Cosmetics shopping: all the best French beauty products in one place!

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The best way to buy all your French cosmetics and optimize your time is to find it all in one place. Galeries Lafayette’s beauty department, located on the ground floor of the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, will most certainly have what you’re looking for among the numerous impeccably decorated counters of the most prestigious cosmetic brands.

1. When it comes to beauty, what makes the French so… French.

Parisian chic and beauty has been chased for centuries and it all comes down to one motto: looking effortlessly stunning. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t require somewhat of an effort to achieve this. The secret is quite simple: keep your skin healthy… and master the art of makeup. Adopt your beauty routine and stick to it. Long term skin care over drama fixing will result in aging gracefully.

Skin cleansing

Using a face mask once in a while is always a good idea but for the day to day routine, the best skin care starts with good cleansing. One of the miracle products the French have been widely using for ages now is Micellar water. Micellar water is purified water with tiny oil particles added to it. It gently moisturizes while dissolving the makeup and dirt on your skin. Your skin is left clean and not feeling dry with a just few swipes of a cotton ball. No water needed and that’s why it was created: to counteract the harsh effects of tap water. It originally began in Paris and then became one of the best beauty secrets of all French women.

Get your favorite brand’s Micellar Water from our Beauty Department. 


Skin moisturizing

Keeping the skin hydrated is an important step towards keeping it healthy. Picking a moisturizer is a must, no matter what kind of skin you have: oily skin, dry skin, acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, itchy skin. It’s just about choosing the right one and applying it the right way. Choose a light moisturizer for daytime and a heavier one for nighttime. Note that most day creams now include sun protection.

Our experts at Galeries Lafayette can help you choose your moisturizer: face cream, hand cream, body lotion.


2. Makeup: less is more. Go for the best products, pick your essentials.

Once your healthy skincare routine is established, you can pair it with makeup. In general, French women don’t rely on makeup to give them a complete makeover—instead, they use it to enhance their natural features rather than cover up the flaws. In other words, choose the right makeup rather than look made-up. For example, draw attention to one aspect of your makeup: emphasize either the eyes or the lips, never both at once. A signature red lip is a staple of the French look!

And what about a French manicure?

Galeries Lafayette offers a wide range of makeup bars and nail bars where professional beauty therapists will show you the best beauty rituals. They are to be found in Galeries Lafayette’s Beauty Department located on the ground floor.

Make sure you try the Kure Bazaar nail bar for a pure organic nail polish! The product formula contains 85% of natural ingredients, like wood pulp, cotton, maize, potato and wheat. Not tested on animals and free from formaldehyde and other toxic ingredients found in most nail polishes. The range of vibrant colors makes it all the more appealing!


Keep your eyes open for good deals, especially during the winter and summer sales (but not only), and exclusive products as there are many.

Find a selection of premium brands and products. Lipstick, gloss, nail polish, blush, mascara… you name it.


Happy shopping… cleansing, moisturizing and makeup-ing!

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