Secrets of French Women

French Women Fashion

French women of a certain age are universally admired for their timeless elegance. Not only do they appear perennially young, but they remain slim and stylish throughout their lives. It’s this effortlessness which makes the rest of us feel so inadequate.

Make your Skin #1

French women have radiant complexions. From an early age, they are taught how to cleanse their skin and are adamant about anti-aging creams. They visit a dermatologist on an annual basis for a head-to-toe examination and advice about products.
  • Use products formulated for babies because they are gentler on your skin.
  • Ditch eye creams.
  • Upgrade your anti-wrinkle creams as you age.
  • Use creams with Vitamin C and Retin-A and don’t skimp on the décolletage.
  • Exfoliate your body with a homemade mixture of almond oil and sea salt.
  • Use argan oil all over to soften your skin.

Makeup Musts

French women enjoy a fresh appearance. Wearing the proper shade of foundation is a must applying it only where it is needed and blending away lines.
When mascara is applied only one coat is worn during the day and two coats for the evening. Then the lashes are brushed to remove any clumps and keep the lashes looking natural.
Eyeliner is applied close to the upper lashes and eyebrows are well maintained to frame the face.
*Tip – Dot highlighter in the inner corner to make them look further apart and a dot on the sides of the mouth to lift a down-turned lip.
Hair Care
A French woman’s hair is never fussy but always healthy and thick.
  • Try not to over wash it which can dry it out and make it brittle; sticking to only twice a week.
  • Investing in a good cut and color is a must.
  • When deciding on hair color, consider the shade of your eyes and skin.
  • Use argan oil in your hair before washing.
  • Use a quarter size dollop of shampoo and use hot water to wash oil from your scalp.
  • Only apply conditioner to the ends and rinse with cold water to seal the cuticle.
  • Sleep in a hair mask monthly.
Staying Slim 
French women seem to never get fat but they do worry about their weight. To help stave the notion of over indulging they remind themselves they love their favorite clothing more. Beginning a meal with soup or salad helps prevent over eating and many never diet because of a habit as simple as this. When the desire to snack settles a cup of hot tea allows a few minutes of contemplation before giving into the desire to gorge.
Exercising is important and Pilates is a favorite in particular, as are aqua gym classes.
Many will indulge in a glass of wine but rarely hard liquor and never enough to become tipsy.
Keeping it classic
While their style is always chic, their attitude makes all the difference. French women love the attention of being looked at.
Their style appears decadent but they are far from wasteful.  They indulge in a few expensive items that will be cherished for years but mix in lower pieces to reflect their personality; the definition of chic.
The key is creating a classic collection. A black leather pencil skirt, blouses and little black dresses are a must and keeping it all in neutral shades; using accessories to wear color.
Fit is very important and clothing is altered to accommodate the changes.
Other Tidbits
French women wear ballerina flats and loafers during the day or while driving in the car switching to pumps before hitting the pavement.
She never matches her shoes and bag but instead mixes textures by choosing suede pumps with a leather bag and her underwear is always color coordinated.

Changing accessories allows a French woman to wear the same black dress for many years. Indulging in a printed purse, pumps, or belt allows her to follow trends without over spending.

The key in all of this is preparation and discipline.

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  1. December 1, 2013 / 3:02 AM

    I love this post but..
    No eye cream? Please explain.

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