Teen spirit: poetic perfume and party make-up


Teenage spirit: poetic perfume and festive make-up for the ever-young

Celine’s new fragrance, Rimbaud, is paired with chic party makeup for a fresh take on teenage beauty.

Youth passes too quickly for most people and the most frustrating thing is that once it’s gone, it’s gone. There’s no way to get it back. That doesn’t mean you can’t at least pretend to be a teenager again, even if it’s just for one night.

Celine’s latest perfume launch, Rimbaud, evokes the spirit of the rebellious teenage poet who composed his entire oeuvre of dazzling and transgressive verse between 1870 (when he was just 16) and 1875. He is only no wonder literature’s most unstable enfant terrible is a hero in Hedi Slimane, whose fervent obsession with youth culture shaped his work as Céline’s creative director.

Above, ‘Rimbaud’ eau de parfum, £285 for 200ml, by Celine

Slimane remembers lying in the grass with his classmates as a young teenager, reading Rimbaud’s poetry and being “fascinated by the fragility and grace of the young poet and [feeling] his torments as if they were ours. Céline’s latest fragrance, named after Rimbaud, bottles the quintessence of this Arcadian atmosphere with a powdery blend of lavender and iris, tempered with a hint of musk.

“I’ve always wanted to create a fragrance that evokes Utopia,” says Slimane. “Illustrating this image of Rimbaud, or the photos of thousands of young men and women that I have taken over the past 30 years.

Spectra Eye Color, in silver grey, £33, by The Unseen

It’s a celebration of youthful hedonism that’s complemented by the shimmering, holographic composition of Uslu Airlines in Berlin and The Unseen in London. Uslu’s silver lipstick is great for club wear, especially when paired with The Unseen’s reflective Spectra eye cream, which transforms under the flash of a phone’s camera from silver gray in real life to shimmering black in photos. It’s teenage adult debauchery. §


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