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The 9 Beauty Rules French Women Always Follow

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Tousled hair, airbrushed skin, long lashes—all features that come to mind when we picture the modern French woman. What is it about a French woman’s certain je ne sais quoi that makes her beauty seem so effortless, yet completely refined? To get to the bottom of this mystery, we polled some of our favorite French bloggers and asked them to spill their best-kept beauty secrets. Keep reading to see what they are.

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Le Blab

Rule #1: Never Limit Yourself To The Obvious

“My secret is to never splash water on my face—it’s too aggressive for [my] skin. I remove my makeup with Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution ($10), then follow with Avéne Thermal Spring Water ($14) instead.
-Labériane Ponton of The Blab

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Rule #2: Focus On One Feature

“Be a makeup minimalist. Choose one feature to emphasize, and keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum. For example, highlight your eyes with a sweep of eyeliner and mascara, but keep your skin and lips bare. I also think there’s something very seductive about a woman with bare skin, a hint of mascara, and a bold lip color. It shows that you are comfortable in your own skin.”
-Adrienne Coléon Gaskell of Oh So French

Rule #3: Wear Your Perfume Like You Wear Your Lingerie

“Each morning, I choose my perfume much like I do my lingerie, based on what I’m doing that day, what I’m wearing, my mood, and the season. Spritz it on before getting dressed and you’ll have a soft halo of fragrance that makes a subtle, sensual statement.”
-Adrienne Coléon Gaskell of Oh So French
Pictured: Chanel No. 5 ($130)

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Absìnthè Spoon

Rule #4: Don’t Touch Your Face

“Don't touch your face, and wash your hands every time you can! In Paris, your hands get dirty really quickly, as you're holding yourself in the subway and things like that. When I first started living here, I used to have bad acne because I was touching my face without reason, like a stress thing or something. While it was okay in the country, in Paris, it's just a big no-no!”
-Typhaine Augusto of Cuillere a Absìnthè

Tokyobanhbao
Tokyobanhbao

Rule #5: Don’t Be Afraid To Go To Extremes

“My beauty secret is to always moisturize my skin properly and avoid exposing it the sun. I always put a SPF 50+ sunblock on and wear a hat, or bring an umbrella with me—it may be quite extreme, but I think it's the best way for my skin to stay healthier and younger.”
-Tokyobanhbao of The World Of Tokyobanhbao

Audrey Leighton
 Audrey Leighton

Rule #6: Find Your Beauty Staples—And Stick With Them

“I use Avène Cleansing Gel ($12) every morning and night to keep my complexion clear. Avène is a French beauty staple—and the one I only really discovered when I moved to Paris! It’s truly an amazing brand!”
-Audrey Rogers of Audrey Leighton

Woman with white shirt
Absolutely Glamorous

Rule #7: Spend Time Away From Your Hairbrush

“I brush my hair before I shampoo, let it dry naturally, and never use a brush until the next shampoo. It gives a very natural wavy movement.”

(In case your hair doesn’t fall into perfect waves, click here for our step-by-step guide to getting French girl bedhead.)
- Aurélia of Absolutely Glamorous

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Absolutely Glamorous

Rule #8: Always Find A Balance

“During summer, all the fun goes on my toes! As my pedicures get more colorful, my manicures remain very neutral. It’s a balance!”
-Aurélia of Absolutely Glamorous

Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui
Le Revue De Kenza

Rule #9: Find Multiple Ways To Use Your Favorite Product

"My favorite product is argan oil. I brought it from Morocco and I regularly apply it on the lengths of my hair, several hours before I shampoo. In winter, when I have dry skin, I also like to mix it with my face cream or apply it on my feet and wear a pair of socks at night. It moisturizes so well!”
-Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of Le Revue De Kenza

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