"My first job was working for Numéro magazine. Wait, no, that's not right—actually, everything started when I was studying in New York and interning for Chanel. When I moved back to Paris after that, I met a stylist at Numéro who hired me to be his assistant for six months. Then Babeth Djian, the Editor-in-Chief, let me launch the jewelry part of the magazine, and then I launched accessories. I was there for 13 years, before I moved to French Vogue and did fashion and market stuff, and then I needed something else. Stephen Chi, the founder of [footwear brand] Stella Luna, and I used to always have coffee when he was in Paris, to talk business. Once we were out, and at this time I was freelance, and he said, maybe now's a good time to collaborate? I was like, let's do it. I have to say, I'm really lucky—it was pretty spontaneous. But I also believe in good timing.
Accessories are really important to me. I'm obsessed with shoes, so everything starts there. I wake up, and I think about my outfit starting with the shoes, and everything else follows. Makeup, for me, has to be spontaneous and really natural and pure. Easy, natural, fast—those are my codes.
My favorite mascara is They're Real from Benefit, it's perfect. It enhances a little and opens up my eyes, without being too much. I'll do a cheek too, pink or tan, and like those little drop things, the Benetint. I put a few drops in my moisturizer and apply to my cheeks for a natural tint. For bronzer, I love the Les Beiges de Chanel, and I have my classic Guerlain Terracotta if I need more glow.
There's a woman in Paris who does my makeup if I'm going to a big dinner or something, and she showed me the Sisley Eye Concealer, which is really creamy and great. If I'm dressing up, I'll play up my eyes with shadow. Nars has really good ones, or I'll do a charcoal like Tuxedo from Laura Mercier. Then I take a little Homeoplasmine and go over and destroy it. If I do a lip, I'll do Nars Dragon Girl and nothing else. I have the Clinique Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange which I like, too.
These are my natural brows, I don't touch them. When I was maybe 12 or 13, the trend was to have really thin brows, but my mother never let me tweeze them. She said they were a part of my face and my personality. Luckily, I never touched them, because now nobody can and they're exactly how they are. I brush them with Elnett and an old toothbrush, and I'm ready to go. [Laughs]
My mother also always made me wear sunscreen. This was in the beginning of the '80s, when nobody would really wear sunscreen, so I've always been taking care of my face. I go to get facials at La Biosthétique every four or six weeks—I always want my skin to glow. Maybe because I'm getting older, or maybe because I smoke, I have to take a little bit more care now.
My skincare products are from Biosthétique. I wash my face morning and night with their Clair de Teint Doux, then use their Tonique Hydratant, and I put on a day cream. Everything has to be quick because I have kids, and I wake up in the morning and have to be ready to go. I don’t have time to spend hours in my bathroom looking at myself in the mirror. I only just started using eye care. Now, every night, I use the Biosthétique Concentré Hyaluronique around my eyes. No face masks. I don't want my husband or kids to see those. Nobody has to see me fully green or purple or blue. I keep that time to myself.
There's one thing that I discovered six or seven years ago—it's acupuncture, but just for the face. It's really amazing. Everything is perfect, and you look so glowy. It takes 15 minutes, and when the pins all come out, you can see a difference. You can feel it, too. For me, acupuncture seems like a really natural [approach to anti-aging]. I don't want to do Botox or anything to change my expression... maybe I'll change my mind 10 years from now, but right now, I don't want it. What makes you specific is all those little wrinkles and things—I want to look like myself.
BODY & HAIR
I have the Geranium Body Scrub from Aesop, which is fantastic. It's not too heavy but it's still really effective, which I like. I love the smell. My perfume, though, is Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur. It's a part of my personality. I've used it for six or seven years now... it's my smell, really. I have the body butter, too, which I use after the shower.
I wash my hair twice a week because it's normally really curly. For years I was doing this straightening stuff and at one point, it was too straight. Also, there's this idea of the French girl with her straight hair—but I wanted to be who I was, and I have curly, wavy hair. Now I still straighten it sometimes but not as much. I use Devacurl's Low-Poo, and then there’s the Set It Free Spray you can use after. Sometimes I use the Klorane dry shampoo, because it's really good. But that’s it. Super fast and super easy."
—as told to ITG
Capucine Safyurtlu photographed by Tom Newton at her home in Paris on November 28, 2016.