Tousled hair, airbrushed skin, effortlessly chic style—all features that come to mind when we picture the modern French woman. What is it about a French woman’s certain je ne sais quoi that makes her beauty seem so effortless, yet completely refined? After extensive research I have narrowed it down to my top 5 french beauty and style tips to help you effortlessly achieve an au natural French look.
Begin with the “base” (your natural features) such as you skin, your body and your hair. It all starts with healthy, hydrated skin to achieve that same youthful glow. Skin care is a critical component to the French “less is more” approach to make up. The better the “base”, the less make up you need. French women realize that a skin care routine — no matter how long it takes or how many products are needed — is not a luxury, but a necessary part of life.
However, it is not just about the outside. French women recognize the benefits drinking water has for you body and skin. Drinking water keeps skin cells hydrated and working fine which, in return, keeps wrinkles away by plumping the skin cells to make them appear less wrinkled. It also keeps the skin clear of break outs and acne by flushing toxins and impurities from the system.
2. Practice everything in moderation.
It’s about what you eat. French women try to eat organic as much as possible—and as little sugar as possible. They’re more concerned about sugar than low-fat. They apply this approach to many aspects of their beauty regime, including their hair and make up. In following with the Parisian-chic theme of moderation, the same rules apply to your hair care regimen. Over-washing can leave your hair dry and dull–to avoid washed-out strands, get into a routine of shampooing every other day (at most!).
3. Make up
Say ‘non’ to harsh contouring and ‘oui’ to subtle highlighting.
4. The red lip
5. Eau du Parisian chic
French women pick their fragrance like they pick their lingerie — they choose one that is going to make them feel special all day. They make their fragrance last by layering. By using the fragrance’s corresponding lotion first, then spritzing on the scent. You’ll smell like heaven all day long, and you’ll feel as good as you do in your favorite negligee.
“[French style] is all about her attitude! If you look at her style she mostly wears jeans, doesn’t change much with the seasons, she’s the anti ‘it girl.’ She doesn’t look like she’s trying.” – to The Guardian
Modest colours such as black, white, grey, and navy is the french women’s colour palette of choice; exuding an effortless, chic aura. Hats to protect their delicate skin and an”over-everything” trench coat are statement pieces for any french women’s closet.
Excerpts from the book: “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits”