As the field of beauty is more and more often linked to well-being, for Charlie it means a real self-awareness, a way for each woman to claim her personality. To be in her creative studio, is more than an appointment with the hairdresser. Charlie subtly combines cut, color, hair style and makeup, to a woman’s way of being in the world – understanding of her body, her look and allure.
“If Chanel gave women freedom, Yves Saint Laurent gave them power,” said Pierre Bergé. And Charlie gives them the confidence to claim their unique beauty. For Charlie, creating a hairstyle, makeup, or enhancing a woman’s elegance, it comes down to an ethic divided into four phases: cut, color, makeup and makeover.
“Hair is what you notice first, so hairstyle is crucial, especially in case of an upheaval in one’s life. The purpose of a haircut is to embellish the silhouette, to be in balance with one’s features, hair type and personality. Color should not look as if done at a hair salon, it shouldn’t be a veneer. Color brings depth and contrast to a cut. It brightens and enhances your complexion, whether your complexion is light, golden or brown.”
As far as Charlie is concerned, color is not a mask; it is part of who you really are. And what about gray or white hair? “I do not necessarily hide them. Having to do your roots every two weeks is a constraint. I mix in pearly, light or milky colors. That’s Lio’s choice. She assumes her gray hair, it looks beautiful. A color is successful when people believe it is your natural color, to which the sun has given a sheen, but I am happy to do a pretty blue or pink color for a young girl.”
Makeup follows the same trend: it is not necessarily arty or nude. “I modify according to the features: a touch to the eyebrows to illuminate your eyes, very black eyelashes to contrast the color of your eyes, a touch on the cheeks, and gently play, or not, with lipstick”.
“I’m not styling a head; I’m styling a being.”
A meeting with Charlie is above all an encounter with oneself.
Nothing escapes her. A silhouette or a makeover are very important. Whatever the size, weight, age or style, Charlie strives to give or restore confidence in each woman. “A woman must feel pretty from every angle: straight on, in profile, from the back and without feeling hung up. I love challenges, flaws. I play with codes or anti-codes of beauty, or what society considers beauty. A few extra pounds? So what? It all depends on the woman. Marilyn Monroe wasn’t thin! Having curves or being slender – everything can be beautiful in a woman, as long as it is highlighted. You don’t like your nose? Maybe it is a matter of proportion; bangs or a lipstick can give it a real personality. For clothes, do not neglect the basics like a white blouse or a bag that follows the body’s movement. If the color of a particular sweater swears with a specific skirt, it will work with something else, like this pair of pants. What’s important is to make alliances, to match colors, lines, textures, cuts, so that each woman feels good, whether at the office, with her family, on a trip, in a relationship, or alone.”
Makeovers are fully part of Charlie’s quest: they provide ease and reveal the star within each of us. “When I walk into my studio, I don’t think that I’m coming to work, I think I’m coming to be. That is what I wish to all women.” And this is what she really conveys with some visible joie de vivre. Those two hours with Charlie? It’s like recess with music, which continues to follow you like a melody, or a perfume leaving a unique trail behind you.
Charlie en particular
Because your image is the message you want to get across to fulfill your most ambitious dreams…