7 Tips From A French Makeup Artist You Should Probably Know


As a journalist, I have put a lot of effort into trying to get some time in with the French makeup artist-turned-brand-founder, wanting to pick her brain on anything and everything makeup. Having followed her for years on Instagram, barely a working day has gone by that hasn’t involved me fawning over her low-key, but impossibly chic, makeup looks. However, being one of the most in-demand people in beauty, pencilling any sort of time in with her appeared so difficult that I had almost given up.

But when news broke in the beauty world that Violette had been appointed Creative Director of Makeup at Guerlain (a French beauty powerhouse, no less), not only was I excited for what this meant for one of my all-time favorite beauty brands, I also knew now was my time to reach out for an interview. And if you’re sat there wondering what on earth it is that makes Violette so special as a makeup artist that I’ve spent the best part of five years trying to interview her, let me enlighten you. It’s not just that her work embodies the coolness of French women so effortlessly, she herself is also the chicest woman I follow. Everything from her beauty choices to her fashion choices ooze chicness. She has a way of being creative, playing with color, textures and shapes, while tying together a sense of playfulness with that iconic chuck-it-on and pull-it-together French mentality. I can only describe it as an art. 

So when the opportunity arose for me to finally sit down with Violette a couple of weeks ago, I cleared my schedule. For half an hour, we chatted all things makeup and discussed the art of French-girl beauty. As I left, I realized that, for one of the first times in my career, I felt truly schooled on makeup. I left feeling as though I could actually give some of her makeup tips a go (so much so that I actually executed a blue winged liner on my friend the following weekend after Violette showed me exactly what to do). So if like me you can’t get enough of that effortlessly chic look, without further ado, these are the only French-makeup-artist-tips that really matter.



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Alison Brie Brings the Funny With Her New Film Spin Me Round


With their usual suspects—Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, etc.—in tow, they set out to create a movie that was fun and unexpected. The idea for a project centered on corporate restaurant culture initially came from Baena, who was kicking it around after filming The Little Hours in Italy and brought it to Brie. “I think he had read some articles online about a similar program and just thought it was rife for some comedic fodder,” Brie says. While they typically like to work off a short outline and improvised dialogue for their projects, the pandemic gave them plenty of time to really flesh out the script and the bizarre cast of characters that make Spin Me Round such a delight—like Deb, a try-hard type who is played brilliantly by Shannon. 

 “We didn’t know if she was available … but we definitely wrote that role for Molly, and it made it really fun and easy to write because Molly is so funny and commits so fully to every character that she plays,” Brie shares. “I have worked with her three times before in Jeff’s movies, and I think Jeff and I were really excited to let her go all out. She gets to take a bigger swing here, whereas the other movies I worked on with her and Jeff, The Little Hours and Horse Girl, we had her playing more subdued characters. As we were writing it, we got really excited to be like, ‘Oh, let’s let Molly really go for it!’” 



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The 12 Best Retinol Body Lotions, Hands-Down


You may think that ingredients like retinol only promote youthful skin on your face, but think again. Board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, MD, is here to set you straight. “Just as we use retinols on the face to help regulate skin cell turnover, prevent clogged pores, and improve overall texture and tone of the skin, retinols can be used on the body to have similar benefits. As a vitamin A derivative, it helps to boost collagen production, may help with blemishes and discoloration, can be used for rough and bumpy skin, and may even help with stretch marks,” she says.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait to start including retinol in your bodycare routine. But it can be particularly helpful if you’re experiencing dull or sagging skin. “Though there is no specific right time to start, generally, retinols can be especially helpful as we notice changes in the skin related to loss of collagen and skin cell turnover slowing down, which can be apparent in the 30s,” Garshick shares. “That said, you don’t have to wait until you see changes to incorporate a retinol. While it can be incorporated at any time, it should be avoided if pregnant or breastfeeding. It can be incorporated if you have specific skincare concerns you are trying to address, such as skin brightening, or to improve the texture of the skin. If your skin is dry or sensitive, it may be best to decrease the frequency, and it’s important to always make sure to moisturize the skin regularly. Retinoids can also make you more sensitive to the sun, so it’s always important to remember sun protection!”

Applying a retinol body lotion is pretty simple, but Garshick and aesthetic nurse injector Revay Plunkett have a few different takes on how often you should use it. “It can be applied once daily, and it’s often recommended to use at night time. If you’re sensitive, it may be best to incorporate two to three times per week,” says Garshick. Plunkett agrees with a more cautious approach since retinoids can be quite strong. “Every other day or every couple of days is best,” she explains. “Your body doesn’t have the same amount of oil glands [as your face]. You don’t want to irritate sensitive parts of your body by over-applying a retinoid.” If you’re now fully intrigued by the idea of adding a retinol body lotion to your routine, keep scrolling for recs from the professionals and a few of my favorites.



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TikTok Star Avani Gregg Relies on This $14 Cleanser


Do you just want to start off by telling me about your partnership with CeraVe and how it kind of came together?

I’m really excited for this partnership, honestly, because I’ve been using CeraVe for like a really long time. It was probably my first skincare product that I used. And to this day, I’m still using it. It’s really exciting to be able to promote and be with a brand that I actually genuinely love.

Why is skincare important to you?

Skincare has always been important to me because I was a gymnast from a very young age to a couple of years ago. It’s not that clean in the gym. You’re always touching your face. I got started with skincare, which was just using a cleanser. And then I kind of [thought] like, “Oh, this is important for me to do. I should probably take care of my skin.” That’s where it all started. 

What is your daily skincare routine like? 

I start my mornings by using the CeraVe hydrating facial cleanser. Then I do their hydrating moisturizer lotion because my skin is dry. I wake up with dry skin and I go to sleep with dry skin. So I cleanse twice a day, sometimes three times depending on if I work out, but I use the hydrating cleanser.



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The 3 Most Popular Haircuts London Girls Are Asking For


In my job as a beauty editor, I speak to hairstylists on the daily to find out what hair trends are big news. And hairdressers and salons always deliver the best insights, whether it be autumn/winter hair color trends that we need to know about or the trending haircuts the the fashion set is booking in for.

While we might see hair trends crop up on social channels like Instagram and TikTok, they’re not always reflective of the hairstyles that are really trending. Busy salons, however, see first-hand the haircuts and colours that people are booking in for.

What’s more, choosing a new haircut can be an overwhelming task. You might want something low-maintenance, or maybe you’re looking for some short-haircut inspiration. So I asked some of the top London salons and hairstylists to share the cuts that their clients are actually asking for. Read ahead to find out the haircuts that are taking London by storm right now, as well as the top hair products to maintain the look at home. Salon-worthy hair ahead!



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Yep, Emma Chamberlain’s $139 Ganni Bag Wil Sell Out


For all of Copenhagen Fashion Week’s many draws, the event is still lagging behind Paris, Milan, and other cities when it comes to high-profile attendees—that is, until Emma Chamberlain strolled into the Ganni show last week. As the face of Ganni’s latest collaboration with Levi’s, she sat front-row wearing the cult Danish brand from head to toe. Considering her floral bag was the most affordable piece she was wearing, I have a feeling it will be the first to sell out. 

Ganni’s runway last week also debuted a collaboration with Icelandic high-performance outerwear brand 66˚North. While the Levi’s partnership is now shoppable online, we’ll have to wait until early spring 2023 for the 66˚North jackets and pants to debut—from what I saw on the runway, it will be more than worth the wait. In the meantime, scroll down to see what Emma Chamberlain wore to the Ganni S/S 23 show and shop her exact pieces. 





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Fall Clothes Are Hitting Stores—Here’s What to Prioritize


Living in Southern California where we have mild, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it seasons, it can be hard to get into a fall mood. Growing up, going back to school signaled fall’s arrival for me—I associate the season more with new binders and gel pens than with changing leaves and spiced lattes. Since my last first day of school was many moons ago, I’ve had to rely on something else to get me excited about fall: all the cozy new clothes. 

I don’t know about you, but looking forward to a new-season wardrobe really helps me get used to the idea of kissing summer goodbye. I know we’re still in the middle of sweltering August weather, but the autumnal equinox will be here before you know it—only five more weeks to go! With that in mind, scroll down to shop the four categories of fall clothes I’ll be buying right out of the gate. 



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The Best Volumizing Shampoos and Conditioners for Full Hair


But my hair didn’t always look like this (it used to be shoulder-length, ultra-dry, and V thin and stringy due to breakage), and I attribute its dramatic transformation to a couple of key practices like less heat styling, an amazing colorist who prioritizes the health and integrity of my hair above all else, a healthy and balanced diet, regular trims, and last but not least, volumizing shampoos and conditioners.

Interestingly, I’ve found that volumizing shampoos and conditioners, more so than any other volume-boosting styling products, help the most in the thickening department. (Plus, I’m lazy, so if I can get the most volumizing bang for my buck whilst in the shower and not via a million other products post-wash), I’m 100% in.

Below are 13 of the best shampoos and conditioners that encourage instant and long-term volume and get my seal of approval. Keep scrolling!





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The 15 Best Products for Damaged Hair


“If the hair is dehydrated or over-processed from chemicals or overheating with appliances, the best approach to repair the hair is with professional in-salon treatments combined with at-home treatments over time,” says hairstylist Michelle Cleveland. “This works best for this type of damage because the treatments will penetrate inside the hair shaft to help repair the bonds that make up the strength of the hair.

On the other hand, if the hair is broken and split, the best approach to repair it would be to combine both treatments as mentioned above with regular haircuts. The reason haircuts work best in this case is because once the hair is broken or split at the end, there truly is no way to repair it.”

As Cleveland says, if your hair is truly broken and full of split ends, it might be time to schedule a trim—a half inch or so off the ends never hurt anyone. You may also need to space out your coloring appointments or look into trying a new colorist. Otherwise, there are plenty of products out there to mitigate damage. Just look for bond-building products with nourishing and hydrating ingredients like argan oil, peptides, shea butter, and more. I talked to celebrity stylists to get their input on the best products to revive damaged hair, so keep reading for their recommendations.





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Jonah Hill Is the Platonic-Ideal Summer Dresser


Los Angeles, where it is sunny and mild-to-hot year round, is technically classified as a Mediterranean climate. However, within its city limits exists an alternate microclimate populated by famous people that’s as frigid as the tundra, and is typically contained within mansions, office buildings, sprinter vans, nightclubs, and posh restaurants where the AC is always on full-blast. This is why you see celebrities wearing all sorts of things in the dead of summer: hoodies, fur coats, velvet suits, leather pants. Their tundra is always nearby.

But not Jonah Hill.

Hill, who was born and raised in L.A., tends to dress the way we all want to dress in the summertime. On a recent night out in Malibu, he rolled up to dinner at Lucky’s steakhouse ina breezy, washed-red linen camp shirt, slightly-more-red linen shorts, and a well-loved pair of black leather slip-on mules from his favorite brand, The Row—a.k.a. exactly the kind of outfit you’d want to throw on after that post-beach, pre-dinner shower. (For the record, the post-beach, pre-dinner shower is an unparalleled summer experience.) Lightweight fabric, breathable footwear, and shorts—there’s no tricky or novel formula here. It’s hot out, so why not wear what’s comfortable?

Another great summer shirt from Jonah.

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Plus, unlike most celebrities’ summer style, Hill’s is pretty attainable. Grab a good shirt, find your ideal pair of shorts, try out some mules, and find your beach.



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