Emmanuel Macron may have been president of France for just three months, but he’s already managed to spend €26,000 (£24,000 or $30,000) on makeup.
He needed beautifying as “a matter of urgency when [he] arrived at the Elysée,” a spokeswoman for the Elysée Palace told Business Insider.
The sums were claimed by a personal makeup artist, identified as Natacha M, according to a report in France’s Le Point magazine cited by other French media.
The bill came in two parts, one for €10,000 and another for €16,000, the reports said.
A spokesman for Macron said the makeup expenditure was so high because of “press conferences and foreign travel” where the makeup artist had to travel with the president, according to France Info news.
The former banker’s makeup bills will be “significantly cheaper” in the future, the Elysée said.
“We are going to put in place a permanent plan which will be significantly cheaper than these bills and cheaper than the previous system over the past five years,” the Elysée spokeswoman told BI.
French presidents have a history of spending big to look their best. Macron’s immediate predecessor, François Hollande, spent an average of €6,000 (£5,500 or $7,100) on makeup and €10,000 (£9,200 or $12,000) on his hairdresser each month, BFMTV said.
Nicolas Sarkozy spent €8,000 a month on makeup, French Vanity Fair reported last year. It is not clear how much Macron spends on his hair.
Macron – who has compared his governing style to Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods – saw his approval rate plummet to 37% earlier this week, some twenty points lower than his post-election popularity in May.