Louise Follain, Model + Stylist


"I like to go out, just not every week. You know, it’s one big party once in a while. Usually the best nights are those where I don’t know I’m going to go out. I’m good at being spontaneous. If it’s a night that is too planned, I’m disappointed. I like this thing in Paris called Fête de la Musique on the 21st of June, the day of summer. There are concerts all around the city, everyone’s out, it’s amazing. I like to dance and have fun. This place called La Mano, it’s like a dance club that has a Mexican mood that's very fun. And there’s this new club that just opened, Le Carrousel. It’s a hip place. I like disco music, 80's music you can dance to, and they have it. I try to avoid places that are too show-offy, you know, where the guys are flirting too much. It makes me uncomfortable. But when you arrive in a city like Paris or New York, you can be tempted to go to those places, and I’m like 'Don’t go there!' [Laughs]

But I’m actually really lazy. If someone isn’t around to tell me to go out, I’ll just stay on my couch and watch movies. Otherwise I'll have some drinks out. I like quiet things. But I prefer to be ready in the day, to go out at night. Like wear around what I can wear at a bar. Tonight I'm dressing casually, but still very glittery. In the summer, I’ll just wear a cute dress and some flats, or Vans. Those go with everything. I don’t like to be too sexy looking—I’m not comfortable with it. On some of the other girls, I think 'Wow, that girl’s hot.' If I’m not dressed for a night out, I’m just gonna change my shoes and pick up a little bag to carry my phone, wallet, ID, and maybe one lipstick. The makeup of course, can change everything.

For foundation, I use Diorskin Nude Air Sérum in 020. It covers everything, and doesn’t look like you’re wearing anything, but it makes your skin look perfect. I’ll wear this all the time because I have some spots and it makes my skin smoother. Tonight, I might do a black liner look. Why not? For that, YSL Dessin Du Regard Eyeliner Pencil is great, and I still use Avène Couvrance Tinted Compact SPF 50 for bronzer. I'd never wear a lip and eye together unless somebody else is doing my makeup. It looks good in pictures but I think it can be overdone, so if I’m wearing lipstick I prefer to be natural everywhere else, even less mascara. Sephora Always Red is definitely the best red lip. I don’t usually do anything to my hair when I go out, but if I’m feeling fun I sometimes like braided pigtails with a red lip so that it’s not too youthful. I like that combination. And this Tom Ford lipstick in Scarlet Rouge, the color is beautiful. It’s intense, like a wine-stain. If I drink red wine, my lips always get super dark, so this is perfect.

I have this thing I just discovered. It’s the Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow Luminizer Gel, and I just put it on my cheekbones. It looks so good! It’s not shocking, it just makes you look shinier. It’s fun at night. Even if you put a lot on it’s not too much, you just glow. I’m into that right now. Then I like the Clarins Mascara Intense Black because it really separates the lashes without looking spidery, and makes them long. I definitely put more on at night than the day. But this one, the Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme is more impactful—it really shows up on the lower lash line. And I like this, the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick in 3. It’s really subtle, and in the summer, the pink works well with a tan. That's good—I holiday in the South of France, Italy and Spain, so I've spent a lot of time in the sun.

Before I go out, I always eat. I like cheese and wine—goat cheese and brie…I mean I like every kind of cheese. [Laughs] I prefer red wine to white, but if it’s good, I’m very easy. I’ll just be like, 'Oh, this one’s good!' When I go out I prefer ginger cocktails, like a Moscow Mule. I love ginger beer with rum or vodka. It’s very dangerous.

At the end of the night I like a little tea, and then I go straight to bed. I’m trained to take off my makeup, so I like the Bioderma always. If I’m not too wasted I’ll wash my face. Then I put on this Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème Riche. It smells good, and I think my skin likes it."

—as told to ITG

Louise Follain photographed by Tom Newton.