From her favourite carry-on beauty products to what makes a perfect hotel, the French make-up artist shares her globetrotter's notes

How often do you travel in a year and to which parts of the world?
I am often back and forth between Paris and Provence in southern France and New York City. Press events require me to travel elsewhere in Europe and perhaps to LA once a year.

On a plane, do you rest or work?
I take this time to disconnect and create a calm and natural state of relaxation.

What do you always take with you?
A book. It can be a mystery or biography, like Linwood Barclay’s Far From True or Andrew Wilson’s Alexander McQueen, or something spiritual, such as Buddhist meditation.

What are your must-have carry-ons?
My iPhone and a little Buddha statue, as well as my Rose products – an oil, cream and lip balm – that are great for travel and part of my beauty regimen. Along with a waterproof mascara, they keep me looking fresh.

What do you like to bring home with you?
Anything specific and special to the region or country I am visiting. It might be perfume or something unusual in its packaging or aesthetic, like the vintage, ornate gold earrings that I found in London.

How does travel influence your work?
Whether in Asia or Europe, the varied landscapes, cultures, ethnicities and interesting conversations that I have are all a source of creative inspiration.

What is your dream holiday?
A secluded island in the Caribbean, with the beautiful blue sea and all the fish to myself.

What was your most magical recent trip?
Sleeping in an old castle in Tuscany was a unique experience. It made me feel as if I had been transported back into history.

What do you like most about staying at Mandarin Oriental hotels?
The warm welcome and accommodation, plus the great attitude and ease of the staff.

Is there a Mandarin Oriental that you like best?
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. I love the view over the park. It is in a quintessential location and provides serenity at the end of a busy day. The rooms have different personalities, The Spa is sublime, the food exquisite, the service outstanding. And the hospitality that is extended by the Director of Communications, Sarah Cairns, always makes me feel at home.

What is most important to you when staying at a hotel?
Comfort, service and good energy.

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