From “cold girl makeup” in the winter to “latte makeup” in the summer, there’s always something trending. As we enjoy the last few weeks of summer and head into fall, “French girl makeup” is the hottest look. This minimalist look pairs with either a neutral or bold lip and is the perfect everyday look. French girl makeup is a great way to transition from a more “no-makeup” summer look into the fall.
Here are the beauty steps to make it happen:
Step 1: Skincare
Like any good makeup routine, you have to start your French girl makeup off with some skincare. Your skin should be nice and glowy and hydrated. Be sure to top your skincare off with SPF.
- To prepare your skin for makeup, follow these steps:
- Begin by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser to create a clean base.
- Incorporate mild exfoliation a few times a week to remove dead skin cells and improve texture.
- Use a toner to balance your skin’s pH, then apply a lightweight moisturizer to ensure a smooth canvas for makeup.
- Apply a makeup primer to fill in fine lines and pores, helping your makeup last longer.
- Prioritize sun protection by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen.
- Proceed with your chosen base makeup products like foundation and concealer, and don’t forget to apply eye cream and lip balm to keep those areas moisturized.
- Personalize these steps based on your skin’s unique needs and allow each product to fully absorb before moving to the next step.
Step 2: Natural foundation
The French girl look is all about enhancing your natural look and polishing it up a bit. Keep your foundation natural and let your freckles peek through. Opt for a lighter coverage foundation or mix your foundation with moisturizer.
To effectively mix your foundation with a moisturizer, begin by using a small amount of each product on a clean surface like the back of your hand or a makeup palette. Aim for a ratio of one-part foundation to two parts moisturizer, adjusting based on the coverage you want. Blend the two products together using a clean makeup brush, sponge, or your fingers until you achieve a smooth consistency. Feel free to customize the mixture by adding sunscreen or a luminizing primer. Apply the blend onto your face, starting with a thin layer and building up as needed. Finish by setting the makeup with a setting spray or translucent powder to ensure it lasts and maintains a natural, dewy finish.
Step 3: Light blush
You want a bit of color, but nothing dramatic. Opt for a soft blush that makes your cheeks look a little “bitten”. A hack is to use a little of your pink or red lipstick and blot it on your cheeks for a coordinating look.
To use pink or red lipstick as blush, begin by selecting a shade that suits your skin tone, preferably a creamy or satin formula. After prepping your face, apply a small amount of the lipstick onto your hand or a palette. With your fingertip, gently tap the color onto the apples of your cheeks, gradually building up the intensity. Blend the lipstick into your skin using circular motions for a seamless look. Set the color by dusting a translucent setting powder over the blush. Optionally, enhance dimension by adding a touch of highlighter to your cheek’s high points. Finish your makeup routine with eyes and lips to achieve a balanced and polished appearance. Remember, apply sparingly and blend well for a natural and radiant finish.
Step 4: Defined Eyes
Defined eyes are crucial for this look. If you want a more bold look, opt for a sharp cat eye, if you want something more subtle, go for a more diffused cat eye, or skip the liner and go straight in with a layer of mascara. This look is supposed to feel like your natural look enhanced, so auburn mascara or brown mascara is perfect for this look.
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Step 5: Lips
French girl makeup often has either a red or berry-toned lip. But you can also pair it with a neutral lip in a bit of a darker tone. This is the perfect time to break out those fall lipstick colors! Or try a lip stain for an even more natural look.
Embrace the fall season with a range of lipstick color recommendations that capture the essence of autumn. Opt for deep berry shades like plum or wine for a luxurious touch, or choose a classic red with brick or cranberry undertones for a striking and festive look.
Watch tutorials of redheads doing “French girl” makeup:
Rock it like a Redhead!