Perhaps the only woman I find more fascinating than Carine Roitfeld—former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, muse to Tom Ford, and paragon of all that is seductively cool—is her daughter, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. Because in addition to being gorgeous, sharp, and mysterious like her mother, Julia has the added intrigue of being raised by a bonafide fashion icon. Which means from the moment she was born, she's been surrounded by chicness. Did she wear cashmere diapers as a baby? Was her 16th birthday party documented by Mario Testino? Has she ever paid retail for a single fashion item? These are the questions I was far too chicken to ask when I caught up with the lovely and gracious 30-year old at Lancôme's New York Fashion Week pop-up studio. (Julia is the face of Lancôme's spring makeup collection, Ultra Lavande.) But I did manage to quiz her on a few hot beauty and fashion topics. Here's what the young luminary had to share.
1. You're the star of Lancôme's spring makeup campaign. Which of their products were you most excited to score?
I'm obsessed with Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate. Now that I'm 30, I’m more conscious about using anti-aging products. The company gave it to me in a goody bag and ever since I tried it, I’m addicted. You don't feel it on your skin, but it works wonders. And I love the eye shadow palette from the spring makeup collection [Color Design Minerale Quad]. Robert [Cook, the makeup artist who worked with Julia for the pop-up studio event] showed me how to use it properly. But right now, I'm wearing La Laque Fever Lip Gloss in Lucent Nude and Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Jade Fever. Robert blended all the shadows together to create this metallic-y green color which I love. I feel like this is the perfect makeup look for the dinner I'm going to later on tonight.
2. Which makeup product do you always have in your bag?
Eyeliner, always. Just one simple line makes your look. More so than foundation—well, actually, I never really wear foundation—but more so than concealer or blush or anything else. Eyeliner, it just makes you ready.
3. What’s your favorite Fashion Week memory?
The 90th anniversary party for Vogue Paris, which took place last season during Paris Fashion Week. It was a costume ball and it was very decadent because everyone wore a mask, so everyone could sort of do whatever they wanted because you couldn't tell who was who. And the location [a private house on the Rue de l’Université where Karl Lagerfeld once resided] was amazing. I had my boyfriend, my best friends, and my family all there that night—it just felt perfect.
4. Which shows do you most look forward to seeing in New York?Altuzarra and Alexander Wang. Alex's show this season, with the shoes and the fur and the shiny pants—oh it was just so amazing! I loved both of their collections and want everything! I’m lucky that they’re both my friends so I can try to order pieces early.
5. Describe your fashion style in three words.
Rock meets classic. Like I’ll wear classic shoes with a leather mini skirt. Right now I'm wearing Agent Provocateur shoes—I don’t even know if you're meant to walk outside in these, but they're really comfortable—a Top Shop skirt, and a Joseph sweater.
6. Everyone always talks about how French women look so effortlessly beautiful. Their makeup and hair never seem overdone. What’s the key to that effortless beauty?
It’s about maintaining your skin and focusing on taking care of your insides more than your outsides. It’s a daily routine for French women of eating healthy and being very careful about going out in the sun. They work to keep up the freshness as long as possible. And they never really curl or iron their hair—they just leave it natural and if they want a change, they pull it back into a bun or ponytail and it takes, like, two seconds.
7. What’s the best beauty trick you learned from your mother?
Not to pluck my eyebrows. As a teenager, I wanted them super thin, but thank goodness she didn’t let me do it. So now, I still have all my eyebrows. When your brows are very thin, I think it makes you look a little too... intense.
TOP AND BOTTOM PHOTOS: JULIA AT LANCÔME'S FALL 2011 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK POP UP STUDIO; MIDDLE PHOTO: JULIA'S SPRING 2011 LANCÔME AD