At Chantal Delorme’s charming boutique in Milan, the concept of old and new is slightly blurred. Precious table linens are matched with printed paper napkins, vintage ceramics are mixed with summery plastic cutlery and Mediterranean inspired fabrics are used for patchwork pillows that Chantal sewed herself. Like magic, everything works. It might be unexpected in an antique store, but once you meet Chantal, a beautiful French lady with striking gray hair and a witty sense of humor, things start making sense. Like her store, her personal style seems effortless, but every detail counts. She talks to The Daily Pamp about her life with gray hair and reveals all of her beauty secrets. As it appears, she has a very clear idea of what works in beauty as well.
When did you decide to wear your hair gray?
I decided to keep my hair gray two years ago. I was tired of thirty years of coloring slavery, and let go of my red, curly locks. I let it grow and for a period my tips were red, it looked great!
The texture has changed. I used to be very curly and now my hair is straight and more dry. With pollution, it can turn yellow so I use L’Oreal Silver shampoo to keep the color bright. I rarely use conditioner because it would get flat.
Gray hair or not, you look amazing! What are your beauty secrets?
The best antidote for growing older is my passion for my boutique that gives me the the impression for the moment not to be on the margins, the love for my children Stéphanie and Emmanuel, and my grandkids. I was featured on a magazine thanks to my grey hair recently and they are all very proud of to say “you know, my grandmother is a model!”.
However… I do love beauty as well and spend hours playing around with the girls at Sephora.
In the morning I wash my face with cold water. For my eyes, I apply Herborist gel and Strivectin-SD Eye Concentrate. For my face, I apply StriVectin-EV Sérum Éclaircissant Uniformisant and StriVectin-SD for stretch marks and wrinkles. I have been using StriVectin for the last fifteen years and I can definitely see results.
For makeup, I used a white translucent powder from Chanel that was discontinued so I switched to Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder. The powder allows the skin to breathe and doesn’t obstruct the pores. When i am very pale in the winter, a light touch of blush, Make Up For Ever Professional Blush n. 21.
For the eyes, the anti-dark circle stick Fake Up. It is very nourishing because it is both eye cream and colored concealer, and it doesn’t dry the skin under the eyes. My eye shadow is Make Up For Ever Professional in light brown, applied with a flat brush to lightly highlight the the outer lid, and then on the lid with a smaller brush. I use only black mascara, They’re Real by Benefit is an amazing product and brush. I also like Hypnose Doll Lashes from Lancome. For the eyebrows, I love Brow Zings by Benefit in Light.
On the lips, lipstick in winter, but most of the time lip balm. This spring I have discovered a great matte lipstick that doesn’t run on the little fine lines around the lips and stays on all day. Lip liner is Perfect Lips by Too Faced – It also doesn’t run.
My fragrances in the winter are L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, eau de toilette, deodorant and body cream. I alternate with Coco Mademoiselle from Chanel, also eau de toilette, deodorant and body cream.
In the summer, Un Jardin sur le Nil d’Hermes, which I also use as deodorant.
I get a manicure every week and a pedicure once every three weeks. My colors are gray or taupe from Chanel, sometimes purple. In the summer, strictly bordeaux or transparent.
You are French, but you were born in Algeria and traveled the world as a translator before settling in Italy. Why do you think French women always know best when it comes to beauty?
Because they have been doing it much longer!
Chantal Delorme’s boutique is located in Via Concordia 4, Milan- Italy – http://www.chantaldelorme.it – tel. +3902799730
Photos by Kerstin Jacobsen-Rohde for Donna Moderna