October 2015 Violet Files: Diane Kruger, Actress Off Duty

You might know her as the one of the most consistently best-dressed women on the red carpet or as the muse for some of the world’s biggest designers, but what might surprise you about Diane Kruger is her charmingly self-effacing and to-the-point approach to her life and career.  As the cover star of the October issue of The Violet Files, Actress Off Duty, Diane Kruger shares her fairy-tale-like start as a model in Paris, her signature DIY style and the best career advice she ever received.

Actress off duty Diane Kruger a starlet off camera Violet Grey October 2015 Issue

In her exclusive shoot with VIOLET GREY, Kruger worked closely with creative director and VIOLET GREY Founder, Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey and stylist Karla Welch, further proving she has impeccable style.  As a muse for Karl Lagerfeld, Giambattista Valli and Jason Wu, she’s learned how to style herself and do her own makeup, never getting it wrong and dazzling even the harshest critics.


On her signature DIY red carpet beauty…

“I was always surrounded by great makeup artists when I was modeling and learned a lot from them. I try not to overdo it and let the dress do all the talking. I’m really not into contouring and heavy foundation, but I have a pretty thick brow naturally and find that it gives me a lot of character.”

The multitasking actress Diane Kruger channels on an old hollywood starlet on the paramount lot

On Karl Lagerfeld…

“I met Karl when I was 16 and, as you can imagine, I was very intimidated. But he was just very kind, encouraging and funny. Since I’ve become an actress, we’re collaborating more and we’re neighbors in Paris. His studio is literally next door and I drop by when he’s working all night. It’s always nice to talk to another cat lady… Karl politely tells me Hobbes is cute, even though he’s probably appalled at how tubby he is.”

Diane Kruger Violet Grey DIY Tips Beauty Makeup 2015 Violet Grey Files

On that best piece of advice…

“Don’t be scared to be scared. A veteran actress said it to me on my first job as an actress.  I was scared and froze and I was mortified. It made no sense then, but I understand it now and it’s true.”

Diane Kruger the Natural Beauty Makeup by Kara Yoshimoto Bua

On her beauty icon…

“I think it would have to be a mix between Audrey Hepburn and Courtney Love.”

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Founded by Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey and launched in 2013, VIOLET GREY is a luxury, multi-channel beauty company with curated media and commerce arms, of which includes a brick-and-mortar flagship store at 8452 Melrose Place in Los Angeles, an editorially-rich online shopping destination at VIOLETGREY.COM, and a digital magazine The Violet Files.

About The Violet Files:

The Violet Files, VIOLET GREY’s magazine, is a digital editorial property dedicated to documenting Hollywood beauty culture in collaboration with celebrated storytellers in fashion and film, including recent Cover Story stars Kim Kardashian West, Emily Blunt, Kristen Wiig, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, January Jones, Carmen Ejogo, Felicity Jones, Vanessa Paradis, Liv Tyler, Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, and Eva Mendes.


All photography was shot by DAVID BELLEMERE



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