French President Emmanuel Macron has spent €26,000 (£23,900) on makeup and beauty costs in his first three months in power.

Mr Macron’s office confirmed a report on his beauty spending published by French news magazine Le Point, but said it was looking into a cheaper alternative.

The report said costs included the pay for a freelance makeup artist for television appearances and trips abroad.

But it is not the first time the hair and makeup bill for a French head of state has raised eyebrows.

In 2016, it was reported that Macron’s predecessor Francois Hollande had a hairdresser on contract for €10,000 a month.

The figure was later confirmed by a government spokesman, who said: "Everyone has their hair done, don’t they?"

It prompted the hashtag #CoiffeurGate to trend on Twitter – coiffeur being the French word for hairdresser.

Mr Macron, 39, became France’s youngest ever president in May after beating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the country’s election.

With youth on his side, the reason behind his expensive makeup habit remains unclear.

Maybe he’s born with it – but is he worth it?

(c) Sky News 2017: Because he’s worth it? Emmanuel Macron spends €26k on makeup in first months as President