Difference Between French Girls and American Girls Regarding Makeup

I briefly lived in Paris many years ago and have a lot of French friends. I also have a huge collection on French novels, Style tips, French mannerisms, and more. I thought this would be a great topic to talk about.


When it comes to French women, they tend to wear a lot less makeup than Americans. Nowadays in American, people tend to wear a full face of makeup, from huge coverage foundation, a bunch of eye shadow colors, a lot of contouring, fake lashes everyday, etc. (I sometimes do this too, except for maybe the contouring which I only do on some photoshoots.) 

French Girls are different. They would rather spend their money on skincare, the best they can afford to make sure their skin looks the best without covering it up with a lot of makeup.

The French girl’s philosophy is to enhance their natural features, (which has a very retro and vintage flair about it which you all know I love,) that give them their “joie de vivre.”

Here’s a typical routine most French Girls have with their skincare and makeup:

For skincare they use gentle cleansers that work for their specific skin type. They apply their eye cream, and they prime the skin. But when they do prime the skin, it’s usually a primer that doubles as a moisturizer such as BOBBI BROWN’S FACE BASE. Unless their skin needs a lot of coverage, they usually will use a BB or CC cream with some sunscreen instead of foundation. Like I said before when it comes to French makeup, the ladies are more interested in naturally glowing from within.

When it comes to applying concealer, the like to use it under their eyes for brightening and on any blemishes or imperfections. A lot of Americans love applying the concealer every where to brighten their whole face which can feel heavy on the skin and/or clog your pores. After the French apply their concealer, the use either loose or compact setting powder to set their makeup by gently pressing it into the skin with the concealer, either with a beauty blender a powder puff, or a kabuki style brush. They don’t tend to swirl the powder around the face for fear they might wipe off some of their concealer, foundation, or BB/CC cream.

When it comes to eye makeup, there are different ways French ladies do this look. The first way is to just curl your lashes and apply a beautiful mascara. The second way is for French women to use eyeshadow but it usually tends to be a neutral color, a pastel color all over the lids. Then curl their lashes and apply mascara. Very subtle and chic. The last way French women tend to their eye makeup is to do the above steps but add a little eyeliner to the top only and even bring it out to a little wing. (Of course this is my favorite look because it’s the most my style and has a very retro and vintage look to it.

For Brows, instead of changing the shape of their brows like some American girls do, French girls keep their natural shape and usually just fill in with a pencil if they need to.

For Blush, they add so a hint of blush just to give a nice healthy flush to the apples of their cheeks. Some French girls also use highlighter on their cheekbones but’s a subtle highlighter and they don’t really high light any other part of their face, except for sometimes the Cupid’s bow.

And for Lipstick, French ladies stick to classic colors. It’s usually no lipstick or a gloss, a light pink or nude color, or the classic French signature red lip.

Another cool thing about the French and how they do their makeup is that when they are going out in the evening they usually don’t have to reapply their whole face. They’ll just out dark eyeliner or dark shadow on top of what they already have for a smoky eye look, make a little shadow or liner underneath, and a darker lip shade.

Here’s me with my French Style Makeup Look of Today:


The Makeup I used in this French inspired look:

Bobbi Brown Face Base

Lorea’l Pro-Matte foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in FAIR

Laura Mercier translucent powder

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for under eyes

Eye Shadow: “Reflection” from the Urban Decay, “Through the Looking Glass,” palette.

Eyeliners: Revlon luxurious color eyeliner in Black, smudged and Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining  pen in black.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown

Shiseido eye lash curler 

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara in Black

Highlight: Urban Decay Afterglow in “No Angel” and “Wicked.”

Blush: Stila convertible color dual lip and cheek cream in “Petunia.”

Lipstick: Meet Matt(e) Hughes, long lasting liquid lipstick in “Sincere” by TheBalm


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Drugstore Vs. Department Store

I decided to do this video to show the differences between cosmetics and skincare you can find at the drugstore compared to more high end makeup and skin care you find at department stores. Enjoy!




Here are the items I talk about in this video:


1. Beauty Blenders- Original beauty blender (high end) and blender from CVS (drugstore.)

2. Foundation- (High end) MAC studio fix fluid foundation. (Drugstore) Loreal’ Infallible Pro Glow Foundation.

3. Purification Facial Masks- (DrugStore) Freeman’s Charcoal and Black Sugar Scrub Mask. (High End) Lancome’ White Clay Mask.

4. Mascara- (High End) Benefit Roller Lash. (Drugstore) Loreal’ Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

5. Blush- (High End) Stila blush and eye shadow palette in “Perfect Me, Perfect Hue, fair/light” (Drug Store) Cover girl Blush Cheeker in “Pink.”

6. Lipstick- (High End) MAC lipstick. (Drugstore) Loreal’ lipstick in “True Red.”

7. Eye shadow- (High End) Anastasia Eye shadow singles. (Drug store) Revlon four color eye shadow palette in “Addictive.”

New Beauty Faves

I’ve been wanting to do this post for a few weeks and finally getting a moment to write before work this morning and drinking coffee in my Pink Octopus Mug. Some of these products I just purchased recently and some I have been using for awhile and hadn’t had time to post them right away.

1. BEAUTY BLENDER- Of course this is an ingenious product and have stocked up on a few pretty pink ones. I also got yesterday for free, a flat egg shaped blotter to blot shine throughout the day which is great and better for your skin instead of caking on powder every time you have to touch up your shine. If you don’t know how to use the beauty blender just pour some water on it and squeeze it out until it is damp and it expands. Once you’re ready to put on your foundation or over makeup just use your damp blender to blend your makeup flawlessly. IMG_0321

2.  ORIGINS Ginseng Eye Cream- I just started using this and I absolutely love it and have already noticed a difference under my eyes. This cream has a Ginseng and a little caffeine to make your eyes brighter and get rid of and dark circles or any puffiness you may have in the morning. 



3. Porefessional Matte Rescue- I am a HUGE fan of Benefit Cosmetics and have tried their different primers but this one and the PORE PROFESSIONAL are my two best. I’ve used pore professional for a long time and use it for traveling but this new pore benefit primer is wonderful. Your rub it on you skin, (with clean hands of course,) and you feel the tingly refreshing gel to your clean skin. I also love it that it is a Matte primer and the best is to put it on your clean skin, wait ten minutes, then apply makeup. 


4. KAT VON D TATTOO LINER IN TROOPER- I’m very picky about using liquid eye liner. I have been using Laura Mercier cake liner for years but discovered a liquid liner pen that I use almost every day. I even layer it on my cake liner sometimes depending on my eye look for that day. I first tried Kat Von D’s liner last month and love it. I love the felt tip pen that always stays sharp every time I apply it which is very important to me. The pen tip is the best at giving a clean eye look and doing the perfect “CAT EYES!”  


5. MAC LIP BRUSH- I really like how this brush is retractable and always keeps it shape when applying lipstick.          * Here’s a great tip, take your lip brush and lipstick and get plenty of the lip color on your lip brush. When you’re out and need to reapply your lipstick, all you need is your lip brush. Leave the tube of lipstick at home. 


6. LUSH MASK OF MAGNAMITY, face and body mask- This is my new favorite mask because you can use it both on your face and on your body if you ever have any red bumps or blemishes and it clears them up right away. I use this mask at least once or twice a week. I mix it up with my black charcoal sugar scrub. 


7. RO’S ARGAN BODY CONDITIONER- Another LUSH product that  I love. I’ve been using this for about 2 months now and can’t get enough of this stuff. This is used the same way you would you a hair conditioner. You slather it on your body, let it seep in for a few minutes, then rinse your body off. At first I wasn’t sure about this product because I thought it would be greasy but it’s the very opposite. It leaves your skin super soft and smelling yummy and you don’t need to apply another moisturizer after your bath or shower if you don’t want to. Play with this conditioner to see how you like to use it.    *Another tip is to when in the bath, apply this conditioner to your legs before shaving. It’ll leave them baby soft.