The “New French” Makeup Look!
We always hear about that chic and classic “French” makeup look centered around a red mouth, winged kitten liner, and not a whole lot else on the face. I was half expecting a city full of scarlet lips, beautifully flicked eyeliner and freckles galore.
Well, oddly enough, I didn’t see a single woman wearing red lips and winged liner in my time in Paris last week!
What I DID see quite often on quite a number of fashionable women were soft neutral eyes rimmed with liner along the waterline, matte and completely even complexions, soft blush, and strong (often matte) lips in any color but nude and red. There was coral, there was a red-pink, there was brown, and there was one lady I saw wearing an amazing matte magenta, so I’m taking a leaf from her book here with MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous lipstick!
As with red lips and kitten liner, it’s still what we associate with French chic; it’s simple but it stands out. The steps for the eye look are above, as well as a tip for your foundation choice. If you don’t have very high coverage foundation, you can always set your face with powder foundation for a more flawless finish.
Feel free to switch out the shadows for a deeper neutral, and the charcoal liner with a black if you want a more intense evening look.
Base: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All Smooth Makeup SPF15 #04
Concealer: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 06
Setting Powder: Bourjois Poudre de Rize de Java
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 pencil in Seal Brown, used very lightly, set with light-colored brow mascara (CANMAKE Coloring Eyebrow #01)
Eyeshadows: Laura Mercier Eye Colour Duet in Sable/Morning Dew
Eyeliner: NYX Charcoal pencil
Mascara: Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
Blush: MAC Well Dressed; I used a soft pink but many women wore neutral, “fleshy” tones that were between a soft blush and contour.
Lips: MAC Retro Matte lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous applied over a little balm so it’s not fully matte (NYX Shocking Pink and Nars Schiapp are nice alternatives)
Fragrance note: One funny thing I remarked on to a few colleagues while I was in France; I kept catching whiffs of the same scent on soooo many women. For those who are curious, it was La Vie est Belle by Lancôme.
Have fun wearing your own version of this!