Here, French beauty illustrator Marine de Quénetain of @marinedequenetain shares how she first got started in makeup illustrations, her favorite of-the-moment product and what beauty means to her.
How did you get started in makeup illustrating?
I think the beginning was when I had my first illustration commissioned work in 2014 for the French magazine GRAZIA. Every week over a year, I had to draw an illustration to illustrate one of their editorials. The first drawing I did for them was two beauty products — and that’s how I got into it! I just loved how it looked. From this point on, I haven’t stopped drawing beauty products. It is like an obsession.
I started drawing Top Shelves in 2014. The first one I did was called ''my dream shelf'' where I gathered all the beauty products that I would love to own in my bathroom one day. It was more like a goals Top Shelf — a poster I could hang in my bathroom to feel I had all those products. I think that sharing your top shelves is like a language, with shape and colors. I am greatly influenced by still life in general and particularly Picasso, Damien Hirst pharmacy shelf, Matisse, Giorgio Morandi… I find there is beauty in everyday life, simple objects and particularly beauty products in a bathroom. Why beauty shelves? because I adore beauty products, I love to read about beauty routines on Into The Gloss, I think it so inspiring. I think I love the fact that drawing top shelves is mixing my love for beauty products and my love for still life in art.
What moment in your illustrating career (so far!) are you most proud of?
My favorite collaborations since then are my collaborations with Goop, L’Oréal, Christian Louboutin, Sephora, Space NK and LVMH.
What's your favorite beauty product at the moment?
Aside from a wallet and phone, what do you keep in your bag at all times?
Neutrogena Hand cream, Chanel lipstick, a lip gloss from Kopari, a mirror and a little hair brush
If you weren't doing makeup illustrating, what would you be doing and why?
Art direction for Vogue; I am obsessed with the magazine!
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is essential. Beauty is what makes the world go round. I also love this quote from Gabrielle Chanel: ''Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Focus on how to develop your inner happiness to let explode your beauty.
About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.