Suburbs of Paris, FRANCE
Creator and Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER
What made you decide to create MAKE UP FOR EVER?
In the Eighties, there were very few products available to professional makeup artists and those available came in a limited number of shades. Therefore, I decided to create my products with the help of my students. As more and more makeup artists and students began to request the products, I felt it was time to take things one step further. With the help of my husband, Jacques Waneph, I created MAKE UP FOR EVER in September of 1984. We opened our first boutique at 5 rue de la Boétie in Paris.
Where did your passion for makeup come from?
As a child growing up near Paris, I was drawn to the world of the arts at a young age. I was still studying painting and sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts when friends asked me to do the makeup for a show.
I had the opportunity to work a lot behind the scenes - on theatre sets, TV shows, film sets, all with very different artists. It really helped me to understand the professional.s needs, from actors to dancers, photographers to directors. Meanwhile, I began teaching makeup techniques and really enjoyed it.
Inventing new textures and colors for new products every day, applying and teaching makeup every day (and night sometimes!), makeup had quite naturally become my life.
I think my work as an artist planted the seeds for the creative discipline that is the driving force behind MAKE UP FOR EVER.