Parisian Chic

Ok so I'm not quite there with the whole French girl cool thing, but you can't blame a girl for trying. Like most I'm obsessed with classic, French-inspired beauty; the nearly naked make up look being one of them. The likes of Clemence Poesy, Joshephine de La Baume and Melanie Laurent have me green with envy over their ability to pull of a barely there make up look like no other and recently I've been taking a random stab at having a go myself. My complexion in no way rivals that of a true Parisian beauty, but as I said; you can't blame a girl for trying...

Flawless skin definitely isn't my strong point, so attempting a natural looking base is the next best thing. I'm suffering pretty badly with redness in my skin at the moment (tips are always welcome), so this time I opted for Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation to add a little extra coverage. It's a bit too heavy for me on its own, so spritzing MUA's Pro Mist Fixing Spray over the top helped get things looking a little more skin-like again. I might write a more complete post on this at some point in the future as it really is a great little product for the price. Of course, Benefit's Erase Paste was then patted under my eyes to counteract any darkness; when will I ever reach for anything else?

I decided to keep the whole colour palette as neutral as possible, but I did apply a few products to prevent me from looking quite so much like a corpse. My brows were kept natural, but I did sweep a little of MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly across my eyelids, as well as taking a tiny bit underneath my eyes, too. My lower lashes were kept completely bare and one coat of the Clinique High Impact Mascara was all that was needed on my upper lashes to give a more defined, but still incredibly subtle look. A dab of Stila's Convertible Colour in Gerbera was then patted onto my cheeks, and the shade Rose from the same line added a super subtle hint of red to my lips - although admittedly this is just about as bold as I ever dare to go.Oh so daring, I know.