There's a lot of hype about French women beauty secrets... Do we expats believe the hype?
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There's a lot of hype about French women beauty secrets, French women style, French women hairstyles, makeup and fashion. Do we expats believe the hype?
In this video an English and a New Zealand expat living in Paris, we focus in on Paris fashion and Parisian beauty secrets - the haircut, the hairstyle, the make up, the nails, the fashion, the body shape and more.
Are you French? Do you have any French women style secrets to share? French style tips? Or do you have an opinion on the French beauty rituals? Let us know down below!
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D'habitude, ce que j'aime avec Rosie, c'est qu'elle va plus loin que les habituels clichés. La plupart du temps, ses jugements sont plutôt justes. C'est pourquoi je trouvais dommage qu'elle ne le fasse pas avec le look.
I know it is the culture, but I believe the root cause may be because they criticize each other a lot, it is connected to their education system; so this reflects on their clothing choices, which is usually very conservative and colorless. They like to keep the attention away from themselves almost. Moreover, the pay gap and females being significantly underpaid in one of the most expensive cities in the world, Paris, would create a large demographics who cannot afford expensive clothing, so it is cheaper to have a closet that is matching in colors and styles and would allow to do the maximum out of the items you have. Also, rich shaming is an actual thing in France, probably because of the history. I would appreciate if anyone helps to give more info x
French women seem very plain Jane boring looking and I find it funny that they're so focused on size bc the French girls I met at University were all bigger than me. Like size 8-12 with flabby skin, untoned arms or legs, mini gut and never exercised but smoked like a chimney. They look boring and dirty and just slather on red lipstick like a street walker... bizarre
You said "everyone's aiming at similar looks and it's a shame because they're fighting for the same beauty ideal". But being similar is the purpose. originality isn't encouraged. you're expected to blend in.
As for beauty ideal, you're not expected to fight to reach it. Beauty is what nature gave you. People have to accept you the way you were made. Some were born beautiful, some weren't. You won't fool anyone with make up and even if you do fool someone, deception isn't appreciated.
if there are as many beauty ideals as there are people, what's the point of a beauty ideal? Is it a ladder you climb ? You make up in the morning, look in the mirror and say "I' m one step closer to my beauty ideal. I've almost succeeded in my life"? Is it a personnal achievement or a way to compare with other people. And if you do want to compare, thus entering a competition, you all need the same ideal
I don't agree that it's a health thing. French are definitely a lot more mono-ethnic and and smaller build that other nationalities. Spanish women are just over the border and are naturally curvy. Plus they smoke a lot for people concerned about health.
I don’t think American culture fits neatly with what you are describing as Anglo cultures. While people in the film and TV industry as will wear fake eyelashes, fake tans, and all the rest, that is rare in the United States. In real life, virtually no one wears highlighter, contour, false lashes, or spray tan. But it seems like these products are really common among every day folks in the UK, and other English-speaking places. From your description, it sounds like the United States for the most part it’s much more like Paris than the rest of the English-speaking world.
I totally agree about the whole dressing up situtation (makeup and clothes). Im french and lived in Australia. Just a simple saturday night out was the occasion to wear the most dressed up shortest pieces of clothing and i was just hanging out in my jeans most of the time 😂
J habite pas à Paris mais je pense qu' il ne faut pas se retenir de porter ce que l on souhaite, et de se mettre des barrières, je trouve ça dommage de vois entendre dire que vous vous retenez de porter ce qui vous fait du bien.
That was interesting as a French person. I think one reason we don't dress up as much is also a heritage of the French feminism. We fought to wear trousers, to not bear the makeup pressure, to be comfortable. So being super girly seems superficial. I agree it is a shame we are a bit judgemental when people dress up even classy and not sexy though. :)
Wow, sounds like the Germans are much more stylish (they have a lot of style like the Japanese Oska)! No leather slacks, with slinky Italian cashmere sweater...? No skirts..? Ironically, not THAT long ago the way you knew a foreign. girl in Paris was the SHE wore jeans., because Fench girls did not..m
I lime your comment about body tuoes, it's true that French women are all physically alike, you don't find much difference in body structure... So their one-soze-fits-all does fit all since they are all alike... I am 5'8" and I personally always feel like a mountain. besides my French friend,s who are all 5'2 to 5'5...
I find it really sad that French girls will. not wear skirts or dresses: the French are supposed to be a bastion of femininity, but it sounds like they all dress like men.
What a shame! And I watched the video about how sort of sad and lightly depressed the French are, which is ALSO sad ... They never were before, just the opposite! I think they are losing their identity. God, I hope not.
I'm from Norway, but part French. What you say about dressing up is the same in Norway. From a guy's perspective I actually find the makeup, all the fakeness (tan, nails, etc even silicone, fake lips is getting out of hand here) to be quite vulgar and not attractive. Plus I think most girls look kind of the same when they're behind all that. And the amount of effort, time and money girls put into these things is offputting when there's no occation, it feels so insecure and yeah.. fake.
So imo it's the complete opposite. I find that natural nonchalent look French girls have often more attractive, and they always seem to have this certain je ne sais qoui. It's a matter of taste though of course, so I hope I'm not offending anyone.
Your video reminds me of a something I have experienced as a french young woman. I have studied in UK in the uni of Durham. One evening, my college organized a special dinner where collegians had to come dressed in another country outfit. However I did not know about that so I came like it was a regular diner and obviously I came with my favorite black dress ...
when I arrived there i felt like I didn’t respect the theme of the evening. Suddenly a girl came to me and ask me “what is your costume ? What nationality you wanted to copy ? Oh let me guess .... you are dressed like a french girl, right ?
We both laughed when I said “well I AM FRENCH and I just didn’t know I had to wear a costume”
There were a lot guys dressed with marinière, béret carrying a baguette. Very stereotypical but I love stereotypes like that !
Anyway good video ! I am always very interested about how foreigners see us ;)
I had a bit of a culture shock as well when I came to the UK. I'm from Hungary and we usually dress more casually and wear less make-up as well. Actually, there is a term for one who wears a lot of shiny makeup and very tight and short dress, the plaza-girl and it is not a flattering one. I think we are also more direct in making comments but people are not very health-conscious and a lot of them are overweighted or obese. I was the most shocked to see girls in the UK wearing skirts and sandals without tights during winter. That's something hard to wrap my head around.
Several years ago I went out with a french guy for 2 years. His sister once asked me “pourquoi est-ce que les anglaises sont des putes? I was like ummmm I’m English and I don’t think I’m a “pute.” And she said well “vous portez des jupes au bar!” We wore skirts and they were in pumas and long sleeve shirts. So the clothing discussion was definitely spot on.
I am 51 and go to Nice quite often and I love the style there for women of my age. I love the dresses just above the knee and this time I noticed French women are obsessed with jeans that taper in above the ankle and show a lot of ankle, finished with trainers and NO socks. If you dressed like that here in the UK people would laugh because they would say your trousers weren't long enough! But there if the trousers are took long they will actually turn them up to ensure enough ankle is revealed! Also minimal make up and a healthy tan, which I much prefer. BUT the thing I can't understand is the same matching hairstyle, which is short and slightly wavy but stays brushed back off their faces. How do they DO that? It's a mystery to me frankly. Think Ines de Fressange.
Hi ! I'm french andL'm not agree for something in your video :french manucure come from USA, it was created for Hollywood's stars. . french manucure isn't french.
What you say about Mode is maybe true for a part of the population, but there is lot of differents style. Go to Les Galeries Lafayette and you can see that mode is not a Jean and simple grey pull-over all the time ! Now mode is bright colors like orange, yellow and green. . with fluid fabric
I’m french but I think I might be english inside 😂
Every time you compare french culture to USA or new zeland or england ... I’m like “ I’m not like this. I’m more like you”
Even in make up and dress up : I’M ALWAYS OVERDRESSED ! In every situation ! But now everyone is use to it and actually like it. But every time I met someone new we have this moment where he is weird about it 😂
As an English girl having recently moved (back) to France I am already missing getting dressed up to go out somewhere nice! When will I ever be able to wear my nice dresses?! It's such a shame that you have to wait for something as big as a wedding or something to dress up. Although I have noticed, however, that the French don't go out partying like we do anyway, they have House parties instead. Which is nice, but I need to get the occasional boogie out of my system! I'll have to go back to England to get my groove on 😂
When you spoke of “different markets of interested men for differently sized women in the UK” it made me realize that the market for men in France is also way more narrowed and way more defined. If you are a sporty guy, that’s not as accepted or acceptable as being a thin intellectual. Again, understanding that we are talking about white middle-class to upper middle-class Paris. The banlieu has its own rules and french black culture has its own tastes as well.
Miniskirts + highheels + makeup + jewelry = overkill. Parisians look down on overkill. UK and Russian girls can do a lot of overkill, no offense intended, just it can quickly be TOO much. About your country house party experience, french culture firmly believes you should know how to dress for the country, for the city, for the beach. Otherwise, it’s a big faux-pas. In fact, think of that notion “le faux-pas”, what other language do you know has a hyphenated coined word for the notion of: what goes and what does not go, culturally speaking. :) there is art in restraining yourself. For going out, wear you Saint-Laurent Black dinner jacket, sexy lingerie, jeans, t-shirt and maybe some heels. Bold lipstick and hair like you just finished making love. If you wear a dress, then pair with sneakers and wear with a black leather jacket. Save your mini skirts for summer abroad.
I was digging this right up to the point where body shapes were discussed. The French don't get fat because they're more "health conscious"? Seriously? A nation FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH CHAINSMOKERS IS 'HEALTH CONSCIOUS'"? Eating out of control may not be healthy but our fat people aren't destroying the health of everyone nearby when putting a fork in their mouths. The same cannot be said of people who habitually mainline carcinigens around others. I give the French credit for a lot (understated elegance, limited feminine fakeness, better movies about real stuff) but France is the LAST place I'd look to for examples of good health.
Hello ! Tank you for this video, it was really interesting. But could you try once or twice to go somewhere else in France and tell us what you've seen.
Paris is Paris, and there is a lot of people out of Paris. So could you try to speak about them ?
I know a lot of people said that before me, but in France there is not only Paris.
But thank you, thanks to your video I discovered that I'm not like most of the Parisians.
(Sorry for the mistakes I made, I have big difficulties with the timea of verbs... ^^)
ah ouais !? j'avais pas réalisé que c'était un truc typique français de pas ''dress up'' (je sais pas comment traduire) ! Je pensais que c'était juste pas mon truc ^^ (j'habite en Amérique du nord)
Peut-être entre autres parce qu'en France on peut facilement se faire traiter de pute si on a une jupe trop courte et un peu trop de maquillage :/
You are totally right ! (I am French girl, born and bread in Paris) In Paris, if your outfit standouts to much, people will look at you rudely and judge. That is why everyone is looking the same. I agree with you, it is a shame...
French manucure, Cette technique est née aux États-Unis dans les années 1970, inventée pour les stars hollywoodiennes. Elle est alors dénommée « French » (« Française ») en référence à la « French Touch », terme évoquant l'élégance et le raffinement dans le domaine de la mode
Étant française je me sens obligé de répondre à cette vidéo. Je comprend vos avis et j'en ai moi même rie à certains moments.😂 Mais dire "vous ne verrez jamais " ceci ou cela je trouve ça exagéré.. Sachant que énormément de française adorent la mode américaine et se font donc des ongles exagéré ou alors ont la dose de Make Up sur le visage. La plupart des femmes restent naturelles mais pas toute 😉
Par contre le point ou je suis tout à fait d'accord c'est pour les habits.. J'ai moi même des tenues de soirée que je n'ose jamais mettre car je sais que tout le monde va me devisager si par exemple je met mes talons de 15 cm..
Bisous et bonne continuation 😋😘
I grew up in France (in a mixed culture household), lived in the US for 2 decades now, so I think of myself of anything other than French. But once in a while, I get this realization that in some respect, I am very French. Watching this video gave me another one of those moments. So I have not been satisfied with a single haircut since I moved to the US. I let my hair grow long, trim it myself (or ask my husband) and when I travel to France every couple years, I get a good haircut as a special treat. I once sat down at a hair salon in Austin, and made a request from a stylist for a haircut that would prevent my hair from giving me bunny cheeks. The stylist got snippy on me (not with scissors) and told me that this could easily be fixed with a bit of styling. She grabbed a round brush and a blow drier and proceeded to demonstrate. I told her that I did not want to start every morning by blowing hot air on my head, especially not in July in central Texas and could she, or could she not fix my problem with a good haircut?
I have been watching you videos and really enjoy them. I must say, though, that i think i would suffocate and die in paris. Between the negativity, complaining, strict prescriptive fashion, fat shaming, superiority complexes--- I would hate it! And i feel i can say all of this because i know the Parisian will not care! Lol
Bonjour il faut avouer que cette vidéo m'énerve beaucoup la plupart des choses dont elles ont parler sont fausse les français ne se résume pas à paris, les français peuvent très excentrique ou originaux mais pour sa il faudrait sortir des arrondissements "bobo" de paris
I’m a parisian and I think parisian are always class that’s beacause when there is a birthday are a party you think that they are just dressed like everyday. 😘 (I hope that you will understand what I am meanning, my english is very bad 😂)
I think it's a good thing you guys mostly refer to "parisien women", cause for example, I'm from Bordeaux and I don't know anyone here, boy or girl, who'd think it's polite/ok to comment on someone's weight. I think it isn't stereotyping to say that parisiens are more snobby (superficial maybe ? Focused on their appearance ?) that other French people. And regarding makeup, maybe it juste depends on personality or age, I'm very much a fan doing a full glam, going a bit ham on makeup, most of my friends are like that too
So here's my problem with the Parisian weight standards. I think it's fine to encourage people to maintain a healthy weight. But, my body frame, my none structure will never change. I will never look athletic... I will never look slim. I'm shorter with a more hourglass figure. My legs will never be longer, the width of my hip bones isn't suddenly going to narrow, my chest is not going to be flatter.
If Parisians have a problem with that, it makes me sad. I hope to travel one day to Paris and already know there is almost no chance I will ever find clothing that fits me, even if I'm at my ideal weight.
You simply discovered how much normative we are..Not sure this is the proper english word, but you got it I guess. If you're a little bit chubby, wearing a tight short skirt, you'll be under so many judgmentals. As for the makeup, guess what? the same. But, as a french guy, I don't see the point to go at casual birthday party all dressed up as for a wedding, again I'm french:)
It might kills some creativity somehow, but this is how we genarally do it here,
I agree being fat isn't healthy at all but from a nation where they all smoke like chimneys? Haha. Ridiculous. Also, worrying about skincare while again, smoking, which over time wrecks your collagen stores and deprives you of vitamin C which does a massive number on skin as you age no matter what expensive shit you slather on topically. Older French women in my observation often have faces like walnuts between the food restriction and the constant smoking, ugh. Like the French style generally, but not the dreary conformism that makes it the only acceptable way to dress. A Frenchman I met in Asia once described to me how French women's personal style in 'set in aspic' from late teenagerdom. He said he actually liked how other cultures are more relaxed about dressing up and trying different styles through life. I agreed - while it's important to find what suits you and feels good, experimenting with styles is part of the fun of life. As is accepting that people dress differently to express themselves and there's more to life than looking dressed-down and 'tasteful' and scorning anything that's outside these narrow, 'acceptable' margins. I mean, it's so anal and boring.
Great video! I lived in Paris for 14 years and I agree with almost everything you say about Parisian norms, especially the reduced range of what is acceptable. I never missed dressing up and found Parisian women always to be impeccably presented, even in jeans and a T-shirt.
Three things I would like to add: elegance is the general rule; poise and being perfectly coiffed add greatly to a woman's beauty (a Parisian woman can be stunning but if you look closely, she may not have a beautiful or even average face); and mature women -- 40s, 50s and even older -- are seen as sexual, sensual beings. ...Oh, a fourth thing -- Parisians *never* step out in anything like sweat pants, not even on a Sunday morning dash to the boulangerie.
It may seem like snobbery (and sometimes can be), but Parisian standards are often guided by an aesthetic idea of what is "beau" and "pas beau." There is a high, quasi-moral value placed on "la beauté," including for objects. That was my experience, in any case.
Les françaises à Paris sont sûrement très très très maigres. Mais en général, les filles ont des formes. Mais l'obésité n'est moins acceptée à cause des problèmes de santé qu'elle entraîne....
Voilà et sinon les jeunes aiment quand même s'habiller pour sortir. Ça ne se passe qu'a Paris.
I'm French AND Parisian and I do have to disagree on the fact that we underdress when we go out. My friends and I always take really good care of what we wear in terms of clothes as well as make up whenever we're going out. Looking casual or keep it simple doesn't mean that we just casually put on whatever was lying on the chair
Everything is really studied I swear haha
I'm very glad to have discovered this video ! It's so true ! In France, we lack fantaisie ! I'm a 16 years-old french girl (Sorry if my english is not very good 😓) and last year, I spent a week in London with my school. When I came back, I said to my mum that we lack fantaisie in France. She said : "No, you make ideas !" But it's true.
My friends think I have strange likes in clothes because I wear Dr Martens !
A French person (man) shamed me while staying as a guest at my home! Reason being I am healthy overweight with few acne. I eat less calories than daily requirement but due to constitution /hormones. I wish I took this older man and threw him on the street. He said look at you, do something about your looks (which I do not while I am at ease at my own home). You little macho pig!!!
Faut savoir que en France pour avoir du travail si tu te ramène avec des cheveux rouges, violet jaune, avec une crête ou une queue de rat tu peux être sûre d'une chose tu risque fort de galérer pour trouver un travail.
Je t'invite à venir sur Bordeaux, les bordelaises se maquillent beaucoup, mettent souvent des robes et porte des talons 😉
French manucure hahaha si tu regarde bien les ongles des française le bout des ongles (ce qui dépasse du doigt)est très blanc il est pas transparent mais blanc et le reste donc la base est nude (rose) et la french manucure C'est nude pour la base et blanc pour les bouts des ongles
Very interesting video. I remember as a teenager falling in love with England precisely because of the freedom I felt in terms of expressing my individual fashion tastes and being a bit original or daring as compared to France. I'm an older generation and I can see this hasn't changed in decades. Gray, navy and black or brown yes, everywhere. So boring. I couldn't stand the restrictions and the need to fit in. Consequently I've lived abroad most of my adult life. One other necessity to dress down in Paris is insecurity also. You don't want to attract unwanted attention as a woman if you're going out at night. Few might admit to it, but it's a sort of unspoken rule. Lipstick is always easy to put on at the last minute, a habit I have never parted with.
Neither girl is particularly thin. The girl in red needs a new hairstyle...cut & perhaps red highlights. Her face is too long for all that long, thick hair that ages her. She looks like she is in her 30's versus 20's,
What's funny to me is that, from where I'm standing (as someone who's been born and raised in the West Parisian suburbs) , you're describing a very particular and distinctive category of Parisian women : white, middle or upper middle class, between age 25 and 50. For younger Parisian women, or from different cultural backgrounds, who have other references (even in pop culture), the codes have changed a bit or in some cases, were always a bit different :)
It's always super interesting to have your opinions on the matter
Great video. I know this is talking about paris i have a friend who is french she lives in forcalquier. She wears colorful clothes makeup she works for a makeup company. And her nails have coloured tips and sometines glitter. Why is paris different to ppl who live on the outskirts of paris. I'm Australian btw
If someone has gained weight, and you don't know them personally, why is it your job (or anyone's for that matter) to announce to a person that their weight isn't acceptable?? Trust me, people are well aware when they've gained or lost weight; it's their body after all, and they wake up in it everyday. Parisians sound judgmental, and entitled. BTW, I'm all for the natural, less is more look.
the french are more into quality vs quantity which automaticly means less items in your wardrobe and not to much crazy stuff because then everyone knows what is in your wardrobe after 2 months.
The clawlike nails did make it to the UK but gladly not to france yet....btw I didnt see them on you?
And make up : realy who likes wearing a mask?
Last: why do you think french woman are chic? because they dont let fashion dictate them what to wear and dont go for 'fast fashion'
I'm very confused. I've always been told that French people can tell if someone is not French because they will be out and about wearing sneakers ("trainers") and really casual clothing, and that French women make an effort to look their best when they go out anywhere, even to the store. Now I'm hearing the opposite?
I was in Paris recently and I'm so glad I looked into what was fashionable at the time. It was so nice to just wear comfortable clothes and less makeup. Leggings, boots, a dark top with just a pop of color... And I've been letting my hair be itself for a while and it's gotten so big and curly. I love it.
Yeah, comments about weight can be a bit harsh :/ I think in France some of us feels legitimate to talk about it because health is a shared responsability : we all pay for everyone else health (assurance maladie), it's all about "les acquis sociaux" you're talking about in the "faux pas" video ;)
I have to admit that we, french girls, usually go for the less is more, natural, classic style but Paris style and French style are differents, what you are describing is Parisian style (of course there are some exceptions) not french in general, we have all type of body shape, we can be natural, classic and then boom badass sassy look for a nigh out, but we usually are less generous with makeup on our faces than americans, and we prioritize skin care on a daily basis that's true (but there are always some exceptions).
I am a Brit living in France (not Paris) and I think it's quite sad to see how French women judge themselves and other women about their appearance. I like to wear colours, and I dye my hair a very reddish tone and wear a full face of make up but nothing over the top - pretty lame for British standards 😁 I usually stand out among my French friends as they wear muted colours and very little make up. I hope they loosen up and have more fun and freedom to express their tastes.
Getting nails done is getting bigger in France. I see more French women with brightly painted nails these days than 26 years ago when I arrived. As for wearing black, navy and grey all the time, it's boring and doesn't show much individual style.
I'm Iranian and I've in France since 1999 (I was 9) and I've learned to ignore the way other French women just don't dress up... because I dress up for myself, it feels good so why not? I'm not embarassed :D I feel like I'm the one that is dressed appropriately for going out or celebrating :p
I had to comment, I had a house in France 🇫🇷 and have spent over 30 years there! Adore France, I am European but not French. And everything you have said is so true, I remember doing a girlie days shopping in a beautiful french town and was quite dressed up, people have always thought I’m French, as I do wear mainly French clothes. I got so many looks! My mother said they are looking at you because they think you are beautiful or ugly lol 😆 it was hilarious. On visiting friends for a evening they would shower and smell beautiful but never put makeup on, but the bright red lipstick 💄 was a must! The French way is ingrained in me, I love the occasional glamorous look, but it’s not over glamorous. Less is always more & natural beauty is a winner in my opinion. I don’t like red lipstick, but love skincare and a neutral lipstick with understated accessories, flashy is a no no in my humble opinion, hate flashy! The French don’t do flashy. Unfortunately on visiting the wonderful New York my favourite place and London it’s the opposite! The more flashy the better, yuk x 🌍🌎🌏 x
I don't agree with you, parisian have more attitude than anything else, i remenber going out perfect, never sweat pant, no fleece, no even jeans. Parisian wear timeless classic all the time so there is no space for crazy outfit as you learn to be confortable in classic wear. I was shocked when i was going to the uk to see girls freezing to death to avoid to pay wardrobe fee at a night club and being in really high hells and really short skirt and really a lot of make up all together. I guess that is a question of culture but French have definitely more style et are more consistent with their look
Hello girls ! I’m french (so, sorry for my english lol), I live in Paris and I would like to talk about the parisian trend to be skinny. I feel very bad about that. I’m not fat, but a little curvy, and I wanted you to now that I always heard my family talk to me about my weight, and because of this, I always feel fat in the street, or with them. So this trend isn’t good for everybody. Because of this, a lot of my friends are feeling bad about their weight. I « want » to be more skinny, and my brother less skinny. Talking about weight, isn’t okay for everybody. I would have liked to be born in your countries 😫
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