- Laura Mercier
name = Laura Mercier
nationality = French
Provence, Mercier began her training at age 17 when she entered painting school in Paris. After deciding to shift her talents from the canvas to the face, Mercier attended the Carita School where she specialized in makeup application. Subsequently, she was asked to represent the school as a makeup artist and instructor. Before long she began working closely with Thibault Vabre, a well-known French makeup artist.
In 1985, Laura Mercier moved to
New Yorkwhen she was asked to join the team to launch American "Elle". She immediately began working on advertising campaigns for Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's, and Clairol, as well as editorial spreads for magazines including "Elle", "Vanity Fair", "Glamour", and "Seventeen". While working with clients such as L'Oreal, Maybelline, Victoria's Secret, GAP, Banana Republicand many other cosmetic and clothing companies, Mercier began working with Madonna on her looks for print, television and film. Subsequently, Mercier entered into a four-year contract with Elizabeth Ardendesigning the makeup looks for all of their advertising campaigns and she also worked with Chanelon the company's beauty advertising campaigns in France.
In 1996, Mercier developed her own line to benefit women of all ages and skin types. She personally created the colors to satisfy the needs of her clients, based on a classic and always-current palette, rather than seasonal trends only. The line, now in its tenth year, is available in 400 stores in 21 countries and has expanded to include skincare, bath and body and fragrance lines. Mercier makes national and international public appearances throughout the year at stores including
Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel.
When she is not traveling for photo shoots or working in the lab perfecting and creating new products, Mercier divides her time between
New York Cityand Bellport, New York.
* [http://www.lauramercier.com Official site]
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