September 21, 2014

How to be Parisian {7 beauty tips from Carolnie De Maiget}

If you've ever wanted what those French women have - that certain Jenesequa, than this book is a must read. The authors give you their very original views on style, beauty, culture, attitude and men. - Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas.
Model and Lancome's new beauty muse Caroline de Maigret has certain French something and along with her good friend and authors of How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are describes just this. Here are a few beauty tips:


- Beauty in France is epidermal - nobody cares that much about make-up, it's what's underneath that matters. 
- Skin should look natural. Freckles can appear in spring... sometimes your cheekbones blush when you lie, and your whole face flushes when you are intimidated.
- French women avoid using foundation, which merely serves as a shroud, and therefore trivialises. 
- Skin of your face must be treated as a canvas. Start with a moisturiser to smooth your skin. 
- Hide any imperfections with concealers (such as YSL's Touch Eclat) or a BB cream. If you really can't live without your foundation, then mix it with a touch of moisturiser to mute its effect. 
- Never go to bed without taking off your make-up, so you fall asleep not smelling like the party. Yes you climb into bed more tired for this care. But that's the price we pay to save our skin.

French model Laetitia Casta with her perfect skin


One of the Parisienne's most distinctive features is her head of hair. There are several characteristics that make it easy to identify. Her hair style is never "immaculate" and it's rare that she goes for a blowout. She cultivates, depending on her age a type of capillary blur, to varying degrees of tidiness:
- Do not dye your hair, or if you do, only in your original colour to highlight it, or to hide any grey.
- Do not dry your hair with a hair dryer (in fact, you might as well throw your hair dryer away) but instead use two much more environmentally friendly resources: fresh air in summer and a towel in winter. Whenever possible, wash your hair in the evening rather than in the morning, so as not to leave the house with wet hair.
- There's no point in accessorising your hair. Avoid hair clips or headbands if you're over 18.
- As your face gets messier with age, your hair can get neater for balance.
- Either go all grey or no grey hair. Salt and pepper is for the table.
- Rum, honey, two eggs yolks and the juice of a lemon: not a recipe for baba au rhum, but just what you need for a restorative hair mask.


- Short, clean nails, sometime worn with polish. 
- The French manicure is something of an enigma: it is the exact opposite of French chic. The Parisienne does not understand the point of it and never wears it. 
- She'll go to great lengths for a pedicure but wears mismatched underwear. 
- Before throwing out a juiced lemon, rub it on your fingernails - it'll strengthen and brighten them

Plastic Surgery

- First choose one part to focus on, one single operation. 
- Next, put off for as long as possible. In France it is rare to find a 35-year-old who has had plastic surgery. 
- Generally the fight begins in your Forties, often with the help of hyaluronic acid and Botox. 
- Resort to Botox no times than once a year, or else you run the risk of it becoming visible. 
- Small lifts are contemplated after the age of 50: your eyelids, the bags under your eyes or the wrinkles around your mouth, 
- At the age of 60, you can think about maybe getting a "mini-lift".


- She drinks vodka in the evening and green tea in the morning. 
- She eats a four-cheese pizza but puts Stevia in her coffee. 
- Once a week, brush your teeth wit baking soda - it's a natural whitener. h
- Drink a gallon of water before going to sleep - it's the best way to avoid a hangover. 
- Your skin retains the memory of every party you ever went to, under your eyes and at the corners of your lips. Be wary of your excess. 
- Your skin, hair and nails all love beer. Not the kind you drink - that gives you a belly - but instead beer in the form of brewer's yeast. Sprinkle it on salads, steak and vegetables. It's an excellent alternative to salt. 
- On exercise? She thinks of her mother's backside and the cost of a gym membership, but that's not enough. 
- In short, you're not a slave to the cult of the perfect body - so learn to make the best of what nature gave you. 
- An aromatherapy massage isn't a luxury, it's an investment in well-being.


- The Parisienne retains her little imperfections, cherishes them even (the gap in her smile or her slightly crooked tooth, her prominent eyebrows or strong nose): these are the signs of a certain strength or character and allow her to feel beautiful without being perfect. 
- The Faux Pas: over-plucking your eyebrows. Having lip augmentation - it makes you look like a duck. Wearing too much make-up. Having more than two different colours in your hair.

Vanessa Paradis with her perfectly placed gap teeth


Find your perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years. 
- Be unfaithful: cheat on your perfume, but only on cold days. 
- A touch of perfume on your hair, behind your ear or on the nape of the neck, never did anyone any harm. 
- Always put on perfume before going out. 

Source {fashiontelegraphuk}

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