Olivia Chantecaille is the creative director of Chantecaille, her family’s eponymous cosmetics and skin-care line. Working closely with her mother since the company’s inception, Olivia has been the brand’s driving force, always adding a touch of modernity to the company’s timeless French aesthetic. Having worked as a model, Olivia was able to pick up techniques from the world’s top makeup artists. When not developing trendsetting color palettes and innovative products, Olivia is busy being a dynamic contributor to multiple charities that support art, children and environment, such Chantecaille’s Protect the Lions palette, which is coming out this fall, to benefit conservation of lions for the Lion Guardians in Kenya. This summer Chantecaille launched at the new Bluemercury store in East Hampton. Here, Olivia shares her favorite picks in a place she calls her backyard.
What’s your relationship to the Hamptons? My parents fell in love with the Hamptons when they first moved to New York from France. I spent every summer of my life in our old whaling captain’s home in East Hampton. I learned to ride my bike on the triangle on Egypt Lane and learned to swim at Georgica Beach. I grew up making flower crowns in the fields bordering our house.
What is your favorite part about living in the Hamptons? Being close to nature. Sitting in our garden under the trees, I’m always in awe of how many animals are living around us, like wild turkeys, deer, cranes and foxes. It’s a breath of fresh air compared to the pigeons in New York City!
What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at your Hamptons home? My daughter and I kick off our shoes and go for a walk in the grass and pick flowers.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Hamptons? Going out on our boat for a picnic lunch and jumping into the water off Shelter Island.
What’s your favorite way to get around the Hamptons? Our 1962 Mercedes SL convertible.
What’s on your summer playlist? My daughter’s French nursery rhymes!
Describe a perfect summer day. Picking fresh berries at Quail Hill Farm, picking up smoothies at Mary’s Marvelous, going to Wiborg Beach for a swim and for sandcastle making.
Who’s your favorite dinner companion? My husband and my daughter, Delphina.
Best place for lunch and dinner in the Hamptons? Round Swamp Farm or Cavaniola’s for lunch. For dinner, my favorites are Tutto Il Giorno and the Crow’s Nest.
What is your favorite beach read? I’m looking forward to read The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. I’ve read all of her books.
Which work of art/book changed your life? Ross Bleckner’s Falling Birds paintings. Ross is a friend, but he also moonlighted as a matchmaker for me and my husband, Ren.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Before I go to sleep, I focus on at least 10 positive things I was grateful for that day.
Where is paradise for you? Being on safari.
What’s your signature drink? Water with lemon and fresh mint from the garden.
What are three items you can’t live without? Chantecaille of course! I can’t live without our Pure Rosewater, Rose de Mai Cream and Liquid Lumière
What do you want to be when you grow up? A jewelry designer.
What’s your present state of mind? Happy.