The French are by no means perfect. But they do seem to have everything together. While we’re all about looking our best, they don’t even have to try. Or at least they don’t look like they do (thus the name “effortlessly chic”). Their joie de vivre approach to life is something we often admire. Aside from sticking to classics and choosing quality over quantity, the French girl look is all about embracing what they have, subtly enhancing it, and wearing it with confidence.
Here, we decoded the 5 key things to channeling your inner Parisienne.
1. Keep your makeup light.
No other girls do the no-makeup makeup look better than the French. The reason they look so effortless is well, their makeup routines don’t require much effort. French girls focus more on skincare so they can pull off a bare-faced look. But that doesn’t mean they don’t put a single stroke of makeup on. It takes tinted moisturizers, some concealing, a bit of blush, mascara, and a swipe of nude lipstick to achieve that effortless glow.
Creamy Matte Brown Nudes in Nude Nuance, Php299, Maybelline
2. Get your hair contoured.
Yes, you read that right. Just like face contouring, it’s a hair coloring technique that accentuates the face by playing with highlights and shadows. It has become one of the biggest trends this year but apparently, the French women have been doing it for ages! If you’re not into the whole Kardashian look, this trick is a lot more natural-looking. But unlike its makeup counterpart, it’s best leave it to the professionals.
Go to your local hair salon and ask for the new Majirel French Browns. With 10 shades of French-inspired hues including copper and chestnut, a new hair color is one way to achieve stylish tresses.
3. Your jeans should be the perfect fit.
Trends come and go but the French will always find comfort in owning a pair of a classic straight-leg jean; taking note of what flatters her body best.
505 C Jeans, Levi’s
4. Find your power piece.
Less is always more when it comes to their outfits. But finding that one piece to give their streamlined look an update is always a must. Whether it’s a well-fitted jacket, a pair of big designer sunglasses, or even a red lip, there’s always that certain something that draws attention to their style and gives their confidence a boost.
5. Have a signature scent.
French women don’t just wear they fragrance, they live in it. And once they find the perfect scent, they never let it go. Always have one in your bag, but remember: subtlety is key.
Black Opium Eau de Parfum, Php3500, Yves Saint Laurent