How to be Parisian: 8 French beauty icons

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How to be Parisian: 8 French beauty icons

Bonjour, mes amis! Since today is Bastille Day – France’s national day of celebration – we’re saluting the les Françaises who embody contemporary French beauty. It’s undeniable, our Gallic counterparts just seem to have a certain je ne sais quoi that professes effortless allure. 

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Inspire yourself with these beauty looks, and you’ll be this much closer to Parisian status.


Mélanie Laurent

Fresh, simple and perfectly undone, Mélanie’s style is très magnifique! That oh-so-femme flush of pink on the cheeks, which softly blends up into her browbone, helps accentuate those mesmerising peepers. Underneath it all, her complexion is nothing short of radiant.

Get her look: La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush, Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara

Constance Jablonski

At 19, Constance was named the face of Estée Lauder – a true testament to the magnitude of her natural beauty. The VS Angel’s signature style is “less is more”, opting for fresh-faced and flawless skin, with an accent of warm gold and bronzed tones that blend with her gorgeous nude hair hue.

Get her look: Avon Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls, Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder – Nude, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer

Marion Cotillard

A timeless modern muse, Marion is living proof French beauty never fades. Her classic features posses the rare skill of perfecting refined and elegant beauty. Polished, preened and perfected, though still refreshing and unexpected, her beauty will stand the test of time. She’s comfortable in her own skin, that’s Marion’s allure.

Get her look: BIODERMA Hydrabio Serum, Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss, Schwarzkopf Extra Care Moisture Gloss 10 Day Shine Treatment, Aveda Inner Light Mineral Concealer

Clémence Poésy

Clémence is the living embodiment of insouciant French charm. The actress’s carefree, tousled blonde waves and tawny complexion rarely need more than bronzer. When it comes to beauty her mantra is simple: “there are no rules”, just a subtle fragrance and the right hair colour.

Get her look: NUXE Crème Prodigieuse ® Enrichie, Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micellar, Chloé Love Story EDP

Lily-Rose Depp

Though she’s still in her teens, the 17-year-old has blossomed into a rather breathtaking beauty. There’s no question she bears a striking resemblance her French mother Vanessa Paradis (her father is Johnny Depp), though those pillowy lips and bushy brows are all Lily-Rose.

Get her look: Bobbi Brown Art Sticks, NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil, Abeeco Bee Venom Lip Plumper

Léa Seydoux

It’s not hard to see why the endearing Léa has propelled into the limelight. As the face of Prada Candy and the latest Bond Girl, she is a chameleon. Her beauty is undoubtedly coquettish, but uncontrived. In her own words, “All you need is a slick of red.”

Get her look: Guerlain Intense Matte Lipstick 422, Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Prada Candy

Eva Green

Among a sea of blonde babes, Eva is hard to miss. A self-confessed vampire, she says she loves how her alabaster skin pops against her jet black hair. Thanks to her sensitive skin and scalp, she worships sunscreen, oils and moisturisers. Which brands? Why, the French ones, of course!

Get her look: Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream, Avène Cleansing Foam, Sisley Paris Gentle Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Audrey Tautou

Has there ever been a woman more quintessentially French? Those dimples, high cheekbones and pixie cut – Audrey makes people sit up and notice her. Her beauty is both simultaneously innocent and edgy – the ultimate French femme.

Get her look: Natio Refreshing Face Mist, Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF 15, Designer Brands Absolute Precision Liquid Eye Liner, KMS California ADDVOLUME Root and Body Lift

What do you love about French beauty? Who is your all-time favourite French femme? 

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