7 Cult Favorite French Beauty Products for Surviving Paris Fashion Week

Blah, blah, "effortless beauty of the French," blah, blah, "je ne sais quoi." I won't patronizing you by telling you yet again how French girls are obsessed with skin care, how they don't wash their hair often, how they wear nothing but red lipstick and still manage to look like a crew of Lea Seydouxes. I'll just show you the products they use to get there.

Dry oil

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, $31 , Amazon

Yes, the French thought of it first (or at least before Americans did). Massage this oil anywhere — face, hair, body — for a non-greasy glow that’ll take you from Miu Miu to Balmain without a dull moment.

Milk soap

Monsavon Au Lait, $3, M ondizen

Abandon yer Ivory and yer Dove; this soap is the really gentle stuff. Almost as gentle as Gareth Pugh’s puffy snow women.

Emollient cream

Ictyane HD Emollient Cream , $38 , Walmart

This cream provides very dry skin with 24-hour moisture, and even better, Garance swears by it.

Overnight balm

Darphin Organic Aromatic Purifying Balm, $70, D arphin

Smooth this purifying balm — with 12 essential oils, oui oui — over your face at night. Wake up front row at Chanel. (Not guaranteed.)

Eye patches

Klorane Smoothing & Relaxing Patches with Cornflower, $24, Amazon

Klorane is perhaps best known for their oat milk-based dry shampoo, but these gentle eye patches work wonders on eyes exhausted by runway show after runway show.

Vitamin A Cream

A313 Pure Vitamin A Pomade, $35, Avibon

Cult favorite Avibon Vitamin A Cream is currently being reformulated, but even American stars like Gwenyth Paltrow swear by it. Until we can get our hands on the new version, Avibon recommends their A313 Pomade as a great substitute. Goop it on your face post-Balenciaga.

Backstage makeup remover

Bioderma Crealine H2O Solution, $7, Amazon

It’s hard to believe that a simple makeup remover has a cult following, but this unscented, gentle, and ultra-effective version is really popular among, you know, MODELS.