French people are known for many things: glamour, good food, and honestly... looking simply stunning without even trying. They’re also known for Bastille Day, a holiday on July 14th each year that celebrates French unity and culture. These festivities have made their way from France into other parts of the world, and it’s now encouraged for all to celebrate Bastille Day even if you don’t have French heritage. How, you may ask? You could always honor France by eating croissants and watching all your favorite rom-coms set in Paris, but we want to celebrate these fine people with a beautiful tribute to French girl makeup.
If you’ve ever met a French girl, you know that she’s just effortlessly chic. While most of us seem to need about fifty makeup products to achieve the “natural” look, the French are blessed with luminous skin and take a more minimalist approach to beauty. No contouring or fancy LED face masks, just the classics… and they’re actually super easy to pull off. Read on for our favorite French girl-approved beauty products to check out on Mira.
One glance at the Beauty Elixir by Caudalie, and you know that this facial mist is fit for a queen. Perhaps it’s the elegant packaging, or more likely the fact that this cult beauty product is beloved by celebrities, makeup artists, and beauty enthusiasts around the world. Inspired by an “elixir of youth” made for Queen Isabelle of Hungary in the 16th century, this facial mist is infused with nourishing ingredients like grape seed extract, orange blossom, rose, myrrh and organic balm mint. One or two spritzes will give your skin a refreshing pick-me-up and boost of radiance, in addition to smoothing fine lines while tightening pores. Or just use it to set makeup and lock in your look all day. Basically, you’ve found the fountain of youth in a bottle, and if Beauty Elixir is good enough for Margot Robbie and Blake Lively (they both love it!), then it’s definitely good enough for you.
Listen, we’re firm believers that anybody can own red lipstick with the right shade and amount of confidence. But the French girls seem to pull it off in an unreal way. They look bold yet subtle, pretty and prime, confident but not in an arrogant way. What is their secret? As it turns out, balance. When French girls wear red lipstick, they tend to keep the rest of their complexion very natural or bare. This creates a balance between glam and everyday makeup, and lets their lips do the talking without eyeshadow or contour stealing the spotlight. If you want to recreate this iconic French look, we’re not saying you can’t wear anything else on your face… but keep it simple. Stick to the everyday makeup essentials like concealer, tinted moisturizer, brow gel, and mascara, and complete your French girl-inspired look with a swipe of the Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo by MAC.
Pay tribute on Bastille Day with one of the most legendary French beauty brands of all time. Lips are a major feature when it comes to French makeup, and you want to keep them healthy and hydrated in between your red lipstick moments. Just like you exfoliate your skin during your nightly skincare routine, you should do the same for your lips. Lip Sugar Scrub by Dior is a gentle, exfoliating lip balm that removes dead skin and moisturizes your lips, leaving a naturally rosy tint. But the real French girl makeup magic begins when you start applying lipstick again, as your newly soft and hydrated lips will allow for maximum color impact.
American and French makeup styles are worlds apart, literally. But a few things stay the same for any beauty lover, and one of them is a passion for mascara. It’s the go-to product no matter what type of effect you’re going for, and the French girls love it as much as the rest of us do when creating their natural, everyday makeup looks for school or work. Since their beauty routines are very simple, a few coats of mascara adds just the right amount of drama while still playing into the French girl’s minimalist makeup style. In fact, many French girls and MUA’s claim that mascara and red lipstick are the top products that they have in their beauty bag at all times… take notes!
When doing your makeup like a French girl, you can put away your contour and highlighter powders. They’re all about keeping it natural and enhancing the features they have, rather than sculpting and creating new ones with techniques like contouring. However, the French girls do love a good blush to accentuate their lit-from-within, enviable skin. Preferably a cream blush, as it blends more easily and looks natural on the apples of your cheeks. Use the Cream Blush by Kjaer Weis to apply just a bit of product on your skin for a healthy, French-inspired glow.
It’s no secret that fresh-faced French girls love their mascara, and they’re all about caring for and enhancing their natural features - lashes included. Mascara can be hard on your lashes… so keeping them healthy is of the utmost importance to these beauties. That means not using waterproof mascara too often, as the waxy texture can dry out your natural lashes, and using a conditioner or lash mask to keep them healthy. The Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer by lashfood is a nourishing mask for your lashes, with nano-peptide complex to promote lash vitality, microfibers to stretch and extend length, and collagen to boost volume. Collagen is the natural substance your body uses to hold tissues together and prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, and other complexion issues… so you know this beauty product will give you major French girl lashes.
You can still do a smokey eye when adapting the “barely there” French makeup look. However, it needs to be done a little less strategically than you normally would. For example, we’re not talking about the purple smokey eye with falsies that you created for a YouTube tutorial recently, but a very messy, smoked out look that’s generally only done with one product. You don’t even need makeup brushes! Just apply eyeliner using a pencil with a creamy texture, like the Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner by Estée Lauder, and smudge it with your finger to get a strategically messy liner look that’s part French girl, part rock star. And we’d recommend leaving your lips and face mostly bare, as French makeup typically only focuses on one feature.
If you’ve gotten this far down the list, you’ve probably come to the realization that French girl makeup is pretty minimal. Most don’t have more than 3-4 products on their face at any given time, and they’re even more consistent about cleansing their faces every single night to maintain their naturally glowing complexions. A French girl would never skip her skincare routine or fall asleep in her makeup, and neither should you. Micellar cleansing water is a must-have in France, as the hard water in the country can rough on sensitive skin. But micellar cleansing water is safe to use on all skin types, and contains small particles called micelles to reach deep into the skin and remove trapped makeup, dirt, oil, and other impurities. Using it every night is certain to keep your skin glowing, and you can follow it up with your favorite moisturizer for the true French girl skincare experience
No skincare routine is complete without the right moisturizer, and French girls have high standards when it comes to which beauty products can maintain their natural radiance. They only put the best on their skin, and now you will too with the Lait Creme Concentrate by embryolisse. Another cult product used by millions of celebrities and beautiful French women, this 3-in-1 moisturizer is enriched with like shea butter, beeswax, aloe vera, soy proteins and more to hydrate your skin and give you the glow you desire. Wear it under foundation, or alone to show off your luminous skin like the French girls do.
Simple, yet powerful. It sums up the French girl’s makeup routine, along with the popular Advanced Night Repair by Estée Lauder. This serum has been scientifically proven to reduce fine lines and signs of ageing, restore hydration, and give skin a youthful, radiant glow, everything you need to achieve full French girl status. Even if you weren’t born French, you can still get a boost of confidence and illuminating skin with this practically perfect skincare product.
See how these French beauty lover approved products will work for your skin tone and type all on Mira.