The French-Girl Secret:
It Starts with Skin Care
Great skin, a dash of color here, and a flicker of mystery there…the French-girl beauty formula is pretty foolproof, whether you’re going to work or getting ready for a date, living it up on a late-summer weekend or going to dinner on a crisp fall night. These five steps are the essentials, easy to add to or subtract from, depending on your style.
The key to this look is amazing skin, so start there: Great skin care makes all the difference. Beyond that, add gorgeously flushed cheeks, a flick (or a smudge) of eye-defining liner, a sexy signature scent, and short, chic nails in a great red.
A smoothing, glow-inducing serum that sinks right in leaves a flattering, dewy finish.
Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting SerumCaudalie, $49
This skin-brightening gel-serum combines active ingredients (including resveratrol, the antioxidant of The French Paradox fame) found in wine with salicylic acid, rose water, and essential oils. It hydrates, brightens, and evens skin, leaving it smooth, refined, and glowy. The serum feels refreshing and sinks right in, and the dewy finish works beautifully under makeup or on its own.
A smudge or crisp line in blackest black defines your eyes and sets a tone.
Rituel de Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Obsidiangoop, $38
A pot of rich pigment somewhere between a cream and a powder, this inky formula is as long-lasting as it is versatile—use it as liner, as shadow, or to create the ultimate smoky eye in seconds. Press it into your lash line to define eyes; blend outward for a smudgy, smoky eye look; or build it up with a brush for a dramatic Bardot-inspired flick.
The most flattering, natural-looking flush combines bright color with a translucent formula.
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Belovedgoop, $36
This shade looks intense in the pot, but it instantly melts into skin, warming up the entire face. It’s also the ultimate multitasking product: It’s gorgeous on both lips and cheeks, making it brilliant for women who want to streamline their morning routine. (It’s pretty great in a gym bag, too.)
A truly sexy, signature scent is an indelibly French way to infuse more style into anything you wear.
Heretic Dirty Lemongoop, $65
Exclusive to goop this summer, this new scent from talented natural perfumer Douglas Little (Heretic is Little’s own line; he also cocreates the goop fragrances with GP) combines lemon essence with pink and black pepper, ylang-ylang, patchouli, and sandalwood. The result is the sexiest warm-weather fragrance we’ve ever smelled—sunny and just a little bit dark all at once. The gorgeous glass bottle is travel-size, brilliant for the makeup bag or suitcase.
Short, deep-red nails add sexy polish, even to jeans and a T-shirt.
JINsoon x goop Classics 2 Nail Polish Setgoop, $48
Cruelty-free, vegan, and free of the major toxins associated with nail polish (formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate [DBP], toluene, camphor, formaldehyde resin, and triphenyl phosphate [TPHP]). Côte’s clean formulas are also super shiny, incredibly long-lasting, and chicer than chic. They come in Italian glass bottles, with must-be-tried-to-be-believed brushes that make the ritual of painting your nails easy and fun. This shade is a gorgeous deep berry red.