastic light-reflecting products and this very light, silky formula is exceptionally good. Apply it with a sponge for sheer, even coverage. (Valentine recommended Shu Uemura wedge sponges as the best.)
Sublimage, £200, by Chanel.
Beware of using creams that are too nourishing, directly under make-up. This one is just right not too oily, smoothing and even slightly mattifying. It creates the perfect base for make-up. (Mine did indeed stay put all day without going greasy.)
Meteorites Voyage, £102, by Guerlain.
This contains all the colours of the light spectrum and is a beautiful way of illuminating skin. I prefer this palette version to the original loose version as its easier to use.
Caviar Cake Liner, £18, by Laura Mercier.
Together with the Smoky Eyeliner Brush, £26, by Laura Mercier, this is the perfect way of creating a soft but definite line. The dense, creamy texture of the eyeliner makes it buildable and workable, too.
Les 4 Ombres in Birds of Paradise , £34, by Chanel.
I love the colours in this palette. Washes of aquas, bronzes and gold can really intensify the colour of green and hazel eyes.
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Shadow Crème, £14, by Estée Lauder.
The best cream eye shadows on the market at the moment.