Skincare is key
French women pride themselves on having beautiful, blemish-free skin to act as the perfect canvas for makeup application. They believe in only applying foundation to areas where it is needed, as opposed to masking the skin with layers of heavy coverage. Micellar water is a famous French skincare staple for good reason because it not only removes makeup effectively but is also kind to the skin. We love Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin.
Less is more
Looking overdone is a French It Girl’s worst nightmare, so they focus on enhancing their natural-born beauty with minimal products – a blotted-in red lip or a lightly-smudged cat eye are the stars of the show when they want to look polished. Foundation-wise, they adore sheer liquid formulas and “dewy” is their favourite adjective. Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint is what glowy-skin dreams are made of.
Use a bronzer, such as Urban Decay Beached Bronzer, to warm up the face (on areas where the sun would naturally strike your face) and then sweep the same bronzer over your lids as an eyeshadow for natural-looking definition. Add a coat or two of mascara and your eyes are done. You’ll rarely see a Parisian woman wearing both heavy eye makeup and a bold lip colour.
A red lip is always a good idea
Iconic red lips and French mademoiselles go together like coffee and croissants – a match made in heaven! The trick to getting those Parisian-like, just-kissed red lips is to apply lipstick straight from the bullet to your lips and then lightly pat around the edges with a clean finger to soften the look. L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Red Passionis the most gorgeous classic red hue.
Voilà! Glowing skin, a head-turning statement lip and mascara-tinted lashes are all you need to achieve a perfectly imperfect Parisian-esque look that any French girl would be proud of.