Mind-Body Multitasking with Skincare Entrepreneur NATALIE FRANZ

With 032c in hand, makeup artist and skincare entrepreneur Natalie Franz does a mind-body multitask.

When it comes to glowing skin, Vitamin D and fresh air are just as important as the right primer. Finding your way to a middle ground between caked-on bronzer and au naturale is a veritable gauntlet, one that make-up artist Natalie Franz is able to effortlessly glissade her way through. Pictured here on the roof of her offices at Hamburg’s harbor, she makes the most of an outdoor recess by fusing it with her reading time. After touring the world and doing makeup for stars such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Connelly, and R.E.M., Franz is now a skincare entrepreneur, joining an industry that melds multibillion-dollar revenues with age-old occult secrets.

For dynamite skin glow, Cleopatra bathed in milk and rose petals, while the Geisha preferred a facial scrub consisting mainly of nightingale droppings. Beauty acolytes of Queen Elizabeth swallowed tapeworms, while Marilyn Monroe was rumored to just douse herself with Chanel No. 5 before bedtime. Standing on the shoulders 
of giants, Franz’s answer is simplicity. Her company Magicstripes produces a line of face masks and invisible eye-lifting strips, which are becoming all the rage in the surgery-averse sections of the jet-set crowd. Franz herself discovered the tiny strips on a trip to Japan, while in search of a pharmacy treatment to cure her jet-lagged eyes.

Born in Ukraine, Franz’s fascination with the power of powder began in her mother’s dressing room at the ballet in Kiev: “I spent a lot of my childhood at the theater watching her and the other actors getting ready, doing their makeup, and transforming. Makeup and its transformational power were very present in my childhood already,” she remembers. The secret to supple fascia, however, remains quite simple. And it is also a family secret. Franz reveals, “My grandma is 95 and does a tapping massage on her face every night – she looks amazing.”

To see the most photogenic façade on Hamburg’s harbor, Franz recommends a visit to Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie.

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Issue #32 — Summer 2017"US vs. THEM"

How do you find truth in an age without facts? The answer: wake up and stick together. In this issue’s dossier “US vs. THEM,” creative director RICHARD TURLEY explores how the Global Right Wing’s blatant disregard for reality has given us all a license to become Nonsense Warriors. Turning away from “them” and towards “us,” CATHERINE OPIE, NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE, and STEFANO PILATI take us into their inner circles of friends, while COLLIER SCHORR turns BELLA HADID into Lisa Lyon. We revisit the work of MICHAEL SCHMIDT, and how his community workshops turned Berlin into a cauldron of contemporary photography. JACKIE NICKERSON shows us what Robert Longo looks like with a faster Internet connection, while CARSTEN HÖLLER takes us into his kitchen to explore the post-digital nature of food. We speak with VIRGIL ABLOH as he plots a fashion industry coup d’état and follow JASON DILL on a skate odyssey to hell and back to Fucking Awesome. And, last but not least, we make a pilgrimage to Santo Sospir, the villa on the Riviera where JEAN COCTEAU created his greatest Gesamtkunstwerk.

Also included with the issue, our “HEAT UP HADID” TRANSFER KIT which allows you to create your own t-shirt emblazoned with this issue’s BELLA HADID cover.

Learn more about the issue below:

Nothing makes sense. Nothing ever will again. The year 2016 marked a total rupture in the theater of politics. Even if the damaging effects of Donald Trump’s election somehow prove to be short-lived, his rise indicates a crisis wherein digital acceleration has led to political regression. In our dossier “US vs. THEM,” creative director RICHARD TURLEY creates a handbook for our new political paradigm. Its central hypothesis: Only within the chaos of this media overload will we discover what is real again.

“I am not sure if the sculptures were even subjects for her photographs …” For her first ever magazine editorial, “Heroines: Paris/Los Angeles,” artist CATHERINE OPIEteamed up with artistic director NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE to create a study on the power of classicism and ambiguity. The exploration begins on the beige stone of the Louvre’s sculpture garden and continues to Opie’s studio in Los Angeles, documenting a sprawling circle of friends and acquaintances.

On a surrealist journey into the past, Martin Mosebach visits the summer retreat of JEAN COCTEAU. At the Villa Santo Sospir, the artist spent a decade’s worth of summers smoking opium and creating his largest total artwork.

Back with a vengeance for her third 032c cover story, COLLIER SCHORR teams up with fashion director Mel Ottenberg for “Smith & Wesson Blues,” a shoot with BELLA HADID, inspired by the body builder and Robert Mapplethorpe muse Lisa Lyon.

“Duchamp is my lawyer.” From his fortress of irony, designer VIRGIL ABLOH is set on turning fashion into the industrial arm of the art world. In conversation with 032c’s managing editor Thom Bettridge, he explains how streetwear is not just a fad, but a logic inspired by Dada and destined to dominate the digital age.

Accompanied by a re-print of MICHAEL SCHMIDT’s 2002 story for 032c, Kolja Reichert explores how the photographer’s community workshops from 1976 to 1986 create a style born out of the “Gray Island” of Berlin.

For the story “Energy Crisis,” photographer LUKAS WASSMANN and designer STEFANO PILATI shoot an editorial inside Michael Sailstorfer’s exhibition “Hitzefrei” at St. Agnes. As his first for a magazine editorial, Pilati’s styling includes garments from his own personal wardrobe.

“It’s an exhausting reality,” laughs JASON DILL. In an odyssey documented with drawings and pictures from his personal archive, the skate legend takes us to hell and back to Fucking Awesome.

In “Push Me Shove You Oh Yeah Says Who,” photographer JACKIE NICKERSON, along with fashion editor Marc Goehring and 032c apparel creative director Maria Koch, presents a yogic meditation on a white collar dystopia.

“I’m very bad at killing, in general.” As an antidote to postmodern culinary mediocrity, artist CARSTEN HÖLLER takes us to his concrete perch on the seaside of Ghana and guides us through the 11 points of his “Brutalist Kitchen Manifesto.”

In the “SSENSE Files,” we bring you scenes of cross-platform madness, including interviews with RICARDO BOFILL, PLAYBOI CARTI, CHITOSE ABE, CHRIS KRAUS, HENRY STAMBLER, AMINA BLUE, and 69.

In our second-ever “BERLIN REVIEW” section, we speak with JEFF KOONS about Plato, retrace MARTIN MARGIELA’s reign at Hermès, dive to the underwater tombs of PHARAOHS, and explore our favorite books of the season.

All this and more on 296 pages!