It’s fair to say that no one does nonchalant beauty like French women… think of Caroline De Maigret and Garance Doré and an image of easy style comes to mind. Getting the French girl look means being happy with what you have – like French makeup artist Violette says about French girls, “What we want is to be ourselves – not a better version of ourselves. We feel like it’s better to be used to something than to try to change it. So we think: What style can I have with this face and with this hair? That mentality is 100% French.”
Need some help to get started? We have 5 beauty tips for Paris-approved style:
1. Eat a healthy diet
Yes, we know this is not always what you want to hear – but what you eat has a big influence in what your skin looks like, and the French know this. Stick to a Mediterranean diet low in sugar and high in healthy fats to reap the glowing benefits.
California Gold Nutrition Omega-3 Premium Fish Oil
2. Skincare comes first
French girls look after their skins so they don’t have to spend so much time and makeup on covering it. That means cleansing properly twice a day, weekly exfoliation and masks, and regular trips to the salon for professional care. If the canvas is prepped, you can get away with a simple makeup look. Which brings us to the next point…
3. Makeup in moderation
You won’t see women in Paris in layers and layers of foundation, concealer and bronzer. The aim is to highlight your best features while subtly hiding imperfections. Never look as if you tried too hard – remember, the aim is to look effortless and easy-going. Tinted moisturiser or CC cream and a hint of smudged eyeliner are enough. Except for one cult look…
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser
4. Always rock a red lip
French makeup is understated but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still make a statement. And nothing packs a punch like a red lip.
Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in Crimson Feels
5. Don’t stress about getting a blowout
French hair is undone, just-woken-up hair – but don’t be fooled, they’re not actually rolling out of bed like that. To achieve the lived-in, messy look so beloved by Parisians, make sure you get regular trims to take care of dead ends and use leave-in treatments to keep hair healthy and shiny. Try to air dry your hair and use dry shampoo if you need to add a bit of texture.