Bastille Day or not, our beauty heart will forever beat red, white and blue. Blame the Francophile within, but an amour with French beauty runs deep, and our love is only further compounded by their efficacy. Of course, such is the French touch that everything also looks magnifique, too. So with both aesthetic and potency, it’s no wonder makeup, hair and skin products cultivated in France have become beauty staples the world over. Of course, French women are deemed some of the most beautiful, and much of that comes down to their beauty routine. So, what exactly does this comprise? A hefty dose of the below.
From the fashionable maisons of Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent to the iconic pharmacy brands, much of our beauty cupboard has its roots firmly planted in France (as too, our wine cabinets, and wardrobes). If you haven’t yet, these are the cult products you must try at least once in your lifetime. That being said, once will become twice, three times, and so forth. After all, there is a reason they exist with status and standing.
Follow beauty suit of our belles amies and consider the cult below. Oui, s’il vous plaît.
Chanel No. 5
Perhaps the most iconic of the all the parfums in both scent and style, Chanel’s No. 5 was the first perfume launched by Coco back in 1921 to a select clientele at the famed Rue Cambon boutique. Now etched in fragrance folklore, you’ve got to hand it the ol’ gal (or Mademoiselle), she’s still got it.
Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum, $240. SHOP NOW
Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water Mist
Whilst the thermal spring water is the key ingredient in all Avène products, it’s the French pharmacy brand’s mist which is a spray star, with people the world over hailing the refreshing haze as a miracle worker. The properties in the water assist the ability to cleanse, soothe and calm mild to highly sensitive skin. An Avène Spritz? Yes, please.
AVÈNE EAU THERMALE THERMAL SPRING WATER MIST, $26. shop now
Guerlain meteorite pearls
Since its conception in 1828, the cosmetics house is one of the most enduring figures of French beauty. The Meterorites have been one of its many legendary offerings; they possess light-creating polymers which transform light invisible to the naked eye into a luminous glow on the skin, for the ultimate French girl glow.
Guerlain Meteorite Pearls, $89. Shop now
Diptyque Baies Candle
Just its aesthetic alone is iconic; the always monochromatic and artful composition of its branding personifies the French brand. Diptyque’s most iconic scent; this candle fills any space with the delicate aroma of a bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves (and cements you as a true grown-up).
Diptyque Baies Candle, $87. shop now
nuxe huile prodigieuse multi-purpose dry oil
This multi-usage dry oil is a worldwide beauty hero, and can be used on face, body and hair, such is its versatility. The six precious plant oils within (Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St John’s Wort) leave both skin and hair silky and shiny, with a très belle scent.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, $43. shop now
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat
This miracle pen is one the most universally celebrated beauty products of all time. In almost every woman’s handbag, this iconic luminising concealer erases any fatigue on the face and endows dull areas with radiance.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $70. Shop Now
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
If your dry mitts are going to be bathed in anything – make it this. One L’Occitane Creme Mains is sold every three seconds in the world – you’ve got to hand it to them, they know their cream.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, $44. Shop now
Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micelle Solution
Ask any makeup artist what they use to remove makeup, and they all have the same answer: Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micelle Solution. Fun fact: Micellar Water originated in France as the tap water was too harsh on skin, thus they formulated a skin-friendly variation, consisting of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, $30. shop now
Klorane Dry Shampoo
The French laboratory invented this miracle product as a means to clean dirty hair sans water, and it has been every girl’s hair staple ever since. Wholly botanical and gentle on the scalp, the original is often always best. And can you imagine your life without dry shampoo? Don’t, even.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $15. shop now
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
There is a well-squeezed tube of the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (or 24-Hour Miracle Cream as it’s fondly referred to) in almost every beauty insider and celebrity’s beauty cupboard. The all-natural, uber hydrating moisturiser is enriched with plant extracts and vitamins, and also acts as a cleanser and make-up remover, too. A triple threat? How very talented.
EMBRYOLISSE LAIT-CRÈME CONCENTRÉ MOISTURISER, $38. shop now
Go all out and pair your beauty haul with a French-inspired wardrobe too.
Vestiaire Chanel Leather Mules, $953. SHOP NOW
Vestiaire Non Signe Pink Sunglasses, $162. SHOP NOW
Vestiaire Chanel Wallet On Chain, $2,667. SHOP NOW
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