French girls are renowned for their luminous complexion. Olive skin that naturally glows, is as clear as the waters of Saint Tropez and all without the use of heavy makeup products. So how do they do it? It’s true, some of it is down to genes but the rest of it, is simply a new attitude towards skincare. While those of us not lucky enough to live there might find sourcing the French’s tried and tested pharmacy products difficult to locate, we have some amazing alternatives at your fingertips from Obsessory.com! Here’s how you can achieve French girl glowing skin with just a few changes to your daily skin care regime.

Building A Foundation

charlotte tilbury mini miracle eye wand

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand, £30.00

bioderma sebium pore refiner cream

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner Cream, £17.08

It’s very common for French girls not to start wearing makeup until their 20’s. Wearing makeup as a teenager will often be met with disgusted looks from mum and dad and an order to wash your face immediately! While none of us can go back in time and shake our 16-year-old selves for plastering our faces in the foundation, it’s never too late to get your skin back in order. Because French girls don’t smother their faces with trowel amounts of coverage at a young age, their skin is allowed to breathe, especially during those hormonal teenage years.

Once they enter their 20’s they are so used to having a bare-faced look that they are much more delicate when it comes to applying makeup and what’s more, their skin has never got used to full coverage. Many young women in France apply a quality moisturizer, a touch of concealer where necessary and that’s it! Really it makes sense to take care of your natural skin rather than applying needless amounts of products to correct mistakes.

There’s Something In The Water

bioderma sebium h20 500ml

Bioderma Sebium H20 500 Ml, £12.88

bioderma sebium h20 100ml

Bioderma Sebium H20 100 Ml, £5.92

We’ve heard this expression time and time again, “there must be something in the water” but what if there’s more truth to this than meets the eye? There actually is something in the water and it goes by the name of micellar.

This isn’t something you’ll find coming out of the taps in France but you will find it in every French woman’s bathroom, every French pharmacy and of course, here at Obsessory. Using micellar water to remove your makeup is as common as brushing your teeth with toothpaste, why would you use anything else? Bioderma, the French brand of choice, made the original micellar water and is still the most popular brand today. The power of this lightweight formula takes into account the fragility of skin, cleansing gently but efficiently without the need to rinse, leaving you with fresh, soothed skin. It’s paraben, fragrance and alcohol-free, exactly what your skin craves.

Less Is More

chanel inimitable waterproof volume length curl separation mascara

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Volume Length Curl Separation Mascara, £26.00

by terry hyaluronic sheer nude hydra balm lipstick

By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra Balm Lipstick, £32.62

It’s not just coverage products that this rule applies to but makeup in general. You won’t find a French girl laboring over contouring her face or applying highlighter for days or even sculpting her brows. This is more of personal taste issue, however, we can’t help but wonder if their lack of using so many makeup products daily, doesn’t contribute to their naturally even skin tone and blemish free pores. Eyeshadows, powders and crème products aren’t known for blocking up pores but ultimately if you cover your entire face in heavy makeup every day, it’s bound to have a lasting effect on the natural properties of your skin. Try skipping your heavy-handed contouring for just a dash of blush, a slick of mascara and a nude lip for a low maintenance day time look.

Korean Skincare

erborian eau ginseng concentrated lotion

Erborian Cc Creme 15ml, £17.00

erborian cc creme

Erborian Eau Ginseng Concentrated Lotion, £28.00

While the French will always be patriotic about their own skincare brands, most recently there has been a shift in the benefits and technology of Korean products. More and more we are seeing a push and demand for exotic skincare products from Korea and with good reason. While French research tends to stay with heritage practices, independent companies from Korea have been looking into more advanced technology and French girls are top of their client lists.

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