We interview Clarins’ international make-up trainer

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Earlier this week I popped out the office to hook up with the PR peeps from Clarins and their international make-up trainer, Claude Defresne.

claude defresne, Clarins
Claude. In the flesh he looks a lot like actor Rupert Everett.

We met at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay and I got treated to a delish slice of cheesecake…

Gotta love these ‘business lunches’…?

I also got to take a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous new make-up that Clarins is going to be rolling out as the year goes on. If you thought the gorgeous gold-tubed Rouge Prodige lippie was luxurious, you’ll die when you see their beautiful new blushes due out later this year:

Clarins blush
Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating blusher. Four beautiful matte and shimmery shades mingle to sculpt and highlight your cheeks. It also contains tomato extract, a great natural antioxidant.

Anyhoo, after oohing and awing at the new goodies, I got to ask Claude a few questions, including some that you requested I ask via Facebook. This is what he had to say:

So what’s the Clarins’ make-up ‘look’ this winter?
Smokey eyes! Many women think that smokey eyes means using a charcoal or grey eye shadow, but you can create a smokey effect with just about any colour. Start by drawing a dark line across your top lid with a Clarins Eye Pencil in Black. Next, apply your shadow so that it’s nice and dark on the lid, but gradually lightens up, stopping just above the crease. In terms of application, try ‘pressing’ your shadow onto your lids, as opposed to wiping, so it doesn’t spray all over your cheeks. To finish, redraw your black line and smudge it out a little so it doesn’t look harsh against your skin. I like that Clarins eye pencils come with little ‘smudgers’ at the back to make this easy for you.

If I were to invest in just one make-up item this winter, what should it be?
The right foundation, always. Our new HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser offers subtle coverage and is nice and hydrating, making it perfect for the drier winter months. We’ve also updated our True Radiance foundation with a new one, Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation. (Due in stores on the 20th of this month). It hydrates while reflecting light to help create the illusion of perfect skin.

clarins illusion foundation
Clarins new True Illusion Natural Radiance foundation

Can you give us a sneak peek of what to expect for spring?
Our collection, due out later this year, will be called Neo Pastels. The eye palette is beautiful; soft, pretty shades that can be worn wet or dry and have been inspired by water colour paintings.

clarins neo pastels palette
Gorgeous, right? Gorgeous, right? Alas, it’s only due out in Spring…?

What other new and exciting beauty goodies are you excited about?
Clarins Instant Smooth Line Perfecting Concentrate. It’s a more concentrated version of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch in that it’s a correcting serum that helps minimise the appearance of fine lines with Dermaxyl, a line correcting peptide. It’s perfect to apply to the fine lines around your eyes.

clarins instant smooth line perfecting concentrate
Clarins Instant Smooth Line Perfecting Concentrate

What’s your favourite Clarins cosmetic item at the mo?
Rouge Prodige lipstick in Red Prodige. It’s a beautiful true red that suits everyone from the moment that you dare to try it. You need to wear it with confidence.

One of our BSA reader’s wants to know why her foundation ends up turning darker on her chin. Any ideas?
Foundation can oxidise throughout the day, so if her chin is a different pH level to the rest of her face, it could go darker there. To avoid this, she could use a lighter foundation on her chin. Otherwise, foundation tends to ‘grab’ dry skin. Perhaps she could try exfoliating and as well as a hydrating foundation like Skin Illusion – it gradually releases moisture to your skin throughout the day.

Another BSA reader says she’s looking for a foundation that can help cover up rosy cheeks, but won’t turn ‘flaky’ as the day goes on. What would you suggest?
Clarins Everlasting foundation offers up to fifteen hours of wear and, because its hydrating, it won’t flake or crumble off your skin.

Last, but not least, one reader wants to know what she can do to minimise the appearance of acne scars.
The best product for acne scars is Clarins Instant Light Brush on Perfector. If the scarring is still pink, they could use Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate to assist in minimising the scar.

Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance foundation will be in stores and available to purchase online after the 20th of June. As for the gorgeousness that is Blush Prodige, the Neo Pastels palette and Instant Smooth Line Perfecting Concnetrate, you’re just going to have to wait until spring… 


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Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger (LipGlossIsMyLife.com). She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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  1. me

    Now I know exactly how to get that smokey eyes.

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    The Hydraquench tinted moisturizer sounds Devine.

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    Line perfecting concentrate sounds good , but its also so difficult to keep up with so many production the market. It’s also very costly..

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    What a great interview I can’t. Wait to get my hands on the illuminating blusher

    7 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I do like Clarins make-up so much, but a bit expensive

    7 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    I love the Clarins Instant Light Brush on Perfector. Fabulous product.

    7 years ago •

  1. julandism

    I absolutely adore Clarins, just wish it was a little more affordable!

    7 years ago •

  1. K@t

    Wish I could try these but the products tend to be pricy.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Question: Why is all the Make up experts men – they dont even wear the stuff?

    7 years ago •

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