A Parisian Affair & A Little Black Dress + 5 Hairstyles for the Look!

Don’t we all want to be a Parisian for a day. That fresh looking skin, bed-hair, minimal makeup, bright red lips and a killer sense of style. The world has always wondered, Is it true? Do the French girls really do it better? Well, I can’t answer that question, but what I can certainly do is feebly try and be a Mademoiselle for a day!

*Photo courtesy – Just Jared.com and WSJ Magazine 

I have always been a fan of two actresses in terms of beauty and style. Marion Cotillard and Eva Green, and both of them happen to be French. I find their beauty absolutely mesmerising and their style a forever classic. Where Eva is known for her dark looks, strong jawline and killer beauty, Marion works more of a “classical-beauty” charm, with great sense of style.

When I thought of trying out this look, I had few things in mind – donning a LBD, minimal/no makeup, plain eyes and puckering up with a scarlet red lip.

Off course, the no-makeup didn’t work out well for I have plenty of blemishes and dark under eye circles. So I got on with the lightest base and the strongest (most pigmented) concealer. Easy picks were – LÓreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation – a low coverage base and MAC ProLongwear Concealer in NC25. For subtle highlighting I used Revlon’s Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light, as according to an article in Vogue Magazine – Parisian gals love them a good highlight on cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

No blush, no conturing (French girls don’t like conturing/bronzers apparently!), and no eye makeup with an exception of the Mascara – YSL  Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara.

For the red lip, I wanted something that looks fresh, not coral, not orange, RED – but fresh. The answer came to me in the form of LÓreal Pure Reds Collection Star Lipsticks in Blake Lively’s Pure Scarleto, it is also my favourite colour from the collection. I love how it is fresh, bright and perky, wearable for both day and night!

Only thing remaining was a little dab of powder over my T-Zone, without hiding the shine coming through from the natural oils at work 😉 – the light and non-caked powder I used was Korres Wild Rose Compact Powder.

The Dress by ASOS – Bought from ASOS.com last year for my birthday. Not available anymore, but a full sleeved version of it is here.

The Five Hairstyles I tried before I settled to go with the Eva Green inspired extreme side partitioned,  waves. 

– Sleek ponytail
-Mussed haired loose French bun
– Volumised high bun
– Bed-head/unkempt hair

After all the hairdo attempts I and my hair were pretty tired, hence the easy side partition happened. Anyway, attempting to play the French Chic part was fun, as I am pretty much obsessed with the whole “the French girls”thing. 
The imperfect-perfection and the fascinating culture makes me say one thing – Je t’Aime Pari!