5 French Beauty Secrets Every Woman Should Know
Classic French muses like Brigitte Bardot and Anouk Aimée have inspired fans with their barely-there makeup, red lips and delicately tousled chignons — or simply put, their carefree approach to flawless beauty.
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Even modern Hollywood stars like Natalie Portman are trying the minimalist approach to sophisticated and timeless beauty, focusing on skincare products that rejuvenate the skin instead of more makeup, all while adding color to complement their natural features.
Want to channel the French in your own beauty routine? Try these five beauty secrets I've discovered to help achieve such classic glamour.
Keep it Simple
When it comes to the French, simplicity is achieved in the ritual of great hair and skincare regimens that reap benefits for years to come. Start a regimen today that cares for your natural assets: Hydrate your hair with an extra moisturizing conditioner and quench your skin with a moisturizer packed with plumping emollients and antioxidants. I recommend Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme Riche. Yes, it's on the pricey side, but it will provide ultimate, long-lasting hydration for your skin. As an alternative, avocado oil also provides deep hydration; place a few drops on your skin in the evening to lock in mositure, leading to more glowing features.
Really, Be Confident
Beauty from within speaks volumes — and it translates to your entire outlook and approach to life. Taking great care and pride in your natural assets is the foundation to Parisian beauty. Adjust your posture and stand up tall. Every morning, tell yourself you are gorgeous. Exude that feeling everywhere you go and watch the heads turn.
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Dare to be Bold
While minimalism is at the heart of Parisian beauty, careful selections of color and detail are used to achieve maximum impact.
Have a marvelous pout? Be the center of attention: With your skin prepped, moisturized and protected, add a classic red lip to focus attention on your mouth. Try Laura Mercier's Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm in Cherry-on-Top for a succulent bright pop of color.
Yearn for dreamy eyes? Try an extra layer of mascara on your lashes, carefully combed out for maximum fullness. Try L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes and skip the falsies.
Care for a dash of drama? Keep your look simple, but take an artful approach and add a clean line of eyeliner with a slight wing at the end to truly captivate. Think thin and dash a pencil liner on top of your lid, hugging your lash line. Next, either smudge with your finger or use a small eyeliner brush to connect the dots. Now, whatever is left on your brush or finger, sweep it slightly up at the end for a little wing that will make your look soar. Try Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Gris Noir or Black Coffee.
Prefer to take the leap with a liquid liner? Try Dior's Style Liner and use the same "connect the dot approach" while using the liner wand.
French gals are not afraid of a little sun and color, but they choose to do it with protection and care before enjoying the outdoor markets or walks. Always apply SPF on your skin to protect it from damaging sun rays. A little preventative care can result in a more youthful effect for ages to come. Try La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum SPF 50 for weightless full coverage protection and an antioxidant-packed punch.
Prefer to fake it? A light bronzing effect is simple to achieve with a bronzing lotion. Try Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, filled with antioxidant-packed plant extracts, for a subtle yet natural tan. It's easy to use and perfect for any occasion.
Dodge the Blowout
Subtly styled hair, or the," I just threw together a chignon," is the true approach to casual Parisian hair. Opt for a great cut to maximize your hair's natural tendencies. Luscious shiny locks are also key to pulling off this look. Try Nuxe Reve de Miel Gentle Shampoo: The honey scent will transport you, and the product will refresh your locks with a gentle cleansing effect. For a truly organic approach, try coconut oil to moisturize your hair for shine, luster and strength: Apply the oil to your ends and gently work up through the mid hair shafts, then allow the oils to saturate for 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. You'll notice results immediately.