French kiss: The two Parisian-approved lipstick shades

French kiss: The two Parisian-approved lipstick shades

By: Julia McEwen

French beauty sits somewhere between effortless nonchalance and focused care, but at its core, it's about celebrating you as you are. When it comes to lip colour, there are two camps: Vive-la-revolution reds and Bardot come-hither nudes.

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