There are countless stories covering the American woman's fascination with French-girl beauty and even more tips floating around on how to master that certain je ne sais quois. But while French girls have that inimitable quality down pat–especially when it comes to their effortless approach to makeup and hair—that doesn't mean they don't, in turn, admire certain trends in American beauty. We had beauty-obsessed Parisian stylist Jeanne Faucher spill her favorite stateside beauty staples—and share her impressions about the beauty trends she came across on her most recent trip to L.A.
"Paris and Los Angeles are so different when it comes to beauty because each city has its own approach based on different lifestyles, skin needs, and beauty codes," observes Faucher. But for a few years now in the U.S., we've seen a new batch of cool clean brands committed to making things different—breathing new life into the beauty industry." While she notes that France may boast celebrated skincare brands like Clarins, Avène, La Roche Posay, and Caudalie, the U.S. is serving up a new wave of beauty that she says perfectly marries "clean and clinical."
"It’s not just about offering clean formulations but also about how the skin will absorb the product, the results in the short- and long-term, and being able to see your skin really change on the internal level," says Faucher. "Nature is really inspiring beauty brands and trends everywhere in the city. Stores are offering addictive shopping experiences with novel interior design, covetable packaging, and bringing nature into the experience right in the city. If you mix big cities with breathtaking nature, as L.A. does so well, you have the perfect combination for happiness."
"Moon Juice is a perfect example for me of Californian beauty philosophy: a holistic lifestyle that goes far beyond the product," describes Faucher. "It’s all about strength, deep beauty, and sustainable wellness."
Olio E Osso
"I just discovered this Olio e Osso balm at Bazar Bio in France," says Faucher. "I was searching for the perfect creamy blush with discrete color, effective hydration, and cool packaging." Faucher insists it’s the best balm she's found for lips and cheeks and loves how it hydrates while giving a cool and fresh tint to the skin. "You can apply a little or a lot, tailored to the look you're going for," notes Faucher. "It also illuminizes the cheeks, thanks to its creamy texture. The packaging is so convenient and you can just put it in your bag and go. I use two colors: the pink one in summer and violet one in winter."
"Glossier is my all-time favorite makeup brand—I could speak about it for hours," declares Faucher. "I'm one of those women who believes beauty should be natural, about perfecting not hiding, and bringing out a fresh glow." Faucher avoids matte makeup because she feels it can make her look older and Glossier offers a serious lineup of dewy finishes. Now that she's in her 30s, she searches for products that pump and smooth the skin and bring out a glow. Faucher counts Glossier You fragrance, Lash Slick, Boy Brow, Lidstar and Cloud Paint among her favorite Glossier products. "When I went to Los Angeles, I discovered the Glossier boutique and it's like entering the universe of the brand," recounts Faucher, who is happy to note that the brand recently began shipping to France. "Sweet pink shades, flowers, and bursts of nature at the front of the store. I could go each day to just have a coffee and stay."
With products formulated in Grasse, Paris, and Los Angeles, this brand is the perfect mashup of French-girl meets LA girl beauty. "I just discovered this brand really recently when both my boyfriend and I started using the deodorant," explains Faucher. "Then I tried the Holi (Trinity) Travel Size—so cute and useful for holidays—and I guess it’s one of my true revelations in beauty this year."
Always a sucker for good packaging, Faucher loves the simple design of each product and describes the skincare line as a "true addiction." She suggests starting with a few pumps of Holi Water in the palm of your hand then adding a bit of Holi (C) the C Duo Calcium & Vitamin C into the mix. After applying the mixture to your skin, she says to add the Holi (Oil) Refining Ageless Face Serum Unisex. "It's deeply comforting to apply these products," she assures. "The texture is rich and looks like velvet and the results are immediate."
"Sunday Riley is a brand I would love to have in France," laments Faucher. "As a vitamin c-obsessed skincare junkie, I bought the C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum while in L.A." Faucher uses the serum to correct dull skin and dark spots. "This serum is really amazing and does its job perfectly," she notes. "It's infused with 15% pure vitamin C to brighten and tone the skin and glycol acid to refine skin texture and diminish the appearance of pores."
Kat Burki's cult-favorite face cream boasts ingredients that Faucher finds to be iconically L.A. (and she uses this product every morning). Featuring reishi mushroom to impart anti-aging benefits and improve the absorption of vitamin C, this potent formula has earned its status as a cult-favorite in the states—and is now gaining popularity elsewhere. "It can be your best ally, especially if you feel like your skin needs a real boost and added glow," she says. "It smells like fresh citrus and immediately offers up a sensation of comfort." After just four weeks of use, she says her skin is smooth, hydrated from the inside out, and looks younger and refreshed.
"I've been obsessed with Drunk Elephant since the day I first heard about the brand," admits Faucher. Like many of us, the first thing that caught her eye was the eye-catching packaging—white and full of bright colors. "I saw a lot of girls using the brand who raved about the results from the products," recounts Faucher. "I decided to buy just one simple and basic product to start because prices are really high in France—you can find it on Amazon only."
"I bought the Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser—a long name for quick and efficient results," says Faucher. "I love to try different cleansers as I'm a fan of double cleaning, but this serves up a double-cleansing experience in a single product." She says the biggest draw to the line is that every product is free of harmful ingredients like silicones, fragrance, and essential oils. "I just can’t wait to try the rest of the products from the Drunk Elephant line," admits Faucher. "I'm hoping it will be for sale in France soon."
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