This week, Zadie Smith said that girls are “fools” for spending any more than 15 minutes in front of a mirror, getting ready. But one person not taking heed of Smith’s advice is clearly French president Emmanuel Macron who, in three months, has reportedly spent €26,000 on make-up. Honestly.
According to Le Point magazine, Macron’s personal make-up artist (casual) filed two expense claims – one for €10,000 and another for €16,000 – for doing his make-up for press conferences and travel. That’s an expenditure of almost €10,000 (around £9,200) per month on make-up since becoming president, which is enough to make even a Kardashian blush.
This only begs the question: what on earth is in Macron’s make-up bag? La Prairie’s caviar moisturiser, perhaps? Sisley-Paris' Skinleya foundation? A giant tub of La Mer? How much Touche-Eclat can one man need? Can anyone even imagine what would happen if it turned out Angela Merkel was dropping thousands of euros getting her eyebrows waxed? Or if it turned out that Theresa May had a £10,000 stash of Nars lippies? What’s that old saying about one rule for one…?
Can anyone even imagine what would happen if it turned out Angela Merkel was dropping thousands of euros getting her eyebrows waxed?
Also, dare we ask how Macron has enough spare time to apply enough make-up to fill the entirety of Versailles? It’s not exactly a quiet time for international politics at the moment.
Le Point notes that, in Macron’s defence, he has been spending less than former president François Hollande, who managed to rack up a bill of €30,000 per quarter on make-up, which included the salary of his make-up artist (phew), but not an extra €9,895, which was the monthly cost of his hairdresser. Of course it was.
Now, I don’t mean to shame these beauty addicts, but unless these guys have mastered the art of “no-make-up make-up” better than anyone the world has ever seen, I can’t quite see where all these products are going. When asked about Macron’s expenses, however, the Elysée Palace told Le Point that they had “called in a contractor as a matter of urgency”, adding that the spending on make-up would be “significantly reduced” going forward.
If you notice that Macron is looking a little different in the next few months, then you know exactly why. He’s had to go easy on the contouring.