Julia Restoin Roitfeld


For me, beauty is more about prevention than anything. Especially now that I’ve hit 30, it’s more about being careful and maintaining my skin. I want to keep my youth and freshness and be wrinkle-free as long as possible because I don’t want to have to cheat—that’s what I call any cosmetic surgeries, cheating. So of course I like to be tan but now I try to avoid it. I don’t mind having a little glow, but now when I go to the beach, I put SPF 50 everywhere—either Avène or La Roche-Posay Anthelios. I have freckles, so as long as my little freckles come out I’m happy. I don’t like the dark brown look—I used to go on holiday competing with my brother on who’s going to be the most brown by the end of the vacation! Coqui Coqui, in Tulum, is one of my favorite destinations—my boyfriend’s best friend owns it. They have an incredible spa with their own products. I wear the Orange Blossom perfume.

I recently signed on with Lancôme, and I guess it’s any girl’s modeling dream come true. Especially being in a beauty ad, more so because I’m French. There are so many girls out there and I’m just so flattered they picked me. The Tom Ford fragrance ad was the first thing I did. Black Orchid is my winter scent, and of course it has a nostalgic feel.

In terms of skincare, I love the Eve Lom cleanser—I’m obsessed with it, I discovered it in London about a year ago. Your skin isn't dry after. Or I use Tracie Martyn’s cleanser, and she does a great mask/scrub that tightens. I’ve seen her twice, but she’s really expensive so I’ll have to wait a while now. I try to go to Mario Badescu for facials—it’s very basic, not too expensive. After cleansing, I apply Lancôme Génefique. They gave it to me on a shoot and I’m serious—it really is amazing. I got one for my boyfriend and he uses it all the time too. It brightens, and makes the skin super soft. And then on top of that I put the Embryolisse cream. And then I’ll do YSL Touche Eclat for dark circles, and a little bit of LancômeTeint Miracle foundation—it’s very transparent but makes your pores disappear.

What I find is that you don’t need to go for fancy mascara—I always get the L’Oreal ones from the drugstore. I get the gold tube, Voluminous Million Lashes in black. It’s amazing; even my mom’s using it now. And the trick is, I use it on my eyebrows too, in black/brown: you just wipe off the excess before brushing it on. They sell you mascara brushes and stuff for eyebrows but you can really just use mascara. I also wear eyeliner every day—I feel naked without it. It’s more important for me to have eyeliner than blush, or bronzer, or whatever. I put it inside the bottom lash line—it gives you a finished look and takes two seconds. The Chanel one is quite greasy so it’s better to smudge on the top; for the bottom I like Lancôme and YSL crayons. I love liquid, to do the 60’s winged look, but it takes me so long to do so I save it for evening. For everyday, I’ll smudge a little eye shadow on the eyelids, usually Lancôme, or a khaki MAC one; it depends on the mood. They’re all a little metallic. In the evening I’ll push it a little more. Right now I’m also wearing YSL blush but I also love the NARS sticks, The Multiple. I’m obsessed with these; really really good. When I moved to New York I became much more experimental with color—now I love playing with lipsticks and eye shadows. I have a month where I’ll commit to a certain look—its just periods and phases really. I used to wear a Chanel red all the time and I thought, ‘Everyone’s wearing red now, it’s getting a little boring’, so I switched to a YSL fuchsia. Fuchsia is my new red.

I never trust hairdressers so I always blow-dry it by myself. I go to Karen at Daniel Galvin in London for color—my boyfriend lives in London—and she makes me little bottles so I can do touch-ups at home. I’ve had a lot of grays since I was eighteen. It’s all vegetable colors so it doesn’t damage the hair. It’s between a gloss and a color. I want to keep my color as long as possible so I wash it every other day or every third day, with Kérastase shampoo, and use the Klorane Dry Shampoo in between. Sometimes I use that even just to add volume. It’s amazing. I also love the Chronologiste treatment from Kérastase, and another thing that I’ve been doing is using Borage Oil capsules—you get them at Whole Foods. I’ll split open the capsules and smooth them over the ends of the hair. It’s great for sunburned skin as well.

I go to the gym and I just do it by myself. I like to go whenever I feel like it and not worry about an appointment or classes. But also, and this sounds terrible, but the instructors here generally don’t have the kinds of bodies that inspire me…girls and boys, they’re very bulky—big muscles, and that’s not what I’m looking for. Pilates teachers look great; I go to re:AB Pilates when I can. And there’s an indoor pool underneath my apartment building—I’m really lucky, I love going there, but they need to heat it more! It’s really hard waking up in the morning and jumping into ice-cold water.

—as told to ITG

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  • http://lipstickandzines.wordpress.com/ LipstickAndZines

    Oh finally! My role model Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. She's a pure beauty! x

  • http://www.dreamingthedayawaywithluca.blogspot.com Luca


  • http://www.littleredpurse.blogspot.com Leah

    Wow, she looks great for 30!

    xo L.

  • PhotoGirl

    Beautiful young woman! And she is so right about proper skin care. That said, we'll see what she says about cosmetic surgery in another 10-20 years. Why the need to label it "cheating?" If someone wants to do it, fair play to her. Of course, I had a lot of strong opinions at her age, too. Time has a way of curing that.

  • http://www.brebeauty.com/ Bre

    She is beautiful and lovely, I appreciated her honesty in her routine. I agree, skincare is all about maintenance and prevention!

  • Elizabeth

    Love the Top Shelf - definitely want to see more of these posts!

  • SB

    She looks great. But 30 is not old, most people in their 30s still look great .
    Wait until she is much much older before you make that comment. :)
    I love this website. It is my favorite.

    • Vicki

      I know that this article is old, I believe I first read it before I turned 30 and now that I'm about to be 33 I actually laughed at the comment that she "looks good for 30" what the hell is 30 supposed to look like, and what do you look like when you surpass it?? lol

  • Christine

    What a refreshing young woman! I *love* how grounded she seems despite all she has, and growing up so privileged. So down to earth. She embodies true class. *This* is a woman one and all can respect and admire. Bravo Julia.

  • http://theformergirlatbar.blogspot.com/ Alexis

    "Fuchsia is my new red"...she's my new hero!

  • http://kimchicsisters.blogspot.com gina
  • Ola

    What a great article - beautiful woman and surprisingly grounded approach to beauty. And, shock horror, she washes AND blow dries her own hair!! ;)

  • mj

    i like her so much more after reading this post. she seems pretty down to earth and cool. great picture too, she looks beautiful

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    Wow. Julia has a lot of makeup(4th pic). Nars seems to be an all around favorite for everyone.

    I think it's maybe a French thing to not like very large muscles. I recall reading a book about French women where some of the Frecnh women complained that American women are too musclar.

  • Kat

    I love her beauty routine! Normally famous people say they don't wear any makeup at all; I admire her honesty.

  • http://www.citygirlinredlipstick.com anita

    Julia is gorgeous! I love her and her mother! Beautiful hair color - again thank you for showing us pictures of the beauty closet :)

  • amelia

    she seems so down to earth and like a real girl, who actually wears makeup, not "oh im so naturally beautiful i dont need anything". thankyou for this!

  • Courtney

    This is a great post- super inspiring young woman with a great attitude!

  • http://flaviena.nl Flaviena

    Fun article! I enjoyed reading it and find all the tips very handy!

  • Dee

    She's a great Lancome spokesperson; I'll be testing that foundation soon.

    I hate to be too critical, but "she looks great for [insert any age]" is such a trite comment. I find it demeaning to all women. Even as a child the phrase confused me (I thought it was an insult) so this is not a defensive reaction of a woman over 30.

    Like many women, JRR was probably beautiful at 20 and will likely still be beautiful at 60.

    • Donna

      I agree with Dee, the "she-looks-good-for-her-age" bit isn't really a compliment at all; it's more of an underhanded insult! (No offense to anyone here personally.) Why can't a woman just be told she looks great (no mention of age necessary)? If you tell a friend (or coworker, or stranger for that matter) that she looks great today, and genuinely mean it, it can really perk her up and I know for me, seeing how it can really lift that person up makes me feel good as well. Also, in my experience, those who are the most uncomfortable accepting compliments are those who need them the most. My sister was that way and Ireally regret that I didn't tell her every single day just how beautiful she was.

  • Sherry

    I honestly think that you're one of the best bloggers out there, Emily. All of your posts are genius.

  • http://www.wardrobedreaming.blogspot.com Wardrobe Dreaming

    She is beautiful. She seems very down to earth too which is nice.

  • http://www.brandlihere.tumblr.com Brandli

    Love this girl, always seems so fresh and genuine, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.calu.typepad.com Marcela

    I Liked to find out more about her. It is always interesting to find out what the people that you like and have an admiration for use.
    I particularly like the fact that you take pictures of the products this way we can check everything. She has a natural beauty and seems very comfortable with little or no make up and i like that.
    Keep up the good work
    love your blogue.

  • http://www.bighugstudio.blogspot.com Ella

    She sounds pretty sincere, not spoiled at all. I'm going to have to check out
    some of those products. I like how she's not obsessed with exercise and
    actually does it on her own. I wonder what she eats. She'd probably be an
    interesting candidate for one of those New York Diets from NY Mag.

  • http://szafofa.blogspot.com/ Evelyn

    Ohh, she's very pretty and looks great!

  • http://awalkinthecloset.blogspot.com Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet

    Great post...thanks for sharing this interview with Julia. I find it so much more down to earth and easy to read than the last one with Lauren Santo Domingo. Someone like that, I have to admit, I'm only interested in seeing photos of but not read interviews with. Not because I think she has no substance, but her life is just SO far removed from the rest of us, it's hard to read.

    On the contrary, I'm surprised at how REAL Julia is. For someone with a famous mother and well known in her own right, she's unbelievably like the (French) girl-next-door. I love her little comments about DIY beauty and money saving products...definitely someone the average reader can at once relate to AND aspire to be.

  • M

    I agree with previous posts regarding L Santo Domingo and JRR. I mean Lauren has that typical American attitude when it comes to being privileged and semi-famous. She wants to show the world that she is not just an average girl but was born with a silver spoon in her mouth (and then married into an even more privileged family). Julia seems to have just an honest and somewhat relaxed take on it all... I mean, she is the daughter of one the most powerful women in fashion (who by the way also grew up privileged in the 16th in Paris) but she still admits to having grey hairs and talks about buying regular mascaras from the drugstore... She is so much more classy. She doesn't need that Paris Hilton bimbo behaviour and she knows it. That makes her so much more likeable! (And enviable! what with the designer wardrobe, fashion parities and superhot Swedish boyfriend:)

  • http://beautymadefun.blogspot.com/ J.

    She is amazing, it's great to see her featured!!

  • Laura

    I adore her! Great interview.

  • Terry

    NEVER, ever split open the Borage oil capsule!! Also, NEVER ever apply them on your hair! Unless you want to smell like fish, for like 2 days - true story!
    Only swallow!! Thank you!

  • Lisa

    Please do another interview with her now she's a mother!

  • Courtney

    I don't like buff women bodies either, it takes away the femininity that makes a woman, a woman


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