Welcome to the birthplace of beauty’s cool girl. Although foundation, smudged kohl and a slick of red lipstick might be everyday essentials here, the aim of the beauty game is to look as though you’re not slavish to the end result. Make-up that takes time or a steady hand is out; fool-proof application is in. French pharmacy brands – La Roche-Posay, Bioderma, Avène – sit happily in bathroom cabinets alongside Yves Saint Laurent bullets and Chanel lifting masks. But you won’t find a hair straightener in sight: natural texture and volume may require a lot of product but less effort overall. Fragrance is essential: spray it not on bare skin but on your silk cami or hair … it lingers longer that way. BEAUTY SOUVENIR: A niche scent from fragrance concept store Nose.
At Paris fashion week.
Caroline de Maigret