How to do makeup like a French girl | 9Lives
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When it comes to makeup, the French have mastered their classically au naturale look. What can I say, je t’aime! I love the idea of letting the natural essence of my face shine through; and using just a touch of makeup to enhance certain features. Here are my two makeup looks, where classic French kisses modern avant garde. Think picture perfect skin, bold lips and statement eye-liner.

Priming the canvas of my face

Using minimal makeup to even my skin tone, I wanted to create a flawless yet natural complexion, emphasising my bare bone structure. I ‘primed’ my face using the Sisley Colour Correcting Primer (R1 100, selected department stores), which worked wonders! Not only was the scent sensational (I felt as if my face was enveloped in a posy of fresh roses), it could easily smear this soft and creamy colour correcting primer over my face, smoothing out my complexion and creating a lovely luminous glow.

I found that I didn’t even need to apply much foundation over my primer! I simply applied a thin layer of  Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear in 032 (R550, selected stores), blending well from the centre of my face outward. The tone of this foundation created a gorgeous natural sun kissed effect, perfect for the approaching spring season.  For a radiant healthy glow, I then added a stroke of Guerlain Lip & Cheek Tint in Pink Tie (select department stores) over my cheekbones.

Look 1: Red lip romance


Red lipstick is a French girl’s best friend and they certainly know how to create the perfect pout. For a stained red effect, I applied Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in Nude Emblem (R590, selected stores) on my lips and followed with the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in 219 (R560, selected stores), dabbing it into the centre of my pout and blending out. Voila, my lips were a cherry boom boom!

To accentuate my red lips, I left my eyes bare, simply applying a stroke of eyeliner to add some depth to my eyes.

Look 2: Oh so retro

french makeup eyeshadow


When it comes to eye shadow, the French have truly mastered the art and I absolutely love the retro colours that are trending. I wanted to create a shimmering lilac effect on my eyelids that graduated up to my eyebrows. Using Yves Saint Laurent Full Metal Shadow in Grey Splash (R520, selected stores), I bathed my lids in shining soft lilac and blurred outwards. I then used Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Waterproof Sparking Grey Eyeliner (R630, selected stores) to draw a thin line cross my upper lash line and using a brush I smudged into the wash of eyeshadow. The result was better than I imagined! The eyeliner added a beautiful silvery-blue tone, which enhanced my eye colour.

I then finished off with a lick of mascara to lengthen my lashes and offset the blue-purple tones. For the love of luscious brows, I filled my eyebrows and then brushed in the Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Fix (R715, selected stores) to give them some lustre. The focus of this makeup look was my eyes so I left my lips soft and subtle. I simply applied a light layer of Guerlain Lip & Cheek Tint for a natural glossy lips.

All I can say is I felt fab wearing makeup like a French girl. Why not give these looks a try and showcase your natural beauty at its finest.


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