How To

Master French-Girl Beauty

Master French-Girl Beauty Master French-Girl Beauty

What is it about French girls and their nonchalant take on beauty?  They have a knack for pulling off a polished but seemingly effortless look. We asked MECCA Makeup Artist Sally Axford to walk us through a classic French look step-by-step; the smudged smokey eye, the matte red lip, the glowing, fresh skin with just a hint of colour. And for extra Frenchness? We slipped her a few products from the new NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection (landing instore on May 30) to include in the look. The verdict? Magnifique!

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Apply a thin layer of NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection Hydrating Glow Tint for a radiant, natural-looking base and then conceal any redness or dark under-eye circles with Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo.

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For a flush of colour, dab on NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection Multiple Tint in Jo just below the apples of the cheeks and buff out with the Hourglass No.2 Brush.

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Dab a small amount of Rodin Lip Balm onto the centre of the eyelids as well as the cheekbones, cupid’s bow and browbones for a subtle glossy highlight.

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Editor’s note: The NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection will be available online and instore on 30 May 2017.

Photography by Nick Dale
Makeup by Sally Axford for MECCA
Hair by Natalie Virgona
Shot on location at Mecca Cosmetica Toorak Road

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