What is it about French girls that we love? Our resident French girl in the office Anaelle is always stylish, cool, and thinks Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s definitely up there on my list, a place of culture, fashion and an attitude of relaxed cool most of us only dream of.
We’re also quite inspired by their beauty routine, I watch Anaelle make herself up for after work drinks with just a swipe of red lipstick and a dusting of powder and I wish I could be more French. Less is more, quality over quantity, so check out these beautiful French products and you’ll perfect the polished yet cool look we all dream of.
1. Start with a three-step system
La Roche Posay Effaclar System available here.
La Roche Posay’s Effaclar System is one of the best to give your skin a complete overhaul. Step 1 is the medicated gel cleanser which works to stop breakouts and oily areas, step 2 is the clarifying solution that targets clogged pores and step 3 is an acne treatment for problem skin.
If you struggle with breakouts, this is a lifesaver, your skin will be improved starting from day one. It promises to reduce acne by 60% in just ten days, clear pores and give you smooth, matte skin. We can’t get over how affordable this is! Buy it here.
2. Renew your skin’s natural glow
Sisley Paris Radiant Glow Express Mask available here.
French girls don’t go heavy with the cover up, which means you need your natural skin to shine through. If your skin is looking a little dull, Sisley has the answer. This face mask contains Red Clay, Carrot, and Rosehip extracts.
It will cleanse and lift impurities that your standard cleanser might have forgotten while renewing your complexion and giving you a soft glow. This mask leaves your skin feeling super soft and clean and is really gentle! We love it. Buy it here.
3. Once a week oil it up
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse available here.
This oil is seriously a must-have. Most women have tried it and swear by it, though if you’re shy of using oils you might not have considered the incredible effect they have on your skin. This one is specially formulated with a velvety texture, you won’t experience that weighed-down greasy feeling when you use it, and you’ll notice your skin improving every time you use it.
I recommend using it after cleansing when you first wake up, allowing time for the oil to sink into your skin before you start applying makeup. It protects against free radicals, reduces lines and stretch marks and has anti-ageing properties, your skin needs this! Buy it here.
4. Use a lightweight foundation
Chanel Les Beiges available here.
When going for coverage, you need something smooth and radiant that lets your skin breathe and your natural complexion shine through. The best foundation to compliment that French girl red lip is Chanel Les Beiges. It has broad-spectrum sun protection and defends against environmental aggressors so you can wear this no matter where you are.
It gives you a glowy, dewy complexion and makes you look naturally flawless and super healthy! Buy it here.
5. Use a concealer that diffuses light
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Concealer available here.
The magic wand is back! Touche Éclat instantly brightens your darkest areas, conceals spots and gives you a healthy natural glow. It’s never cakey, so it’s the perfect companion to your French girl beauty regime, and should be used for those little spots or dark circles that just won’t go away.
Get the limited edition version now and bring some stars to your makeup bag. Touche Éclat is one of the most awarded beauty products and a secret weapon of the world’s best makeup artists! Buy it here.
6. Seal it all with a powder
Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder available here.
The ultimate French girl beauty product is loose powder. This one will absorb any excess product you’ve used and give you that matte complexion that complements a striking red lip and a little coat of mascara before you rush out the door. Remember that French girls don’t go for full coverage, so they’re less likely to be found baking, strobing, or contouring.
This blurring powder is your new holy grail product. It’ll make your skin look flawless, keep your skin supple and stays fresh for 8 hours! Buy it here.
7. Be iconic
LANCÔME ‘L’Absolu Rouge’ Hydrating Shaping Lip Color available here.
That perfect French girl look is not complete without a swipe of the perfect red lipstick. This one is hydrating and comfortable, with a seriously high color payoff. Each shade is perfect, although we love the orange-red of ‘Impatiente’. Crucially, it won’t transfer easily and doesn’t dry your lips out. It also has antioxidants and protects your lips from environmental aggressors! You just found your perfect red! Buy it here.
8. Highlight the natural way
French Girl Organics Lumiére Body Oil Duo available here.
Because French girls like to look understated, even your highlight and bronzer should be effortless. French Girl Organics has two incredible oils that will add a touch of color to your look. One adds a pearlescent glow when patted onto cheekbones, cupids bows and under brows, while the other can add a sun-kissed glow to your cheeks and nose. They’re soft, subtle, easily absorbed, and smell incredible. An offering of French Girl’s bestselling Lumière body oils in one luxurious set, sure to please any beauty enthusiast.
The best thing about these oils is that they make your skin look really translucent and healthy. You can use them as body oils, too. So the shimmer doesn’t have to stop at your neck! Buy them here.
9. Finish off your look with a water spray
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray available here.
The final thing you need to do is nourish your skin and set your makeup. This thermal spring water spray relieves sun and razor burn and nourishes skin undergoing acne treatment. It’s a light mist that cools your skin, adds a dewy hydrated look to your skin and helps set your makeup in place. Keep it in your handbag and top it up throughout the day to refresh your look! Buy it here.
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