We’re talking about that je ne sais quoi.
It’s the 14th of July and you know what that means: it’s Bastille Day. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the French holiday, let us enlighten you – the day celebrates the storming of Bastille (a military fortress and prison) in 1789 in a violent uprising that saw the start of the French Revolution. In other words, it’s a pretty big deal.
While we would love to be celebrating with baguettes and cheese under the Eiffel Tower, this year looks a little different. So, to celebrate (the Gritty Pretty way) we have pulled together a list of the six beauty rules every French woman lives by. Whether you’re obsessed with fashion designer Jeanne Damas, journalist and cool-girl Sabina Socol or makeup artist Violette, one thing is certain: if you want to nail French girl beauty, this is how to do it.
One tell tale sign of a true Parisienne? They are perfectly imperfect. Whether it’s crazy curly hair, cute freckles or sultry dark circles, French women thrive when playing up what they have, rather than hiding it. Take the time to familiarise yourself with your face and experiment with what makes you feel best. If you feel good, you will look good.
How many YouTube videos have you watched of gorgeous French women who claim they don’t use foundation? Easy for you to say, we think as we stare at their perfect skin. But the reason their skin is so perfect is because they prioritise taking care of it, rather than ‘fixing’ it with makeup. So next time you think about rubbing a makeup wipe all over your face and calling it a day, ask yourself, what would Violette do?
The key to unlocking that effortless French girl vibe is to stop making everything look perfect (yes, that means you, $50 blow dry). Parisiennes never want to look too ‘done’, or like they care, they are just striving for youthful, fresh skin and better than sex hair. So, don’t be afraid to add a texture spray and go nuts, or blur the edges of your red lip – the more you look like it’s taken you five minutes to get ready, the better.
We mean everything. From spraying your favourite fragrance to adding colour to your makeup look and eating that croissant, French women are the model of moderation. The key to the mystery is you never know what to expect. They’ll walk everywhere to eat a baguette for lunch or only put on moisturiser to amp it up with their perfect shade of red lipstick. It’s the ultimate game of give and take.
As you’ve probably already gathered, French women like to embrace their quirks. So, finding your signature makeup look, hair style and fragrance is key to creating a timeless and effortless persona à la the French. It may seem easier said than done, but once you find that look or that fragrance, you will understand.
In true Parisienne style, the fun of beauty is that you can do whatever you want. French women are rebellious and don’t play by the rules. You’ll get used to their signature look, only for them to walk into a party with a glittery eye or ditch their go-to fragrance for their boyfriends cologne. It’s just about being you: timeless, trend-less and effortless.
What is your favourite beauty trick that you’ve learnt from the French? Leave it in the comments below.