Any beauty product with “Made in France” on the label gives us the strong urge to go carte blanche with our bank accounts. Which got us thinking: What about the flip side? What American beauty products make our French ingénue counterparts get into a (chic, attractive) tizzy? French women are fiercely loyal to their homegrown brands like Bioderma, Avéne, and Leonor Greyl, but they have to dabble too… right? The short answer: yes. Though all of the women ahead name mostly French beauty products in their constant grooming rotations, we were able to pick up on the rare American gem, too. So go ahead: Keep scrolling to see what they are—then add them to your own cart. (We’d end this by hashtagging #AmericanPride, if it weren’t the most American thing to do ever.)
WHO: Anais Mali
Mali spilled all her beauty secrets to Into the Gloss, and let’s just put it this way: Girl’s got major product knowledge. For summer, she swears by Stila’s Convertible Color ($25), which she owns in three colors and uses on her lips and cheeks. “I’m obsessed with blush, contouring, and highlights!” she says.
WHO: Jeanne Damas
The pouty-lipped It girl told Harper’s Bazaar that the secret to her perpetually berry-tinged lips is none other than MAC’s Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($20) in Venomous Violet, which she applies with her fingers (and is, sadly, since sold out but similar to Quite the Thing and Zen Rose). “I use it as a lip balm multiple times throughout the day because I hate having bare lips,” she says. “After that, I’ll apply a different matte red, depending on my mood. I apply it generously with my fingers to get a melted, messy look.” Breaking beauty rules—très chic.
WHO: Clémence Poésy
Poésy possesses French-girl hair to a T—slightly mussed, textured, but never completely unkempt. Her secret? She tells Vogue.com she washes her hair every day and sometimes spritzes a little bit of Bumble and Bumble’s much-loved Surf Spray ($27). One thing she never does? Blow-dry—even if it means “putting it under a big hat in the morning.”
WHO: Aymeline Valade
The doe-eyed model told W magazine that she never puts makeup on outside of work, and if she does, it’s just mascara. The mascara in question? Maybelline’s iconic Great Lash ($5). “The brush is very little,” she says. “It really gets all the lashes and creates a very clean, natural look—and it’s cheap.” (During fashion week, Valade also told Byrdie about another American product she swears by: Cetaphil’s Cleanser, $10.)
WHO: Alma Jodorowsky
Jodorowsky keeps her strands in tip-top shape by shampooing with Leonor Greyl and following with Kiehl’s Amino Acid Conditioner ($19), she tells British Vogue. “It has coconut in it, and so it smells really good,” she says. Like Poésy, she doesn’t blow-dry her hair. (Here are some products you can try if you’re trying to cut blow-drying from your routine too.)
WHO: Caroline de Maigret
The queen of off-duty French style revealed to Into the Gloss that she uses Pantene shampoo because she “likes the smell.” Unsurprisingly, she also says she doesn’t brush her hair, instead opting to wash it every two days, and sometimes only washing her bangs in the morning when the rest of her texture is “really good.”
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