From the perfect rumpled bed-head to the ubiquitous red lip, those French babes sure have the beauty game nailed. And while they’re famed for their laidback approach to life – munching on croissants, sipping Champagne and spurning the gym – their dedicated approach to skincare is anything but.
To help you nail that French-girl glow, here are six beauty secrets to steal from our most stylish sisters.
#1 – Less is more
If there’s one thing French women are not, it’s overdone. French femmes tend to have a light-on approach to makeup, switching between a smokey eye and a ruby lip, paired with a radiant complexion. Fleeting trends aren’t for them – they stick to a classic look and it suits them to perfection. And at the end up the day? They never forget to wipe it all away with a soothing micellar water.
French women prefer a dewy, ‘no-makeup’ look that calls for healthy, happy skin. To achieve this, they stick to a near-religious skincare regimen, learning the ropes from their mothers and grandmothers at a young age. They tend to be loyal to trusted products and brands and keep things simple rather than overloading the skin. They also know the importance of treating skin gently, and favour skincare brands like Avène that are created for sensitive skins.
#3 – Tap into spring water
The French are famous throughout beauty circles for their innovative use of the gorgeous thermal springs at their doorstep. Enriched with beneficial minerals and trace elements, Avène Thermal Spring Water is at the heart of the Avène brand. Suitable for all skin types due to its neutral pH and soothing silica content, the thermal water is formulated into every product.
The hero of the range is the cult Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray. As well as replenishing lost moisture, it quickly takes the sting and heat out of aggravated skin and atopic conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Spritz all over the face as needed, apply lightly to set makeup, or drench eye makeup pads for a calming eye mask. It’s the French girl’s triple threat.
Flick through any magazine and you’ll find some whip-thin French actress or It-girl simultaneously proclaiming her love of butter and hatred for lycra-clad exercise. The answer? These ladies burn calories and oxygenate the skin by walking. Everywhere. Which explains their penchant for chic flat shoes, and healthy, fresh-faced glow.
#5 – Ditch tress stress
To recreate the French-girl ‘do, ditch the dryer and styling tools. These beauties like things a little disheveled, so do like they do and let your hair air-dry. Better yet, sleep on it slightly damp for some sexy texture.
#6 – Love more
There’s nothing like romance and a little rumpy pumpy to put a rose in your cheek and twinkle in your eye. The French love love, and it shows in the very best way.