How to master French girl beauty

Take some tips from the women of Paris and lift your look from meh to magnifique.
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There’s just something about French women. Here in Australia, we just can’t get enough of the signature Parisienne aesthetic.

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You know the one: tousled hair, barely there makeup and perfect skin that glows with health and vitality. Yes, that.

We asked French Beauty Co beauty expert Charlotte Ravet to walk us through what “je ne sais quoi” it takes to have such effortless glam.

Find out what she said below!

Marion Cotillard is the epitome of French girl beauty. (Credit: Getty)

What is the French approach to beauty?

If I can describe the French beauty with only two words, I would say natural and sophisticated. French women like to work with their natural beauty – radiant skin, effortless hair, makeup that can’t be seen on the skin with just a touch of colour on the lips or eyes.

I like to think the key of the French style is the rule of three – hair, makeup, outfit – so focus on two and play down one.

What protocols are a must for every French beauty routine?

As French women don’t like to wear much makeup, a good skincare routine is important, with a double cleanse and good hydration with natural ingredients. French women love micellar water, and it is something we start using from a young age. Our beauty salons don’t offer as many advanced treatments at affordable pricing compared to Australia so we often do facials at home with homemade recipes or quality products that can be found through pharmacies. French women also love keeping their nails natural and short with a nice touch of colour. They prefer natural nail treatments. 

Try the products below to get the look:

Bioderma Micellar Water, $29.99, from Adore Beauty

OPI Nail Polish in Pink, $10.79, from Amazon

Caim and Able Pink Clay + Floral Exfoliating Mask, $29.95, from Hard to Find

Caroline de Maigret has perfect skin. (Credit: Instagram)

What fragrance rules do you live by?

As a good French person, I cannot leave the house without perfume! It’s a ritual, like taking my keys. French scents are more floral while Australian ones are more earthy and natural. I think fragrances are part of our identity. For a lot of people, once you find your fragrance, you keep it and are loyal.

Seek out your signature scent:

Marc Jacobs Daisy, $96, from Myer

Giorgio Armani Si EDP, $109, from Adore Beauty

We love Camille Razat’s minimalist makeup look. (Credit: Getty)

How would you describe the French approach to makeup?

I think the number one rule is no makeup should be seen on the skin. French women are more into BB and CC creams than full coverage foundations. The skin needs to breathe and look like skin. The classic red lip is always on-trend. A classic Parisian look is a natural complexion with a touch of mascara and a red lip.

Try these red lipsticks below:

Burts Bees Lipstick in Scarlet Soaked, $19.99, from Priceline

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Natural Born Leader (a muted berry red), $30, from Adore Beauty

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in Hollywood Red, $10.77, from Priceline

We’re taking French-Girl Inspo from Camille Rowe. (Credit: Instagram)

Interested in more French Beauty? Here are more of WHO’s top picks! 

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, $42.99, from Adore Beauty

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $14.99, from Chemist Warehouse

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Water Cleanser, $24.69, from Chemist Warehouse

L’Occitane Immortelle precious cream, $95, from David Jones

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Eye Cream, $67.00, from Sephora

Mavala Mini Colour Paris Red Pink Nail Polis, $8.95, from Chemist Warehouse

Christophe Robin’s Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil, $90, from Sephora

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