" Beauty can only be cruelty free."
That's her motto and she's sticking to it. Marie Baillon is proof that you can be kind and beautiful without harming others. With Christmas just around the corner, this Q & A is filled with the spirit of giving and love. If you needed inspiration for your New Year's resolutions, we hope this inspires you to be more compassionate in the coming year. It certainly did inspire us!
Vegan Makeup & Nail Artist
Her passions for arts and fashion are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and she found in makeup a limitless creativity.
At 29, Marie has already been published in magazines like Vogue, Elle, Maxim. She works with the clientele of the most luxurious hotels like the Hotel de Paris in Monaco or the Plaza AthÃ©nÃ©e in Paris. Harcourt studio often uses her services as well. Her skills are perfectly adapted to the demand. Marie is used to work for fashion industry, for video & photo shootings, advertising, TV but also with VIP and private individuals for their wedding or other events.
Marie is Vegan and an activist for animal rights so she exclusively uses cruelty free beauty brands.
Marie: I am vegan since almost 4 years now. When I was living in Barcelona (from 2009 to 2011) I discovered the vegan movement and I first turned vegetarian but wasn't an activist. Then I met my boyfriend who wasn't involved in the cause at all, but he is a really good cooker so during 3,4 years I ate meat again but in the same time I was really aware about what it is happening in slaughter houses, in the farms etc... so one day I just said STOP I can't keep on participating to this mass murder, I can't keep on knowing and doing nothing. I was in total cognitive dissonance. Now my boyfriend is plant based and really aware about what it is happening and I feel better In my life now. I am an activist and fight every single day for the voiceless.
MSA: Do you feel the fashion/beauty industry is changing in regards to animals and do you feel it will maintain?
Marie: Yes I do ! just see what it is happening : Kim K. is going fur free, her makeup brand is cruelty free, Donatella Versace is fur free, Beyonce is plant-based, Miley Cyrus is vegan etc.. So I feel there is a big change in the show business and they are the most influencing people so I want to believe that little by little it will be the "normality."
MSA: Why is it important for industry professionals to use their voice and speak out?
Marie: As I said before, today Instagram is the most powerful inspiring platform and through this those people influence other to do the same.
MSA: Morning or Night person and why?
Marie: Night ! definitely. I love the silent and the light of the night. Really peaceful and inspiring.
MSA: What is your favorite quote to live by?
Marie: "Don't dream your life, Live your dreams" I tattooed this quote on my leg when I was 19. To me it's really important to follow your heart, what makes you happy in the moment. Even if you fall, fail you can also succeed and the most important : when you do it it's because it makes you happy.
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âMSA: Name your favorite cruelty-free beauty products.
Marie: I have a lot as you can imagine (I am a makeup artist) ... but currently I crave for the eyeshadows from Kat von D (and she is totally vegan, activist for the cause)
MSA: Who are you currently listening to on your Ipod (or other device)?
Marie: Another hard question ! Currently I love Soko. Music really depend on my mood...
MSA: Where do you dream of traveling to one day?
Marie: I want to travel the world !!!! but for my next stop I wish I could go to New York (for my 30 maybe ...)