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07-18-10 | Posted by

Meet the Makeup Mogul

As the eponymous creator of By Terry, Terry de Gunzberg hails from a family of scientists – her father is a Doctor of Chemistry and a researcher – so it was no surprise that she initially pursued medicine at university. However, her creative instincts puller her in another direction.  Among her career highlights, Terry spent 15 years with Yves Saint Laurent, where she invented Touche Éclat and did makeup for the YSL Haute Couture shows. On beauty and luxury, Terry belives: “luxury is what is rare, what is made conscientiously and consistently. It is made with care and founded on know-how.”


What makes the By Terry brand stand apart from the rest?

Science of flowers, medical research adapted to glamourous textures, passion of cosmetics, creativity, integrity, simplicity…is my commitment and personal philosophy.

For all our products, we select the purest raw materials, the rarest and most exclusive pigments such as IGC contained in our well-known Éclat de Teint.
Not only am I very demanding on elaborated formulas but also on the practicality of the product itself.

You have a background in fashion – how did you make the transition into beauty?

I have always been a “beauty addict”, and the trigger was a summer make-up course with Maria and Rosy Carita. There never was a transition from fashion to beauty. I was always all about beauty!

Does fashion impact your branding?

I adore fashion! Of course it impacts my creations! I am always up-to-date with what’s new: the latest technologies in textile, trends, attending the Couture Fashion Shows…

What are your hero products ?

Baume de Rose, Crème de rose, and Light-Expert!

Baume de Rose is the cult product, the “Rolls Royce” lip ointment with pure Essential Rose Wax, Ceramides, Bio-tech Botanical extractions…with a delicate smell of natural rose.

Crème de Rose is my hydrating and nutri-ressourcing must-have, the most glamour skin care that deliciously smells like a bouquet of fresh roses, picked-up in the early morning.

Light-Expert is “the” smart beauty tool to use wherever and whenever, combining both perfection and skincare. One click, back and forth, and the complexion is perfectly flawless, looking just as if you had just awoken from a long rested night! All what we need to glow!

Does the brand have a signature scent or ingredient?

I love the Rose fragrance.

When I was a child, my mother used to apply, every morning, on my hair, a little drop of Rose water. But Roses have many more benefits in addition to their amazing fragrance, which I love!  This is why I have created a complete line of both skincare and complexion products with natural extracts of Rose. Their fragrance combines the emanation of white flowers, sublimated with Fresh Rose and Rosewood and enriched with Rose sap.

What’s in your bag?

I never leave without a Light-Expert, Blush-Expert and Baume de Rose – they are my all time favourites for make-up touch-ups!

Are you a mom?

I am a mother of four children and also grandmother of two – a two year old grandson and six month old granddaughter…I love it!

My daughters are 27 & 28 years old and are my toughest critics!! They are wonderful advisers in the development of new products. My sons are 12 & 14 years old, and they are artists as well, painting, music (and football) are their hobbies and their imagination is an incredible source of inspiration!

What’s your favourite bag?

The Chanel Bags in general…I have just bought a mini-matelassé Rose!

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