Beauty secrets of French Women
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By Zoe Schaeffer
How is it that French women always look so chic? We asked several French beauty insiders to share the brands they love and the secret to their je ne sais quoi.
Two Scents2 of 10
Marie-Helene Rogeon, creator of Les Parfums de Rosine, suggests using a scented body cream all over as a base, then adding few touches of a more potent perfume. "Dab a bit just behind the ears, neck, knees, wrists and elbows. Spritzing all over will create a scent that's too overwhelming," she says.
SHOP NOW: Les Parfums ds Rosine, $140
Into The Mist3 of 10
In France, women aren't intimidated by face oils, which are actually non-irritating and deeply penetrating. Carla Bruni is a devotee of this spray version—she personally called the company's founder to rave about it.
SHOP NOW: Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $46
Mountain High4 of 10
This spa water originates in the heart of a volcanic region in France and is naturally rich with a concentration of rare, regenerating minerals and protective antioxidants. Today, it's recognized by the French Academy of Medicine for its therapeutic properties.
SHOP NOW: Vichy Thermal Spa Water, $13
On The Mend5 of 10
French "It Girl" Clémence Poésy is a fan of this multi-purpose ointment that repairs cracked skin. Even though it has achieved cult status in the U.S., the product is still only available overseas. Luckily there's Calendula Ointment, a treatment from the same company that offers similar skin-healing benefits.
SHOP NOW: Calendula Ointment, $7
Masking It6 of 10
Masks are a beauty ritual in French culture where they're considered a moment of indulgence. This one rejuvenates parched areas by restoring overall moisture balance.
SHOP NOW: Orlane Bio-Mimic Hydrating Mask, $90
What A Bust7 of 10
Going topless is a part of French culture so it's no surprise that French women love their luxurious bust creams. This one firms and tightens, and will get you ready for St. Tropez in no time.
SHOP NOW: Sampar Lift Me Up Bust Cream, $42
Apple Picking8 of 10
This fragrance is a best-seller in France, mostly because it's sweet, sensual and irresistible—the qualities French women value in perfume. The iconic apple bottle was first used in a fashion show invitation, then re-purposed as the signature bottle.
SHOP NOW: Lolita Lempicka, $82
Splash Worthy9 of 10
Since 1984, the Parisian painter-turned-makeup artist Dani Ganz has been creating makeup products favored by women across the globe. Makeup Forever's latest offering, Aqua Liner, was originally made for Muriel Hermine, a French Olympic swimmer who needed the ultimate in gorgeous waterproof makeup.
SHOP NOW: Makeup Forever Aqua Liner, $23
City Slicker10 of 10
"This serum is loaded with immunity-boosting ingredients," says Isabelle Carron, creator of Absolution. "It's the perfect skin shield for real urbanites, like us Parisians!" (Johnny Depp's femme, Vanessa Paradis, is a fan.)
SHOP NOW: Absolution La Solution + ENERGIE, $72
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