Here are the 10 most iconic French makeup products Parisians love to use. French women like their makeup to be easy. That means using versatile, multi-purpose makeup products that are easy to use and to apply. But also, makeup products with blendable textures and buildable coverage. French women love to apply their makeup with their fingertips as it’s more intuitive. And French makeup look is all about a minimal group of products and the right application.
So, if you want to get that French girl makeup look, I’ve listed the 10 most popular French makeup products French women love to use. These makeup products are cult and are regular best-sellers in France. Keep scrolling to see the 10 most iconic French makeup products all Parisians have in their makeup bag.
10 Iconic French Makeup Products Parisians Swear By
1. Erborian BB & CC Creams
Foundation isn’t typically a step in the French girl makeup look. Indeed, the general French beauty philosophy is all about keeping with the utmost natural-looking skin possible. That’s why French women prefer to use a tinted moisturizer or a BB/CC cream to lightly cover up any imperfections. And the preferred brand in France is Erborian’s BB Cream SPF20 and CC Cream SPF25.
Erborian’s CC cream works to correct blemishes, even out skin tone, and leave an ultra-natural, luminous finish. Whereas Erborian’s BB cream works to even out skin tone, conceal blemishes, and provide a “peachy soft skin” effect. So basically, if you’re looking for a luminous finish opt for the CC cream, and if you want a matt, velvety finish, choose the BB cream. BB and CC creams leave a natural, radiant finish, and provides lightweight buildable coverage. Just apply a pea-sized amount of cream to your face and blend it into the skin using your fingertips.
Also, if you’re looking for a tinted moisturizer with a little bit more coverage I’ll recommend two other makeup products that are very popular in France: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer and the Dior Dreamskin Cushion SPF50. Personally, these are two makeup products that I love to use daily.
2. Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer
Concealer is a makeup essential of the French girl’s makeup kit. And the preferred brand in France is Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer. This full-coverage, creamy concealer corrects and hides under-eye circles, redness, blemishes, and imperfections without settling into facial lines. The finish is really natural! Personally, I love to apply this concealer to hide my undereye circles, blemishes, and redness. Opt for a concealer one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to conceal under-eye discoloration. You can shop the Dior Forever Concealer here at Nordstrom or at Sephora.
3. YSL Touche Éclat Pen
Touche Éclat is a cult French makeup product! I always have it in my makeup bag wherever I go. YSL Touche Éclat is not really a concealer as it has light coverage. I would describe it as the “ancestor” of the highlighter products we know now. Indeed, this French cult-favorite makeup product is a sheer highlighting pen used to create an all-over, natural highlight. It brightens darkness and dullness with light-reflecting technology that produces a natural, glowy skin look while smoothing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
You can either use this highlighting pen on bare skin or over a BB/CC cream with just one click and blend with your fingertips. I like to use it down the bridge of my nose, above my brow, on the tops of my cheeks, and in the inner corner of my eyes. You can shop the Touche Éclat here at Nordstrom or at Sephora.
4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
French women always opt for a velvety matte finish -which they achieve through the use of various BB and CC creams- along with a mattifying powder on top. And the preferred brand in France is Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This loose powder is fantastic for absorbing oil and reducing shine all day and creating a soft-focus effect to subtly blur fine lines and imperfections. A cult French makeup product that I always have in my bag to keep my makeup matte whenever I’m noticing shine during the day. I always apply it after my tinted moisturizer and concealer, and before applying my blush and Terracotta. You can shop the Laura Mercier’s Loose Powder here at Nordstrom or at Sephora.
5. Dior Rouge Blush
Blush is one of my favorite makeup products! And a well-pigmented blush makes all the difference in your makeup look. French women use blush instead of contour. It adds definition to the cheekbones without changing the natural look or texture of the skin. And one of the preferred brands in France is the Dior Rouge Blush. This ultra-pigmented, long-wearing blush reveals an irresistibly radiant, healthy glow. For a French look apply and blend Rouge Blush on the apples of the cheeks -where you naturally light up when flushed- using a circular motion. Use a light hand as you can always add more because French women never go heavy. You can shop the Dior Rouge Blush here at Nordstrom or at Sephora.
6. Guerlain Terracotta Original Bronzing Powder
I think Guerlain Terracotta Original Bronzing Powder is the most famous and iconic French makeup product that all French women have in their makeup bag. It’s also a regular best-seller at Sephora. This bronzing powder delivers a radiant complexion, glowing and translucent, with a healthy, natural-looking, sunkissed glow all year round. This powder is very easy to use and never leaves behind orange coloring, lines, or marks. Start by sweeping across the forehead, down and around the cheekbones, then down along the jawline to the chin.
There are two other kinds of Terracotta: the Terracotta Matte Contouring Powder, and the Terracotta Light Natural Healthy Glow Powder. The first one is a sculpting powder to sculpt, contour the features and warm the complexion. Whereas the Terracotta Light is a mix of a blush and bronzer which features a unique blend of sunkissed tones enhanced with vibrant colors.
7. Diorshow Brow Styler
Parisians have been styling brows for decades. Never wild but not too perfect, it’s all about letting your brows do their natural thing while loosely cleaning them up. It’s all about giving them slight extra color and thickness, which can be done with a gel, pencil, or powder. And one of the most popular makeup products for the brows in France is the Diorshow Brow Styler. This brow styler blends perfectly with your natural brow hairs to add definition and shape, creating a denser, more polished look. Just apply a little bit of product, brush your brows upward to widen your eyes, and voilà, the perfect bold brow. You can shop Diorshow Brow Styler here at Nordstrom and at Sephora.
8. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow
Less is more when it comes to eyes, and the Parisians usually use a neutral eyeshadow. Indeed, bright eye shadows aren’t too popular in France. And French women tend to stray from bold eye color at the risk of looking too done. One of the most popular makeup products for the eyes in France is the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow. A personal fave of mine! This crease- and transfer-resistant eyeshadow stick provides an effortless application with intense, buildable color. You can either apply directly to the lash line for a smoky liner effect or all over the eyelid for higher impact. I blend with my fingertips for a smoldering finish. You can shop Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow here at Nordstrom and at Sephora.
9. Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
French women love long, beautiful eyelashes! And since their daily beauty routine is fairly simple and quick, a good volumizing mascara is a must-have. Luxury brands like Dior and Chanel both make amazing mascaras. And one of the best-sellers in France is the Le Volume De Chanel Mascara. This high-precision mascara achieves instant volume and intensely luscious color in a single stroke. And its innovative formula expands, plumping lashes to their fullest.
10. Chanel Rouge Coco
Speaking of lipstick, French women love to play with color and texture. French women are into bold colors and long-lasting waterproof formulas which don’t need to be maintained throughout the day. And one of the iconic French lipsticks is the Chanel Rouge Coco. This iconic lipstick delivers beautiful color and hydration to lips all day long. Its formula includes mimosa, jojoba, and sunflower vegetable waxes that hydrate, nourish and ensure immediate and lasting comfort.
Rouge Dior Lipstick, Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick, and YSL Rouge Pur Couture are three other very popular lipsticks in France. Finally, when French women don’t want to wear lipstick they go for something more subtle like the Dior Lip Glow.
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