Those Parisians really have it all: glorious complexions, La Roche-Posay stockists around every la rue, croissants and macarons to evoke a food baby even in me--the health freak, and I will do anything to lounge in a street side café for people watching.
Amongst these matters, Parisians always look so chic. Why, oh why, oh why? And the most unfortunate part is that, no matter how hard I try, I will never achieve such a sophisticated air.
When it comes to their faces, it doesn't even look like they have a full face of warpaint gracing those baby-esque complexions--aside from the occasional red lip (très chic).
Whether the above statements hold veracity of are a load of stereotypes, I still pile on the black clothing,
try to read magazines in français, and often gracefully sweep on my version of le maquillage parisienne, with a whole lot more coverage and sans the red lip.
Consider this one of your 'no-makeup,' makeups, with quite a few products, but a visibly minimal result--like invisible layers that pack a punch. For instance, the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer, supplying a sticky base for further foundation longevity and an all day, shine free finish (but there's some dew left over, of course).
If I'm having a bad skin day, I'll buff on a bit of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (of which I have the lightest shade--no mockery allowed). Yet, here's the trick: only apply where needed. After I've deceived with a myth, I run to the pharmacy and buy a shedload of La Roche-Posay bottles...I wish.
On the contrary, if I'm porting a relatively belle complexion, I'll just smudge the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer all over and blend with a combination of fingers and the Buffing Brush for a seamlessly skin-like finish (which, in honesty, is all down to the formula of this covering wonder).
And to further enhance those 'cheekbones,' a hint of the RMS Living Luminizer gets tapped onto the tops of the cheeks.
If you're unable to reach the conclusion just yet, I'll tell you that I'm a face base perfectionist. To further commit to that standard, I'll finish by conveying that I just fill in those brow gaps and extend the ends of my face-caterpillars (or as they appear) with the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette. Then, I curl my lashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers and wiggle the Maybelline Full 'N Soft Waterproof Mascara into the outer lashes and then just brush up to the tips on the rest of the set. Point proven.
Unfortunately, my heritage will disclose that there will always be something American about my countenance. Yet, French readers, disclose: does this sound relatively similar to your culture? Please, êtes gentil.
And, as a confession, 'how to be french' is one of my top Google searches.