Mastering French Beauty

If there’s one thing we can applaud Parisian women for, it is definitely their effortless sense of style and natural, fresh-faced beauty.

These days, I maintain a more simple beauty routine compared to previous years, and focus more on perfecting my skincare regimen. French beauty in particular focuses more on not covering up your face, but rather accentuating your best features. By observation, I have noticed that maintaining a clean, natural face with bold lashes and a darker lip is the simplest and most accurate representation of the modern French girl. For this post, I am going explain my look inspired by the modern Parisian woman. Previous trips to Paris, as well as some additional research (read this one by Vogue!) lead me to create my own take on French beauty.

Step 1: Fresh Face

The key to mastering my look is to wear minimal face makeup and maintain a healthy glow. To achieve this, I would recommend being as minimal as possible, with some concealer, highlighter and blush. Not too long ago, I was watching one of my favorite beauty guru’s on Snapchat, Alessandra Steinherr (I know I’ve mentioned her in a previous post). She’s the beauty editor for British Glamour, and she’s constantly having world renowned makeup artists creating makeup looks for her, while sharing their tips and tricks. On a Snapchat, one makeup artist recommended contouring with blush in the winter to create more subtle definition. When I heard this, it made complete sense considering I am significantly more pale in the winter and sometimes a deep bronzer or contour shade looks too strong against my complexion. Also be sure to add some highlighter on the high-points of your face after blush to add some glow! As I’m sure many of you know, a highlighter can seriously make a difference in brightening any look.

This look is perfect for mastering French beauty because it gives you a hint of color and glow, without being too overpowering. I like to use Nars blush in Dolce Vita or the Milk Makeup Lip Pigment in Swear By to create my perfect blush contour.

Step 2: Lashes

Long, dark and defined are important characteristics to keep in mind when creating your lash look. To start, I use a thin black eyeliner to line my upper eyelid as close to my lashes as possible. The key here is to line your lashes without seeming like you have eyeliner on. This isn’t necessarily a “Parisian” thing, but I personally always like to add some drama. I really like the Nars Kohliner or Marc Jacobs Fineliner to achieve a thin and dark line. Both create an extremely precise line (especially the Fine Liner). By smudging in the eyeliner slightly before it dries, you can create a more effortless liner look.

After lining my upper lid, it’s time to go in with the eyelash curler and mascara. This past break, I discovered the Chanel Volume Mascara (as I have mentioned in previous posts). It’s definitely a splurge, but I like to think of it as an investment. The formula and brush create a clump-free look that will not smudge. For the French look, I like to apply two coats to my upper lashes, and an extremely light coat to my lower lashes.

Step 3: Lips

This step is probably the most vital, and the most fun. A subtle yet noticeable lip color really pulls together the entire look, creating a very chic and clean face. I like to use a muted shade either a red, plum, or brown. Red would be the most classic French shade, but sometimes I feel like mixing it up a little. My personal favorite lip colors to use include the Milk Makeup Lip Color in OG Red, Chanel Rouge Double Intense- Ultra Wear Lip Color in Milky Blueberry, and the Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in 413 BLKR.

From left to right: Chanel Milky Blueberry, Nars 413 BLKR, and Milk Makeup in OG Red (this is the shade I’m wearing)

I hope these instructions were helpful in channeling your inner French girl 🙂

 

Alex

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