Monday, April 9, 2012

Secrets of French Style

We American women have long been fascinated by the seemingly effortless grace, glamour and style of the French woman.  Why are French women so chic??  What IS that certain je ne sais quoi that makes our French sisters so alluring?  And more importantly, how can we steal some of that for ourselves?!  I decided to roll up my sleeves and get to work finding out the secrets of French style once and for all.  Thanks to two wonderful and super-stylish French style spies/girlfriends of mine, and several hours perusing French fashion sites- *Merci beaucoup Google Translator!*- I have compiled a beginner's guide to the secrets of French style.  Do you have any French style secrets to share?  Please leave them in the comments!  Enjoy!!

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Natural, Effortless Makeup
Mathilde of fabulous French beauty blog: La vie en Blonde

In the stylish French woman's makeup arsenal:  Bourjois, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent
Favorite bargain makeup store:
Makeup tips:  French women like a very red lip and keep their eye makeup simple.  It's all about highlighting the lips.  They also pay special attention to skin care, which they feel is the most important part of their beauty regime.  
French beauty products to try:  Bioderma and Caudalie (For full product reviews from a makeup expert see this video.)

Here is a nice tutorial I found on how to accomplish the gorgeous "I'm not wearing makeup" makeup look: Super Natural French Makeup
Here is another good tutorial for a smokier evening look: French Evening Makeup

Simple, Classic Style with a Boho Edge

In the stylish French woman's closet:  Bobo style (I think this is what we'd refer to as Boho Chic) Maje, Sandro, Zadig & Voltaire and Comptoir des Cottoniers.  They love these brands because they are famous French brands and also because the clothes are very simple but also classy.

Style Muses
French Beauty Icons: Berenice Bejo, Leila Bekhti and Clemence Poesy (The quintessential French-Parisian-Boho Chic style icon.)

Berenice Bejo

Leila Bekhti

Clemence Poesy
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If you still haven't had enough French style, I leave you with this video - it's a little bit ridiculous but the advice is good nonetheless and I'm kind of obsessed with it...


  1. Hey ! Good article :) I'm a french beauty blogger and if you want some french beauty secrets have a look on my blog, Lc.

    1. Thanks Leonce! I will definitely check out your blog:)