Parisian Beauty Inspiration

April 14, 2015


I know I'm few months early for Bastille day, and maybe it was my recent romp around the French Quarter, but I have been majorly inspired by French beauty lately.

The French way to beauty is to look leisurely: not too put-together or over the top.
Hair should be messy yet pretty, and makeup shouldn't take too long. Not putting in too much effort is what makes them look so chic. Even skincare shouldn't be too fussy or overdone!

I have gathered a lot of my inspiration from this book I picked up last year, Paris Street Style.
This book has incredible photos of real Parisian women on the street, as well as interviews from heavy hitting fashion and beauty icons based in the city.

Something else I'd like to thank the French for: Micellar water.
They started it all off with La Roche Posay and Bioderma, and it has finally trickled down to the states. Micellar water is amazing for low-maintenance skin-cleansing or makeup removal. My favorite is the Simple Cleansing Water. For this France, I will be forever grateful.

As far as makeup goes, these ladies love a clean look. Maybe a pop of sheer red lip (like my favorite from BareMinerals in Game Changer) to brighten the face, with a light coat of mascara. Eyeliner on the lower and upper waterline, but nearly bare on the rest of the face. Nails should be clean and feminine.

Thank you women of France for the pastries, the outfits, the purses, and the beauty inspiration which allows me to get out the door 15 minutes faster. Thank you.

Here are some French beauty babes for some major inspiration:

 Marion Cotillard
    Clemence Poesy     

Brigitte Bardot
CoCo Chanel

 What French Inspiration are you most into these days?
XoXo Mollie


  1. I would like to thank the French for micellar water as well, love that stuff! Parisian makeup looks are one of my fave!

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  2. Great post! Lovely inspiration photos, Brigitte Bardot <3.... Need to try that Simple micellar water, although I do love Bioderma I've run out!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    1. Oh yes give it a go! It's so easily available and just as great!

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  3. ooooh, I LOVE Clemence since she appeared in Gossip Girl. Huge girl crush

  4. Love all these ladies, they have great style.

  5. That Essie nail polish is so pretty, love this color for spring!

  6. I definitely need to read that book! I love the laid back approach to beauty that french women have
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  7. Ahh, I am so obsessed with your blog. Just stumbled across it and have been reading basically all your posts haha. New follower, keep it up lovely :) xx

    1. Aww, thanks so much sweetie! Words like this are what keep me motivated with my blog and really bring joy to my day! <3 xoxo

  8. Love all those babes for inspiration! Another girl I like for inspiration is Lou Lesage.

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  10. I love this all!


  11. such women icons!! :D

    Have a great weekend!
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  12. amazin inspirations

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