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Élodie Bouchez, Actress

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“For a long time, I felt like I didn’t want any artifice because I always liked, even in my work, the idea that people really see me and really see what I propose as a person and as an actress. I have so many opportunities to be all made up for my work, that in my real life, I want to be very natural and do almost nothing. That’s still what I think...but now, whenever I get beat down, I put some pink Chanel blush— [Pink Explosion](http://www.chanel.com/enUS/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-Blush-JOUES-CONTRASTE-118706)_—I feel better, you know? It helps me looking in the mirror before going out for my daily routine in Paris. I see it more this way: that instead of a mask it’s more of an enhancement. And before, I was thinking about makeup more as a mask, or something that could take away from what you are for real. But still, I like less is more, you know? I’m always scared of applying some foundation, for example, which I don’t like. Whenever I do it, I do it just like little touches with my fingers. On movies and for photoshoots, you have all your face covered with this kind of plain face. I feel weird whenever I do that. Even though I see so many people working on my face, I’ve never been very good at it. It’s very recent, maybe one or two years, I found my little routine and my little tools to make it work my way. It takes some time to find the tools that really work for you.

I like the Touche Éclat Yves Saint Laurent. The stick that you apply with a finger, I assume. I put it only around my nose and under my eyes and chin. I use it almost like a foundation. I also use Armani Master Corrector, a little pink…it is very nice too. I love this chic texture from NARS; it’s called Orgasm. I love the name. I use to wear the stick but now I find the cream even better. I’ll put it on my cheeks and underneath my eyebrows just at the corner. And after, I love the NARS big pencil for lips. It goes from very bloody red to the very natural flesh one. I have all the colors. Into my eyes, either I put nothing or I put some blue or turquoise or a green eye pencil. I have a bunch from MAC that I like. I put it on the waterline. And then I have an eyelash curler and then I use a mascara. I like the Shiseido mascara; it’s very natural. I don’t like it when you see lots of texture. I don’t want to see the mascara. So, that’s it. And on top of the orgasm cream [laughs], I have the little Chanel pink blush, [Pink Explosion](http://www.chanel.com/enUS/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-Blush-JOUES-CONTRASTE-118706)_. Just a powder blush. I don’t know how to use eye shadow so I don’t use it. I mean, I learned how to do it for the last play I did last year—the makeup artist, she taught me how to do it and it was with a pencil with some, you know, brown here, and then I don’t even remember. I had a lot of blue, which is something I like to do actually—I like to put lots of blue. I find it pretty nice, but you have to have very clean skin, I find…if you have a very nice looking skin, it’s nice to have some blue. I like bright blue. Like, real blue. Blue sky. And, so, I had lots of blue and other makeup for the play; in the beginning I was like, ‘Ahhhh, it’s so complicated to put makeup on your eye,’ and then, after about a week, I knew how to do it and I did myself for like seven months. Plays don’t really have makeup artists anymore, they just do it for about a week and tell you how to do and then leave you.

For my skin, once a week I do a mask and a peeling while I’m taking a bath. I use Clarins. Daily, I put some cream under my eyes to hydrate and after I put a cream—this is good, Melvita Nectar de Rose day cream. It’s at the pharmacy. I wear sunscreen when I’m going to the sun but not just everyday. I didn’t really start anti-aging creams because my skin can be fragile and sensitive sometimes so I’m always careful to put anti-aging products that will be heavy on my skin and too rich. But I said to myself, the next time I’m going to see my dermatologist I should start asking him. I buy most of my products at the pharmacy or at perfumeries. I love Bioderma Créaline. It’s very useful. You use it as a makeup remover or as a toner in the morning. I love also, we have this brand called Sanoflore, which is a bio [organic] maybe French brand that I spray to wake up in the morning. Mine is rose. I love also Nuxe, they have a foam, Three Roses foam to wash your face which is very nice, the smell is very nice. Whenever I leave and travel and I go in a hotel and I forgot this, I feel really bad. I don’t like the idea of washing my face with the shower gel or the soap of the hotel, you know? So, that is something that I really need. For perfume, I like White Musk by Body Shop. I’ve been wearing it for a long time. It was my teenage perfume.

I use Bumble and bumble shampoo. I change and try different ones—the one I have right now is the yellow one. My hair was in bad shape for a while and so I had to cut it, but at some point, I started to put a lot of product on it. I love Christophe Robin; he has a great line for damaged hair—an oil, a day cream, a shampoo. My hair is straight; it’s just the way it is. What kills my hairstyle is whenever they brush my hair because it becomes super flat, super thin, and like, bleh. I guess it’s fine when you have big hair and you have to shape it and put it down, but for me, it’s not good. I don’t go to Christophe Robin, I just buy his products. A girl that I’ve been using for years did my color. When I described what I wanted to do, like, a few years ago, I was describing it as having some sun touches but not doing it in a super clean way—not doing what they do sometimes when they take your hair and they paint it and paint it in order to have it perfect. For me, that’s not what I want.”

—as told to ITG

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