Thanks to the viral hit "100 Years of Beauty" video series, we've virtually crisscrossed the globe several times over in the name of hair and makeup history—paying witness to the last century of beauty trends in Italy, Japan, India, and so many other countries, usually in a little over two minutes. But given our widespread and deep-seated Francophilia, it was high time that we journeyed to the world capital of all things effortlessly chic.
Below, you'll find your crash course in the history of French beauty, spanning from the early 20th century to Brigitte Bardot's heyday, all the way through this decade's emphasis on tousled, cool-girl-approved locks. Got two-and-a-half minutes? Keep scrolling to watch.
Now that you're up to speed, consider this your quickie French girl beauty action plan: First, shop some of the most popular French products on the internet, not to mention the cult skincare products Parisians love. And after that, verse yourself on eight beauty secrets only natives know.