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How to Master the Art of French Girl Makeup: Beyond Red Lips and Winged Liner

The French are renowned for their effortless beauty and natural, “je ne sais quoi” style. They just know how to look fabulous and glamorous without ever trying too hard. But who says that you can’t achieve the same look, no matter where you may live? We took a close look at some of the best-known French beauties and created some bullet points. These are the most important elements of any French girl makeup look.

Simplicity is key

When it comes to French girl makeup, less is more. The goal is to enhance your natural features, not cover them up. That’s why most of the makeup products that you want to pick are lightweight, creamy, and low-coverage products. When it comes to your base, opt for something like a skin tint, bb cream, tinted moisturizer, or even a tinted sunscreen. Skip the heavy full coverage foundation, and let your skin breathe. Use a small amount of cream blush and bronzer to add some dimension to your face, but skip the heavy contouring.


As we have already explained, this look is all about keeping things natural. And what better way to do that than by sticking to neutral tones such as earthy browns, taupes, and beiges for your eye shadow? The goal is to look like you didn’t try too hard. Forget about cut creases and heavy cat eyes. Just be sure you have a light hand when applying and use a fluffy blending brush. Use a medium brown shade in your crease to add some dimension, and a light shade on the center of your eyelid to add some brightness to your look.

Focus on your brows

All French women have well-groomed brows. But to be true to their aesthetic, you also have to make sure that your eyebrows look natural and not over the top. To keep them full but natural-looking, you can use a brow powder that is one shade lighter than your natural brow color. Use a super thin eyebrow pencil to create hair-like strokes and fill any sparse spaces where the brow powder may be a bit too visible. Last but not least, use a clear brow gel to brush your eyebrow hairs upwards.

Tinted lip balm

While red lips are certainly a classic French look, the French girl makeup style is all about keeping things effortless and natural. Opt for a sheer, moisturizing lip balm or tinted lip oil to add a touch of color to your lips without looking too done up. Stick to shades that complement your natural lip color, such as soft pinks, peaches, or mauves.

Don’t forget about mascara

Long and wispy lashes are one of the main elements of every “French girl makeup look”. But let’s clear one thing up – most French women don’t bother with false lashes. They know that it just takes way too much time and damages your beautiful natural lashes. So instead of using fake lashes, invest in a good eyelash curler and lengthening mascara. If you want to give yourself more of a doe-eye appearance, apply generous layers of mascara on both your top and bottom lashes. To avoid clumpy spider lashes, use a clean mascara wand or a lash comb.


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