With Montreal Fashion Week in full effect and Parisian beauty Marion Cotillard about to descend on Toronto for the film fest, we’re currently having a love affair with all things French. Here are our favourite beauty tips inspired by French women from past and present.
Remember that less is more
A little liquid liner goes a long way. All we have to do is look at old photos of Brigitte Bardot to see that in full effect. If you’re going to play up your eyes with liner, go easy on the rest of your face. If you feel like rocking red lips, wear a nude shadow and mascara on your eyes instead of going full glam. Makeup isn’t about looking extraordinarily different from your natural self; it’s about giving you a little extra je ne sais quoi.
Find a signature scent
Maybe it’s Chanel No. 5 or maybe it’s just your favourite drugstore gem. No matter the scent, find a fragrance that feels like it was made just for you. Perfume has always been an important part of French women’s beauty regime. It’s a great way to leave a lasting impression on those around you.
Eat a balanced diet
North American women always seem amazed that so many French women stay trim, despite all the bread, cheese and wine they have in their diet. While the French are known for eating rich food, they tend to eat in much smaller portions than North Americans. Food in France is also served at a much slower pace – it’s not unusual for dinner to last for a few hours – so it’s easier to just stop eating when you’re full. When all else fails, follow American chef and master of French cooking Julia Child’s advice: ““…small helpings, no seconds, no snacking, and a little bit of everything.”
Be religious about skincare
Everywhere you walk in Paris you’re likely to see a skincare spa. From routine facial appointments to nightly facial cleansing routines, French women are known for taking good care of their skin. Even if you’re tempted, you should never fall asleep with your makeup on. Instead, turn your nightly skincare regime into something you look forward to doing. Splurge on those Chanel or Clarins products you always wanted to try, and never forget to leave the house in the morning without sunscreen.
Grow old gracefully
Marion Cotillard recently talked about the difference between American and French women in New York magazine. “In France … I was at my friend’s house the other day, and all those women there, they were between 50 and 70, and they were so beautiful,” the actress explained. “Sometimes in LA or even in New York, you run into a lot of products, a lot of women filled with all those products. It’s not just about plastic surgery now, it’s about injections … and all the women look kind of the same. It just shows fear, and that makes me sad.
Embrace your unique features
One of the most beautiful things about French women is their confidence. A woman comes across as more beautiful when she believes that she is gorgeous. This is obviously a hard beauty tip to adopt, but if you can learn to love the things about you that set you apart from the crowd, instead of seeing them as flaws, you’ll ultimately appear more beautiful to those around you. Remember Coco Chanel’s advice: “In order to be irreplaceacle, one must always be different.”
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