The French Girl Beauty Formula
It’s easier than it might look. And harder, because it’s 100% about great skin, and the confidence to show off that skin. To get yourself in the mood—and mood has a great to do with French-girl beauty in general—consider the incredibly fast, fun, smart read that is How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Caroline de Maigret. You’ll devour it in something like a half hour but it will alter your perspective; you’ll feel sexier, more relaxed, and significantly more confident when you’re done. It, unlike the following, is not a step-by-step. It is an attitude adjustment. The following should work, however, attitude or non:
Step 1: Skincare
From a brilliant oil and an amazing cleanser to a glow-inducing mask and daily SPF. Put all your effort into amazing skin. (See: Cleansers; See: Face Oils).
goop by Juice Beauty Enriching Face Oilgoop, $110
This nourishing, potent miracle oil sinks instantly into skin and starts to work. Made with a pure blend of organic oils, it leaves skin remarkably supple, soft, and glowing. It turbo-charges any moisturizer, but also hydrates beautifully on its own. It can even be patted on over makeup for a midday pick-me-up. The Enriching Face Oil is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 99% total organic content.
goop by Juice Beauty Exfoliating Instant Facialgoop, $125
The Exfoliating Instant Facial instantly brightens and softens skin to reveal a glowing, smoother-looking complexion. Natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids sweep away dead skin cells; and plant-based cellulose beads exfoliate further, while releasing soothing vitamin B5, leaving skin supple, soft, and utterly revitalized. The Exfoliating Instant Facial is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 86% total organic content.
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser goop, $68
Smooth this luxe, incredibly effective cleanser on, splash with water, and it will then sweep away every trace of makeup, leaving your skin smooth and incredibly soft. It’s packed with nourishing, all-natural oils, the gorgeous glass bottle looks incredible on any bathroom sink or vanity, and the pump makes it so you get every last drop. For the most moisturizing treatment, use it on dry skin; for the ultimate clean, use it on wet skin.
Ursa Major Force Field Daily Defense Lotion with SPF 18 goop, $54
This lightweight, ultrahydrating, all-mineral SPF 18 blends in so beautifully it’s truly unbelievable. Unscented and infused with skin-supporting vitamins, it leaves skin radiantly smooth. It provides year-round, broad-spectrum protection and just feels incredible.
Step 2: Little-to-no foundation
Just use concealer where you need it. (Pat, never rub, to blend.)
Step 3: Smoky liner
Start by tracing along your lash line with pencil or shadow, and use a soft brush to blend the color outward into a thin haze. Start small; you can always go back in with more, making the line thicker or darker. Like riding a bike or ordering oysters at Café de Flore, the smoky eye is less about a specific move and much more about adopting the feeling that you already know how to do it.
Ilia Pure Eyelinergoop, $24
This eyeliner is made with coconut and shea butter, plus vitamin E and sesame oil so it glides on effortlessly. Wear it crisp or smoky; build for more drama. The color twists up from the pencil and comes with a built-in sharpener—easy to care for, easy to use…a perfect essential.
Step 4: A natural lip and cheek
A stain is perfect for an offhand, sexy flush.
Step 5: Un-done hair
Like you just rolled over in bed. Or a ballerina bun, for the less-freewheeling.
French Girl Sea Spray goop, $26
Made with Epsom, Dead-Sea, Himalayan, and of course French sea salts, along with moisturizing coconut oil extracts and essential oils of jasmine, rose geranium, and ylang ylang, this easy spritz infuses any hair type with sexy French-girl texture. Spray it in wet or dry for tousled, effortless beach hair that looks great with practically any outfit, not to mention a subtle, lingering scent that is just exquisite.
Step 6: A sexy, unforgettable scent
Clean fragrance has mystical properties—this one detoxifies and lifts the spirit.
goop Fragrance Eau de Parfum: Edition 02 – Shisogoop, $165
A perfume of cool air, pale sun, new life unfurling on the forest floor, this mystical perfume channels the energy of spring: sensual heat against cool, damp air. Shiso leaf (also known as perilla) is the unexpected star of this scent: It has a slightly spicy/fresh characteristic that’s green, earthy, and delicate all at once. Its complex simplicity is similar to Ikebana, the art of Japanese floral composition: The shiso note is closely hinged on the other notes, so the scent begins simply and then slowly opens up into spicy greens, crushed stems, and ancient exotic woods.