France has been setting beauty trends for decades now. Unlike American beauty trends, which tend to be very bold, French chic has more subtle qualities to it. Here are four ways to bring out the inner European within you.
One of Coco Chanel’s signature trademarks was red lipstick. And if it’s good enough for Coco, it’s good enough for us. Red lipstick can work for an office setting, date night, or an outing with your friends. It is a great way to keep it classy while still standing out. In fact, studies show that men tend to linger for longer on the faces of women who wear red lipstick. So if you’re out hunting for a possible BF, you might as well do it with red lips.
Let a professional deal with your hair
We’ve all tried dying our hair at home, giving ourselves a trim, or follow a seemingly-simple hair tutorial on YouTube. More often then not, those experiments go sideways and we need to figure out how to live with the consequences. But the French don’t go in the amateur DIY way. Any cut or color is only performed at the salon, and they stick to simple hairdos on a daily basis.
The best thing about logos is also the worst thing about them. The upside is that they help us recognize the brands we prefer, and let people know more about us and our choices. But that’s also the downside. When we wear a Marvel Comics shirt, we let people know we secretly wish we were best friends with Captain America. See? It’s a double-edged sword. That’s why French people don’t do it. Next time you are invited to a Parisian soiree, make sure your clothes have no logos on them. This way you can stay stylish and no one will know you got bargained to get that top for $5 at a yard sale.
Less (makeup) is more
Apart from red lipstick, the French tend to go for the ‘no-makeup-makeup’ look. So maybe your favorite YouTube makeup artist had beautiful blue graphic eyeliner you’ve been dying to try, but that won’t fly in Europe. If you’re giving the French look a shot, try some mascara, a tiny bit of blush, and eyeshadows that are close to your natural complexion. It won’t mask your natural beauty and your pores will thank you.