Laura Mercier is a French makeup artist, author and the co-founder of Laura Mercier Cosmetics.Laura Mercier was born Michele Mercier in Arles, France, the youngest of three daughters. At 16 she enrolled as art student at a design school in Paris, to pursue painting and drawing. Mercier later enrolled at the Caritas Institute, a combination beauty school and salon in Paris, France. Following her graduation, Mercier worked as a makeup artist at the school and adopted the name 'Laura' to avoid confusion with the actress Michele Mercier, a client of the salon. Mercier moved to New York City in 1985 to work as a makeup artist at the American edition of Elle magazine.