To celebrate Paris Fashion Week, we are looking to discover some of the best kept French beauty secrets and just what it is that gives the nation that je ne sais quoi when it comes to skincare and makeup. Beauties such as Clémence Poésy and Léa Seydoux make appearing fantastic look easy, but just how do they do it? What is the Parisian key to beauty?
The French attitude to beauty is very paired-back and relaxed, with a focus on less really is more. It is all about keeping your skin healthy, and using that natural radiance to shine through. Across France, and especially throughout Paris, you will find French Pharmacies dotted all over, but luckily for you, we have all the same brands stocked on Lookfantastic, along with some great tips from our beauty experts.
Growing up in France I really love all of the classic pharmacy brands like Avène and La Roche-Posay - Clémence Poésy, Vogue
Top 5 Parisian Beauty Tips
1.Think Of Skincare And Not MakeupFrench women don't tend to prime their skin with makeup, they look after their base so they don't need to wear lots of product. One of their best-kept secrets is thoroughly cleansing your skin to leave it refreshed, glowing and healthy. The Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk is a French staple, and helps to remove dirt, oil and impurities from the skin before your second cleanse. For an expert guide to double cleansing, read our blog post to discover more.
2.Start Looking After Your Complexion EarlySkincare is used across all ages for women in France, and it certainly is never too young to start a good beauty routine. There is less emphasis on anti-ageing, and more on healthy skin overall, meaning that you should start a full routine young. One of the first places most women often forget to take care of is their eyes. The NUXE Crème Prodigieuse Contour Des Yeux helps to combat fatigue and puffiness to leave you with wide-awake and refreshed eyes.
3.Everything In ModerationCheese, pastries and bread are all well and good, but they're always balanced out with healthy fruit and vegetables too. What you put into your skin is just as important as what you put on it, so always make sure to eat a well balanced diet to achieve a glowing complexion. The Caudalie Organic Herbal Tea helps to rid your body of excess water and leave you feeling refreshed and energised.
4.Keep Your Haircare Routine SimpleFrench women focus less on achieving a perfectly done blow-dry than they do keeping their hair healthy. Washing it and letting it air dry will help to keep it strong, radiant and bouncy. The one haircare brand every French girl swears by? Kérastase. Their range of products are consistently voted number one across many beauty awards, and are the secret behind many Paris fashion shows. Our favourite product to give you gorgeous locks is the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil, which boosts shine and keeps the hair hydrated.
5.Never Forget Your PerfumeFragrance is key in France and a simple yet sexy scent will finish off your overall look. Plus, through the warm and busy streets of Paris, you need to make sure you always smell divine. Lancôme's La Vie Est Belle has become a classic staple in many a French beauty bag, and we absolutely adore the scent. Unlike some perfumes, it lasts all day on the skin and clothes and leaves a delicious scent trailing behind you.