“I’m from Paris—born and raised, third generation, the real deal. I used to live in London when I went to Central Saint Martins—I studied fine art and fashion communication. For a while, I worked with a stylist as a studio manager while also working on some of my own projects. I have a brand with my friends called Coperni Femme. It’s theirs, but I have been with them from the beginning, consulting. Just this month, though, I started as Style Director at Courrèges.
Before I was a studio manager, I worked with a really good art director called Franck Durand, and that’s where I learned everything. My boyfriend works at M, le Magazine du Monde. Our plan is to build our own firm. He is more art direction and graphic design, while I’m the image and style person—so together we’re a really good team.
Always, at night and in the morning, I clean my face with Bioderma. I guess that every French girl you interview uses this, but it’s the best thing ever. After, I put on this clear Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I don’t like when products are too greasy or scented. I am allergic to everything, so I never use scented products.
I use Clinique Clarifying Lotion as toner when I feel like I need more cleaning. When I feel too greasy, I want to burn it off with that. I also have this mask that I love, the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores. I always bring it back from the US. I use it once every 10 days to clean my pores. And I have this hydrating mask from Avène—the Soothing Moisture Mask. You keep it on and then wipe it off, but it leaves some residue on your face like a moisturizer. Sometimes, I wear Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair, but my mom told me I’m too young to use it. It’s supposed to be for when you’re a little bit older, but I like the packaging, so I keep it.
My approach to beauty is that I don’t wear makeup. Well, I wear makeup on my eyes and perhaps something to cover up, like a little concealer. I never learned about makeup because my mother doesn’t wear it either. I don’t know how to do liner. It’s my dream, but I don’t know how to do it. In French we call it yeux de biche. It means doe eyes.
What I do have is four things. I have my Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. The white side is to make eyelashes strong. Everyone calls me Bambi because I have big eyelashes. Then, I use Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara. I recently started using this Sisley Phyto-Cernes Éclat Eye Concealer With Botanical Extracts and it’s really good. I like Sisley products because they feel very natural to me. Then, I use this Revlon Matte Lipstick in Fabulous Fig that I buy at Duane Reade. It’s my favorite thing to bring back from the US. It’s hard to find a good matte lipstick here. This one holds really well and is just simple.
I have been using the Clinique For Men Antiperspirant-Deodorant Roll-On for years. It’s really good, and it doesn’t have a smell. I have very dry skin, so I use lots of moisturizer all over my body. I am obsessed with Clarins' After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating. It reminds me of St. Tropez in the south of France, which is where I go for holidays.
I always use scrubs. Avéne Gentle Purifying Scrub is good because it doesn’t give you allergies, and I love Kiehl’s body wash. My boyfriend uses baby body wash, and I don’t understand why. He loves that shit! Men like the most simple stuff. For my hands, I use the Malin+Goetz Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment. For me, I need something that is scent-free. A smell can stop me all day long!
I don’t wear fragrance, obviously, but I sometimes make an exception for Cristalle by Chanel as it’s my grandmother’s scent and brings back lots of memories.
I love to do my nails. It relaxes me. My favorite color is a good pink—like a Barbie pink. I love it! I love OPI's Feelin' Hot-Hot-Hot! and Koala Bear-y and Wet N Wild's Dreamy Poppy. If it’s pink, it talks to me.
I recently figured out that I am lactose-intolerant. It’s my worst nightmare. I have to stop eating cheese. I mean, less cheese—for a French person—is a big deal! I try not to drink fizzy drinks, although I do love Coca-Cola. Sometimes when I’m celebrating, I’ll have one, because I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t tell myself not to drink alcohol, I just don’t like it. I dance pretty crazy without it. My friends are always surprised. I’ll look like the most drunk person in the room when I drink nothing. It’s the best!
I wash my hair every three to four days. It doesn’t really get greasy. When I do wash it, I use shampoo and conditioner that I buy in the supermarket. I’m just using John Frieda Brilliant Brunette now. It’s not fancy, but it works really good for my hair.
I love having a center part, but I have two cowlicks. I’ll never have the perfect center part, because I have the McDonald's sign on top of my forehead! My hairdresser, genius colorist David Mallett, made this oil for me that’s really, really good. You put it on when your hair is still wet, and then you dry it with a blow dryer. My colorist at the salon, Louis, also told me to put four or five drops of Young Living Essential Oils' Ylang Ylang Essential Oil in my conditioner. It repairs your hair from the inside. It’s incredible. It does have a strong smell, though.
I used to be platinum blonde. I’m a real brunette, obviously. You know what it does? It ruins your hair. The bottom part of my hair is the part that used to be blonde. I became a brunette again after being a blonde, and the transition was so violent that I felt depressed! You feel very destabilized.
Every time you read about a French girl, they say, ‘I’m not using anything. I’m like this naturally.’ Yeah right. Don’t worry, we use as much shit as girls anywhere!”
Lolita Jacobs photographed by Emily Weiss in Paris on March 8, 2015.