The French way of beauty is one which emphasizes nature, health, and simplicity. An effective skincare regimen is considered more important than make-up, including outdoor exercise and a good night's sleep. Be slightly disheveled, and never too perfect. From The Every Girl:
When planning what beauty products or tools are worth the investment, Parisians put all their money into keeping their skin naturally radiant and clear, rather than on good foundations or concealers. Beauty routines are rituals. Even baths are more than just to clean up, because oils, salts, or herbs are always added to bathwater to increase the beauty benefits and efficiency. The best part is if you lack talent in makeup application (like I have a creeping suspicion that most of us do), no one ever has to know. Au natural is the only way to go.
Parisian Mathilde Thomas, the founder of international beauty brand Caudalie, has studied the beauty habits of both her homeland and the United States. In her book, “The French Beauty Solution,” she notes the major differences in beauty between both countries. Most crucially, in France, the idea of beauty is something to bring you joy and pleasure. Oppositely, Americans often talk about juice cleanses, crash diets, laser treatments, and invasive facials, all in the name of chasing beauty. Parisian skincare and beauty routines are more centered around feeling good both in self-confidence and in energy and happiness. So if your get-gorgeous motto is “pain is beauty,” perhaps rethink your routine and how it could be kinder, gentler, easier, and more enjoyable for you. (Read more.)