Here is how French women do holiday party makeup. The holiday season is definitely one of the most wonderful times of the year, especially because it gives us reasons to wear refined outfits and sophisticated makeup looks any day of the week. But it’s also the busiest few weeks of our social calendar with countless holiday celebrations to attend, from office parties to family gatherings. And while classic holiday makeup looks like red lips and eyeliner are always a staple for dinner gatherings and after-dark soirées, there’s nothing wrong with adding some extra sparkle by playing with glitter products and more.
So, just in time for the holidays, here is a step-by-step guide to creating the most beautiful and effortless French girl makeup for a holiday soirée, plus the best makeup essentials to recreate this look.
Face · Le Teint
Foundation is a step French women generally skip, but on days when breakouts and redness show up to the party, they’ll make an exception. Opt for a foundation with light coverage that leaves a natural and radiant finish. Prefer a liquid formula that generally has the most natural finish and you can apply the fingers. Dior’s Capture Dreamskin cushion foundation and Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer are my two ultimate favorites. They offer both nice coverages but are not too heavy.
Then, just apply the tiniest amount of concealer sparingly to problem areas: under the eyes, but also anywhere else to cover blemishes or pigmentations. For a very natural finish, I’ll recommend Dior Forever Skin Correct concealer and the YSL Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening concealer pen.
This French holiday party makeup is all about natural glow and a little flush. Just add a little bit of blush exactly where you would naturally flush: to the apples of the cheeks, up onto the temples, and right on the bridge of the nose. Blend until you have a very subtle color and natural finish. For this holiday makeup look, I love the Dior Rouge Blush 601 Hologlam which is a buildable powder blush in a vibrant pink shade.
Finally, add a little extra sparkle to your complexion with a highlighter in gold, copper, and rose gold shades like the Chanel Baume Essential or the Fluide Enlumineur —the latter can be mixed in with a foundation for a delicate dewy finish. Apply your favorite highlighter above your cheekbones; it will give that definition as if you’ve sculpted out your cheeks.
Eyes · Les Yeux
For the eyes, you’ll need a dark brown kohl eye pencil (like the Chanel Stylo Ombre et Contour eyeshadow liner khôl), a gold or beige shimmery eyeshadow, and plenty of black mascara. Just line your upper and lower lash lines with the pencil and then use either a fine eye shadow brush or the tip of your finger to smudge it out. Then, apply a gold, beige, or rose shimmery eyeshadow like the Chanel Ombre Première liquid eyeshadow in the shade 39 Lame Ivoire. If you prefer using a palette with a few colors to choose from depending on your mood I’ll recommend Dior’s 5 Couleurs couture (in limited edition) or the Chanel Les 4 Ombres multi-effect quadra eyeshadows. For mascara, choose a very dark black mascara for a more dramatic look. My ultimate favorites are the Le Volume de Chanel mascara and the Diorshow mascara.
Finally, when it comes to brows, the bigger the better. French women generally like them generous and not too over defined. Basically, fluffy eyebrows are the go-to look, and Glossier’s Boy brow is the perfect brow gel for that.
Lips · La Bouche
For the lips, you can choose a pinkish-nude like the Diorific 074 Rose d’hiver or bright red lipstick. For this holiday season, luxury beauty brands have launched beautiful red lipstick in limited edition. My ultimate favorites are the Chanel Rouge Allure Satin Lipstick and the Rouge Dior 862 Winter Poppy.
For the application, first, always hydrate your lips with a lip balm and dab the excess moisture with a tissue, this will prevent the color from bleeding. Then, start on the bottom lip with one continuous swipe of lipstick from one side to another. You can use your fingers to diffuse the color all over your lips. Once it’s done, you can intensify the color by applying several layers of red lipstick and then, just smush your lips onto a tissue. It’s the best way if you want your lipstick to last all night!
Nails · Les Ongles
For a holiday soirée, French women generally match their nails and lips. To do so, you don’t have to find the exact same red color for your nails as the one you’re using for your lips. But you can wear a darker or brighter nail polish color. This season, I love the Chanel Le Vernis 913 Rouge Intemporel and also the Diorific Vernis 862 Poppy —perfect to match with Rouge Dior 862 Winter Poppy. Then, to light up my nails with a shimmering, glitter veil, I love to apply a layer of the Diorific Vernis 001 Bouton d’Or over my nail polish.
Et voilà! I hope this guide on how French women do holiday party makeup will give you all the inspiration you need from now until the new year! If you have any questions please let me know in the comment below.
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