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When in Paris . . .

Paris is my favorite place in the world. Delicious food, wonderful cafes, dreamy Frenchmen, and an inimitable sense of style make it the city I return to as often as finances permit. Thanks to a super-cheap round-trip ticket, I had a nice sojourn there last week. And because I am an unrepentant Francophile, I try to look as French as possible while gallivanting around the Marais.

Most French women wear very little makeup each day, and the makeup they do wear tends to look effortless and natural. (Think Charlotte Gainsbourg.) And since I like to travel light, I'd already been planning a low-maintenance look: a bit of concealer, lip balm, and maybe lipstick. This time around, I found the right shade of lipstick to provide that not-trying-too-hard-yet-still-polished look. Of course, it's French: Chanel's Rouge Allure lipstick ($30) in Naive. It has just a hint of shine, wears beautifully, and feels suitably Continental — especially when you're making goofy faces at the Louvre.

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sham28 sham28 8 years
How many Bellas are there?
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
I just watched Charlotte Gainsbourg win Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, and I swear she was there with no eye makeup whatsoever. My idol! Bravo Bella, I love the color.
lydia_or_not lydia_or_not 8 years
Oh I love that photo and the lipstick! I have the colour Genius and am in love with it. Welcome to Europe,and have fun!!!
emalove emalove 8 years
You look so cute, Bella!! I want to go to France!
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
Cute photo Bella! I'm also jealous of your trip. :)
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Thanks, CestLaVie — you're sweet. I actually had a sizeable pimple during this trip, but because of the squishyface, it disappears. Sneaky photography tricks for the win!
luna08 luna08 8 years
I need to try this lipstick!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
Your skin looks great! Only need concealer? I'm jealous.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i'm on a never ending search for the perfect lip color. With so many shades, why is it so hard!?!?!?
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I wore it again this morning while going to the local French bakery for a pain au chocolat. Next best thing to being in Paris itself!
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
I love that lip color!
Sondra42 Sondra42 8 years
Oh la la! C'est trés belle!
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