Happy Bastille Day! We've Got All the Best French Beauty Secrets Right Here
We aspire to effortless French beauty all year long, but there's no day like today's national holiday to pay homage to the country's best-kept secrets. From je ne sais quoi hair to a Parisian model's must-know skincare routine, your ultimate roadmap to French girl beauty is below. Vive la France!
Secret #1: Toss out your blow-dryer.
Getting French girl hair is really about what not to do. See six other mane habits to swear off here.
Secret #2: On that note, show your strands some TLC.
French women know that laziness and healthy hair are not mutually exclusive. The trick is to find the perfect leave-in treatment and go about your day, embracing that residue and lived-in texture. (Christophe Robin's Huile Lavande, $58, is trés bien.)
Secret #3: Consider washing your face with just water.
Countless Parisians have advised us to ditch cleanser first thing in the morning in favour of micellar solution or just plain water, model Louise Fallain included. Check out the rest of her covetable beauty routine.
Secret #4: Be a makeup minimalist.
Choose one feature and make that the focus, whether that's a red lip or kohl-lined eyes. See nine other French beauty commandments here.
Secret #5: Put fragrance everywhere.
French women know the power of an alluring scent. Spritz the clothes in your closet, and take a tip from Caudalie co-founder Mathilde Thomas: "Spray a cotton handkerchief with your favourite fragrance and keep it in your handbag," she tells Allure. "Everything will smell divine each time you open your bag."
Secret #6: Don't rule out drugstore beauty products.
France does drugstore beauty better than anyone else. And fortunately, you don't need a plane ticket to Paris to get your haul. Peep 15 cult-loved French drugstore products you can find online.
Secret #7: There's one MAJOR difference between French and American beauty.
Through her work with Caudalie, Mathilde Thomas has spent tons of time in her homeland and the States, learning about the beauty habits of women in both countries. Here's what she's learned.
What's your favourite French beauty product? Call it out in the comments below!