Hey loves! I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with all things French! Paris is my favorite city, I love French pharmacy products and French style, but I’ve never done a post on French makeup! I’ve wanted to do this post for you guys since I got back from Paris last month and I’m so thrilled to finally share it with you! I choose three classic French makeup looks. First up is a gorgeous winged eyeliner and red lip look, then a fresh face with tinted lip balm, and lastly a sultry smudged eye look! I’ll also give you a few amazing French beauty tips that I learned while I was in Paris!
Classic Red Lip
This is the look that always comes to mind when I think of French beauty! It’s super polished and almost vintage inspired, with winged liner and bright red lipstick. For this look, I wouldn’t wear too much face makeup, just a little bit of concealer and some light foundation or tinted moisturizer and maybe bit of blush! For my lips, I used a super pigmented red Nars Lip Pencil. Since I didn’t want my cat-eye to compete with my lipstick, I went for a slightly faded look and used a dark gray eyeliner. I’d totally wear this makeup to a night time event or to date night!
This look is key to modern French beauty! It’s meant to look effortless and enhance your natural features. Here, the philosophy is to emphasize your best attributes rather than focusing on features that you’d like to downplay. For this look I really wanted to have dewy skin, so I used a lot of MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix + andcream highlighter for a lit from within glow. I was inspired by the look of “popsicle lips” so I used a berry colored stain in the center of my lips and a balm on the outer corners. Lastly, I used a coat of mascara to make my eyes pop! This is a great makeup look for everyday!
Brigette Bardot Inspired
This makeup look is all about the eyes! Brigette Bardot was known for her amazing smudged smokey eye and this look replicates the sultry effect of her signature look! For this look, I used the Identity Palette to create an imperfect smokey eye. To keep the focus on the eyes, wear a nude lipstick (or go without!) and dream of days spent on the French Riviera!
French Beauty Tips
- Emphasize Your Best Features—Worry less about downplaying perceived imperfections! If you love your lips, wear a bright red lipstick! If you have gorgeous eyes, go crazy with the mascara!
- Focus on Skincare Rather than Makeup—French pharmacies are known for their amazing skincare products (you can check out my post on them here!) Most French beauty products are dedicated to skincare and the key to every French makeup look is great skin!
- Less is More—Focus your makeup on your best features, rather than a on completely done face! Instead of using lots of foundation to smooth your skin tone, use concealer to pinpoint conceal imperfections! Most French beauty looks seem to revolve around the unspoken “I woke up like this” mantra.
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