Fashion's fascination with the French is far from new. With their purposefully tousled bed head hair and enhance rather than conceal makeup approach, it's no wonder that French girls are becoming the muses of fashion designers around the world. From Emmanuelle Alt to Julie Delpy, the French woman is the epitome of cool nonchalance and sharp wit. She looks as though she is too busy to fuss with her hair and makeup, when in fact, she has just mastered the precise skill of looking like she didn't try so hard...even if she did.
Although perfectly manicured makeup and immaculately coiffed hair looks have their place, something about the French way is oh-so-sexy! For the French, makeup is about embracing imperfection and looking like yourself rather than like you spent hours in front of the mirror! Here are some tips to help you achieve the "no makeup" makeup look, that French street style seems to have down pat.
Light Coverage Makeup
The French approach to foundation is founded in the less is more approach. Trade in your full coverage foundation for something more lightweight like a BB Cream or a tinted moisturizer. Let your freckles, beauty marks, and imperfections shine through and only apply product where you need it. Avoid overly mattifying the face with powders; the French prefer a dewy and youthful complexion. Pro Tip: Using a damp Beauty Blender sponge will help you achieve a natural, seamless finish!
Of course nothing says cool French girl like a bold red lipstick and a chignon, but for the daytime a lip stain looks super chic! Get the look by applying a lip liner on the outer corners for definition followed by a tinted balm over top. Be sure to blend everything together with your fingers for a your lips but better colour. Alternatively, opt for a wine stained look by using a burgundy or berry coloured stain.
Messy Bedroom Eyes
Everyone seems to be into getting that perfect winged liner look, but the French can't be bothered with the struggle of getting both eyes to look identical. Instead of that perfect angled line, the french opt for some smouldering shadow along the lash line and then blending it out for a more lived-in, messy appearance.
Contouring is for the Kardashians - not the French! Rather than altering your facial features - slimming down your cheekbones or chiseling your chin - the French prefer embracing your natural facial structure. Dab some liquid or cream highlighter where the light would naturally hit you to enhance your features (above the eyebrows, above the upper lip, down the bridge of the nose, and on top of the cheekbones).
Scrap the Concealer
For many of us, concealer is our preferred secret weapon for tackling the aftermath of our late nights (hello, dark circles!) But for the French such things add character and uniqueness.
To the French, nothing says drab like perfect hair. In fact, many French women prefer to get their hair blown out a day before they actually plan to go out so that they can sleep on it for a more lived-in appearance. Instead of making your hair pin straight or spending hours in front of the mirror to achieve those perfect ringlets, embrace your natural texture. Or, if your tresses are too difficult to manage without some help, give yourself a voluminous blowout so your hair maintains some body and movement.
Try out these French girl secrets and rock that "no makeup" makeup. You might even feel like you're strutting down the Champs-Élysées!