The secret to looking effortlessly chic like the French is to “never look as if you’re trying too hard,” writes Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas in her book The French Beauty Solution. It’s all about looking gorgeous and natural and relaxed at the same time. Here’s how:
#1 Use minimal makeup
When it comes to beauty, the French are not about a full face. Instead, they use minimal makeup to bring out their best features. Think concealer on spots and highlighting instead of contouring. Tip: Choose one feature to emphasise. For example, if you’re focusing on your eyes, keep your lips bare.
#2 Give your hair texture
French women work the lived-in hair look so well. For natural wavy movement, let your hair dry naturally. Make sure hair is kept healthy and shiny so even if you wear it messy, it won’t look damaged or dry.
#3 Wear a red lip
This is the quintessential Parisian girl accessory. It instantly glams up any outfit and works well with anything – even jeans. The French way to pulling off a crimson pout: Wear it with clean skin, no other makeup, and ‘I-woke-up-like-this’ hair.
Photo: Audrey Tautou in Coco Before Chanel/Sony Pictures Classics