Perfectly applied lipstick is just one of those things French women seem to have a flair for. Lipstick is a fast, easy way to add drama and interest to your look. Looking flawless, French and tres chic is easier with the right lipstick — we’ve pulled together 10 of the top French lipsticks.
Bourjois So Rouge
Founded by Alexander Napoléon Bourjois in the mid-1800s, Bourjois invented the very first powder blush and has been innovating ever since. Bourjois So Rouge is a line of lipsticks infused with intensive moisturizers, available in a full line of ready-to-wear reds.
Chanel – Rouge Coco
The Chanel fashion house remains an institution as classic as its founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. The Rouge Coco line of cream lipstick is an hommage to Coco and includes matte, pearl and shimmer finishes.
Christian Dior – Rouge Dior
The Rouge Dior line is made up of 32 shades drawn directly from the rich hues of Dior’s couture gowns, all infused with plumping hyaluronic-acid microspheres.
Givenchy Rouge Interdit
Hubert de Givenchy has been known for its modern, elegant style since the ’50s, and has counted such icons as Audrey Hepburn among its clients. Today’s Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick grants your lips a reflective shimmer as it infuses them with moisturizer and antioxidants.
Sisley Phyto-Lip Shine
For those who prefer their cosmetics au naturale, Sisley Paris uses natural plant extracts and aromatic essential oils to combine gloss and softness. The Phyto-Lip Shine line of lip colors uses natural kokum and mango butters to moisturize and protect.
Nina Ricci Satin Effect
Nina Ricci established the House of Ricci in 1932, and the brand has been a classic ever since. Nina Ricci’s Satin Effect LipWear glides on smoothly and stays on for hours.
Cle de Peau Beaute
The Clé De Peau line of 28 lip shades is a prestige line of cosmetics with results and prices to match. Clé De Peau emphasizes aromatherapy as well as the beauty of its packaging in an effort to appeal to mind and body.
Guerlain – Rouge G de Guerlain
Guerlain, one of the world’s oldest perfume houses, was the very first cosmetic company to commercially manufacture lipstick. The Rouge G de Guerlain lipstick contains a ruby powder that refracts light, creating defined, smooth-looking lips.
Lancôme – L’Absolu Rouge
One of the better-known French brands in the U.S., Lancôme is a 75-year-old luxury beauty brand known by its label, a single rose. Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge is a reshaping formula containing Pro-Xylane, a proprietary replenishing molecule, and SPF 12 to protect and repair lips.
Before Laura Mercier was a world-famous makeup artist, she was a painter — and it shows. Each shade in the Laura Mercier Lip Colour – Crème is carefully selected, with a formula that protects lips.
References and ResourcesBourjois: Story of a Brand
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn
LVMH: Guerlain Paris
Oprah: Meet Laura Mercier