Ah, the enigmatic French woman. As South Korea is to skincare and as Italy is to pasta, France is to leisurely chicness—and that doesn’t just apply to fashion. With makeup too, French women have a certain way of getting the most sultry, effortless elegance out of the fewest products (unlike the average American makeup routine involving full-coverage foundation, powder, highlighter, liquid liner, false lashes, the works).
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we were curious how French women do date-night makeup, so we reached out to one of our favorite French makeup artists, Carole Colombani, and asked her to name the five to 10 date-night makeup products French girls love to use. Her first response: “Ten makeup products is already a lot for a French girl, even for a date night! Five or six would be more realistic for us.”
Keep scrolling to shop the ultimate French-girl guide to date-night makeup.