Singer/actress/face of Balenciaga Charlotte Gainsbourg has the kind of style that seems to be encoded in French DNA. At yesterday's Balenciaga presentation in Paris, she showed off her typically understated brand of beauty: minimal makeup and the tousled, fringe-in-face haircut her mother Jane Birkin made famous. This look is especially appealing for those of us who don't want to spend an hour primping each morning. (Ahem, me.)
Of course, this style just looks easy. Charlotte's glossy hair and glowing skin are most likely due to a disciplined beauty regimen. From traveling, I've noticed that skin care is a much larger part of grooming in France than it is here. For many French women, a spa facial isn't a luxury as much as it is a necessary discipline in their skincare routine. And while makeup counters exist in stores like Printemps, the bigger focus is on skin care. I have no idea what Charlotte does to get her beautiful complexion, but seeing it is a reminder that it has been far too long since my pores have been properly purged.