Every popular makeup look during the fall seems to focus on one of two things: deep, vampy lips in blood red and dark berry or sultry, smoldering eyes in an array of autumnal colors. While those looks are certainly fun to try out once in a while, either way, they’re a lot of work to apply and upkeep throughout the day.
I, on the other hand, tend to lean toward a much simpler beauty makeup routine year-round. I don’t wear foundation. I have no interest in contouring. In a lot of ways, I subscribe to the classic French girl’s beauty basics: keep the look luminous, classic, and clean. Use as few makeup products as possible.
After all, what’s chicer than fresh, dewy skin; bold, black lashes; and pouty, red lips? There’s a reason why French girls are emulated and envied for their look all across the world. Think Camille Rowe.
Here’s a run-down of some of my favorite beauty and makeup products for getting the perfect French cool-girl look, no beret or cigarettes required.
Caudalie Eau de Beaute // Does your makeup need a pick-me-up throughout the day? Does your skin need some refreshing? Want to prime your makeup before you apply? Want to set your face after you apply? Need a light toner on bare skin as a part of your skincare routine? All of the above? Look no further. Caudalie Eau de Beaute is a classic French skincare staple. Spritz it on liberally for innumerable benefits, including everything listed above and more.
Red Lipstick // If there’s one makeup product that screams French to me, it’s red lipstick. I put together a guide a few weeks ago on the best red lipsticks, but I think the key to this is not necessarily the color, but rather how you wear it. Instead of going for a full-fledged, night-on-the-town red lip, try toning it down. Pat the lipstick around the perimeter of the lips and fill the middle of your lips in more heavily. Blot excess away with a tissue for the perfect just-been-kissed look.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Moisturizing Lip Balm // All that red lipstick isn’t easy on your lips, even if French girls make it look that way. This lip balm is one of my favorite products I picked up in Paris on a whim one day. It’s so moisturizing and light on your lips. It’s made with wonderful natural ingredients and smells like honey. Toss this in your purse so your lips are never left feeling dry or cracked.
Bioderma // In a swarming sea of cult-classics as far as French skincare is concerned, Bioderma stands out as the must-have of all the must-haves. Bioderma is the original cleansing water, and this bad boy will get literally everything off of your face while hydrating and nourishing the skin. I brought back four bottles of it when I visited Paris earlier this year, and I am dreading the day that I will run out if it. If you pick up just one product to have in your French-girl repertoire, make it this one. I usually dab this on a cotton pad and place it on my eyes to soak off the day’s makeup.
Tocca ‘Brigitte’ Perfume // Every French girl is known for her own signature scent. Pick something out of your collection that embodies easy confidence and sophistication – something that you feel comfortable wearing. I love Tocca’s Brigitte because it was inspired by Brigitte Bardot; it’s light, floral, and powdery. It’s incredibly feminine, and I love to wear it on bright days. Just a dab, and you are good to go!
What are your favorite French-girl makeup and beauty products?
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