Simple, elegant, minimal, natural. That’s the French Girl look for you. The beauty/makeup trend is far from new but thanks to celebrities like Selena Gomez (who slayed it at the Cannes film festival) and Sophie Turner (on her press tour), we can’t help but feel the compelling need to give this effortless yet chic look a try. Whether you want to recreate celebrity-inspired makeup or personalize French Girl beauty your way, here’s what you’ll need.
French girls swear by flawless, healthy skin. And makeup, for them, is the means to accentuate natural beauty than ‘re-create’ their faces with cosmetic liquids and powders. Hence the need to cleanse, tone, and moisturise your skin routinely (it’s worthwhile to add micellar water to your beauty stash!) while throwing in face masks and serums for added hydration and rejuvenation. Let all the effort be channelled to bringing the ‘inner glow’ onto your face!
(Plug in: Kaya Micellar Water, ENN Cocoa Face Mask, Coccoon Serum)
Your goal is to wear makeup that looks like second skin. Primers are a good starting point, followed by BB creams, CC creams or lightweight foundations with a natural finish. Concealers to be used sparingly, when necessary. The topping? A pressed or loose powder with a matte finish.
(Plug in: L’Oreal True Match Foundation, Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale CC Cream, Palladio Setting Powder, Faces Ultime Pro Concealer)
Contour powders aren’t for the French girl, because she only wants to bring out what’s best in her features (not alter them with shadows). But highlighters and bronzers are because they capture ambient light and fake a sun-kissed glow when needed. The key is, however, to apply a very sheer layer, because you don’t want the shimmery particles to show through.
(Plug in: Sugar Contour De Force Mini Highlighter, Faces Ultime Pro Bronzer)
Groomed brows and eyelashes
It’s okay to get a little messy, but not with the eyebrows. While a brow gel does the job of taming the eyebrows, a volumising mascara is the best bet to add subtle drama and much-loved curl to the eyelashes.
(Plug in: Palladio Brow Gel, Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara Waterproof)
Just a hint of blush – something that’s not too vibrant – to add that rosy glow to the cheeks and a soft, feminine appearance to your face. Cream formulations work wonders because they look more natural and are less streaky on the skin.
(Plug in: Ruby’s Organics Creme Blush)
Red lips make the quintessential French Girl look. A non-drying, velvety-matte lip colour that packs vibrant colour and yet keeps your lips moisturised is something you can bank on for that seductive pout.
(Plug in: Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick, Lotus Matte Lip Colour, Chambor Lip Crayon)
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