Hanaa may be a long way from her native Tunisia, but she still takes orders from her mom. “Ever since I cut my hair, my mother says, ‘You have to wear earrings! Or you will look like a boy! She hates my short hair, but I think it looks modern.” Carine Roitfeld is Team Hanaa—she orchestrated the now 22-year-old’s very first shoot, a striking portrait of the model in heavy kohl liner set against a wall with her name handwritten in Arabic…for Vogue Paris. Naturally, the fashion and beauty cognoscenti sat up and took notice. Hanaa’s just embarked on a multi-year partnership with Lancôme, and her eyes light up when she talks about her favorite products: “I like the Hypnôse mascara. And now I use Visionnaire; when I started with it I had some discoloration from the sun, and it’s really helped with that. My skin, it’s more, how you say, even,” she says, in a thick French accent. “Also the blush, I like the new La Roseraie—the little bit of shimmer is nice in the night, when I go out. And I love the orange lipstick—it’s not orange orange because it’s sheer. It makes me feel good...and it makes my lips look bigger!"
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem (IMG) is wearing Color Design Limited Edition Spring 2012 Eye Palette in Rose Romance, Le Crayon Khol eyeliner in Black Ebony, Hypnôse mascara in Deep Black, La Roseraie Illuminating Smooth Powder (on cheeks), and Le French Touch Absolu Nu lipstick in Cotton Candy. Photos and makeup by ITG. Hair by Roz for Bumble and bumble.