How To Be a Parisian:

5 French beauty tips from Caroline de Maigret.

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Model and Author Caroline de Maigret isn’t just Lancôme’s new beauty muse – she is our’s too.

Caroline de Maigret is our new beauty crush, not because she oozes that ‘Laissez-Faire’, “I woke up like this’ kind of style, but also because she’s decided to write a style-guided on getting the look in her new book ‘How To Be Parisian’ which makes us like her even more.

 

On Skin…

LAETITIA-casta_205_3042818a– Beauty in France is epidermal, nobody cares that much about make-up, it’s what’s underneath that matters. Skin should look natural. Freckles can appear in spring… sometimes your cheekbones blush when you lie and your whole face flushes when you are intimidated.

– French women avoid using foundation, which merely serves as a shroud, and therefore trivialises.

Your skin face must be treated as a canvas. Start with a moisturiser to smooth your skin, hide any imperfection with concealers or a BB cream. If you really can’t live without your foundation, then mix it with a touch of moisturiser to mute its effect.

– NEVER go to bed without taking off your make-up, so you fall asleep not smelling like the party. Yes you climb into bed more tired for this care, BUT that’s the price we (French women) pay to save our skin.

 

On Hair…Untitled-1_3042845a

One of the Parisienne’s most distinctive features is her head of hair. There are several characteristics that make it easy to identify.

Her hairstyle is never”immaculate” and it’s rare that she goes for a blow-dry, she cultivates, depends on her age, type of capillarity blur, to varying degrees of tidiness:

– DO NOT DYE your hair, or if you do, only in your original color to highlight it, or to cover any grey.

– There is no point in accessorising  your hair, avoid hair clips or headbands if you are over 18.

– As your face gets messier with age, your hair can get neater for balance.

– Either go all grey or no grey hair. Salt and Pepper is for the table.

– Rhum, honey, two eggs yolks and the juice of a lemon: Not a recipe for Baba au Rhum, but just what you need for a restorative hair mask.

On Nails…

– Short, clean nails, sometime worn with polish.

– The French manicure is something of an enigma: it is the exact opposite of French Chic. The Parisienne does not understand the point of it and never wears it.

– She will go to lengths for a pedicure but wears mismatched underwear.

– Before throwing out a juiced lemon, rub it on your Fingernails – it will strengthen and brighten them.

On Imperfections…VANESSA-PARADIS-RE_3042830a

The Parisienne retains her little imperfections, cherishes them even ( the gap in her smile or her slightly crooked tooth, her prominent eyebrows or song nose): These are the signs of a certain strength or character and allow her to feel beautiful without being perfect!

The Faux pas: Over-plucking YOUR eyebrows, having lip augmentation – it makes you look like a duck! Wearing too much make-up, having more than two different colours in your hair.

On Perfumes…

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– Find your perfume before you turn thirty, wear it for the next thirty years.

– Be unfaithful: Cheat on your perfume, but only on cold days!

– A touch of perfume on your hair, behind your ear or on the nape of the neck, never did anyone any harm.

– Always put on perfume before going out.