Laura Mercier

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Laura Mercier
Born Arles, France
Nationality French
Other names Michèle Mercier
Occupation Makeup artist
Known for Makeup, photoshoots

Laura Mercier is a French makeup artist and businesswoman.

Early life[edit]

Laura Mercier was born Michèle Mercier in Arles, France, the youngest of three daughters. At 16 she enrolled as art student at L'Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Appliqués Duperré, a design school in Paris, to pursue painting and drawing.[1] Mercier later enrolled at the Caritas Institute, a combination beauty school and salon in Paris, France. Following her graduation, Mercier worked as a makeup artist at the school and adopted the name "Laura" to avoid confusion with the actress Michèle Mercier, a client of the salon.[2]

Career[edit]

Mercier moved to New York City in 1985 to work as a makeup artist at the American edition of Elle magazine.[3] Mercier was hired as Madonna's personal makeup artist, following a photo shoot featuring Madonna for Vogue magazine.[1] Mercier also worked on campaigns for magazines and clients including The Gap and Chanel.[4] Other celebrity clients for whom Mercier has worked with include Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker.[1]

In 1996, Janet Gurwitch, the former Executive Vice President of Neiman Marcus, founded Laura Mercier Cosmetics with her partner Gary Kusin. The company's philosophy focuses on what it calls the "flawless face", a concept that is allegedly derived from Mercier's promotion of natural-looking makeup. The company asserts that this idea guides the development and presentation of its products.[5][6]

Mercier continues to work as a freelance makeup artist[4][7] and is a published author. In 2006, she published The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face.[8]

On March 23, 2014 she joined with Claudia Poccia for the ovarian cancer Awareness Month and donated some of her savings to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.[9] In April 2014 she launched new collection called New Attitude.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c S.S. Fair (June 29, 2012). "Laura Mercier: the beauty expert who became a mega-brand". Style.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marlene Montanez (September 2008). "Behind The Flawless Face" (PDF). Arizona Foothills (Mediabistro.com). Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tatin Yang (June 13, 2014). "What primer can do for you". Inquirer. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Laura Mercier". Gawker.com. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Beautiful Lives: Laura Gurwitch". Style.com. 29 June 2012. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Rebecca Gonsalves (September 3, 2012). "Laura Mercier: 'It's beautiful to think that you can help women to feel more confident'". The Independent. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ S.S. Fair (19 April 2012). "Shooting Stars". Samurai Shopper (The New York Times). Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The New Beauty Secrets". Simon and Schuster. Archived from the original on March 2, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Giving back with the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund". The Upcoming. March 23, 2014. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kim West (March 24, 2014). "Laura Mercier Launches 2014 'New Attitude' Summer Collection". Beauty World News. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 

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