This Is the Difference Between a French and American Makeup Routine

When it comes to the lives, routines, and product collections of
, we’re intrigued—or, to be more accurate, entranced.
After all, these are the artistic professionals who spend their
days and nights prepping all of the industry’s most fabulous
for fashion shows, editorial shoots, red carpets, film
sets, ad campaigns, and so, so much more. Not only do they have
access to the world’s most beautiful faces any given day, but they
also have access to the world’s most covetable skincare and makeup
products. A safe assumption? They know what’s what within the
beauty product realm and only use the crème de la crème formulas,
colors, and brands. Not only on their A-list clients, mind you, but
on their own faces as well.

In honor of our own recent July 4 celebrations and today being
Bastille Day—the French National Day and the anniversary of the
Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789—we decided to do a
little game of French versus American beauty. We asked two
celebrity makeup artists, one French and one American, to not only
share their go-to
summer skincare and makeup routines
(because we’re dying to
know!) but some background as to how their French and American
roots have inspired their individual approach to beauty. Keep
scrolling, your ultimate French- and American-inspired product
inspiration awaits.

“All the women I grew up with would wear very little makeup and
would focus on their skincare routine instead. For French
women, the secret is to treat your base as well as you can so you
don’t have much else to do! That’s why I have always been
so interested in skincare.

“Also, food is a major part of my skincare
routine. Eating healthy and organic food does affect your
skin, and maintaining a workout routine is just as important in
order to release all the toxins!

“My French origins have definitely influenced my makeup routine,
and I always try to ensure my makeup looks effortless. I do
wear makeup every day, but the goal is undetectability. It should
look natural, not overdone. French women prefer to wear
fewer products—we love mascara and a nice lip color! The
French-way of beauty influences my work, and I try to highlight
natural features as much as I can without going too far!”

everyday summer routine always starts with a good skincare regimen.
First, I prep my skin by spraying a Rose + Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing
Treatment Mist from Odacité or a Rosamélis Water from
Embryolisse. It is the perfect way to refresh my skin before serum.
I never wash my face in the morning, once a day is enough! I do it
at night when I remove my makeup.”

quickly apply a serum right after the face mist. Right now, I am
using Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting from Caudalíe.”

I use Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Eye Cream to plump up my eye

I apply the Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Moisturizer from
Caudalíe mixed with some oil drops from Odacité, such as Youthful
Glow Ac+R or Deep Wrinkles Ro+Y Facial Serum Concentrate.”

the oils in helps me massage my products into my skin a bit before
makeup. I love to adapt my skincare each day to my different needs,
playing with different oils.”

makeup routine is pretty simple during the summer: I love to look
fresh and highlighted! It is important to me that all my products
look natural on my skin and then I add some neutral colors.”

start by applying a light foundation. My favorite is the Face and
Body Foundation from MAC Cosmetics. I only apply the makeup where
it’s needed, if I need more coverage, I add a touch of concealer
into my foundation.”

concealer I love during summer is the Radiance Reveal from
Bourgeois because it really brightens dark circles. I also love the
concealers from Shiseido as they also conceal dark spots

always lightly set my foundation with a blotting powder from MAC
Cosmetics to ensure it stays all day, especially with the

step, and the most important, is to apply a nice blush. I like to
play with colors, some days I use orange tones and others pink
tones depending on my mood and look!”

couple of blushes I use routinely are Orgasm from Nars, Foshia Rosa
from Chanel or Telling Glow from MAC Cosmetics.” [Editor note:
Telling Glow is no longer carried by MAC, but the shade Hushed Tone
is a close match!]

I add a bronzing powder around my face to create a light

one from Dior is perfect if you are afraid of going too dark!

eye routine is fast, and I use the same products as listed above. I
use the blush and bronzing powder to create a soft shadow and give
more intensity to my eyes. I use the same products so I make sure I
match colors… and I save time and money too! Then, I curl my
lashes and add Glossier’s Lash Slick Mascara on top.”

last steps in my routine are lips and highlighter. Depending on
what blush I am wearing that day, I always adapt the lip

days I will use some Dior’s Dior Lip Glow, Marc Jacobs Beauty New
Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Dreamgirl 154, or Glossier Generation G
in Zip.” 

finish the look, I apply Becca liquid highlighter with my fingers
in Champagne Pop or Gold Pop depending on my skin tone. I apply
highlighter on my cheekbones, inner eye corners, eyelids, and a
tiny bit on my nose to create a beautiful glow, which makes skin
look super fresh.”

“I grew up in Austin, Texas, and was lucky to learn
about holistic health care growing up. There was a big
hippy culture in Austin, especially in the ’90s, so I had access to
natural skincare brands from a young age.

“As far as ingredients, I learned very young that aloe vera was
a miracle. My grandmother always had an aloe plant in the house. I
use mine at home to blend my own facial serums and use it for
sunburns after being outdoors in the summer. Sun protection
is a key element to my skincare routine. I fried my skin
as a young person in Texas, not having much education about the
risks of sunburn and sun damage. I am currently using the
MDSolarSciences MD
Creme Mineral Balm SPF 50
($39). I can just throw it on when
I’m on a location job without a mirror and not worry about a white
residue being left behind.”

“Lastly you have to educate yourself about
ingredients! There is little to no regulation of
American skincare and makeup. There are hundreds of
chemicals in American beauty products that are banned in Europe. It
is worth the time to google ingredients and learn about what’s
going on top of your skin.”

always start with the Biorderma’s Sinsibio H2O on a cotton pad to
cleanse, I couldn’t live without this product! It respects the
natural sebum of the skin and doesn’t strip the skin, and it
removes even waterproof eye makeup without stinging the eye. I
never use water to wash my face, as the chlorine in the tap water
is too harsh on my sensitive skin and leaves my skin blotchy and

exfoliate more in the summer! During the warm months, I use
physical exfoliators to replace the glycolic acids and AHAs I use
in the winter. These acids make skin photosensitive and cause
irritation and sunburn when exposed to UV rays.  “I’m currently
using Aurelia’s Refine and Polish Miracle Balm. It comes in an easy
tube that is easy to travel with, and I love the oil texture. I
love to add additional friction by using a warm wet washcloth to
scrub and wipe the oil off. For a cheaper price point, I use
Caudalíe’s Gentle Buffing Cream.”

I cleanse, I use the Ildi Pekar Tissue Repair Serum. It’s infused
with CBD and aloe and is another one of my ‘I can’t live without
it’ products. I use this all over my face and neck as well as my
under-eye serum. It’s a dream applied cold (I put everything in
my fridge during the summer). “Nothing has ever reduced my
inflammation and hydrated my skin like this serum. If you are
acne-prone, very oily, or just don’t like the way creams feel,
this one absorbs completely, and I can still glide makeup over my
skin afterward.”

follow with a face cream year-round. A woman in her mid 50s with
the most beautiful skin came into the store I was working at 10
years ago when I was still assisting. I asked her for her skin
secret, and she said Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. I have used it
ever since! I use the regular cream in the colder months and in the
summer I use the light version.”

at night, I love using Weleda’s Skin Food—this light version of
the original is for people with very dry sensitive skin who need
repair comfort at night after sun exposure.”

lips, I have the Skinfood Lip Oil in my bag. I LOVE lip oils, and
there are not many out there at a lower price point. “Don’t be
afraid to take the excess oil from your lips and pat it under your
eyes to wipe off eye makeup that has fallen throughout the day or
as an eye cream at night. I always rub a little bit under my nose
cause I always have a little dry spot under there.” [Editor note:
The Skinfood formula is no longer available, but we’re obsessed
with this formula from Versed!]

foundation, I use Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation in 3.5.
This foundation has been my go-to for over a decade. A little goes
a long way and is perfect for normal to oily skin because it dries
to a soft matte and can easily be mixed with a moisturizer for
dryer skin. It’s an investment, but it lasts forever!”

brows, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
if I want a stronger brow and Taupe if I want to simply fill the
shape and keep a more natural look. I always follow with the clear
brow gel.”

apply Marc Jacobs Beauty High Liner in Pink of Me on my waterline.
This brightens my eyes and doesn’t look dramatic like white or
light beige pencils. It is very close to the pink color of my
waterline, so it lightens and opens up my eyes. It definitely adds
some extra sleep to my eyes when I’m busy and traveling.”

then apply the Chanel Stylo Ombre et Contour in Vague around my
eyes and buff it out with a soft flat brush to make the skin around
my lash line look just a little more mysterious. The shade is
almost my skin tone, just a little bit darker near my lashes.”

wear less mascara during the summer, sometimes I feel too done-up
with it. Though, if I do, I use Ohh-la -lash by VMV
Hypoallergenics. This mascara is insane! It builds the lash and
doesn’t clump or flake. It doesn’t budge in the heat and comes
right off with makeup remover. This brand is great for everything
if you struggle with sensitivity or allergic reactions to

lips, I’m currently obsessed with Wifey Lipstick by Milk Makeup.
This is the perfect natural blush color; it’s pretty and fresh
looking. When I’m not wearing mascara, I love a beautiful blushie
full lip.”  Up next: 12 Non-Basic Beauty Products French Women
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