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Inspired by Latin America February 11, 2014

In this ongoing series, we pick the brain of Dany Sanz, Founder and Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER to see what inspires her. It all started when we asked whether she feels more Latina or French…

Inspired by Latin America

Inspired by Latin America

February 11, 2014

In this ongoing series, we pick the brain of Dany Sanz, Founder and Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER to see what inspires her. It all started when we asked whether she feels more Latina or French…

A LATIN/FRENCH BALANCE

“Half of my DNA is French - I was born in Paris – but my father was Spanish through and through. So I am a bi-cultural hybrid. Some of my family is in Spain, some is still in South America. So I feel that I am both, though when it comes to my way of working, I feel French. I love South America – and South Americans! - but the French are just the right amount of Latin for me. Just enough drama, not too much. Sometimes my Latina temperament appears – I am always in motion! I get up in the morning and immediately, I have things to do, projects in mind – I could stress out everybody around me. I host the two cultures inside my one body: the hyperactivity of the Spanish people, and the tempered Latin-ness of Paris. It’s good to have both. But I am my calmer self here.”

LOVE OF TANGO

“I am a massive fan of tango. My father was a very good dancer. And when I was small, 10 or 12 years old, I entered tango competitions with my father. We actually won a lot!  It doesn’t take a psychologist to see why I am totally mad about tango. I have been to Argentina, the country of tango, and I fell in love with it, with Buenos Aires. I searched out, tango ‘specialists’ there, and got in with them, did the makeup for some shows. I was in my element! I love the music, the style, the graphic visual style of everything to do with it. The emotion that comes out of me when I listen to tango, the tears…And I, who can’t sit still for anything, can sit for hours watching tango.”

LOVE OF BIG CITIES

“I have been lucky enough to travel the world. With my hectic life, people say to me “oh, it must be so lovely to get out in the country, breathe that country air.” I can’t stand it. I love cities. Major, noisy, over-populated cities.  I do love to be near the sea –I love to swim, love water, I even have fish at home – and if I am going on holiday, I head for the warmth. But still, not out in the middle of nowhere. The sea is the only place I can stay without doing something.  But it has to be very, very near to a big city! I feel better, I feel safe, I feel fully alive. Designers, couturiers, whenever someone asks them where they find inspiration, they always say “the countryside”.  Terrible! Give me the noise, give me normal life, normal houses, normal people. The idea of a desert island…..well, you understand.”