LIKE A FRENCH GIRL TALKING BEAUTY WITH MARINE DE QUÉNETAIN

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When not contributing to Grazia or working with brands like Van Cleef or Louis Vuitton, the art director and illustrator is an amateur beauty junkie just like the rest of us. Read on for her favorite products, artistic inspirations and sworn-by secrets (hint: apple cider vinegar and an ice pack!)

  

Interview by Emily Matson

 


 
How did you get into illustrating?

I started to doodle as a child… and I haven’t stopped since! 

Did you always want to be an artist?

Since childhood I’d always wanted to work in a creative field—particularly in fashion because my mother worked as a fashion designer. I was inspired mostly by her fashion drawing… that was how I wanted to make my living.

You seem to be inspired by beauty products and medicine cabinet shelves. Can you describe your own beauty regimen for us?

In the morning I start with a cotton swab of Bioderma Créaline H2O to refresh and clean my face, before I spritz some Caudalíe Beauty Elixir to wake up my skin—It refreshes your skin and give your complexion an instant boost. The citrus-mint scent leaves you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. After that I usually apply some Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse on my face to nourish and moisturize. It’s so soft, and the scent is divine.

As for as makeup: for my complexion, I put some tinted BB cream from La Roche-Posay. Sometimes I’ll put some Clinique "Stay-Matte" Foundation over that. I love Terracotta de Guerlain on my cheeks. For my eyes: the "Respectissime" Waterproof Mascara from La Roche-Posay. For a night time look, I choose a red lip from Éstée Lauder (applied with Homeoplasmine Lip Balm!) and matching red polish for my toes and nails from Kure Bazaar. For a fragrance, I adore Bonpoint’s Eau de Bonpoint. 

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Growing up French, with the world of French beauty at your fingertips, do you find your approach to beauty different than London (where you live now) or America? 

My mother showed me how to take care of my skin with pharmacy products. I buy all my products on the rue du Four in Paris at City Pharma, a Parapharmacy where everything is cheaper than anywhere else, and in London I live near a Planet Organic where I can find organics beauty products, as well as my soaps, toothpaste and fruit for smoothies—all in one place (I suppose I shop local!) I think how you approach beauty differs country from country because it's a question of education, how you grew up, and also a question of product availability. Above all, different countries offer different products for different local skin types: Japanese girls, African girls, and European girls, for example, may not all need the same products.

What are your go-to products?

I love Bioderma Créaline H20, Homéoplasine Lip Salve, and the Lemon and Coriander Deodorant from Neal’s Yard Remedies. I also love Weleda’s Rose Body Cream—and, of course, I can’t live without my Mason Pearson Hair Brush.  

Do you have any major sources of inspiration you keep returning to?

Andy Warhol’s gorgeous beauty illustrations from Interview and other fashion magazines are great. I also love [Estée Lauder Creative Director] Donald Robertson’s brilliant and funny illustrations. Instagram is a huge source of inspiration, too.

What’s your biggest beauty secret?

Apple Cider Vinegar. Every two days I take a shot of it—it's very good for your skin and body. Google it! I also use coconut oil for so many things: to remove my waterproof mascara, to nourish my body skin, or to moisturize the ends of my hair before bed. Also, before going out, I put an ice pack on my face. After that, I look very fresh and ready for the evening!

Where do you see your art going?

I would love to work for a fashion magazine like Vogue or Vanity Fair. I would also love to collaborate with more luxury fashion and beauty brands, like Glossier, Shu Uemura, Rahua, Mermaid Hair, Chanel, Hermès... the list goes on!


 

For more of Marine's illustrations, follow her on Instagram or visit marinedequenetain.com.

Shop her beauty-inspired iPhone cases below.

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For more on French beauty (including where to get some of Marine’s picks), check out our Parisian drugstore guide here.