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Siobhan in My Mirror, 1992

Nan Goldin took this picture in 1992, using the same setting (her bedroom in Hornstraße, Berlin) she used in the same year for a portrait of Joey.

Clarins Le Teint Mat Multi Éclat foundation makes another appearance.

dior_eyeshadowpalettevintage_bornunicornBut there’s also a Christian Dior eyeshadow palette in the beautiful blue compact with gold details.

Joey in My Mirror at Hornstr., 1992

The haunting beauty of Joey recurs in many portraits by Nan Goldin. This one, taken in Berlin in 1992, is often paired to a similar picture, taken in New York in 1999. It’s not a coincidence that in both pictures a Clarins product makes its appearance, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise: products by the French brand were incredibly famous in those years. Personally I was very familiar with Eau Dynamisante and with the glass bottle with white cap seen above.

It’s the liquid foundation Le Teint Mat Multi Éclat. My sister loved it! It was a staple in her make-up case.

Joey in My Vanity Mirror, NYC 1999

This beautiful portrait by Nan Goldin was taken in 1999 in New York: Joey – a recurring subject in the photos by the American artist – was sitting at Goldin’s dressing table, her image reflected in a large round mirror.

clarinseaudynamisante_bornunicorndiptyquetallbottle_bornunicornTwo are the perfume bottles sitting on the table: the one with the white stopper is Clarins Eau Dynamisante, the sublime citrusy fragrance created by Jacques Courtin-Clarins in 1987; the one with the black stopper is by Diptyque, in the tall splash bottle which contained fragrances like Vinaigre de Toilette. Unfortunately, the label in the photo is blurry, so I don’t know exactly what perfume this was. But the layout allows me to make some guesses. This could be L’Eau (the first Diptyque perfume, launched in 1968 and created by Desmond Knox-Leet) or L’Autre (launched in 1973 and created by Serge Kalouguine), two classic spicy scents by the French brand.