While we love our American buys, there's just something about what the French do with their beauty products and regimes. Seriously, has anyone mastered
#wokeuplikethis hair better than the gamine femmes on the streets of Paris? They've got the market cornered on beautiful skin, red lipstick, and all-around gorgeousness.
So, in order to try to inject a bit of French fabulousness into our everyday lives, we reach for our favorite beauty products from the land of Lauderée. From perfume to eyeliner to toner, click through to see our editor's top Parisian picks. You'll be scoring that French
model-off-duty look in no time.
is a French brand committed to formulating beauty products that are 100% organic and made with pure, all-natural ingredients. Though the line is primarily natural skin-care products, Melvita also makes shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and perfume. The only downside? Currently, they don't ship to the United States. Luckily, Amazon carries a bunch of the best-selling products for us to order straight to our door.
Nectar Bright Brightening Exfoliation Mask, $83, available at
This two-tone lipstick is designed to subtly contour your lips in a single swipe. Not only does it excel at doing so, but the formula is comfortable and hydrating, too.
Le Rouge Sculpt Two-Tone Lipstick, $38, available in
The vanilla used to make this body wash is organically grown and hand-picked from the South of France — which not only sounds super chic, but makes it smell amazing, too.
Le Petit Marseillais
Vanilla Milk Extra Gentle Shower Cream, $4.99, available at
This lightweight cream has been compared to splashing cold water onto your face, meaning it makes your skin feel refreshed, hydrated, and awake. It also smells like heaven, if you're into that kind of thing. (And who isn't?)
Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $195, available at
The answer to all your dry hair, dry legs, dry anything woes.
Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, $29, available at
This day and night moisturizer is as light as gel, but provides your skin with a major dose of hydration. No matter how many plane rides you take or Eurostar trains you sit on, this cream will protect your skin from drying out.
Aquasource Dry Skin, $41, available at
Look up any French blog or YouTube video and you'll most likely see a rave review for this hydrating mist. It's perfect before bed, first thing in the morning, and right after you finish your makeup and want to add a little dew.
Beauty Elixir, $49, available at
Created by the master French colorist, this conditioner is just right amount of nourishment that makes your hair feel hydrated without weighing it down.
Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts,
Those prone to dry patches or flaky skin will love this hydrating concealer by Dior — it's full coverage and never looks crumbly or cakey.
Diorskin Star Concealer, $36, available at
We like to think of this Diptyque fragrance as Rose 2.0. It's not the powdery floral scent your grandmother wears, but instead it packs notes of Bulgarian roses and blackcurrant leaves, making it a incredibly light and fresh. Plus, the solid perfume comes in a convenient compact, making it a great scent option to throw in a bag.
L'Ombre Dans L'Eau Parfum Solide, $50, available at
This purifying mask contains cinnamon, argan oil, and alpine herbs which work together to kill bacteria, soothe inflammation, and hydrate the skin.
Bio Enzymes Mask Purifying, $12, available at
Can a roundup of French beauty products really be complete without Bioderma? This model- and editor-approved
removes face makeup in one fell swoop and nixes the need for a sink (which makes it super travel-friendly).
Sensibio H2O, $11.95, available at
This classic, rosy-mauve hue from YSL's Rouge Pur Couture lipstick collection is a must-buy — and here's why. Think of it as a neutral, but better: Not only does the shade work with a variety of eye and skin looks, not to mention outfits, it's creamy and hydrating, so you can comfortably wear it all day long.
Yves Saint Laurent
Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Bois De Rose, $37, available at
It's tough to find a cleanser that works for sensitive, oily,
and acne-prone skin. But this product works to clear bumps without over-drying, plus it leaves your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream,
This shower oil, enriched with the sweet scent of fresh almond, provides the ultimate in-shower moisture surge. It transforms from an oil into a delicate foam when combined with water and leaves the skin cleansed and elegantly supple.
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $25, available at Sephora.
This luxurious fragrance was inspired by the famous Pont des Arts bridge in Paris — a bridge adorned with hundreds of locks placed by people from all around the world as symbols of their love. The fragrance is fresh and floral, yet musky in its base notes making it a great one to wear during the day or night.
Love Story Eau de Parfum, $75, available at
We keep this zesty hand cream in our bags 24/7.
Le Couvent des Minimes
Orange & Basil, $8, available at
Exfoliating your scalp may seem like an extra step, but French hairstylist Christophe Robin swears by it for healthy hair.
Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, $52, available at
Chanel's Les Beiges foundation is the ideal everyday base. It has light-to-medium coverage that blurs imperfections while still looking and feeling like real skin. With SPF 25, the formula will give your skin an extra boost of sun protection, too.
Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation, $60, available at
This liquid lipstick from French drugstore brand Bourjois is one of our favorites due to its lightweight, viscous formula that transforms from a liquid to a near-powder finish.
Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong, $14.56, available at
This formula is more like a balm than a greasy scrub. It makes skin feel silky soft and it has a cooling effect that's divine.
Aqua Svelte, $65, available at
This eyeliner is a makeup unicorn. Even though it's a pencil, it's as soft as gel, and glides on easily and fluidly. You can smudge it as much as you want. And, once it sets, it's not going anywhere. Soft, easy to smudge,
budge-proof? The French really do know what they're doing.
Le Joli Crayon, $16.10, available at
Not all dry shampoos are created equal. Klorane's formula doesn't leave a chalky residue. Plus, its non-aerosol spray top makes it eco-friendly.
Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk,
The all-natural brand also has a curl-friendly mask that's a godsend for detangling days.
Mask with Abyssinia Oil, $26, available at
Notes of peony, Italian lemon, and wisteria make Carven's L'Eau de Toilette the perfect everyday scent.
L'Eau De Toilette,
The mineral-rich water is great for a little post-workout spritz or to set your makeup in the morning. Plus, it's clutch for sensitive skin.
Thermal Spring Water Spray,
When you think of French beauty, your mind may automatically go to the country's best drugstore buys — but then, you'd be missing out on some true gems in the luxury department. And none are more luxurious than By Terry's rose balm. At $60 a jar, you might think we're crazy, but this formula is highly addictive thanks to its floral scent, thick texture, and unique ability to leave lips crazy soft.
Baume De Rose Lip and Nail Balm, $60, available at
This balm one from Caudalie also makes lips feel incredibly smooth — without having to apply it every five seconds.
Lip Conditioner, $12, available at
This formula is incredibly light, which makes overdosing nearly impossible. When applied to dry hair, it does the best job at lightly moisturizing, smoothing, and making your hair just feel like
hair, but back when it was healthier.
Éclat Naturel Styling Cream for Dry Hair, $46, available at
There's a lot to love about this staple drugstore line — especially their signature dry shampoo. Of course, it comes in a full size, but I keep the travel size in my bag to add light texture to ends
to soak up oil and excess product at the root. It's super-light and never leaves my hair feeling dry.
Travel Size Naturia Dry Shampoo, $13.50, available at
If you love matte lips, you need this balm. Not only is it intensely moisturizing, but it's 100% matte so you can touch up your liquid lipstick without messing up the texture.
Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm, $15, available at
From one of Paris' most iconic hairstylists comes a volume spray that provides lift and body without a crunchy or stiff feeling. Simply mist through damp hair and style as usual.
Spray No. 2: Le Volume, $40, available at
This rich cream is a staple among the Parisian set, but luckily you can get it stateside too. Just a dab will do ya — the rich texture provides hydration for even the driest of skin.
Lait-Crème Concentrate, $16, available at
This ointment was created for dry nipples and nursing mothers, but you'll also find it backstage at every Paris Fashion Week. It's the French answer to Vaseline that works for any chapped area of your body without appearing too glossy.
, $19.99, available at
The very same gentle milk cleanser that
Karl Lagerfeld bathes in
is exactly what we use every night to remove our most stubborn mascara.
Eau de Lait, $28, available at
Easily one of the most popular and top-rated sunscreens in France and the U.S., the fluid formula smooths over skin and dries almost instantly, without a chalky or greasy residue.
Antethlios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, $29.99, available at
This gel-cream hybrid defines and moisturizes twist-outs and braid-outs thanks to shea butter and botanical caviar.
Curl Legend Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel, $30, available at
This lightweight moisturizer targets the appearance of large pores, blemishes, and scars using a blend of chemical exfoliants that work over time to improve skin texture.
Normaderm Daily Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion, $25, available at
For over 40 years, this luxurious Parisian brand has been combining aromatherapeutic essential oils with smart science to create high-quality products that smell as good as they feel. A more recent addition to the line, this hydrating oil makes skin glow without clogging pores.
Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum, $73, available at
Most liquid lipsticks feel like paint. But leave it to the iconic French brand to formulate a fluid, vitamin E-packed pigment that still delivers a full wash of color that lasts and lasts.
Matte Shaker High Pigment Liquid Lipstick, $22, available at
"If you recall your high school French lessons, you know that Monsieur Big translates to
Big — and this guy isn't playing. The brush is
beauty assistant Samantha Sasso says. "Your lashes will look a little goopy when you brush it on — but in a sexy, Twiggy way, not like you just learned how to put on mascara for the first time today."
Monsieur Big Mascara, $25, available at
With notes of jasmine and vetiver, this eau de toilette is a nod to France's most-beloved gardens.
Eau Sensuelle Eau de Toilette, $46.99, available at
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