Interview with our French cover model Severine
When I was 17 I went to France for the first time. I was in awe of the French women, their style and their nonchalance. And they were wearing scarves. In July. I immediately bought a beautiful cream and blue scarf and wore it constantly. I felt so French.
It didn’t surprise me when I met a stunning woman in Vancouver who had amazing skin, hair and poise and discovered she was French. Ok, so I didn’t just meet her. I ran after her on the street because I wanted her to model for us here at Craft Lipstick. Her name is Severine. And she is a beauty DIYer too! Not only did she do a photo shoot with us, she also gave us an interview about why the French looks so damn great all the time, Italian make-up, and why she puts turmeric in her foundation. Check out the photos and interview below.
Dawne (D): So, Severine, you are from France?
Severine (S): Oui (she actually answered “Yes” in English, but I added “Oui” here for a little je ne sais quoi….)
D: Did you know that North American people are totally intrigued with French style?
Severine raises her eyebrows and looks a bit surprised.
D: When you came to Vancouver, what was the biggest fashion difference you noticed?
S: I was so surprised by the colorful rain gear. You see bright yellows, pinks, oranges. Everything. In Paris we wear very neutral colors, with sometimes a touch of color. Also, in Vancouver the winter wear is very functional.
D: You mean it looks like we are going for a hike in the mountains, when actually we are heading to work downtown?
S: Um, yes.
We both laugh.
D: So what else about style in Paris?
S: Well, I find women try to keep it as comfortable as possible, while still looking feminine. So we wear a lot of flats. And if dressier heels are needed, we tend to wear wedges.
D: What about make-up?
S: It’s pretty natural in France. There is way more selection of brands there. In Vancouver I find that there are a lot of cheap brand and a lot of high-end brands. But not a lot in the middle.
D: What are some of your favourite brands?
S: In Europe, it is Kiko. It’s Italian and it's the best. I haven’t seen it here in Vancouver. I also really like NYX and E.L.F.
D: Your skin in flawless. Tell me about it.
S: I have a hard time finding the right foundation. I have about 5 kinds I mix together. I actually get my perfect color by mixing in tumeric.
D: Tumeric? Is that what they do in France?
S: No, that’s what I do. One time I had a foundation that was not quite right, so I just looked around my kitchen. Turmeric has such a great color. It just worked.
D: So you are into DIY?
S: Yes! I am! I really don’t like all the chemicals in products. I to to keep the ingredients as natural as possible and I make most of my skin care. I use pure oils on my face. Just this week I had dry skin around my mouth, so I used almond oil and it cleared it up right away.
D: What appeals to you about making your own lipsticks?
S: I love that you know what ingredients are going into it. Being able to make the color you want is important because it costs a lot of money to buy full lipsticks all the time. And they are never the right color. The Rescue Kit with the lipstick mold is great because I can melt down my old lipsticks and make new colors.
D: Severine, one last very important question.
D: What is the dating scene like in North America compared to France?
S: Well, I noticed that in Vancouver, people seem to take their time to see if they like the other person. In France, people get into relationships very quickly. It’s good here, I like it.
A big thanks to Severine for modelling for us and taking the time out to chat about lipsticks, life, and love. Follow her @severine_p