Audrey Tautou Coco Before Chanel

Audrey Tautou in "Coco Before Chanel." Sony Classics

For as long as we can remember, American women have harbored intensely jealous instincts toward their French counterparts, who -- whether due to myth or actual truth -- have long been revered for their effortless beauty, flawless fashion sense and, of course, that je ne sais quoi.

Who has embodied all three of those qualities better than Audrey Tautou? The French actress has starred in films such as "Amélie," "The Da Vinci Code," and most recently, "Coco Before Chanel." In honor of her 36th birthday, we put together five French beauty lessons we've learned from the actress. Check out our gallery below: