Wednesday, 18 November 2009


A few weeks ago I popped down to Lancôme’s launch of their spring colours and met Aaron de Mey, Lancôme’s celebrity make up artist and Creative Director. It was a real pleasure to chat with Aaron a native of New Zealand, as he is a real artist and is bursting at the seams with ideas and creativity, which was infectious.

When designing the latest collection for Lancôme Aaron said he was inspired by the film ‘Out of Africa’ with Meryl Streep, as he loved the idea of a woman existing in a different culture and her adaptation to it. I loved his dreamy and updated use of apricots and peaches on the lips and cheeks (think of a sexed up Bridget Bardot), which will be huge next season. The artist Jeff Koons, was also cited as a major influence with his geometric shapes as well as Dazzle camouflage used in World War II, which helped to confuse the enemy as to the type, size, speed and heading of the decorated ship.

I love speaking to passionate and interesting people like Aaron as he reminds me why I love the beauty industry so much. I love his avant- garde approach and artistic and expressive way he views the world and interprets it through the medium of make up. Thank you Aaron!

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