Face around the world - Parisian beauty
Ironically, it is often the French whom we try to emulate. Much to their bewilderment, if not amusement. For in doing so we’re missing the point, aren’t we? Parisian women don’t exercise in the extreme, pendulum between binging and abstaining or openly endorse botox and boob jobs. Some do, I’m sure, but not on the whole. When you think of a Parisian woman you think timeless, effortless, understated, if a bit undone, non? In a word: natural.
Women in Paris prefer scant amounts of make-up (perhaps a black-lined lash or a red lip); free-form hair, nary a blunt edge or tonged curl in sight. They opt for natural skin tones, not spray tans or stucco-like finishes; buffed nails (noir or rouge might make an appearance for a more sophisticated look) and their slender frames are care of thoughtful, though not obsessive eating, regular cleanses and the occasional strengthening and lengthening class, reinforced by incidental exercise such as walking or cycling, rather than driving and taking the stairs over the elevator.
Sound unfamiliar, does it? Well, I hate to say it, but the key to unlocking French beauty is not blood, sweat and tears, but rather an agreeable about of restraint meets a healthy dose of nonchalance.
The secrets to Parisian beauty:
Pay stricter attention to your skincare. Clear, foundation-free skin is paramount (try By Terry's Skin Expert - Peace and Glow).
Grow your brows. A chic Parisian woman would never pluck.
Avoid washing your hair everyday, if every other day. Use dry shampoo, if necessary (try Klorane's Dry Shampoo). French women opt for regular deep conditioning treatments instead.
Source the perfect red lip colour for you (try Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Pur Couture range). Lipstick brightens your complexion by day and makes you look alluring by night.
Wear perfume. Fragrance is an essential part of every French woman's daily routine (try Chloe's Eau de Fleurs).
Watch your portions. While French women enjoy their food, they eat everything in moderation. And only the best will do, no processed foods full of sugar, hydrolyzed fats and indigestible forms of gluten.
Hydrate. Drinking water is key to regulating the digestion, preventing over eating and counterbalancing the drying effects of coffee and alcohol (staples of the French diet).
Find an exercise you enjoy and do it regularly, though not to the point of exhaustion. The French prefer ant-cellulite lotions over toning-up at the gym (try Biotherm's Celluli Laser).
Images: Jak and Jill and The Sartorialist
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