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Prisca Courtin-Clarins.

By Eugenia Santiesteban Soto

Joining her family’s cosmetics business may have seemed like an obvious choice for Prisca Courtin-Clarins, but the MBA graduate—one of four granddaughters of Jacques Courtin-Clarins, the brand’s founder—focused on paving her own way. After stints at Yves Saint Laurent and L’Occitane, Courtin-Clarins’ entrepreneurial sprit prevailed and she created a chain of American-style nail bars in Paris, a previously unheard of concept in her native France. They became an instant hit.

Claire, Jenna, Prisca and Virginie Courtin-Clarins, as pictured in Vogue, 2012.

Only then did Courtin-Clarins focus her efforts on the family business, where the approach to beauty is as much on healthful eating as it is on skin-care regimens. She recently developed a holistic “Spa and Lunch” concept, the first of which opened last year in Lille. She plans to expand on the concept internationally in her new post as Clarins’ director of spa activities.

Looking for a new signature scent? It’s no easy thing to do, but once you have it, well, you have it! “For the past five years, I have been wearing Thierry Mugler’s Alien Eau de Parfum. It’s uber-feminine and makes me feel very confident.” Available at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour.

Skincare is everything! With endless options and as many reasons to pick a product, we’re all about some expert advice. “I use Clarins Double Serum both in the morning and at night. After applying it, my skin looks younger and more radiant. It’s like a daily at-home mini-facial.” Available at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour.

We’re all for celebrating natural beauty, but sometimes natural needs a little boost! What does this expert turn to? “I cannot leave the house without mascara. My favorite is Clarins Be Long mascara. It gives me long, luscious lashes that look very natural.”

This beauty professional knows a thing or two about traveling. “As the Global Spa Activities Director for Clarins, I travel often. My next stop is Miami where I love staying at the SLS Hotel South Beach.”

If you’re looking for something to pack on your holiday getaway, you may want to consider “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” available at Books & Books. “This new book by Joël Dicker keeps you hooked until the last page. I read it in one week!”


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