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I’m 51 but just getting better with age – here are 6 bargains and French beauty secrets I swear by because I look youthful

BOURJOIS is back in the UK and author Samantha Brick, who has lived in France for 14 years, reveals why she loves the brand’s affordable, no-frills beauty products.

OOH-LA-LA! French beauty brand Bourjois returns to the UK.

Author Sam Brick reveals why she loves Bourjois' affordable, no-frills beauty products

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Author Sam Brick reveals why she loves Bourjois’ affordable, no-frills beauty productsCredit: SAM ZIEGEL
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No Time To Die actress Lea SeydouxPhoto credit: Getty
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Just as our Anglo-French love affair with baguettes, quark and plenty of Provençal rosé can never be tarnished, neither can our love of the iconic “little round potty” blush.

Many peachy-cheeked Brits were lost when Bourjois stopped being sold on the High Street in 2018 and will be happy to hear it’s now being reintroduced at Superdrug.

But my stash never runs out because I live in France — where bourjois remains a makeup bag staple.

When I moved here 14 years ago, I stocked up on my favorite beauty items on trips back to the UK. But now? I rely on France’s beauty industry.

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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the French are doing something right when it comes to beauty and skincare – the women here look amazing at all ages. In fact, I’d say they actually get better with age.

Her skin is glowing, her makeup is understated but oh-so-effective, and her hair is tousled to perfection.

I’m 51 and going through menopause, but I feel more beautiful than I did when I moved to France over a decade ago.

Of course, that’s partly due to the inner peace and confidence that comes with age, but discovering France’s beauty secrets certainly helped.

This country produces some fantastic products that won’t break the bank – plus they’re all available in the UK so you can get your hands on them too.

ADD BOURJOIS BLUSH BELOW THE CHEEKBONES

I converted to the Bourjois brand because it’s inexpensive and the products work — no surprise considering they launched their “compact blush” in a small round pot in 1879.

I use the brand’s light coverage foundation for fancy nights out and a volumizing mascara for everyday use. The small pots – with mirrors – fit perfectly in my handbag.

I alternate between three shades of blush – two of the classic pink variants and a peach variant.

Unlike those of us who awkwardly brushed it across our cheeks in the ’90s, as with anything in France, less is more. I’ve discovered that the powder should be applied discreetly to the side of the face, just below the cheekbones, to create a soft, warmer, sculpted look.

Check out No Time To Die actress Lea Seydoux for a master class in this area.

ALWAYS PLUM FOR A L’OREAL RED LIP

THE actress is also a fan of red lips – because in France, is there any color other than blush?

Red goes with everything, especially my beloved Breton tops.

French Vogue has voted L’Oreal’s Magnetic Corail one of the best red lipsticks of the summer.

As for the eyes, Brigitte Bardot’s cat-eye flick has never gone out of style.

Eyebrows remain untamed – tattooed or microbladed is simply not a thing here.

You also never see women sporting intricate shades of half a dozen colors on their eyelids.

Fancy serums and expensive moisturizers are also off the radar of most French women.

It’s not that they’re lazy – they just expect more for their money. Complicated contour kits are also taboo.

The natural look of 50-year-old French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg – daughter of Jane Birkin – is what most women attribute to her.

MULTIPURPOSE ITEMS ARE A MUST

THE French choose products that do more than one job.

Supermarket aisles are full of BB creams – a moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen all in one.

The best I’ve found is from Garnier. It costs less than a bottle of wine and offers beautiful light coverage.

Fancy brushes are also not required. As one French makeup artist explained to me, “Apply your foundation like a kitten gently pawing at your face.”

Micellar water is used in place of wipes, cleansing creams and toners.

My stepdaughter in her 30’s got me started using the skin active version of Garnier. Cheap as fries and it absolutely does the job.

Other brands like Nivea and Bioderma also produce excellent affordable versions.

LOOK FOR THE £2 CLAY FACE MASKS

FRENCH women (and men) are into face masks.

I usually buy a packet of powdered green clay from the chemist for £2.60 and it lasts a year.

It was introduced to me by one of my French friends, and it’s not only cheap, but easy to use.

I mix it with some water and leave it on for five minutes (or until it dries). I can almost feel the impurities being pulled out of my pores.

The French love dermatologists and as part of their healthcare system you can visit one to check on everything from birthmarks to acne.

I’ve seen at least six, and they all recommend two brands for problematic skin: Avene and La Roche-Posey.

STOP WASHING YOUR HAIR AND WASH INSTEAD OF MASK

It will come as no surprise that French women don’t wash their hair as often as we Brits do.

But what they do at least once a week is a repairing hair mask.

When I had my haircut for the first time in France, I got the scare of my life.

The first question a French hairdresser will ask you when you walk into a salon is which one you use.

I recommend Garnier or L’Oreal who do many different ones depending on your hair type.

FOAM THE OLIVE OIL AND FILL IN THE SOAP

IN a country where the South produces almond and olive oils, it makes sense that oils are a French woman’s friend.

Every home has almond oil in the kitchen drawer to soften hands, smooth the body in winter, and apply to children’s dry skin.

It’s rare that you walk into a French household and don’t spot a block of green castile soap in the kitchen or bathroom – they last for years.

Most households also have Le Petit Marseillais shower gel in the bathroom. For really (really) dry skin, CeraVe is an affordable brand that friends rave about for everything from cracked heels to dry elbows.

There are things that France will never replace. I will choose my beloved Marmite on toast over pain au chocolat any day.

But the best beauty brands in the world? They are right on my doorstep.

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As for the eyes, Brigitte Bardot’s cat-eye flick has never gone out of stylePhoto credit: Getty
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French actress Marion Cotillard, 46, is a talented Oscar winner and a well-known natural beautyPhoto credit: Getty

SAM’S FAVORITE GALLIC BEAUTY PURCHASES

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  • Bourjois Small Round Pot Blush, £8.99, – buy here

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  • Buy CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, £10,- here

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  • Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water, £4.99,- Buy here

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  • Le Petit Marseillais Shower Gel, from €4.50 – buy here

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  • Garnier Perfecting Care All-in-One BB Cream, £9.99 – buy here

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  • L’Oreal Magnetic Coral Lipstick, £9, – buy here

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Jessica MacLeish

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