When it comes to beauty, the French know their stuff. One of the world’s most enduring beauty looks is the red lips + cat eye flicks combo – the perfect style for a Parisian adventure! In this post, we’ll show you how to recreate that timeless makeup look so loved by women across France.

Start with your base

Although the lips and eyes may take centre stage, this look is really all about the skin and a smooth, flawless base is the perfect starting point.

Rather than covering up your skin, your foundation should be light and natural. Use a primer to start with, then buff on a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser with a soft brush. Cover any blemishes or dark circles with concealer and set the look with loose powder dusted across your face.

French Beauty – Flawlessly NaturalAdd a pop of colour

Once you’ve created your base, it’s time to add a little bit of colour to your cheeks. A natural, rosy-pink cream blusher will give colour and a subtle sheen to your skin – to apply, smile and dot a small amount onto the apples of your cheeks, blending out towards your hairline.


The focus of this look is on the eyes and lips, so avoid bronzer or highlighter – keep it sleek and simple.

The eyes have it

Using liquid eyeliner can be a bit scary at first but once you’ve got your technique down, it’s easy! Rest your elbow on a steady surface and start by drawing a line from the outer corner of your eye up towards your temple in a smooth flick. Don’t worry if you go wrong or it looks wobbly – use eye makeup remover on a cotton bud to wipe away and start again.

Once you’ve got your outer flick, draw a line from the centre of your eyelid to the bottom of the flick, joining the two together. Finish by adding a line from the inner corner to the middle, and once all that’s in place do a final layer across the full line.

A perfect pout

The finishing touch to your French beauty look is a perfect pair of red lips. There’s a red shade for every skin tone, but fairer skins should go for orangey reds while darker skins suit more blue-toned colours.

Start by prepping your lips with a little bit of moisturiser to create a smooth base. Red lipstick can bleed off the lips and onto your skin, so it’s a good idea to use a lipliner first – make sure it matches your chosen lipstick, then carefully follow the outline of your lips. Then, fill in with your lipstick and blot with a tissue to soften the finish.

Voila! A classic French beauty look that will take you from day to night with ease.

Jen Allison
Jen is an online writer with a penchant for rose gold jewellery and oversized knitwear. She’s a stickler for grammar, loves a good book and can’t get enough of Instagram.

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