If you walk into any bookshop and head to the fashion and lifestyle section, you'll find the shelves lined with various books filling you in on the style of French women. Beauty is right up there too, of course. After all, long before we had French pharmacy brands in the UK, trips on the Eurostar always ended with bags of creams and potions that used to only reside on the other side of the channel.
There's an effortlessness that so many French women exude, and mastering simple yet extremely effective skincare routines is just one of the ways they do it. While it can be incredibly thrilling hunting out the latest buzzy ingredients, there's something very satisfying about being a spy on the wall in someone else's beauty routine.
So we decided to pose the questions we know you've all wanted to know and asked some of the amazing French women whose style and beauty routines we admire to share their beauty secrets with us.
Ahead, keep scrolling for the beauty products that French women think you should have on your radar.
"My main beauty secret is probably that I tend to take care of my skin first because if my skin looks healthy then my makeup will look better, too. I actually don’t like when I have to wear makeup when I’m having bad skin days.
"It’s an old but recent one for me because I forgot how good it was. I’m actually running out of this right now, but you can really see the difference on your skin. It’s refreshing, fixes your makeup, and gives your skin a luminous appearance, and you can use it before applying your serums. Also, it’s French (I like to support French brands), so I’m a big fan of this one. There’s also a travel-friendly bottle size, which is really handy when hanging out or if you just want to test it first."
"This is my favourite makeup product. I feel like it’s the perfect nude colour for dark skin tones like myself, and it looks very chic and sophisticated. I pair it with the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Dubai (£7), and I love it. It smells so good, too."
"The basis for my beauty routine is to take good care of myself and my health through small daily actions. I like to wash my face with Marseille soap, rinse with lukewarm water, and then a good splash of cold water. I also give myself a facial massage, and drinking lots of water is essential. Every morning, a glass of warm lemon water is a good remedy to help regain a luminous complexion. I am wearing less and less makeup apart from a concealer, very little powder, and a matte lipstick."
"I swear by hydration, as I have dry skin, so I never skip my day and night cream. The most important thing, because I live in a polluted city, is to clean my skin every night. I don't wear a lot of makeup, and I want my skin to be as natural as possible but always in its best mood!"
"I try and keep my skin and makeup as natural as possible. My number one beauty hack is hydration. If my skin is hydrated, it doesn’t need much more. As I wear glasses, I feel like I need some extra effort on my eyes, so I’ll use some concealer and create a brown-gold smoky eye look. Every once in a while, I like to colour my lips, too, especially in the winter when my skin lacks its summer glow.
"I’ve also recently gone home-made for my body scrub, and I'm using a coffee-cocoa mixture that’s proving to be amazing. It leaves my skin smooth and moisturised."
"Lately, I’ve rediscovered this tinted lip balm I forgot I owned. The packaging is both elegant and sustainable, reusable, and made from vegetable leather packaging! The shade is a glossy red that highlights the natural colour of the lips."