Anna Schiffel, Stylist


"It’s really cool to be a freelance stylist in Paris. I love it because I know everyone here from my time working with Carine Roitfeld [at Vogue Paris]. I used to model a little bit, too—I was the worst model. [Laughs] I hated it. But it’s good, even when you’re bad at it, because you get to have an understanding of how the clothes feel. Though my own style is very clean, for my shoots I like to have fun, especially with the makeup and hair. It depends on my mood, which can change really fast, and the story that I choose, but I like making characters.

I love beauty. The first thing I would do at Vogue Paris was read all of the beauty news—I used to love those beauty supplements with all the addresses and things. They were really good. They still do it, but last time it was all about New York, so I’m waiting for another one with Paris addresses.

For skincare, I wash my face with either La Roche Posay’s Foaming Gel or Avene Eau Thermale Gel, and every two days I use them with the Clarisonic; it’s really nice. After I wash my face, I use La Roche Posay Serozinc Zinc Sulfate Solution Cleansing and Soothing, to wash off the calcium from the water. In France, there is so much calcium in the water and it’s catastrophic for your skin and hair. The Serozinc is super good because it’s like a toner with alcohol in it—it cleans out your pores, and it’s refreshing. Twice a week, I’ll do a mask. I love the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, because afterwards you feel really, really clean. Then, I might put SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask on top.

I’m really into SkinCeuticals—my friend who lives in New York introduced me to it. I especially like vitamin-C-based things, like the Phloretin and the Ferulic. It’s anti-aging, pore minimizing, and protects my skin from pollution. Those are actually the only products that have ever made a visible difference for my skin. Afterwards, I moisturize with one of my two favorite everyday creams, which are French pharmacy products—Avene and La Roche Posay. My eye cream is also La Roche Posay, Redermic Yeux.

During the winter, when my skin gets dry, I use Avene Rebalancing Soothing Emulsion on top of my moisturizer. My pharmacist recommended it. I also take this SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel at night in the winter, and SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator Resurfacing and Replenishing Serum in summer. They help balance me out.

I prefer to use tinted moisturizer—Clinique City Block Sheer—to even out my skin tone. I don’t like foundation, because it doesn’t look or feel good; foundation doesn’t look real. It’s not an advantage. You don’t see much makeup on French women, and I like that approach to beauty. I just apply YSL Touche Éclat concealer under my eyes. Then, with a big brush, I put on Dr. Hauschka Compact Translucent Face Powder to take away shine—for me it’s all about matte. I apply once in the morning and I touch-up once a day. For a bit of sparkle, I always wear YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder.

For my eyes, I like the lids to be smoky and pink—I think reddish eyelids look great, especially on brunettes. I smudge out Estée Lauder eyeliner and then wear Clinique Chubby Sticks in #8. I’m desperate because they stopped making that color. I put the same color on my lips and my eyes because my eyes are really deep-set in my face, so it helps to wear something that’s not too dark—dark color makes me look tired. For my lashes, I use Maybelline mascara and curl them with the Shu Uemura curler. It's amazing.

If there’s one thing I’m really crazy about with my hair, it’s Rene Furterer’s Dry Shampoo. It has more of a silkening effect than most dry shampoos. When I actually shampoo my hair, I put in Kiehl’s Magic Elixir Hair Restructuring Concentrate ten minutes before I shower. It moisturizes your scalp and everything. The longer you keep it in, the better it works. I like to try new shampoos, so I’m always changing them. Right now I’m using La Roche Posay Kerium Doux Extreme. And I use Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Hair Pak from Kiehl’s to maintain my color. I get my color done by Antony at David Mallett, and it’s holding up, so I think it works... I’ve had bangs for twelve years. Once I cut them, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m never gonna go back.’ I’m a little bit shy, so I can kind of hide behind my bangs—it’s like having a little curtain.

For my body, La Roche Posay Lipikar Huile Lavante is a really good shower gel, especially when I have dry skin. I hate perfumed shower gel, and this one is super cleansing and not so hard on my skin, plus I love the packaging. I use Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub sometimes, too, because the scent is not too strong. Exfoliating is so boring, but I can tolerate it when there’s a nice scent.

In terms of perfume, I love Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau, which means 'shadow on water'—I love the name. I was really into this Tobacco Mucho by Stéphanie de Saint-Aignan, but you can’t get it anymore. My boyfriend, a clothing designer named Damir Doma, wears Comme des Garçons 2. He also designed one for Six Scents: No. 2 by Damir Doma.

I get gel nails done at Vesna. Right now I’m wearing OPI Malaga Wine. Vesna's the best in my neighborhood because in Paris, store hours are so restricted, and Vesna stays open until 10 o’clock at night, which is crazy late for here. With styling, I do so much with my hands, so I prefer a gel manicure but can’t take it off myself. Oh well.

I have the same problem with French gyms—they all close so early and I prefer to workout late. When I was in Berlin, I was always going to the gym at 11 at night. I’ve started doing Bikram yoga here because they have the best schedule—there’s a class every two hours. I want to get really into it. It’s so good for your mental discipline.

Style-wise, I've been getting back into jeans—Levi's classic 501s—which I haven’t been interested in for a long time. It's just that I see so much fashion that I get fed up with it, and I just want to return to classics. Everyone is so contaminated with so much information that you’re just like, ‘Let’s please be simple.’"

—as told to ITG

Anna Schiffel photographed by Emily Weiss in Paris on March 4th, 2013.

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  • Violeta Marniku

    she is beautiful and that apartment is amazing... dark, modern and clean, like a reflection of herself.

    • MoseyM

      Sweet fancy Moses, that apartment is gorgeous!!

  • Gloria

    could you guys do a post on moisturizers? love this blog <3

  • Reblow

    I always love the top shelfs from the women living in Paris!! And this one's no exeption.

    • audrey

      me too ! even thought i live in Paris :)

  • Guest

    Her home is amazing. Just love it.

    I agree with her about the Skinceuticals line. I use C+E Ferulic and Phloretin, too. In fact, they're part of my Holy Grail of skin products. I would take money from my food budget before I'd give them up. They're just that good.

  • Charlotte

    so chic and minimalist. love it, great top shelf ITG!

  • KateSouth

    She's fantastic - and I feel the same way about fashion and simplicity. There is so much excess that I am preferring a shift to clean and simple.

  • kamo12

    To quote Ines de la Fressange, from my favorite ITG interview:

    "For some reason people still have this idea that foundation is fake, and that they will look like a wall, that it’s not natural…but natural is terrible; I mean, if this garden [gesturing outside] was natural it would look terrible. [Laughs] I think there are a lot of people that still think makeup is painting on your face. But really makeup makes you feel better, and if you feel better then you look better. "

    This is not meant to be negative towards Anna Schiffel, but I am super tired of the sentiment that foundation has to look fake and feel heavy. If you're using a quality product and applying it correctly, a foundation will benefit most people. I think it bothers me because it's essentially throwing shade at women that wear it ("I can see your foundation and it looks fake") when the case may be that she can't tell the women that are wearing it well, because it blends seamlessly into their skin.

    Again this is not meant to be a stab at Anna, I enjoyed the rest of the interview but this one sentiment keeps turning up and makes me roll my eyes.

    • Alice

      I totally agree. Foundation is not what it was 15 years ago. With modern-day technology and understanding of chemicals, they have achieved making foundations that are extremely natural-looking and just disappear on the skin (Giorgo Armani Luminous Silk is a gooood example).

      With the right modern foundation, in a color that matches your skin, and blend, blend, blend - you have perfect skin

      • Feircely Chic

        I agree!!! she is obviously not doing it right if it doesnt blend into her skin. And it is an advantage if you do it right.

    • audrey

      totally agree, this "no foundation" pression on women who use this product is crazy !

  • softy

    "It's just that I see so much fashion that I get fed up with it, and I just want to return to classics."

    this, +10000. i mean, yeah, it's great that generally the masses are more aware of fashion (no doubt thanks to the rise of fashion blogging), but the over-saturation of it has turned me off to the point where i literally don't care about it anymore. i just read into the gloss these days.

  • Kristina

    Gorgeous hair, gorgeous space. Love this post!


  • Jaime

    I want her apartment!!

  • Lana

    What a WONDERFUL apartment. Its so dreamy!

  • Celeste

    Wow, what an impressive french beauty inspiration :)

  • beautyidealist

    Really enjoyed this post, her apartment is like my dream Parisian apartment! I really love the French pharmacy brands that these French ladies use but I wonder if any French readers can tell me if seeing it from a local perspective is about as 'normal' as us American girls seeing Clinique and Philosophy.

    • Meme

      Hi! Yes, those brands are very normal for a French person, they're basics, even, I would say. Any dermatologist would recommend them to you there. (and I am French)

      • Clover_Annie

        Good to know! CVS carries the La Roche Posay line in the US (although I'm sure it costs more to buy it here than in France). I am already using the eye cream that's mentioned here but wasn't sure whether to spring for any of the others. Would you say that LRP is superior to a line like Clarins?

        • Meme

          La Roche Posay has a more clinical, scientific feel to it, something typically "Pharmacy". Clarins has a higher class image, I would say. But I usually stick to LRP, and Avène, as their ingredients seem more gentle, and I like that their base is mineral water. Yes, I have noticed these products are more expensive at CVS, for if you can afford them it's worth getting a few more items!

    • Sara

      ...and I would like to add: not only for French women, but also for the rest of Europe. French pharmacy brands are pretty easily available almost everywhere in Europe, at least in Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Austria. Here in the USA I can only order them online, but I rarely do that as I usually get them from my family in Europe. I saw Mustela at my local grocery store, though.

      • e

        i wanted to say the same. they are easily available in eastern europe as well, and not even horribly expensive.

  • Mopsy

    Avene and La Roche Posay are amazing. Love this article!

  • yanksgurl613

    wow she is so stunning! it was so interesting to learn more about her skin care routine. def. some new must haves to add to my list here! thanks for sharing this! xx. gigi.

  • elle

    this is always what I imagine myself and my home to look like- this is the girl I FEEL like, not always what comes out, haha! The coolness eludes me.

  • Yacine Diallo

    love anna!

  • Sara

    Very beautiful woman, and, of course, her apartment. <3

  • Peyton Simms

    So chic!

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  • MsDenbi

    I love her apartment!

  • renaphuah

    uh oh, Damir's girlfriend! x

  • Amanda

    Your boyfriend is Damir Doma. You can't just throw that in there!!

    Also, I love your shower.

  • Guest

    "My boyfriend, a clothing designer named Damir Doma..."


  • Simo

    Any idea how old is she? I'm asking because I am quite surpirsed to see that she uses La Roche and Avene cleansers that are meant for "young skin types" (impure and oily) and are very very drying. Especially when used with tap water in Paris ...

    • Megan Le

      La Roche Posay line is very effective for acne.

  • Emma Hager

    A thousand times yes to what she was saying about the jeans. Fashion, like anything, can become an overload. It is refreshing to find a uniform and stick with it. I find that most people in fashion have uniforms that exist in an element of comfort, mostly because they are devoting their lives to their creative work.

  • Restless Blonde

    Very nice approach into beauty. I also believe in products from pharmacy and no-makeup makeup.

  • bolly

    Man I'm really feeling the urge to buy a Clarisonic. EVERYONE but me uses one apparently haha and my skin looks like sh!t these days

  • Belle

    I loved this Top Shelf! but I would love to see a post with a Latina girl.. there's so many on Frenchwomen!

  • Jennifer

    I would love to see a top shelf by Olivia Palermo! She always looks so put together. xx

  • Feircely Chic

    Cool pics!!!! so pretty!!! what kind is her mascara? (the yellow one) in the get the products is that the same one in a different color tube or is it different?

    • Semara Simu Shahin

      It's Maybelline's Colossal mascara.

  • Lea Y

    Love this post, ITG.
    I'm not exactly a stylist or a fashion expert but it's a breath of fresh air to actually read what these people who work behind the scenes go for. xxx

    On a not so fashion note since I am a beauty blogger inspired by Emily Weiss herself, here's my first fashion post attempt, ladies:
    For my closet sale, follow me on instagram at @lea_yosalina and @manilabeautyinsider <3

  • lola

    please do a candice swanepoel post:)


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Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream
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