Our Favourite French Beauty Picks

While we love our British 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 favourite 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.
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The answer to all your dry hair, dry legs, dry anything woes.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, £17, available at John Lewis.
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Can a roundup of French beauty products really be complete without Bioderma? This model- and editor-approved micellar water removes face makeup in one fell swoop and nixes the need for a sink (which makes it super travel-friendly).

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, £10,80, available at Feel Unique.
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This day and night moisturiser 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.

Biotherm Aquasource Dry Skin, £29.35, available at All Beauty.
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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.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £12, available at Look Fantastic.
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Created by the master French colourist, this conditioner is just right amount of nourishment that makes your hair feel hydrated without weighing it down.

Christophe Robin Volumising Conditioner, £32, available at Net-A-Porter.
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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.

Dior Diorskin Star Concealer, £23.50, available at Boots.
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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.

Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau Parfum Solide, £34, available at John Lewis.
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This purifying mask contains cinnamon, argan oil, and alpine herbs which work together to kill bacteria, soothe inflammation, and hydrate the skin.

Talika Bio Enzymes Mask Purifying, £6.60 available at Sanareva.
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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, £28, available at Feel Unique.
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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.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream, £17.09, available at Amazon.
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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, £18, available at John Lewis.
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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.

Chloé Love Story Eau de Parfum, £47, available at John Lewis.
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We keep this zesty hand cream in our bags 24/7.

Le Couvent des Minimes Orange & Basil, £7.51 available at Easy Parapharmacie
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Exfoliating your scalp may seem like an extra step, but French hairstylist Christophe Robin swears by it for healthy hair.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, £13.60available at HQ Hair.
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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.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation, £37, available at John Lewis.
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This liquid lipstick from French brand Bourjois is one of our favourites due to its lightweight, viscous formula that transforms from a liquid to a near-powder finish.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong, £8.49, available at Superdrug.
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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.

Orlane Aqua Svelte, £23.68, available at Perfumes Premium.
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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.

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, £6, available at Landy's Chemist.
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Notes of peony, Italian lemon, and wisteria make Carven's L'Eau de Toilette the perfect everyday scent.

Carven L'Eau De Toilette, £55, available at John Lewis.
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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.

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, £3.15, available at Effortless Skin.
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When you think of French beauty, your mind may automatically go to the country's best pharmacy 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 just under £40 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.

By Terry Baume De Rose Lip and Nail Balm, £39, available at Net-A-Porter.
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This balm one from Caudalie also makes lips feel incredibly smooth — without having to apply it every five seconds.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner, £3, available at Cosme-De.
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This formula is incredibly light, which makes overdosing nearly impossible. When applied to dry hair, it does the best job at lightly moisturising, smoothing, and making your hair just feel like your hair, but back when it was healthier.

Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel Styling Cream for Dry Hair, £26, available at Net-A-Porter.
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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 and to soak up oil and excess product at the root. It's super-light and never leaves my hair feeling dry.

René Furterer Travel Size Naturia Dry Shampoo, £7.40, available at Sanareva.
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If you love matte lips, you need this balm. Not only is it intensely moisturising, but it's 100% matte so you can touch up your liquid lipstick without messing up the texture.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm, £9.50, available at M&S.
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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.

David Mallett Spray No. 2: Le Volume, £28, available at Net A Porter
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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.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate, £20, available at Net-A-Porter.

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