8 Secret Beauty Tips Stolen From The French
There are so many things to love about French culture: the wine, the cheese, the bread, the romance... did we mention the bread? The French know how to live decadently and beautifully, and they've been mastering that lifestyle for centuries. Here are eight beauty tips that the French have perfected that will take you from drab to parfait.
Stick To A Simple Skin-Care Routine
According to the French, you're probably using more products than necessary. They limit their routine to a good cleanser and a faithful moisturizer. If you have any money to spare, purewow's Frenchy tips also recommends a serum. Don't waste money on trends and expensive skin care products; just stick to a regular routine with products that you know work.
Opt Out Of The Face Wash
Washing your face with tap water can dry out your skin, and possibly even irritate your pores. The French swear by micellar water to "wash" their faces. It's a simple, gentle way to clean your skin and remove your makeup without relying on what's on tap.It can be applied with a clean cotton ball or a small wipe.
Stop Those Split Ends
With the French, beautiful simplicity is key to a classic beauty look. Because a French look relies on the basics, you need to nail the small details to make sure that "simple" doesn't translate to "messy." Make sure that you take good care of your hair, particularly with moisturizing and split end removal. Ask your hairdresser for a trim every six to eight weeks to prevent and remove split ends. Frequent cuts also allow your hair to maintain the chic, clean shape of a new cut.
All Natural Air Dry
Put the hair dryer down and stop baking your hair. The French choose a look that's more naturale, with a beautiful tousled texture. Instead of blow drying your hair, air dry with some leave-in conditioner or a hydrating oil. If you have curly hair and air drying is part of your regular routine, you probably know if an overnight conditioning will leave you with perfect curls or a frumpled mess--trust your own judgment. But if you have naturally wavy or straight hair, try an overnight dry. It'll be less damaging and create that effortlessly fashionable French look.
It can be tricky to use the perfect amount of perfume. You have to balance longevity without being overpowering, and no one wants to be that lady on the bus with the obnoxious perfume. The French, according to purewow, say that the trick is to mix up where you're spraying your signature sent. Don't just spray your neck and wrists every day. Instead, sometimes add a small spritz of perfume to your hair, the lining of your coat, or even your purse!
ALWAYS Keep Red Lipstick On Hand
Red lipstick is the ultimate accessory for every French woman. As long as it doesn't clash with your outfit, a red lip can embolden your look and dress up any casual wear. Keeping a tube of crimson lipstick in your purse will let you dress up an informal look in an emergency, giving you a sophisticated and powerful final outfit. Just make sure to find the right red for your skin-tone to let your makeup glow!
Less Can Be More With Makeup
Aside from the red lip, the French are famous for their natural, dewy makeup looks. Their advice? Choose one or two focal points for your face, and minimize the rest of your makeup look . If you're worried about your complexion's blotchiness, use some tinted moisturizer instead of a heavy powder or foundation. Rock a strong brow with a subtle eye shadow. Simple daytime makeup ensure that when it's a special occasion, a dramatic smoky eye or bold lip color will especially pop.
Enjoy Your Beauty Routine!
In the U.S., we tend to stress about our makeup routines and beauty tricks. Instead, try the French approach to beauty and let yourself relax and enjoy the process. If you have the time, try to pamper yourself once in awhile instead of slapping on your makeup before racing out the door. Treat your beauty regime like a spa day or your makeup routine like a soothing piece of art to relieve some of the stress from your day.
What do you think of these secret tips? Any that you find merveilleux (marvelous) and want to try? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to share this list with any Francophiles!