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The French Girl Beauty Guide for Effortlessly Beautiful Skin

We all know that French style is known for its chic, effortless, “just rolled out of bed” fabulosity that leaves you wondering just how they have the same amount of hours in the day that we do. With that being said, it’s probably not a huge surprise that their beauty routines are the same. So…what are their secrets? This is your French girl beauty guide to their favorite beauty brands, the best skincare products, makeup ideas, and more! Ready to get that French beauté?

French Girl Beauty Guide for Effortlessly Beautiful Skin

Skincare

Before you even start thinking about going on a makeup shopping spree, you’ve got to start with beautiful, healthy skin. Since most French women often wear little makeup, preferring to instead enhance their natural beauty, this is by far the most important step to mastering French beauty. They realize that taking good care of their skin is not only good for looking your best, but for feeling your best. In this case, beauty is skin deep!


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Above all else, Parisian women value their beauty products and take their skincare routines very seriously. You won’t find any harsh cleansers or heavy scrubbing here! French women have a simple approach when it comes to skincare, preferring a no-frills routine with products that really work. The French girl learns at a young age that moisturizer is the key to great skin, so finding one that works for you is a must. You’ll also want to find a great lightweight sunscreen – sun exposure and harmful UV rays are no friend to the skin and will speed up aging and hyperpigmentation.

Favorite Skincare Products:

Bioderma Micellar Water
A top-rated product for gentle cleansing and/or removing your makeup. It provides instant freshness and captures impurities, but doesn’t strip your skin!


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
A night cream that is widely used to help with aging skin. It repairs and renews cells and helps you wake up with younger, smoother skin.

Pâte Grise Creme Purifiante
A 70-year-old classic product for those pesky zits. This product unclogs your pores, reduces visible blemishes, and lets you wake up to clearer skin!


La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm
A multipurpose heal all that you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of. This is not only a fab lip balm – it can be used on your face, body, hands, and lips to soothe your skin and help with any dryness. It’s rich, but not greasy, and can even be used on babies!


Homeoplasmine Cream
Banish dry skin and chapped lips with this cream! Not only does it moisturize, but it soothes and protects as well. A little goes a long way and you can even use it to heal a popped zit!

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
Luxe moisturizer with a huge cult celeb following…perfect for dry skin and giving you that coveted glow. It’s full of good-for-you, natural ingredients too!


Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water
This gentle spring water is perfect for a light refresher. Calm, soothe, and soften your skin, all the while providing it with antioxidant protection too!

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil
This multi-purpose oil will earn a place in your beauty cabinet. With a blend of plant oils and vitamins, it adds a healthy shine to your body and hair..all the while adding much-needed moisture!


Darphin Intral Facial Toner
This gentle toner helps with irritated skin and redness. With chamomile being an ingredient, it soothes and calms the skin!

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Once your skin is cleansed and moisturized, then you move on to makeup!

Makeup

Parisians typically view makeup as an option. It’s not something they *have* to wear every day, and when they do wear it, it’s usually very light and natural. This doesn’t mean they don’t like to have fun with makeup though! They just don’t have a 30-minute makeup routine starting with primer and finishing off with a setting spray as most Americans do. It would also be pretty rare to see a French woman contour and wear bold brows and/or fake eyelashes.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • To cover dark circles/spots you want a light foundation or concealer. Skip the contouring. Don’t forget, you’re going for natural here! Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is pricey, but a favorite product of French women. French girls use American brands too though! For a budget-friendly option, Sabina Socol recommends Glossier’s stretch concealer.
  • If you’re going to do eye makeup, go for natural shades- like soft rose or brown for daytime.
  • Do brows….but in a natural way! Try for a clear gel or a tinted gel instead of the whole brow contouring thing. Go for filled in yet hardly there.
  • You can’t forget blush! Cream blushes are especially great, melting into the skin to give you a natural look. Buff a tiny bit on the nose and chin too for a sun-kissed flush of colour across the skin. This is a great way to fake a holiday!
  • Even if you barely apply it, mascara makes a world of difference! It makes your eyes pop and will go a long way in creating that look of effortless beauty.
  • The “no makeup” look is a real thing and is a key part of the French girl beauty look. Sometimes they’ll opt for completely bare skin, but they usually do a light base of makeup to look put together…effortlessly!
  • At night and for special occasions, have more fun with your makeup and try out a smoky eye or consider doing a bold lip color, but a bare face. Red lips are a secret weapon…and an accessory! Mac’s Ruby Woo is considered by many to be the perfect shade of red lipstick.

And last but not least, never forget about your signature fragrance. Nothing trendy…just classic!

Iconic French Perfumes

Chanel No. 5
Chloe Eau de Parfum
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
Guerlain Shalimar

Favorite French Girl Brands:

Bioderma
Caudalie
L’Occitane
La Roche-Posay
Klorane
Avène
Chanel
Guerlain
Dior
Nuxe
Payot Paris

To learn even more about French style, check out the ultimate guide to French fashion! Au revoir!

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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.