ines for loreal  Quoted: Inès de la Fressange

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Inès de la Fressange, one of L’Oréal’s newest faces, is profiled on Into the Gloss today, and what she says should be required reading (at least once a year) for all girls from the age of 12. Our favorite bits below, but really, read the whole thing.

On makeup: “I understood very late that after a while, you have to be a bit comfortable and that people are not looking at you precisely—it’s a general feeling.”

On trying too hard: “I think for everything for fashion and decoration, you arrive in these places that have spent a fortune, and it’s a nightmare…I think for beauty it’s quite the same.”

On exercise:
“I never exercise, I don’t have time…and anyway, why would I pay a fortune to suffer? When I can walk ten miles around Paris? I go by stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. I carry things. It’s important to move and do things.”

On creativity: “I love the idea of accidents. But I think nowadays, people are too afraid to have identity, personality; I think we need examples, we need icons for people to follow…but at a certain time, one needs courage.”

On taking risks: “When I was young, I was much too serious. Maybe I was a square. In youth it’s okay to take a risk, but no tattoos, no things that stay.”

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