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when violette 
met eye & nailia 

Over champagne and makeup, the makeup artist introduces her debut Estée Lauder by Violette collection to French actresses Nailia Harzoune and Eye Haidara.

To say that Violette surrounds herself with an inspiring group of women would be an understatement. Follow the French makeup artist around long enough and you’ll meet a bevy of talented artists—actresses, painters, stylists, editors, creative directors (some of them all these at once). They come from all walks of life, and live in many different cities, but they are all charming, often French, and all hang out with Violette.

Case in point: to show off her debut collection with Estée Lauder, Violette invited up-and-coming French actresses Eye Haidara and Naila Harzoune to her suite at the La Réserve hotel in Paris for an informal show-and-tell. No surprise, but it’s good to be friends with Violette, who has a knack for crafting seemingly outre makeup looks—a fiery red lip, a blue cat eye—that emerge looking completely natural and unstudied on her subjects. Watch the above video to see Violette’s tips for going-out looks (including how to sculpt a perfect cupid’s bow), and read on to learn more about Haidara and Harzoune. 


MEET: Nailia Harzoune

OCCUPATION: Actress

How they met: “I first met Nailia via text message to discuss this shoot. Right away I knew I had a girl crush. Sometimes you just know! After 5 minutes meeting in person, I felt as if I had known her for many years.”


I love Nailia’s natural personality. She has no filter, she’s not shy, she’s just herself. She’s like champagne—sparkling, fresh, and puts you in a good mood right away.

— VIOLETTE


ON HER BIG BREAK

After my first performance an agent approached me and said he was casting for a new movie. Just like that I found myself in my first film in 2008 by Tony Gatlif called Geronimo. Then I continued to act while finishing my studies. My my big break was when I shot Chouf by Karim Dridi.

ON THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE HER

Ever since I was little I’ve admired Isabelle Adjani. I’m also obsessed with Gena Rowlands and Penelope Cruz.

ON FRENCH BEAUTY

My beauty secret is my day cream, Embryolisse. But now that I’ve met Violette I do not go out without her Estée Lauder Liquid Lipstick. It illuminates my complexion, stays for hours, hydrates, and defines my lips. I can not live without it!

ON HER BEAUTY ICON

I am always dazzled by Meryl Streep’s beauty.  She has the same brightness today as she did in her first films.

ON EVERYDAY RITUALS

Every morning I listen to the radio, drink coffee, and look out at the street and people watch. I like the idea that no day is alike.



MEET: Eye Haidara

OCCUPATION: Actress

How they met: “I met Eye on the phone. We called each other to discuss the video shoot and right away I knew I was talking to a very smart woman. She was calm, yet had a touch of spice to her personality. I got even more excited to do this video after our call even though it only lasted for 5 minutes!”


The first thing I thought when meeting Eye was how gorgeous and chic she was. She’s calm, secure, and elégante.

— VIOLETTE


ON HER BIG BREAK

I was discovered in the movie Regarde-moi by Audrey Estrougo in 2007, but my encounter with Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano and playing Adèle in their movie C’est la vie! changed my career.

ON THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE HER

I’m inspired by many actresses like Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, but the Claude Miller film L’Effrontée with Charlotte Gainsbourg made me want to become an actress.

ON FRENCH BEAUTY

I love to create my own products. My go to is making a face mask with yogurt and lemon. It’s a tip I picked up from my mom to make my complexion feel like fresh baby skin. Also, I’m a big fan of hand cream. I love hands because they say a lot about you. I think that hands are a reflection of your soul.

ON HER BEAUTY ICON

My beauty icon is Golshifteh Farahani. She is naturally bright and imposes her elegance by her beauty.

ON EVERYDAY RITUALS

I need to laugh everyday before I step outside!