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VIOLET GREY spotlights the nominees of awards season and their biggest red carpet hits.
Written By EVELYN CROWLEY
Red Carpet Beauty: Marion Cotillard  |  #VIOLETGREY, The Industry's Beauty Edit

— Actress Marion Cotillard at the ‘L’Homme Qu‘On Aimait Trop’ premiere at the Cannes Film Festival
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain / WireImage

Throughout awards season, VIOLET GREY will be deconstructing the nominees’ most memorable red-carpet beauty moments of the year. On hand for commentary (and the occasional insider tip) will be the actresses’ makeup artist, hairstylist or both.
Marion Cotillard exudes that insouciant Parisian cool that is the stuff of girl crushes. The mention of her name around the VIOLET GREY offices (where the XX chromosome count runs admittedly high) is enough to incite a chorus of lovelorn sighs and declarations of devotion.

Of course, we’re hardly the only ones to have fallen under the comely 39-year-old French actress’ spell. Makeup artist Christophe Danchaud and hairstylist Robert Vetica have been working loyally by her side since her breakout role in the 2008 Édith Piaf biopic, La Vie En Rose (for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress). “Working with Marion is amazing,” says Vetica, noting her fashion-forward sensibility and penchant to push the aesthetic envelope. “I always feel challenged.”

Both men will be with the actress on Sunday to prepare her for the 87th annual Academy Awards. (This year, she’s garnered a Best Actress nod for her starring role in the Belgium labor drama,  Two Days, One Night.) And though they remained tight-lipped about the look they have in store for her, Vetica, at least, seems confident. “Our team knows how to own a red carpet,” he says.

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Red Carpet Beauty: Marion Cotillard  |  #VIOLETGREY, The Industry's Beauty Edit

The 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon / Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

VITALS
NAME
Marion Cotillard
HOMETOWN
Paris, France
NOMINATIONS
2015 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress, Two Days, One Night
2015 Academy Award for Best Actress, Two Days, One Night
2015 César Award for Best Actress, Two Days, One Night
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, The Immigrant
2015 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Two Days, One Night
MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
“I always begin with La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra cream,” says Danchaud. “It’s great for preparing the skin for makeup. I usually mix different foundations like Armani Designer Lift Smooth Firming Foundation and Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer. For concealer, I love Kanebo Sensai Pinceau Correcteur de Teint. I use Lucas’ Papaw Oinment on the lips and sometimes on the eyes as well to create a sexy texture.” 
Red Carpet Beauty: Marion Cotillard  |  #VIOLETGREY, The Industry's Beauty Edit

The Hollywood Reporter's 3rd annual Academy Awards nominees night at Spago / Photo by Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic

BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY: CHIC WITH A “POW”
Cotillard’s sensibility is more in line with the runway than the red carpet. “There always has to be a style element,” says Vetica, who swept the actress’ chestnut locks into a gender-bending pompadour for The Hollywood Reporter’s annual party for Academy Award nominees this month [pictured above]. “She likes things a little edgy. We start with the clothes and take it to places people normally wouldn’t.” Danchaud agrees adding, “with Marion, it’s all about the eyes; recently, we’ve been going a little stronger with colors although in a subtle way.”
Red Carpet Beauty: Marion Cotillard  |  #VIOLETGREY, The Industry's Beauty Edit

the 'L'Homme Qu'On Aimait Trop' premiere at the Cannes Film Festival / Photo by Pascal Le Segretain / WireImage

BEST HAIRSTYLE OF THE YEAR: IT’S A TIE
When it comes to picking favorites, Vetica can't decide between the retro-tinged, bumped-up side pony he executed for the Cannes premiere of the French film, L’Homme Qu‘On Aimait Trop [pictured above] and the sleek, gelled back look he did for the Critic’s Choice Awards in January. “It was ethereal,” he says of the latter [pictured below]. 
Red Carpet Beauty: Marion Cotillard  |  #VIOLETGREY, The Industry's Beauty Edit

The 20th annual Critic's Choice Awards / Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for A&E Network

2015 BEAUTY RESOLUTION: GO BOLD(ER)
“I want to go even stronger on her eyes,” says Danchaud. “But I have to find new, crazy colors.”
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