PARIS — Lancôme’s international artistic director Gucci Westman is ending her tenure — the latest in a string of high-profile makeup artist changes industrywide.

A replacement has yet to be named for Westman, who joined the L’Oréal-owned brand in 2003.

“Gucci Westman has been an elegant and talented ambassador,” said Odile Roujol, president of Lancôme International, in a statement.

“Gucci’s eye for beauty has helped guide Lancôme to the next level in the worlds of fashion and celebrity,” added Eric Lauzat, president of Lancôme USA, also in the statement. He was referring to the work Westman did with emerging designers during New York Fashion Week, her link with Hollywood and eight color cosmetics collections she developed while at Lancôme. The final one is due out in spring 2008.

Over the past few months, the beauty industry has been rife with news about departures and arrivals of top makeup artists. As reported in late October, Chanel announced Dominique Moncourtois and Heidi Morawetz would retire, for instance. The duo is to be succeeded by Peter Philips. Dick Page was named artistic director for Shiseido’s signature color cosmetics collection, Shiseido The Makeup, in March, taking the reins from Tom Pecheux. And that’s to name but a few of the recent announcements.