Everyone’s favourite American in Paris is back — and it’s making us feel très chic indeed. Luckily for those of us who want to channel French style, the show’s make-up supervisor, Aurélie Payen, shared five French-girl makeup tips that she used on set with Vogue.
Here are five French-girl makeup tips to try, according to Payen in Vogue.
Start with beautiful skin
According to Vogue, “Payen’s primary lesson in Parisian beauty is that a natural, seemingly bare complexion is the ultimate goal — even when it’s enhanced with cosmetics.” The MUA explains that skin prep is key. Payen suggests prepping skin with a routine: she starts with a light therapy mask followed with hydrating eye patches, a face mist and a facial cream.
Try: Caudalie Grape Water Moisturizing Face Mist, Sephora, $13.
Bold lips say it all
Payen explains that French-girl beauty tends to focus on balance — so a bold lip colour (and bangs, if you’re season-three Emily) make a statement that pairs well with a lighter touch on eye makeup.
Try: Lancôme L’Absolu Lacquer Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick, Sephora, $36.
Consider nude tones
Minimal makeup is one of the biggest beauty trends we’re predicting for 2023, and the “natural” look (AKA light foundation, minimal concealer) aligns well with Payen. Choose “nude” products that match your skintone — whether that means a perfectly matched shade of foundation or a subtle blush that mimics your own natural blush.
Try: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Bare With Me Serum Concealer, Amazon, $16.
Go subtle with faux lashes
As much as we love lash extensions and dramatic faux lashes, Payen suggests a more subtle approach to lashes — AKA, trading in heavy strips of lashes for individual faux lashes. “Take singles one by one and mix the longest one with the tiniest one,” Payen told Vogue.
Try: LANKIZ Individual Lashes, Amazon, $14.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
Not everything has to be subtle and understated, of course. “It’s also very elegant to be extreme; we have to remember that,” Payen told Vogue. Pops of colour, graphic eyeliner and shimmering sparkle all have a place in your makeup repertoire. AKA, there’s always space to say oui to fun and play when it comes to beauty.