September 24, 2014 Diana Crisan Spotlight

Beauty Secrets to Steal From French Women

Everything seems to sound better with the word French” in front of it. French tip nails, French toast, French fries and our personal favorite, the French kiss. We can all agree, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to the style and grace of Parisian women. Whether it’s their perfect skin, hair or overall aura, these ladies always seem to get it right. What do they do to look so effortlessly flawless and feminine? MDC did some digging and discovered five tricks to Parisian perfection.

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Secret #1
They’re all about facial masks. French women aren’t interested in abrasive treatments, as they were taught by their mothers and grandmothers to opt for the more soothing and reparative masks such as Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. They’re also super-diligent, making time for treatments two to three times per week or even in their daily morning routines.

Secret #2 
They stay hydrated. Naturally glowing skin, from head-to-toe, is No.1 on a French girl’s agenda and, we’ve got to say, they have it down. These European beauties understand the importance of facial massages, quality creams and moisturizers like Lancôme Rénergie French Lift to keep skin youthful.

Secret #3
They don’t pile on the foundation. These ladies go the simple route, opting for skin health instead of coverage. But that doesn’t mean they avoid makeup altogether. Instead, French ladies use makeup to accentuate specific features like a pretty pout, rosy cheeks or long lashes!

Feelin’ Frenchy? Ditch the liquid coverage and pair YSL Beauty Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara and Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in Beige Rose for a simple-yet-stunning look. If you’d rather go for the signature French red lip, try a matte lipstick like Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in The Red.

Secret #4
Two Words: Facial Spray. French women use thermal spray water instead of tap (because of its icky chlorine and calcium content) to keep skin soft and refreshed throughout the day. We love the mineral-rich Vichy Thermal Spa Water!

Secret #5
They Go Au Naturel with Their Hair. These ladies rock bed head with such sophistication and beauty, it literally looks like they woke up that way! To get the perfectly fussy-yet-polished look, let your hair air dry instead of blasting it with a blow dryer and use a texturizing dry shampoo like, Kérastase Styling Powder Bluff in-between washes.

Any beauty secrets from French women that you’ll be adding to your routine? Let us know in the comments below!

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.