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December 22, 1985|BETTY GOODWIN

Vive La Fressange! Hers is the face of Chanel's Coco perfume and Coco red lipstick (which she wears here, available at Bullock's). Yet French model Ines de la Fressange has a surprisingly laissez-faire attitude toward beauty. She says her appearance isn't a preoccupation, and at age 28 prefers to think of herself as a "real girl" rather than a "stiff" beauty. She binges on jelly beans, smokes cigarettes and wears a bare minimum of makeup or none at all--except for Chanel's Total Protection Moisture Cream, which she applies in the morning "right after I've brushed my teeth." She exercises only when it fits in with her plans--and only if her plans include ski slopes, discos or swimming pools. "Models used to eat only lettuce and sleep with rollers in their hair and cream on their faces," she says. "But unreal girls are not fashionable now. It's better to find your own style." Op Eyes In the '60s it all started with the eyes, heavily outlined in black. That's where Madeleine Mono found the inspiration for her Au Courant makeup collection, available at selected J. C. Penney stores. Mono also emphasizes eye liner, but with an '80s twist. Hers come in colors--lapis blue, malachite green and a chalky white, which she says magnifies the eyes. Mono likes deep shadows--violet and purple--on the eyelids, and vivid orange on cheeks and lips. For a finishing touch, she reinvents the period with opalescent evening face powder applied to cheekbones and brows--even brushed through the hair. Paris, Calif. Department stores as beauty spas? Three Nordstrom stores--in Glendale Galleria, Galleria at South Bay and South Coast Plaza--now house mini Lancome Paris beauty institutes. After slipping into white terry-cloth robes, women choose among six different facials (starting at $40), from a "deep-penetrating nutrient-replenishing treatment" to a "delicate exfoliating." A skin analysis and light makeup application comes with each Institute de Beaute treatment. Appointments are required.

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