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Charlotte Gainsbourg: ‘I don’t like to feel too covered up in make-up’

Charlotte Gainsbourg dislikes selfies, insisting “taking a picture of myself feels very strange”.

Charlotte Gainsbourg hates feeling too covered up on a movie set.

The 45-year-old actress has collaborated with NARS on a new capsule collection of 15 products, all designed to blend.

A subtle approach to make-up is something Charlotte has learned over the years, with her work on screen teaching her that she doesn’t want to have her cosmetics too caked on.

“The first product I made was the skin tint, because I wanted something in between a shimmer and a cream… what I always envy is a very simple, very transparent effect,” she told Elle magazine. “It's something that happened on (movie) sets: I learned it's better to see the art of your face, instead of the art of your make-up… I don't like to feel too covered up.”

Charlotte has starred in 33 movies to date, and also appeared in campaigns for names such as Balmain and Louis Vuitton.

But when it comes to the celebrity side of her job, Charlotte isn’t a fan of when the public approach her and snap a selfie – because she hates that kind of photograph.

"Je detest le selfie," she proclaimed. "It's awful. I feel really old when I say that, like some grandparent saying 'I hate rock music!'"

However, it’s the “philosophy” behind a selfie that Charlotte doesn’t understand.

“What do you want us to see when you take a picture of yourself? What's the idea? Of course, I know that's not how other people feel. I mean, I have (a teenage) daughter. I see what she does. But taking a picture of myself feels very strange,” she continued.

Charlotte is mother to son 19-year-old Ben, and daughters Alice, 14, and five-year-old Joe with partner Yvan Attal.

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