I have been doing the French fashion channel for maybe seven or eight years. My father is Russian, but my mother is half eastern European—Romanian—and half French. I grew up in Paris. I love beauty products, especially creams and nail polishes. I’m very good at trying things; I meet a lot of people, a lot of makeup artists, so I know what is good. I love trying anything. I recommend things to my friends. There are things I am testing, they are boxes, so I have things everywhere, and makeup everywhere. I’m crazy about hair, shampoo, I have some everywhere. But I like to be clean and organized.
My stepmother was in beauty, she was an editor of Marie Claire, and she told me about Joëlle Ciocco. She is a French woman, she is around fifty-five years old, and she invented a job—she called it Epidermology. It’s not only about the skin, it’s about under the skin. She treats both. If I don’t see her then I see her assistant Farnaz. The process is your own process, they only give you what you need. I use her products she prescribed for my skin every single day. I have lotion, a serum, a cream, and a gel—all layered, but it's a fast process! I have dark spots, so I do laser, LED light. Joëlle gave me a special treatment. You know, it is very very expensive, the products and the time you spend at her institute. But she is famous here. For eyes I also really like SkinCeuticals Eye Gel AOX; it fights signs of fatigue. Talika Lipocils is an eyelash serum that you have to wear every day, twice a day for twenty-eight days, and it works.
Usually I don’t like to wear perfume, but I like to put it on my husband. I love the Serge Lutens—I love the bottle, and the smells. For the first time, I wore the Prada Candy. It’s light which I like; I don’t smell it all day long.
With makeup, sometimes I do it myself and sometimes other people do it for me. I do it not so badly, but it’s usually too light for television. I’m as experimental with makeup as I am with skincare. This little Chanel bag came with some makeup; I have tons of them. This is an ‘everything’ concealer, with powder underneath: Laura Mercier Undercover Pot in number two. It’s top secret. I use the YSL Touche Éclat for under the eyes and on the dark spots. I’ll do Dior Forever Foundation, or Chanel, or Shiseido—always a very light foundation that is fluid and transparent. And then I like the Taupe Grisé Chanel eye shadow. Or, this is new, and I find it very very clever—this is Smoky Eyes by Dior. The packaging slides like a cell phone; they are very proud of it, they told me. [Laughs] I don’t use the sparkly color—I like a very matte eye color—so I use the dark grey and the pale grey. You can do it with your finger, and it lasts for a very long time. I also like very much color for the cheek; for me it is very important. If I had to keep one thing it would be blush. In very ‘old lady’ pink. I can just put it on the cheek and under the eyebrow, and I just feel more awake and fresh. And I’m always looking for the perfect lip conditioner, so I try everything. At the moment I like Fresh Sugar.
For me I guess, hair is more important than makeup. I am blond, I used to have a show on TV called La Blonde et Moi—the blonde and I. So people identify with my hair. I cut it last year because I was fed up with it, all the attention to my hair—I used to have it very curly and very long. So I cut everything, and now it grows. It feels easier to have short hair. I wash it every five days, six days; it is impossible for me to wash it every day, it takes too long. It is a bit fluffy; the texture. My hairstylist’s name is Fred, I have had him for years now, and he does everything—cut, and color. But now I have to share him with Melanie Laurent, and Vanessa Paradis. He works on films and I never get to see him, but we manage. He comes here; it’s very funny because we organize a hair afternoon, with all my friends and their children. He has started this blog now called Cut by Fred. He is so nice, and so cute, and very handsome. And young and everything. He does everything with my hair. We are always trying to find something new, ‘Have you tried this, you should see that…’
This is really nice, Superbly Smoothing Argan Conditioner by Kiehl’s. I like Kiehl’s a lot for hair, and Aveda. And I have things for the sun, and every moment of the year! [Laughs] To put texture in my hair, I used to bring some water from the Mediterranean Sea and put it in a spray bottle. But I haven’t been for a while so I don’t have it anymore! This is for the sun— Korres Red Vine Year-Round Sun Protection which I put on if I’m going to be outside a lot.
These photographs are a gift from Karl Lagerfeld; they were taken last June. It’s very strange to have my face in the room, but my husband loved the photos, so he said, ‘Yeah, I want to have the photos on the wall.’
—as told to ITG