Jeanne-Salomé Rochat, CEO and Creative Director, Novembre Magazine


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“My name is Jeanne-Salomé Rochat [@sangbleujsr] and I’m from Switzerland, currently living in Berlin. Right now I consult for luxury brands, in addition to commissioning and directing editorials for magazines—or developing content of my own at Novembre Magazine. Or I’m dealing art, doing nails, lifting weights, styling here and there… I do a lot of things. I’m constantly inspired by looking at other people, especially on public transportation—always being interested in style as a means of expression. Not necessarily in clothes, but general style, like the way someone dresses, or the way someone moves or talks.

Growing up my parents were pretty serious about certain principles of life, and at home, my sisters and I weren’t allowed to wear makeup. I have a very clear memory of my dad checking my nails for nail polish remains… Obviously that forced a lot of creative ways to cheat.

Now, I try to avoid overthinking beauty. Fun is key, naturally. I don’t really use foundation that is too covering, but sometimes I’ll put on the Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Beauty Balm in Sable which is moisturising and lightly-tinted, or the Lancôme City Miracle CC Cream in Beige Dragée with a few strokes of the Chanel Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen at night. I rarely wear mascara—Instead I use a shade of brown or grey on my eyelid, sometimes purple. My favorite product for this is Chanel’s Crayon Khôl Intense Eye in Ambre, Graphite, or Rouge Noir.

Chanel’s lip colors are the best, but they have this intense smell which constantly reminds you your lips have this equally intense shade on them. I like to forget what I’m wearing, which is why I like Uslu Airlines lipsticks which are unscented. You just feel the moisture, no sticky feeling, and it’s genius. My favorite shade at the moment is Frankfurt Intl—slightly iridescent if you only use one layer, and totally metallic if you use three or four.

My routine changes a lot, depending on where I am and how I feel—and I like to experiment with different brands. In the morning I usually wash my face with plain water, and then I use the La Mer Ultra Cell Hydration Serum [ed note: not the La Mer you're thinking of!] and, if needed, La Roche Posay Hydraphase Eye Cream. Once the serum has absorbed, I apply a moisturising cream with high SPF—I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid on my face and neck, all year. It has no smell and is super protective. My skin gets dry, and Dermophil Indien Balm is the answer to a lot of my problems. It smells amazing and penetrates the skin really well. It’s kind of like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream or Avène Cold Cream, but totally beats them on every level. They also produce it in a wide stick, like a giant lipstick, which I think is really fun.

At night I use Ren Evercalm Cleansing Gel. They also have a great makeup remover called Rosa Centifolia which is divine. Then I use Biotherm Aquasource Nuit, or sometimes, I’ll use Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil—but only if I’m not going to bed right away, because it takes time to sink in.

My hair tends to be dry and frizzy. Overall I’m a huge fan of René Furterer—I use their Fioravanti Detangling Spray several times a day. I love their Carthame Moisturising Milk Shampoo and Lissea Smoothing Conditioner, too, because it’s super nourishing and makes frizz more manageable. Recently I also started to use Pureology products, and they have a pretty good Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. When I have time, I use a Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Mask. And during the day, I use some of the René Furterer 5 Sens Enhancing Dry Oil on the ends of my hair.

Honestly, I think I would try pretty much anything when it comes to beauty. I’m curious about nail technology and would be into nail extensions that are thinner, stronger and less aggressive to the body. New resins? Carbon fiber? Also nail jewellery is still so boring—I’d like to see more. I’m also really obsessed with contouring, although I’ve never done it on myself. Full-body contouring is definitely something I’d try. Ultimately, transforming the way you look is fun, and an amazing privilege.”

—as told to ITG

Read about artist Andrea Maack's exfoliating toner obsession and Frederikke Brasch's perfect post-workout beauty routine in the #ITGTopShelfie. And read more about Jeanné-Salome Rochat's work here.