How to do French-girl beauty like an icon

There are few things more captivating than a confident French girl. The Parisians exude a certain je ne sais quoi that the rest of the world have been trying to emulate for decades. All over-grown eyebrows and barefaced chic, there’s no denying French girls have got sexy and subtle down to a fine art.

BEAUTICATE LOVES...EMMANUELLE ALT by Maciek Kobielski.

BEAUTICATE LOVES...EMMANUELLE ALT by Maciek Kobielski.

In a bid to pay homage to the French beauty icons that rewrote the beauty bible, we’ve got myriad ways to go Gallic. Take to your lids with a fiercely feline and fabulously French flick ala Brigitte Bardot, rustle up some perfectly tousled bed hair or go barefaced in public. We dare you.

 

1. Bed hair

Muse: Brigitte Bardot

Muse: Brigitte Bardot

Bardot holds the throne as reigning queen of bed hair. If you’re going to go full blast on volume, try a blow dry brush and be sure to dry your hair in sections. Prep hair for styling with a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for bigger, bouncier styles like Christophe Robin Delicate Volumising Shampoo with Rose Extracts.

 

2. Winged Eyes

Muse: Francoise Hardy

Muse: Francoise Hardy

Everybody loves a feline eye, however ensuring your wings won’t budge can be tricky business. If you’re going to opt for a minimal make-up approach like Parisienne crooner Francoise Hardy, make sure you apply an eye shadow primer like By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer. Voila! Your eyelids are a no-crease zone.

 

3. Bohemian Chic

Muse: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Muse: Charlotte Gainsbourg

As the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and the achingly cool ex-pat Jane Birkin, we expect nothing less from the indie Actress. Achieve a gorgeously undone hairstyle by going skint on the lather and rinse. Aim to wash your hair only once a week, spritzing generously with Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk in between washes.

 

4. The ‘I got it in St Tropez’ glow

Muse: Emmanuelle Alt

Muse: Emmanuelle Alt

Under the harsh Australasian sun, we’re all too familiar with how dangerous summer’s UV rays can be. To channel an enviably natural glow without the detrimental side effects, turn to the crème de la crème of BB cream like La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream to wear over your SPF. A sheer, lightweight base will be your greatest asset come summer time.

La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream

La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream

 

5. The skin du jour

Fresh-faced and utterly bewitching, Marion Cotillard rarely puts a toe out of line. If bathing in the fountain of youth feels like a bit of a stretch, consider micellar water instead. Opt for a French pharmacie, no-rinse option like Avene Micellar Lotion. If it’s good enough for the French girls…

 

6. The Game-changer

Muse: Coco Chanel

Muse: Coco Chanel

You’ve got to hand it to Mademoiselle Chanel, she certainly knew how to simplify her style. With the plethora of beauty products available, try not to let it all get on top of you, start by nailing the cult buys and the classics. A perfect base, a versatile mascara, signature red lip and universally flattering nail lacquer like Chanel Le Vernis in 505 Particuliere should get you on the right track.

Chanel Le Vernis in 505 Particuliere

Chanel Le Vernis in 505 Particuliere

 

Story by Ashley Ropati