While French-born fashion and makeup trends may be hot-hot-hot on the internet today, there is no questioning their significance in the history of beauty. If anyone understands beauty, it’s the women of France. While Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve will always remain as the blueprint for iconic French makeup, Parisian women of 2022 are forging their own path in the beauty world. From Jeanne Damas, founder of Rouje Paris and Lea Seydoux, leading lady of Daniel Craig’s James Bond films, today’s standard of French beauty is all about individuality. From their perfectly pouty red lips to the most delicately smudged wings, French women both on and off screen know that when it comes to makeup, less is more.
And while some notions of beauty encourage us to exchange our natural complexion for layers of foundation, French beauty is all about highlighting your features, and letting your true self shine through.
Looking to channel a vacation along the French Riviera? Imagining a stroll along the Seine? The following French-born beauty brands are simply parfaite.
01. Les Filles en Rouje
A beauty offshoot of designer clothing brand Rouje Paris founded by Jeanne Demas, Les Filles en Rouje serves those looking for perfectly rosy cheeks and kissably red lips.
La Palette Visage
This product combines shimmering highlighter and pigmented blush for the perfect all-in-one palette. $66.
This silky smooth liner in brilliant gold packaging is the perfect addition to any classic cosmetic collection. $25.
Lip Palette les 4 Rouje Powder
This rosy red palette of powder lipstick is the perfect product to stick on your purse while on-the-go. $50
Le Rouje Caroline
Available in a wide range of pretty shades, the Caroline has a creamy application and a matte finish. $38.
02. Sisley Paris
Equally playful and practical, the brilliant zebra print packing of Sisley Paris products allow it to stand out in the multiverse of French beauty brands.
Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadow
Available in a wide array of warm shimmering shades such as Copper shown, these easy to use liquid eyeshadows are perfect for those looking for a little something fancy. $58.
This pretty little product is the perfect way to easily bring color and glow to the skin. $76.
Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat
Available in over 15 shades, this soft skin tint is perfect for letting the skin breath in every season. $100.
This creamy lipstick comes in 18 shades from shimmery Nude to True Red. $55.
03. By Terry
By Terry products promise to give you the ultimate glow. Ready to look as if you have just returned from a sun-soaked getaway? These Paris-born products are perfect for you.
Brightening CC Liquid Blush
This brightening blush infused with skincare comes in shades Sunny Glow and Rosy Flash. $33.
With SPF 30, this vegan and moisture-enhancing product acts more as skincare than makeup. $53.
Brightening CC Palette
This palette in shade Sunny Flash allows the face to glow like the sun itself.
Terrybly Lash Growth Mascara
This growth-boosting mascara comes in black, blue, purple, and brown to complement all eye colors. $37.
Violette is akin to Glossier – but done in French fashion. From velvety matte lipsticks to perfume inspired by the warmth of true love, Violette is perfect for those looking to feel endlessly young.
Petal Bouche Matte
Available in bold red and pink, this matte lipstick is meant to replicate the delicate poise of a flower petal. $25.
This universal highlighter melts into this skin like butter, allowing you to look truly illuminated. $25.
This liquid eyeshadow available in a variety of both matte and shimmery shades helps the eyes truly pop. $28.
Avec Amour Perfume
This sweet scent is perfect for everyone who wants to smell equally heavenly and down-to-earth. $52
05. La Bouche Rouge
An ode to its breathtakingly red and customizable packaging, La Bouche Rouge, or “The Red Mouth” is a brand most fitting for those obsessed with the ideals of classic French beauty.
La Bouche Rouge Lipstick
This beautifully packaged lipstick comes in over 20 shades, in addition to allowing you to create a highly-pigmented personal shade! $40.
La Bouche Rouge Eyeshadow
Available in 5 shimmery colorways, this eyeshadow brings your eyes to center stage of any makeup look. $45.
La Bouche Rouge Eyebrow Serum Gel
In addition to being enclosed in a stunning glass bottle, this eyebrow serum keeps your eyebrows visibly glossy and moisturized. $45.
La Bouche Rouge Mascara Le Sérum Noir
This deep, dark, and dreamy mascara is made for a night out on the town. $45.
06. Yves Rocher
At Yves Rocher, affordability does not come in exchange for quality. With a wide range of glossy lip balms and shimmery cry-proof eyeshadow sticks, Yves Rocher ensures both quality and accessibility for its French-loving customers.
Lip Contour – Rouge Elixir
Available in over 8 brilliant colors, this product acts as the perfect lip liner as well as providing full coverage when necessary. $15.
This highly pigmented eyeshadow available in 9 colors comes in a stick form for easy on-the-go application. $24.
Fixing & Blurring Loose Powder
This loose powder from Yves Rocher allows the skin to break with setting makeup in its place. $35.
Rouge Vertige Liquid Balm
Available in over 10 twinkling tones, this glossy balm is perfect for taking your lips from day to night. $18.
07. T. LeClerc
Famous for its line of 12 loose face powders best known for perfecting the skin, T. LeClerc combines delicate silver packaging with products worthy of every face.
Available in two dream-worthy shades, this primer allows makeup to shine all day long. $36.
This smooth and simple lipstick comes in a total of 20 magnificent shades. $26.
Shaker Loose Powder
This loose powder with an easy-to-use shaker bottle comes in 11 luxurious shades. $16.
Sparkling Summer Oil
This fragrance mist infused with over 5 vegetable oils allows you to appear illuminated with rays of the sun. $21.
08. 1944 Paris
1944 Beauty, named after the day in which women earned the right to vote in France, uses its products to enforce a new understanding and interpretation of classic French beauty.
Le Halo 1944 – Stick Foundation
With a silky matte finish and SPF 50, this stick foundation works wonders for the skin. $33.
1944 Lip and Cheek Color
This dreamy product comes in over 10 glossy and matte shades for any and all skin tones. $19.
1944 Semi Matte Lipstick
Available in 9 creamy and comfortable shades, this lipstick cares for the lips while bringing out their natural beauty. $22.
1944 Eyeshadow Reflection
This creamy and dreamy pot of shimmery eyeshadow is the perfect way to make every lid pop. $28.
09. Dior Paris
This classic French beauty brand requires little to no introduction. Famous for its rich red lipstick in shade Dior 999 (a personal favorite), Dior products can do no wrong in the world of classic beauty.
Dior Forever Skin Glow
Providing 24 hours of radiant coverage, this foundation allows skin to shine through. $52.
Dior Addict Lip Glow
Available in over 10 stunning shades, this lip balm enhances the natural essence of your lips. $35.
Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette
A universally adored essential, this face palette adds a delicate shimmer to the skin. $45.
Available in 4 finishes and over 50 iconic shades, this lipstick serves as a staple for all beauty lovers. $42.
Equally as classic and incomparable, Chanel beauty products act as the standard for truly magical beauty products. From perfectly pigmented lipsticks to warmth-enhancing bronzers, Chanel is a master in the French beauty game.
Chanel Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream
Available in three warm tones, this iconic creamy bronzer is suitable for any and all skin types. $50.
Hydrating Vibrant Shine Lip Colour
This glossy balm comes in over 30 shades and never fails to leave lips silky smooth and radiant. $42.
Blurring Effect Velvet Matte Finish Foundation – SPF 15
This longwear foundation is not only meant to protect the skin, but boosts its natural glow and radiance. $50.
Chanel Lash Primer
This creamy formula can be applied under your mascara for added volume and a boost of nourishment to your lashes. $32.