K-Beauty may be all the rage but perhaps no country has had as long lasting mythical hold on beauty as France. The French je ne sais quoi approach to beauty seems so effortless, perfectly subtle and viable. That's the magic of it and there is perhaps no one that knows more about French beauty habits and secrets than my friend Clemence von Mueffling—she's the daughter and granddaughter of former Vogue Paris beauty editors, Lorraine Bolloré and Regine Debrise, and she cut her teeth in beauty at LVMH before starting her smart site Beauty and Wellbeing. In fact, I'm hosting a talk with her on June 13 to discuss her new book "Ageless Beauty: The French Way." If you're in New York, stop by NeueHouse (at 110 East 25th St, New York, NY 10010) at 6:30pm for our chat. I hope to see you there! --Bee Shapiro, founder of Ellis Brooklyn
Over the last year, I've been working on a book for the New York Times on beauty regimens. The book is based on my Skin Deep beauty column for the paper and it's finally out on stands. Putting it together, I got to speak with so many amazing women. I particularly loved hearing model Alek Wek's mentality on beauty. She said: "When I got into this business, it was the '90s. There wasn't anybody working who has my features—who I could relate to...I made it through the beginning because of what my mother embedded in us. She had nine of us and five are girls. She always said, we have to support each other. 'Together you are stronger. You're beautiful inside and out.'"