We’re going to cut right to the chase and say that we’re obsessed with ‘French Girl Beauty’ – a combination of effortlessly chic beauty and lifestyle secrets created by French women, passed down to their daughters. It’s quite simple really: have an uncomplicated skincare routine; celebrate your best facial features; embrace the skin you’re in, wholeheartedly; make sure you look glam AF without too much effort; and, of course, drink plenty of red wine.
Here’s how to do it like a French girl… (We’ve also kept true to the theme and included all of our favourite French beauty brands)!
Don't Skip The Eye Cream
Eyes are the windows to your soul – how could you ever neglect them? Eye creams are there to refresh our peepers when they’re looking exhausted, quite frankly, and should play a vital role in your skincare regime. The French believe that eye creams must be included in your everyday routine from your early twenties (at least) to keep the delicate skin around your eyes hydrated and line-free. It also helps a lot with concealer application. The Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Eye Cream also helps to eradicate the signs of dark circles. Remember to pat the product into the skin gently with your ring finger.
Always Use Mascara
The French are all for a minimalist make-up routine and enhancing your best features. Apply a slick of black mascara to your lashes to make your eyes pop – it’s subtle but makes an impact. If you want a more voluminous look, we suggest curling your lashes beforehand. Always curl your lashes before you apply mascara to avoid breakage. Don’t be afraid to wiggle your wand in order to coat each and every lash. Maneuvering the brush will help you reach the roots and tips of your lashes, giving you the lashes of your dreams.
Micellar Water Is A Must
While we’re fresh on the topic of mascara, a trusty micellar water will become your new best friend in case of smudges. Simply take a cotton bud, dab it in micellar water and gently wipe away the unwanted mascara. It’s so effective! Fun fact: Micellar water became a favourite amongst French women in the early 1900s when plumbing wasn’t available. The harsh conditions of the water in France took its toll on their skin, thus leading them to turn to micellar water. This cult beauty product is the hero of any French woman’s skincare collection, as it hydrates, soothes, removes make-up and cleanses without damaging the skin barrier.
Red Lippy Is Always A Good Idea
There’s something quite powerful about wearing a red lipstick – from the moment you put it on, you feel invincible. It’s a bold make-up statement that the French have championed for years and goes with any outfit choice, no matter how dressed up or casual you are. There are so many facets to the look too – do you prefer matte or sheer? A cool undertone or warm? Do you enjoy wearing a blurry, stained red lip or a structured crimson pout? Whatever you choose, own it. Like a French girl.
Embrace Your Age
In French Girl Beauty, the aim is not to have perfect skin (phew!), but great-quality skin – aka the best version of your own skin. Whether that’s with laughter lines, delicate freckles or a gorgeous, natural blush, it’s what makes you you. An effective skincare routine is an opportunity to practise self-care and self-love each day. Choose products that provide the skin with sufficient hydration and nourishment. Partake in a daily facial massage to encourage circulation and stop puffy eyes in their tracks.
Choose A Signature Scent
In the world of French Girl Beauty, your fragrance choices have to be simplified. Instead of a cupboard full of perfumes you don’t get to use, opt for one or two that mean something to you. In order to find your signature scent, do some research on the notes you love. Whittle it down to your top 10, then top five and, finally, your favourite choice. Make sure you always have a travel-sized version in your bag to refresh your pulse points.