French Girl Beauty – A Little Leopard French Girl Beauty – A Little Leopard
French Girl Beauty – A Little Leopard French Girl Beauty – A Little Leopard

French Girl Beauty – A Little Leopard French Girl Beauty – A Little Leopard

May 18, 2016 // beauty· style

In the book How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, there is a line that says “Always be fuckable.” It’s tongue in cheek, but sort of sums up that je ne sais quoi appeal of the French woman, doesn’t it? There’s something about their seemingly effortless style many of us are desperate to emulate (except that, you know, desperation is so not French).

Anyway, I certainly cannot claim to have mastered French girl beauty, but I’ve read quite a lot of articles featuring people who have and/or actual French girls. And here is what I’ve learned:

First, you might stereotypically think that French women smoke more than Americans, and that’s probably true. But they also prioritize their skincare routines, which is part of why their look seems so natural. They let the skin shine through…because they’ve worked hard to take great care of it. Yes, that goes against the whole effortless thing, but let’s be real. A good skincare routine does require some effort, yes?

So, since French women have such a great base to work with, they don’t need much on top in the way of heavy foundation… more just light moisturizers and maybe a swipe of YSL Touche Éclat to conceal. (There’s a reason it’s such a cult favorite.) Then maybe a flick of black eyeliner — cat-eye, of course, a la Brigitte Bardot, or perhaps smoky and smudgy — or a bold lip. Never both. French girl beauty is very much about one or the other. And no contouring!

Hair? Apparently French women all have textures that work perfectly for wash-and-go. If yours is a bit unruly (ahem, like mine), try waving with a wand or flat-iron for that effortless look. Warning: this definitely requires effort. But it will look like it didn’t, which is the whole point!

Then toss on your perfectly worn-in leather jacket, skinny jeans and flats, and you’ve done it. You’ve captured effortless French girl beauty. Tres chic!

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