French President Emmanuel Macron spends NZ$42,000 on makeup in three months

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, attends a campaign rally in Marseille, France, April 1, 2017.  REUTERS/Philippe Laurenson - RTX33NHS
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French President Emmanuel Macron will have a blush in his cheeks after being caught out for spending NZ$42,000 on makeup within his first three months as president.

Le Point reports the 39-year-old's personal makeup artist – known only as Natasha M – has put in two separate bills to the executive branch for $16,000 and $26,000.

A spokesperson from the Elysee Palace, which is the President's official residence, has defended the huge cost, saying they called in a contractor as "a matter of urgency", forcing the president to pay more than usual.

The spokesperson promises in future Macron will spend a "significantly reduced" sum.

He's the youngest head of state since Napoleon, and was elected in with a comfortable lead in May.