Beauty rules to get that French girl look

Sarah Carty

There’s no denying it: French women always manage to look effortlessly beautiful no matter where they are or what they’re doing.

From ridiculously gorgeous top models like Lily Rose Depp to insanely talented actress’s Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux – they’re not only killing it at their careers but they’re exuding that classic French gal style.

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Be spoke with celebrity make-up artists Sonia Allen and Anthony Adams for some quick and easy steps you can follow to get that classic Paris girl look just in time for Bastille Day.

Here's some tips on how to get that French girl look. Photo: Getty Images

Rock ared lip

“One thing French women love is their red lips. There are many shades and hues out there, though trust me, there is one for everybody,” Anthony said.

“The beauty of a red lip is not only does it look downright amazing when done well, but it also makes your teeth look whiter.”

If you’re looking for a subtle red lip, Sonia recommends the Touch in Sol Technicolor Lip & Cheek Tints from Priceline or The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stains.


Use lip liner after applying your lipstick to make your lines look perfect.

To sharpen the edges and give it that flawless look, put some concealer on a small brush and erase any mistakes.

Blot your lipstick with a tissue and applying again for longevity and depth of colour.

Effortless beauty Lily Rose Depp's glam look. Photo: Getty Images

Scrap thesmokey eye

“To keep the look French, avoid going over-the-top with eye makeup,” Sonia said.

“Just apply some lash-lengthening mascara like the Smith & Cult Lash Dance Mascara.”

To get that smoldering eye look without going overboard, Sonia says to apply eyeliner to the upper inner eye to prevent it appearing too heavy.

She recommends the iT Cosmetics No Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner and Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon.

Likewise Anthony says “simplicity is key” when it comes to rocking a chic and minimal eye.

“Using subtle natural shades or a beautiful sharp winged liner with minimal shadow will give the ‘look’,” he said.


Use gel eyeliner so you have more control over how much product you’re applying.

Always apply with your eyes open looking down at a mirror. A good guideline is to extend the line on the top lid following the edge and natural curve of the bottom lash line. Going any higher or lower will change the look of your eye and also the wing.

Use a small piece of Sellotape and follow your bottom lash line placing it out to the edge you want to create. Then apply your liner going from your sharp tip edge, back onto the lash line.

For that cat eye look, start your wing at the middle of your top lash line. By going all the way into the inner corner, it changes the shape that does not suit every eye.

Get flawless make-up for Bastille Day. Photo: Getty Images

Clean clear skin is the only way

Flawless skin is what French gals are known for and Sonia says you want it to look like you've spent a summer month on the French Riviera - clear, healthy and glowing.

“Invest in great skincare like a balancing cleanser, moisturiser, SPF, exfoliator and oils for night,” she said.

She recommends Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Face Oil and the Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops - Radiance.

To get a dewy glow, stick with a light reflecting and illuminating foundation to give you that sunkissed look.

Try iT Cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream or the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser, which are great for all skin types.


Experiment with tinted moisturisers. They can give you coverage, sun protection and dewiness all-in-one.

Leave your powder at home; this look is all about the highlighted skin look.

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