Cecile Paravina

Cécile Paravina

Age - 27
Paris, France
I’d create sustainable false eyelashes that are 100% biodegradable, from the lash hair to the adhesive and the packaging
Cécile Paravina

Free from the constraints of conventional beauty ideals, make-up artist Cécile Paravina’s expressive looks are as captivating as they are freakish. And when we say freakish, we mean that as the highest compliment.

Often playing with perspective and the proportions of the face, her hallmarks include distorted eye shapes, bleached brows and lipstick teeth. Lashes are a particular focus for Paravina; either elongated to the extreme or transformed with custom-made creations she fashions out of anything from spidery feathers to wax drops. For Ninamounah SS20, she created lashes from real dried butterfly and dragonfly wings while other models walked the runway with sharp rose thorns lining their lids.

Now based in Paris, the French make-up artist originally studied fashion design at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp before realising her raw talent and passion for make-up could be turned into a career. Since then, Paravina’s off-kilter style has been tapped by publications including AnOther, Interview, Pop, and Dazed, and brands like Maison Margiela, Fenty, and Byredo. 

Last year, Dazed 100 alum Arca called on her for the “Nonbinary” music video, while in November the British Fashion Council chose her as one of the 50 most exciting young creatives worldwide.

Text Alex Peters

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