Paris—City of Light, love, and languid strolls to the neighborhood boulangerie. In Paris, beauty is a lifestyle as effortless as the texture that comes with perfectly air-dried strands. But make no mistake—just because French women embrace low-key beauty doesn’t meant they don’t know beauty. Quite the opposite, in fact. When it comes to beauty products, Paris is an absolute treasure trove, brimming with the exquisite and extravagant as well as the under-the-radar and practical. Navigating the cobbled streets of the Marais can be daunting, however, which is why we went straight to a source who knows Paris like the back of his hand: celebrity makeup artist and Dior Beauty brand ambassador Daniel Martin.
Martin paints the faces of Hollywood’s elite (Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Moss are just two of his regulars) and frequents Paris for fashion week, client events, and, of course, beauty shopping. We asked Martin to share his top beauty haunts, and luckily for us, he was happy to divulge. Ahead, you’ll find six makeup-artist-approved beauty spots to add to your must-visit list (or to just pin to your “Paris” board on Pinterest).
Dior Pop-Up Beauty Boutique
368 Rue Saint Honore, 75001 Paris
“I hate going into giant department stores to try out new makeup. This boutique is set up for you to experience everything at your own pace, and the employees are not pushy.”
20 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris
“A pure emporium devoted to exotic fragrances and custom scents. The staff is amazingly patient throughout the process of customizing your own fragrance. You can spend hours in here!”
32 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
“This spa been a cult classic for years, but when my assistant couldn't stop raving about how it changed his skin in just days, I had to investigate. The estheticians are incredibly knowledgeable, and I can't wait to try out their treatments when I'm back in a few months!”
28 Rue de Archives, 75004 Paris
“This is one of the only beauty stores devoted to natural and organic skincare and cosmetics in the Marais.”
64 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
“A stand-alone beauty haven for Euro masstige brands, French pharmacy products, and haircare.”
7 Rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris
“I consider this the little sister to Paris Berlin. You’ll find a great selection of European theatrical makeup brands mixed with mainstream brands like Bobbi Brown, RCMA, and Dermalogica. I love their Numeric Proof Puffs and sable brushes.”
This is why French women don't use face wash.