Paris Fashion Week Beauty Survival Kit

As Paris Fashion Week kicks off, Sam reveals the must-haves she’s packed for the French capital. Think chic skincare staples and luxe designer make-up.

From trawling early morning backstages to super-cool after parties, this is the power kit to see Sam through from dawn to dusk in gay Paris – the final Fashion Week on the month-long circuit.

Say hello to the French beauty superbuys…

Ladylike Perfume

Chloe’s new EDT, £58, is a definite must for PFW. It’s grown up but fun at the same time. I like to apply it like the French ladies do – spray a few puffs into the air, then walk into it for head-to-toe fragrance.

> Chloe EDT, £58

Multi-Use Hair Hero

Christophe Robin Regenerating Finishing Lotion, £36, doesn’t just get rid of build-up of product in my roots (too many blow-dries) but it also works as a dry shampoo. I even use it on my skin to revive heat rash when I’m in a rush.

Up-Do Saviour

Sometimes my hair just doesn’t do what I want it to, and at this point in Fashion Month I’m tired and not at all creative. Kerastase Materialiste, £19.50, helps me transform my top knots, fishtail plaits and ponytails into something super-glam.

> Christophe Robin Regenerating Finishing Lotion, £36, and Kerastase Materialiste, £19.50


Electrifying Mani

Towards the end of Fashion Month I love an uplifting splash of colour on my nails. YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer, £19 each, has never bagged me so many compliments. I’m in love with the Bleu Majorelle blue.

Eye Revival

Vichy’s new Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm, £15, revives puffiness and hydrates tired eyes. It’s got a clever cucumber cooling sensation, which is super relaxing after a heavy backstage schedule.

Perfect Parisian Skin

The reason Parisians have perfect porcelain skin is because they don’t bake in the sun. Caudalie’s Resveratrol Face-Lifting Moisturizer SPF20, £39, is a daily must under my make-up, even if the sun’s not out. It’s so light it slips under foundation seamlessly.


Bath Time Treat

I need to utilise all the me-time I can with pampering treats and L’Occitane’s Bath Infusions, £15 for five, are amazing for hotel stays.  Dip the little tea bag in warm water and the rebalancing blend makes me sleep like a baby.

Speedy Smokey Eye

No Parisian woman spends longer than 20 minutes getting ready, so speed is essential. Lancome’s Ombre Hynose Stylo Sticks, £20, are amazing for creating a smokey, smouldering eye in seconds – just scribble, then blend and you’re done!

> Lancome Ombre Hypnose Stylo Sticks, £20 each


3-in-1 Cleanse

When I come home after shows I need a cleanser that’s going to do the job of multiple products in one. Et voila, meet Guerlain’s Micellar Water Cleanser, £33.75, it removes even the most stubborn eye make-up and smells delicious.

Flawless Foundation

By Terry’s Light-Expert Click Brush Foundation, £48, means I don’t need to carry a brush AND a foundation – it’s an all-in-one handy tool. The click-to-go technology is perfect for touch-ups on the go as I’m zipping around Paris.