It’s been a terrific yr! We’re rounding out 2019 with Fanny Bourdette Donon, who ITG first interviewed in 2013. Last month she invited us to have a good time her birthday and we’re not one to show down a great time. The result’s her new Top Shelf After Dark. Enjoy!
“It’s my seventh yr with Dior—are you able to consider it? When I began I wasn’t doing what I’m doing immediately. I used to be doing press excursions, and dealing in an workplace, and making PR kits. I used to be so depressing—I die if I’m not speaking to individuals. But that’s the fantastic thing about this model, as a result of my boss noticed that in me and allowed me to be myself. Now, my official title is Special Project Manager—we needed to discover a title, nevertheless it doesn’t actually translate into what I really do. On the three axes of make-up, perfume, and skincare, I’ve to make it possible for we’re at all times in contact. Who are present personalities that match the Dior model? If I see somebody in Japan that’s tremendous cool, and I do know this particular person is touring someplace the place we’ve an occasion, my function is to make everyone conscious. My largest problem has been ensuring that we embrace range—not solely ethnic range, but additionally in gender. Even although I’m in Paris, I’m coordinating issues between all of the totally different markets, primarily based on our priorities and what my advertising staff is giving me. It’s wonderful, as a result of it’s a bit little bit of all the pieces.
Since I turned 30 I really feel prefer it’s been like woah, these years are flying by. It simply makes you notice that it’s essential to discover steadiness, and my fixed battle is discovering a steadiness between my associates, household, and work. But I really like my 30s a lot—I’d not need to return to my 20s for something on the planet. For my most up-to-date birthday I traveled to New York to have a good time. It’s humorous, earlier than my birthday I assumed, ‘I can’t consider I’m turning this age, I’m getting actually outdated.’ Then one among my associates despatched me this quote from Gwen Stefani that stated ‘you’re not getting older, you’re simply getting extra entitled to be your fabulous self.’ And I used to be like, that’s it, that’s what I’m going to be. So that was the inspiration behind my party. The theme was ’90s video vixen. We had dinner at Mr Chow, after which we had drinks at Rintintin in Soho. I didn’t really feel like having a giant social gathering as a result of I’ve been touring a lot and dealing like loopy. And then the following day we went to Bella’s [Hadid] farm in Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving. We ate good meals, went to mattress tremendous early, and took walks within the morning. It was so dreamy, it was like heaven on Earth.
I by no means have time to get facials, however for my birthday I did get one beforehand with Joanna Czech. My facial was principally about hydration due to all of the flights. I drink two liters of water per day at the least, and in the long term, I feel that helps. We did a bunch of masks, she massaged my face, and that was it. Right earlier than I’ve an occasion, I normally use this Joanna Vargas scrub that provides me such a pleasant glow, after which the Dior Prestige serum and cream. I’m a Prestige woman. I’ve entry to all these merchandise, they usually work so splendidly for my pores and skin.
As a lot as I will be loyal to my skincare, for hair I’m extra adventurous. You know, I simply like to strive issues. I really like doing hair masks. I exploit Moroccanoil, Shea Moisture, and Carol’s Daughter—love that one. When I first moved to America I used to be dwelling in Miami, and I didn’t actually converse English. But that’s how I met Leo and Frank, the founders of IGK, who’re French. They’re my associates now, and I’m fortunate sufficient that they ship me merchandise, so I exploit IGK. And in fact I exploit Ouai. I hear rather a lot to my girlfriends as properly for suggestions. When one factor finishes, I strive a brand new one.
I found weaves three years in the past in London—somebody put a weave on me and didn’t actually ask for my opinion. I used to be form of scared at first, however since then, I can’t dwell with out them. It’s horrible, I’m addicted.
For my birthday, I went to the salon to get a blowdry, then I curled it myself. I don’t actually have any specific iron that I really like, however proper now I’m utilizing a GHD. That one works. I found weaves three years in the past in London—somebody put a weave on me and didn’t actually ask for my opinion. I used to be form of scared at first, however since then, I can’t dwell with out them. It’s horrible, I’m addicted. Completely addicted. I am going to Rio Sreedharan in London as a result of I haven’t been capable of finding somebody in Paris that I like. The French are a bit behind in that sense—we don’t actually have a great, high-end, ethnic hair salon. I attempt to see Rio each three weeks, however he’s so well-liked that he’s at all times on tour with somebody.
Sage White has been doing my make-up for the previous two years. We each do temper boards, and our widespread inspiration is at all times Aaliyah. For my birthday we exchanged concepts and made it enjoyable—we had been positively listening to ’90s music and singing and ingesting champagne whereas preparing. I don’t like make-up artists who simply placed on eyeliner and a few blush and say you’re good to go. No—work on my face. I would like, I want, each single step. Plenty of product. I’m actually obsessive about the Diorskin Star Foundation. To be trustworthy, I’ve tried so many foundations and I can’t dwell with out this one. I’m not simply saying that as a result of I work for Dior. I like its protection and that it is glowy—I’m not into matte pores and skin. Then we used a contour stick in Shade 3. It’s simply the proper brown. I contour my chest, my nostril, and my jaw to get this sharp impact. We don’t make it anymore, so I actually need to beg each single artist for it. Peter [Philips] simply discovered one in his home in Belgium and introduced it to me. [Laughs] And then we used the Nude blush and one of many Dior palettes to do a smoky eye. I really like doing colours on my eyes, however someway on my lips it doesn’t actually work—it’s humorous, my mother at all times advised me that lip colour seems too flashy on older girls, and that form of scared me a bit bit. I really like the KKW lip pencil from the ’90s assortment, after which we simply used the Lip Glow and a bit little bit of gloss on prime.
Some time in the past, I noticed one among my girlfriends and one thing had modified in her face, however I couldn’t place what. And she advised me she bought lash extensions—she had stunning lashes they usually regarded so pure. My pal put me in contact with the girl who did hers, named Alona. She’s Russian, she doesn’t actually converse English that a lot, and she or he doesn’t even have Instagram. Very lowkey. I used to be fortunate to seek out her—I really like her. She involves my home about each two weeks. I don’t normally put on a number of eyeshadow, so that they final, however when I’ve to put on make-up for occasions they fall off sooner. But I don’t sleep on them, or scratch my eyes—I’m actually cautious. When you’re at all times on the go, extensions are such a terrific assist. That little factor that simply makes life a lot simpler.
When I joined Dior I used to be like, ‘I can’t put on J’adore!’ I wore J’adore once I was 14, as a result of when my dad would journey he would convey it for me from the obligation free. That was my perfume for many of highschool. So once I began working there, I wanted one thing totally different. I attempted all the ladies’s fragrances, however none of them felt like me. I’ve at all times beloved Dior males’s fragrances—they’re so specific. My dad wore Fahrenheit from Dior once I was rising up, and my grandfather wore Eau Sauvage. Now I put on a males’s perfume, Dior Homme Intense. When I discovered it I used to be like, that’s it! That’s my scent. The first time I met Françoise, the fragrance’s creator, he advised me it suited me properly. I’ve been utilizing it for the previous seven years and it’s change into my signature scent. My associates inform me they will odor me earlier than they will really see me. [Laughs] I’m actually loyal to fragrances.
Homme Intense is robust and related to work for me, so on weekends I prefer to put on one thing softer. Maison Christian Dior now has all these totally different fragrances, and I’m attempting all of them. Right now I’ve been utilizing Holy Peony. Just to relax, ? It’s what I’d placed on at night time as properly, once I go to mattress. I simply completed Cologne Royale—while you take a look at all of [the Maison fragrances] with all of the totally different colours, it’s so treasured.
It’s actually essential for me to take off my make-up on the finish of the night time. I exploit Neutrogena wipes—that’s step one. Then I wash my face with Dior Prestige Cleanser. It has some micellar water in it, so it additionally helps take away make-up. I’m obsessive about face wash—I’ve a set of them. I’ll choose a face wash to journey with me in every single place I am going. When I really feel like I’ve heavy make-up on, and I’m residence, and I’ve all my merchandise, normally I additionally do the Dior Homme Dermo System Cleansing Gel. It’s from the boys’s line. That’s like a brilliant mild scrub, and it bubbles. When I’ve heavy make-up I like to clean my face one final time with that. Then I apply my serum and name it a day.”
—as advised to ITG
Fanny Bourdette Donon photographed by Sage White in New York on November 27, 2019.