Caudalie is one of my favourite French beauty brands, so when I found out that Mathilde Thomas (the founder) had written a book I immediately knew I had to pick it up. Honestly, this is one of those books where I once again wondered, that how on Earth have I not read this sooner? The French Beauty Solution basically combines three of my favourite things; books, beauty & everything French.
Needless to say, I absolutely adored this book. It has everything you could possibly want to know about French beauty, from lifestyle tips to hair and makeup how-to’s. It’s also chock-full information, from the science of how our skin ages, to what each ingredient actually does in a skincare product. It’s a brilliant introduction to any beauty lover, with the added bonus of having been written by a French girl. I definitely recommend picking up a copy for yourself, but today I thought I’d share some of my best French girl beauty tips, inspired by the book.
FRENCH GIRL BEAUTY TIPS
Prevent, Protect & Treat
We often tend to think of beauty products as problem solvers, or something we only reach for after the damage has already been done. But instead of quick cures, for a French girl beauty is all about prevention and upkeep. Having a good skincare routine and protecting your skin from sun and the environment is something no miracle mask can replace. So stock up on your SPF and anti-aging products.
Think of Beauty as a Lifestyle
While many beauty books focus on just skincare, makeup & hair, The French Beauty Solution is all about thinking of beauty as a lifestyle. It’s not just about what you put on your face, but also what you eat, how you sleep, exercise and manage stress. To achieve that French girl glow, eat fresh food, have a glass of wine in the evenings and pamper yourself with a little at home spa moment.
It Has to Feel Good to Look Good
Without a doubt my favourite thing about the French approach to beauty is the pleasure principle. The idea that skincare not only has to be packed full of effective ingredients, but it also has to feel lovely to use. Beauty shouldn’t be painful or a chore, but something you enjoy treating yourself to. So if it makes your skin sting or you hate the scent, it’s time to throw it out.
Create a Beauty Ritual
I really loved reading about Mathilde talking about what her mother & grandmother taught to her about beauty. French girl beauty is not something you just start as a teenager. But rather it’s a lifelong ritual passed on from one generation to the next. But if, like me, you’re not lucky enough to have a chic French grand-mère, you can find some pretty good beauty recipes in the book.
Focus on Skincare, Not Makeup
When your skin looks gorgeous and glowy, you can do with less makeup. And on the other hand, when your skin is not doing great no amount of makeup can make it look flawless. Keep your makeup routine minimal and instead focus on having a good skincare routine that’s all about effective maintenance.
Gorgeous skin is as much about what you eat as it is about what you slather on it. To keep your skin looking healthy, load up on foods packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids. For example, munch on blueberries, broccoli and salmon.
Skincare Shouldn’t Stop with the Face
Don’t forget the décolleté! You need to think of your neck as an extension to your face. All skincare that you apply to your face should be applied down your neck as well. Also, it’s important to take care of the rest of your body too. Remember to exfoliate, moisturize your hands religiously and always finish with a spritz of perfume.
Less Is More
Whether it’s about skincare, makeup or hair, in French beauty less definitely is more. Keep your skincare routine simple with a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. When it comes to hair and makeup, French girl beauty is all about being put together without looking like you’ve made too much effort. Textured waves and minimal makeup are the way to go.
What’s your favourite French girl beauty tip?