It’s Paris Fashion Week and I’m getting major French girl beauty and makeup inspo. Seriously, is it just me or do French girls look effortlessly flawless 24/7? From their perfectly tousled, just-rolled-out-of-bed hair, to their glowing skin and barely-there makeup, you can say I’m très obsessed! I love their natural, minimal approach to getting ready and have decided to break down how to get that Parisian je ne sais quoi look.
TIP #1: SKINCARE COMES FIRST
It’s no secret that French girls know how to take care of their skin. They’re all about embracing their own beauty. That means taking their makeup prep very seriously. To get that French glow, always make sure your skin is properly cleansed before applying your makeup. I love using this very popular French micellar water from Bioderma (it’s also a great gentle makeup remover!) Next, it’s a good idea to hydrate your skin with a face oil like this one from Herbivore.
TIP #2: CHOOSE CREAMS OVER POWDERS
When it comes to achieving the fuss-free, no makeup look, French girls love nourishing, cream-based products over powders. To get a natural-looking base and to even out my skin tone, I applied the Erborian CC créme with my fingers (see my review here!). It’s very light and perfect for faking a bare face. Then, I applied a small amount of Kiko Milano cream bronzer to play up my bone structure.
TIP #3: KEEP BROWS & EYES NATURAL
But first, BROWS. French girls keep their brows full, boyish and never overly filled in. To achieve this look, Glossier’s Boy Brow is my go-to affordable pick. The subtle black tint adds the perfect amount of color and keeps the brows tamed. When it comes to copying the envied French girl eye makeup, less is truly more. Rather than spend 30 minutes in the morning trying to get perfectly even liner, the typical Parisian is probably going to skip the eyeliner and use her fingers to dab some color on her eyes. The Caviar Stick by Laura Mercier is a great option for quick application and a natural color on the lids. Top it off with a lengthening mascara like this one from Lancôme and voilà!
TIP #4: GO FOR A TINTED LIP BALM
Probably the most “French” thing about me is my obsession with tinted lip balms. They’re great because they keep your lips super moisturized and are perfect for everyday wear. I love the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in the color punch for a subtle and French girl-approved tint.
TIP #5: EMBRACE MESSY HAIR
The famous French girl tousled hair…Seriously, do they wake up like that?? Well, for all of us who don’t wake up like that, we can totally fake it. All you need is a thick barrel curling iron or wand (this is my favorite) and a generous amount of texturizing spray or cream. The trick is to only wrap your hair around the barrel for a few seconds and to run your hands through your hair once it cools. Plus, after sleeping on your hair, your hair will look even more French!
So, are you ready to say bonjour to this easy, everyday French makeup routine? Let me know below!
Au Revoir 💋