Ready for your French lesson Mastering French chic makeup

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  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ready for your French lesson Mastering French chic makeup
Ready for your French lesson Mastering French chic makeup
When the words “Parisian beauty” are uttered, we can’t help but picture an undeniably cool, long-limbed woman with red lipstick and her hair haphazardly shaped into a bun, sipping espresso in a corner café with a fresh baguette sticking out her handbag. Ok, so maybe that’s too many French clichés in one scene but there’s no denying that French-girl makeup is legendary, and most people know it as a natural look comprising of lightweight foundation, mascara and a rouged pout. Oh, and let’s not forget a healthy dose of je ne sais quoi to boot. 

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
Garnier Micellar cleansing water

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. 
Lancome Octinoxate Sunscreen

Multitasking matters

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. 
UD Beached Bronzer

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. 
Loreal Red Lipstick

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.

 

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