When you talk about iconic French-girl beauty, you’re talking about legends both past and present. Now there’s another Francophile—Miss Universe 2017 Iris Mittenaere, who nabbed the international crown last night at the pageant—and whose French-girl beauty and style secrets I’m dying to know. (Side note: Does anyone else see the striking resemblance betwee her and Emily Ratajkowski?) So I did what any good fangirl in need of some get-chic secrets: stalked her Instagram account.

Having been fortunate enough to visit France twice—and feeling equally unstylish each time—I’m vowing to use her tricks, tips, and products (or at least what seem to be so from her Instagram snaps) insipre my beauty routine this year. I trolled her feed to find out more about the newly minted queen, plus scour for her favorite finds, get-pretty tricks, and which Snapchat filters Miss Universe 2017 Iris Mittenaere really uses.

Sidenote: In 2013, Miss Universe launched her own fragrance—but I’d be willing to try whatever olfactory delight Mittenaere has up her own sleeve. (Turns out, hers smells like vacation, but more on that below.)

1. There’s real power in a good pedicure.

We’re talking in-the-Maldives-on-vacation good kind of pedicure, you know?

2. A good Snap filter can make you feel great again. (Or, at the very least, like a cute lil’ pup.)

Whether she’s trying on an angelic, pink halo or just playing around with the puppy filter, it’s clear she has fun with the social platform. (You can follow her at @irismissfrance.)

3. A good spa day never hurt anyone.

A robe and slippers are the two most basic essentials required for any spa trip, am I right?

4. When in doubt, she knows how to chill the eff out.

Burning a candle may be a fire hazard (I know, Mom), but god does candlelight relax the shit out of me. Seems she agrees. She also knows how to kick back in the—wait for it, airport pool in Qatar—but I definitely haven’t stamped Qatar on my passport yet.


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5. She knows the best way to bring vacation back—in a bottle, of course.

Anything coconut- or beach-scented makes me instantly feel sexier, so points to Miss Universe for being on the same page. You know what also smells like vacation?.

6. Her go-to haircare brand isn’t one you’d expect.

In fact, I’d never heard of it before: It’s a small Italian brand called Vitality’s, because you guessed it—the line is all about bringing life into hair.

7. She’s a self-proclaimed shoe addict.

Shoes are an addiction I also totally subscribe to, so I don’t blame Mittenaere for her obsession. And it looks like she doesn’t discriminate—both sweet pastels and vampy black Christian Louboutins have made their way into her coveted collection.

8. And yes, she werks for that body.

If she didn’t work out, wouldn’t you be more annoyed by her beauty? I would maybe, if I’m being totally transparent. Which is why I have total respect for her tough-as-nails workout routine. Try Gigi Hadid’s ab workout and you’ll see what I mean.


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9. She knows how to use makeup to get a little political, too.

The power of beauty is real, you guys. Makeup in this day and age goes far beyond the superficial, and although this is a happy photo, let it remind you of that..

10. She can make a killer flat lay.

Hey, can someone tell her about the Reddit thread?

11. And knows a red manicure always works.

12. Her hair is nothing short of envy-inducing—at any length.

Her shiny, voluminous brunette hair is so good it’s serious—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to have fun with her length. Proof: This snap, where she teased her fans with an Insta photo before making the cut.

13. Her makeup is the work of a serious behind-the-scenes beauty pageant pro.

Her MUA is Arnaud Sol Dourdin, the brains behind Confidential Beauty, a well-known name in the pageant industry as well as the editorial, too. Just check out his epic portfolio of images here.


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