The French girl look has a mystique that’s captured the hearts of makeup addicts everywhere for its effortlessly chic appeal. It may seem like that certain je ne sais quoi can’t be recreated outside of the Paris city limits, but we’re here to show you otherwise. The perfect formula for French girl makeup is a flawless face, easy eyes and a classic red lip. Trust us—it’s just as simple as it sounds and will take you hardly any time at all. 

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Minimal Face Makeup

Minimal Face Makeup

Skip foundation and contouring. French girls use lighter color coverage to achieve complexions that look as natural as they are flawless. A few quick hits of primer, concealer, powder and highlighter will blur any imperfections and bring out your glow.

 

Lune Aster RealGlow PrimerYSL Touche Eclat in Shade 2 Luminous Ivory       Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

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Brows & Cheeks

Brows & Cheeks

Use these subtle touches to frame your face. Add more emphasis to your brows and dab on blush to get the perfect flush. Swipe on highlighter along the high points of your face to get a natural glow.

 

 

Bobbi Brown Waterproof Natural Brow ShaperNARS Blush in Orgasm       Smith & Cult Illumify Shimmering Highlight

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Simple, Defined Eyes

Simple, Defined Eyes

To do French girl makeup, you're going to maximize one single facial feature (Hello, red lips! More on that shortly...) That means we're keeping your eyes simple. Dewy lids plus sleek swipes of eyeliner and mascara is all it takes.

 

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in BlackChantecaille Longest Lash Faux Cils Mascara       Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Dew

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Red Lips

Red Lips

There’s nothing more French than a classic red lip. For the focal point of your look, go bold with a lustrous red lipstick or tone it down with a sheer finish.

 

 

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in LoverNARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana       RMS Lip2Cheek in Beloved

 

Want more French girl beauty tips?

Take a look at our favorite French pharmacy beauty and find out how to match your skin tone to the perfect shade of red lipstick.