Insoucience 7 Secrets To French Girl Beauty

You just can’t beat French-girl chic!

Clemence Poesy Paris

Clemence Poesy in Paris for Vogue magazine

Not only do French girls look effortlessly fabulous but they never look overdone. You don’t see French girls walking around in full Instagram makeup, or Kardashian makeup the way you do in the states – they would find that incredibly gauche. Instead they look casually gorgeous. Nothing too perfect, they don’t look like they are trying too hard.
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Don’t bother with concealer. A little reality under the eyes is refreshing.
No heavy foundation. French girls like to see and feel skin instead of thick, caked on foundation. Find a light formula like Makeup Forever’s Water Blend Face and Body Foundation or a BB cream to subtly even out your skin.

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Audrey Tatou

Audrey Tatou, french beauty

Subtle Brows. I have yet to see a single set of Instagram eyebrows on a French girl! Use a good pencil like Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift
and gently create a soft brow. Another alternative is to use a colored brow gel.
Work your lashes. Lashes are enhanced but not caked on. Get a great mascara like Clarins Supra Volume Mascara from, and build out a good thick fringe of lashes.
Add a little liner and you are good to go.

Marion Cotillard french beauty

French beauty Marion Cotillard

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A red lip. Maybe it’s a little clichéd but why not rock a bold red lip? I probably see more French girls sporting soft, glistening yet barely there glosses than big red lips, but why not own the town in Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina’s Love?

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Iconic Brigitte Bardot

A striped T. I’ve never met a stripe I didn’t love. Your inner French girl is craving the ultimate Parisienne-chic striped tee, and you can find it at where the t-shirts are fashionably cut, the fabrics are beautiful, the stripes are perfect, and the look is quintessentially french!

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Throw and Go Hair.

Clemence Poesy hair

Clemence Poesy for Vogue, makeup by Lisa Eldridge

French girls look so perfect by not being perfect! Hair that is slightly mussed, that looks a little thrown together is perfectly Parisienne. The cut is always perfection, the color is subtle but gorgeous – no platinum blondes or trashy Barbie blondes.
Think Clemence Poesy instead of Pamela Anderson.

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Five French Girl Beauty Tips

Every time I’m in Paris I get so wowed by French Girl Beauty. Parisienne girls are so delectably chic, yet it never looks contrived, it always seems so effortless.

Clemence Poesy

I’ve never, ever run into Parisienne girls sporting the makeup overload that you see here. (which doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, I’ve just never seen it).

street cred, Paris

Opaque, overthick foundation, Instagram styled contour, or clowning, or baking or whatever the idiocy du jour, just doesn’t show up on the streets of Paris. (Apart from on the faces of the IG/YT enthusiasts visiting town.)

street style Paris

My Parisienne friend Emmanuelle told me that her hometown squad think Kardashian styled makeup is like a horror movie.
It’s too big, too much, hides the girl and makes her look lacking in self confidence.

 I asked her for a list of beauty products that the average chic Parisienne girl uses to pull off that effortless, gorgeous, killer cool, French girl beauty.

Marion Cotillard

She told me that to a French girl looking too perfect feels too fake, but that they wholeheartedly believe in great skin. “Beautiful skin is everything,”

Tip One: With that in mind French girls take care of their skin, making sure it never looks stripped or dried out by always using a facial oil.

Personally I like dry finish oils so that my skin doesn’t look liquefied or slimey. My favorites are Tatcha Camellia Oil which is a super luxe skin care product from Japan, and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, which is France’s leading beauty oil. I am obsessed with the gold version of this incredible oil, which not only hydrates but also illuminates the skin.

Both of these have a dry finish, so makeup not only glides on after you apply it, but it also holds all day.

Audrey Tatou

Tip Two: Next, rather than a thick or heavy foundation, French girls prefer to give the illusion of perfect, bare skin by using a sheer and lightweight product like a BB or CC cream.

I use BB’s over CC’s, mostly because I haven’t found a CC that I’m crazy about.

For a lighter cover try Ren BB Cream, if you want a little more coverage try MAC BB Cream.


Tip Three: French girls don’t get crazy with concealer, many preferring to use none at all because a little shade under the eye makes you look real. (I’m looking a little too real these days. This is one step I can’t get too French beauty with!)

Tip Four: Mascara is never thick or clumpy. A chic Parisienne prefers a defined and slightly elongated fringe of lashes. Try a mascara like Lancôme Definicils.

Marion Cotillard

Tip Five: The perfect way to pull the entire effortless chic look together? A red lip. Rather than a gooey, glossy red lip look for a soft, hydrating matte red lip. 
My personal favorites are Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Red Carpet Red, which is a true red. MAC Ruby Woo, which is a blue based red, and for my golden skinned girls MAC Lady Danger, which has an orange base.

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Golden Globes 2013 Best Dressed

Not a stand out year on the red carpet,

 three big trends in color

at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

were black, red and blush.

The reds were vibrant, alive reds

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. (image AP)

Claire Danes in Versace
Marion Cotillard in Raf Simons Dior

The impeccable Marion Cotillard gave Raf Simons

a shout out on the red carpet.

I normally think black is a very uninspired choice for

red carpet events, but this year there were

some really stunning black dresses.

And I can never get enough McQueen.


Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen


Julieanne Moore in Tom Ford

I loved Julieanne Moore talking 

about how she emailed Tom Ford 

and asked him to make her a dress

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Not only was Kate Hudson’s Alexander McQueen dress

completely sensational, it was probably the warmest

dress of the evening, with it’s sleek long sleeves.

Swifty stood out in aubergine Donna Karan Atelier.

Her hair and makeup were also stunning.

Taylor Swift in Donna Karan Atelier

Megan Fox in Dolce and Gabbana

Anne Hathaway in Chanel

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta
Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera

 Boldly stepping away from the pack,

in a dress that seems to be either loved or hated,

Lucy Liu wore a spectacular floral Carolina Herrera.

I’m not sure that I have ever seen floral on the red carpet before

but the shape, color and drama of this dress

made it stand out from the crowd.

I thought it was fantastic.

And I always admire anyone who

makes a fashion move as fierce as this.