Tousled hair, airbrushed skin, long lashes—all features that come to mind when we picture the modern French woman. To get to the bottom of this mystery, we polled some of our favorite French bloggers and asked them to spill their best-kept beauty secrets. Keep reading to see what they are. Choose one feature to emphasize, and keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum. For example, highlight your eyes with a sweep of eyeliner and mascara, but keep your skin and lips bare.
Without fail, every time I go to France, I lose weight. There is no magic. I move. And, it feels like heaven, not a chore or something to check off my to-do list. In American culture, we have overcomplicated a very simple concept: movement. The French woman may not frequent the gym or engage in hard core Crossfit, but one thing she does do is move her body daily, all while looking fabulous. In fact, the French woman walks, on average, three times more than the American woman.
The great writer Colette was the first French woman to work out in the American sense. She would rise every morning and hit the gym, a collection of primitive contraptions she even traveled with. To most French women, however, the idea holds little appeal. Partly, it all seems such a great, joyless effort: cutting two hours out of the precious day—the travel, changing, learning to use machines, waiting to use them, showering, drying your hair, etc. So while you will surely find all the latest apparatuses in a good French hotel, know that they are there as a grudging concession to tourists and business people.
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