Élodie Bouchez, Actress


“For a long time, I felt like I didn’t want any artifice because I always liked, even in my work, the idea that people really see me and really see what I propose as a person and as an actress. I have so many opportunities to be all made up for my work, that in my real life, I want to be very natural and do almost nothing. That’s still what I think...but now, whenever I get beat down, I put some pink Chanel blush—Pink Explosion—I feel better, you know? It helps me looking in the mirror before going out for my daily routine in Paris. I see it more this way: that instead of a mask it’s more of an enhancement. And before, I was thinking about makeup more as a mask, or something that could take away from what you are for real. But still, I like less is more, you know? I’m always scared of applying some foundation, for example, which I don’t like. Whenever I do it, I do it just like little touches with my fingers. On movies and for photoshoots, you have all your face covered with this kind of plain face. I feel weird whenever I do that. Even though I see so many people working on my face, I’ve never been very good at it. It’s very recent, maybe one or two years, I found my little routine and my little tools to make it work my way. It takes some time to find the tools that really work for you.

I like the Touche Éclat Yves Saint Laurent. The stick that you apply with a finger, I assume. I put it only around my nose and under my eyes and chin. I use it almost like a foundation. I also use Armani Master Corrector, a little pink…it is very nice too. I love this chic texture from NARS; it’s called Orgasm. I love the name. I use to wear the stick but now I find the cream even better. I’ll put it on my cheeks and underneath my eyebrows just at the corner. And after, I love the NARS big pencil for lips. It goes from very bloody red to the very natural flesh one. I have all the colors. Into my eyes, either I put nothing or I put some blue or turquoise or a green eye pencil. I have a bunch from MAC that I like. I put it on the waterline. And then I have an eyelash curler and then I use a mascara. I like the Shiseido mascara; it’s very natural. I don’t like it when you see lots of texture. I don’t want to see the mascara. So, that’s it. And on top of the orgasm cream [laughs], I have the little Chanel pink blush, Pink Explosion. Just a powder blush. I don’t know how to use eye shadow so I don’t use it. I mean, I learned how to do it for the last play I did last year—the makeup artist, she taught me how to do it and it was with a pencil with some, you know, brown here, and then I don’t even remember. I had a lot of blue, which is something I like to do actually—I like to put lots of blue. I find it pretty nice, but you have to have very clean skin, I find…if you have a very nice looking skin, it’s nice to have some blue. I like bright blue. Like, real blue. Blue sky. And, so, I had lots of blue and other makeup for the play; in the beginning I was like, ‘Ahhhh, it’s so complicated to put makeup on your eye,’ and then, after about a week, I knew how to do it and I did myself for like seven months. Plays don’t really have makeup artists anymore, they just do it for about a week and tell you how to do and then leave you.

For my skin, once a week I do a mask and a peeling while I’m taking a bath. I use Clarins. Daily, I put some cream under my eyes to hydrate and after I put a cream—this is good, Melvita Nectar de Rose day cream. It’s at the pharmacy. I wear sunscreen when I’m going to the sun but not just everyday. I didn’t really start anti-aging creams because my skin can be fragile and sensitive sometimes so I’m always careful to put anti-aging products that will be heavy on my skin and too rich. But I said to myself, the next time I’m going to see my dermatologist I should start asking him. I buy most of my products at the pharmacy or at perfumeries. I love Bioderma Créaline. It’s very useful. You use it as a makeup remover or as a toner in the morning. I love also, we have this brand called Sanoflore, which is a bio [organic] maybe French brand that I spray to wake up in the morning. Mine is rose. I love also Nuxe, they have a foam, Three Roses foam to wash your face which is very nice, the smell is very nice. Whenever I leave and travel and I go in a hotel and I forgot this, I feel really bad. I don’t like the idea of washing my face with the shower gel or the soap of the hotel, you know? So, that is something that I really need. For perfume, I like White Musk by Body Shop. I’ve been wearing it for a long time. It was my teenage perfume.

I use Bumble and bumble shampoo. I change and try different ones—the one I have right now is the yellow one. My hair was in bad shape for a while and so I had to cut it, but at some point, I started to put a lot of product on it. I love Christophe Robin; he has a great line for damaged hair—an oil, a day cream, a shampoo. My hair is straight; it’s just the way it is. What kills my hairstyle is whenever they brush my hair because it becomes super flat, super thin, and like, bleh. I guess it’s fine when you have big hair and you have to shape it and put it down, but for me, it’s not good. I don’t go to Christophe Robin, I just buy his products. A girl that I’ve been using for years did my color. When I described what I wanted to do, like, a few years ago, I was describing it as having some sun touches but not doing it in a super clean way—not doing what they do sometimes when they take your hair and they paint it and paint it in order to have it perfect. For me, that’s not what I want.”

—as told to ITG

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  • http://thesparkle.net/ erin

    love seeing some of my faves in collections... this one is no different! nuxe and the bioderma m/u remover are awesome! x


  • http://twitter.com/Mirror_Reality Phil

    French skincare... still top of the word and I didn't even have to guess what nationality the actress had. You just know she takes good care of it all. Effortless beauty that's what Paris is.


  • mlle p

    I am envious of having ALL the Nars lip pencils - my dream!

  • http://laceandtulle.com/ Samira Reyes

    i love this post!!! great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    I feel the same way about blush! It literally transforms your face when you put it on, making you seem more alert, awake, healthy, and brightens your face as a whole!


  • Mckennarishmawy

    Can anyone attest to how good Leonor Greyl products are? They're pricey but I see them on, like, every
    Top shelf. I've wanted to try the oils.

    • Anonymous

      I've been using their shampoo and conditioner for colored hair and it's really excellent: it leaves my hair shiny and well moisturized. I also love that the products are natural and without harmful ingredients. Shame it's pricey though.

    • Ekaterina

      I will never use another shampoo than my Leonor Greyl!

  • Mi

    she's so pretty and i believe her when she says that she doesn't wear a lot of make up ( a lot of women say that in your blog!) . Even in hers movies, she have this very natural glow

  • http://kitchenafternoon.blogspot.com/ Kitchen afternoon

    So classic and French, and soigne -parfait!
    PS So, when can we see the banker again?

    • Anonymous

      Sweetheart... I think you need to read more.



        • Anonymous

          American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis. All about said banker guy, and really worth a read (though it totally gave me nightmares, I can't tell a lie).

  • http://www.facebook.com/madiisonnn Madison Bryan

    She's beautiful. I love that she doesn't have to put on too much makeup. More women should be this way !

    xo. Madison

  • Panglu Xiong

    oh im so tempted to try christophe robin!

  • Stbells

    Love! She has great skin...seriously, French women are my idols.

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  • http://emirta.wordpress.com/ Mirta

    I can see that she uses a lot of L'Occitane products as well, the Immortelle range is divine.

  • Kate {Something Fabulous}

    I love her taste in make-up! She seems like such an elegant and stylish woman. x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Cece

    I use the exact same skincare products, wow! (I live in France and I spend hours in the pharmacy) nuxe, Melvita and bioderma...I see a Darphin moisturizer too. Yay~ Enjoyed this post immensely...


  • Lola

    Love this post - I find the French girls are always the ones I can identify with the most.
    Small question though to any French readers: I noticed you differentiate between a mask and a peeling, could anyone go into more detail about this? for me a peeling mask is one kind of mask as opposed to say a clay-based mask and I wouldn't use both as part of the same routine but on here and at work I have a lot of European girls asking for both.

    • French AMERICAN

      The peeling she is referring to in this post is the Clarins Gentle Renewing brightening Peel. Peels in this case are liquid form, as opposed to other exfoliators that are more like scrubs with tiny beads. Peels penetrate deeper into the skin, and are usuallyAHA based (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). These "peels" penetrate deeper into the skin breaking up the glucose that binds skin cells together, and skin becomes less dull, more even toned and smoother. Exfoliating scrubs are the alternative to peels. they remove the top layer of dead skin cells, and are sometimes considered more gentle than a peel.

      She has a picture of the peel that I'm referring to in the 2nd photo of this post. Some AHA peels need to be rinsed off after a few minutes, while this gentle one does not. Afterwards, she applies the Clarins Hydraquench mask. The mask is for hydration and radiance.

      • Lola

        Ah, so a 'peel' here refers to any kind of chemical exfoliant as opposed to a mechanical one? I understand now, thank you! (I work for a skincare company and am teaching myself French cosmetic terms - unsurprisingly they didn't cover "how to give a skincare consultation" in my high school french classes.)

        • French American

          You got it! Glad I could help. I know the terms can get confusing, since there are such things as peeling masks too! I think I sometimes need a refresher in european vs. american skincare terms and treatments.

    • Melissagasc

      A peeling would be an exfoliating mask, and a mask proper, something to moisturizer or purify. They have to follow each other to be most efficient

    • Ladydbeauty

      peeling is like a face scrub, to remove the dead cells. mask is like a clay-based mask to remove impurities or it can be a moisturising mask or a lifting mask, mask is more targeted to your needs.

  • http://twitter.com/YayaGagaFashion Messamet serdane

    Love her philosophy about make up ! So inspirational !


  • Samantha Ragot

    Hey, great post! Does anyone know what product is the "chic texture", "orgasm cream" from NARS she is talking about?

  • Laura

    Beautiful and great, simple routine! What I don't understand: does she use the foam wash after the bioderma? I always thought the bioderma micellar water is a 3 in one makeup remover/cleanser/toner product...

  • Lou

    What a great bathroom to be filled with so many goodies.


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  • http://www.advert-fashion.com/ Advert-fashion

    Very unique! I like it!


Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani Master Corrector
NARS Illuminator Orgasm
Shiseido 'Perfect' Full Definition Mascara
Bioderma Créaline
The Body Shop
The Body Shop White Musk Sheer Chiffon Body Mist
Bumble and bumble
Bumble and bumble Gentle Shampoo