If you’re ever wandering the internet for style inspiration, Jeanne Damas is your girl. She’s a French designer, model, actress, and entrepreneur who runs her own label called Rouje. She channels her effortless, chic, classic French girl sartorial choices – balancing the bold with the subdued beautifully. Her Instagram is a fashion stylist’s mood board – clog heels, cigarette jeans, clumsily tucked in shirts, blazers, sundresses, and her signature red lips worn often, as the only accessory, putting her whole look together.
Her makeup and style have become an object of both curiosity and interest for beauty aficionadas world over. There are articles and videos dedicated to her looks and how to translate them into your personal wardrobe. The charm of her look is the ease of it, and how it boldly advocates comfort over trends. Damas, through her attire proves again and again that classics do not go out of trend, and that the French women have truly mastered the art of it.
Jeanne starts her makeup by prepping her skin with Joelle Ciocco’s Nutritif Elixir and La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ sunscreen. She’s also fond of the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask to nourish her skin. She then moves on wards to conceal anything she might want lesser attention on with Glossier Stretch Concealer, which she loves for its dewiness, or the YSL Touche Eclat Luminous Concealer that is an absolute celebrity makeup bag staple. She usually preps her lips with the Nuxe reve de Miel lip balm, another French pharmacy favourite, and moves on to the next steps of her routine.
Jeanne, by her own admission, is never seen without a lipstick. She calls her signature lip look “melted”, which resembles your lips if you’ve just bitten them on a winter morning or had a berry popsicle. She’s mostly partial to reds, burgundies, prunes, nudes and wines – and her favourite shades are Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Venomous Violet (a limited edition, but most similar to Chanel Rouge Shine in Noir Modern 128); a sheer brown purple, Mac Diva; a matte burgundy, Mac Viva Glam III; a brownish nude red, and Bobbi Brown Raisin; a medium brown prune. Jeanne usually dabs the colour onto her lips with fingers without caring too much for perfection, and usually wipes the excess with a Q-tip or shapes her lips with them. She also wears Mac Lipliner in Spice under her lip balm sometimes.
The idea is to your makeup as carelessly as possible – the French women are known to hate spending time on their makeup and are never too “done”, accentuating only the best of their features and carrying with pride whatever imperfections they might have. A red lipstick in their book, is the ultimate accessory, and should be worn as such – with nothing to add or take away from their statement.
She’s also not fond of mascaras – adding to the youthfulness of the look by only emphasizing the necessary. She just uses an eyelash curler to add oomph to her lashes, and is fond of Mac Brow Gel to shape her eyebrows. If in the mood for something bold, she lines her eye with the Diorshow Art Pen. She then frames her face using Mac Cremeblend Blush in Posey, or uses the same lipstick she has on to add a bit of colour on her cheeks. As the founder of her brand Rouje, she has created a line of lipsticks that best translates her personal aesthetics. This line also has a four colour lipstick palette in two versions. She bends towards the Signature version the most.
Jeanne completes her look by wearing Glossier Haloscope in Topaz, or blotting excess oil off of her face using the Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. For a final touch, Jeanne is known to often sport dark navy, black or red-black nails. Her favourites are Chanel Les Vernis in Noir Ceramic and Blue Satin.
Jeanne’s very well known for her hastily cut and uneven bangs – which remind me so much of Jane Birkin. She often cuts them herself. She prefers Klorane Dry Shampoo to add volume to her tresses, and often shampoos daily with a mild shampoo. She’s not fond of fragrances, however is partial to the aroma of jasmine, oud and orange flowers. A bottle of Tom Ford Eau De Parfum in Jasmine Musk was once pictured on her counter. Jeanne is also exceptionally fond of the French pharmacy staple Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water to remove her makeup.
Image Courtesy – Harper’s Bazaar.
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