The world looks up to French for many reasons, their culture, food, architect, perfumes and most of all French women. There is just something about French women which makes them stand apart from the rest. They are considered most beautiful women in the world. Even if it’s not necessarily true this perception is derived from the poise they hold, when it comes to their dressing they have a savoir-faire and they are known to keep a light hand when it comes to cosmetic procedures or going under the knife. They possess je-ne-sais-quoi in French which we know of as elegance and beauty, which is considered a standard of beauty by women world over.
Trust a French woman to look effortlessly chic anytime of the day. They are self-assured, attractive regardless of their looks; they enjoy quality of life without getting overwhelmed and know how to live well in a manner which is not grotesque or exuberant. Of course not every woman in France is beautiful, and we cannot generalize. There are exceptions world over in every part of the world. However, there are few things which French women are taught which is part of their amour propre loving and respecting themselves.
Some of the timeless French beauties include:
- Eva Gaelle Green
- Virginie Ledoyen
- Audrey Tautou
- Laetitia Casta
- Mathilde Frachon
- Eva Green
13. They Know How To Make Most Of Their Assets
We are all gifted with different body shapes and sizes. The same goes for our features and skin tones. What he French women have mastered is the art of making most of what nature has gifted them with. We are all beautiful in one way or the other. The French just know which their best features are, and you will always see French women dressed in such a way that their best features are accentuated.
However, they do make alterations with gentle touches to suit the seasons, but you will see most of them have a distinct style which they take pride in.
12. The French Women Are Not Ashamed of Taking Pleasure
In the name of lack of time we often neglect our skin, hair and bodies. However, a French woman’s daily beauty regimen is about taking time out for herself. They don’t feel guilty about taking long baths or massages. They don’t consider getting facials and cleansing done as luxury. In fact, any sort of treatment be it for the hair or skin is not considered a pleasure it is considered a necessity.
The difference, they will take out time to maintain their looks no matter how busy they are. Often we consider these as pleasure rituals, they don’t! Hence, the result is looking well kept and glowing any time of the day.
11. Never Punish Your Body
We may wear those tight stilettos or follow anything that’s in, in the name of fashion. However, a French woman’s mantra is quite different from this. They never punish their bodies. Instead, they do whatever feels and looks good. It seems like ‘no pain, no gain” doesn’t work in these shores. They would keep the pleasure before everything and will just operate upon the pleasure principal.
This includes food, the way they wear make-up or what they wear. If you will be confident in what you are doing and are dressing for yourself instead of others naturally it will have a positive impact on your physique and mental health too. When you feel good, you look good. Their whole sense of style revolves around taking pleasure in whatever you are doing.
10. Be Confident With What the Nature Blessed You With
One of our major, major problems is that we want to look like the girl in the magazine; we want the skin of the girl on the billboard or the body of the model walking on the ramp. This is making girls and women take drastic measures, even if it means going under the knife. We are not confident about what our physical appearance.
This doesn’t mean that the French women are not conscious about the way they look; however, they have learnt to accept the physique and features nature has blessed them with. They don’t fret about their appearance. They understand what being confident in your skin means and they know that real happiness comes from within or as they call it “bien dans sa peau”.
9. Eat What You Feel Like
This is another very interesting aspect of the French culture. They have amazing food and the French women don’t believe in depriving themselves of it. Yet, they maintain their physique, you must be thinking. There are two sides to this. I have seen French women enjoy food at parties unlike us. However, they follow a simple rule they usually fill themselves with a serving or fruit or fresh vegetables before a night out. That way they can enjoy all the treats in moderation and don’t starve themselves.
“Trust a French woman to look effortlessly chic anytime of the day. They are self-assured, attractive regardless of their looks, they enjoy quality of life without getting overwhelmed and know how to live well in a manner which is not grotesque or exuberant.”
Nobody eats cheese, bread and desert every day. French women enjoy these pleasures occasionally. Since they eat a little of everything in moderation you will always see their skin and hair looks fresh and glowing. It is all these nutrients which make sure we sustain our youthful glow.
8. Love & Respect Your Body
You will only be able to take care of your body when you truly love it, right? The French women take care of their bodies by respecting them and nurturing them. Have you heard the saying “treat your body like a temple”? That’s what the French women do. They feel their bodies are sacred, that’s how they take care of them. If you love chocolate or wine, go ahead have it, but in proportion. Listen to your body and not your taste buds.
This way you are not depriving yourself, yet you are not overindulging as well. Total deprivation has no place in the pleasure-based lifestyle of the French women.
7. Feel & Look Good
The French women have understood that in order to look good, you have to feel good. They wouldn’t dare step out of their door in their sweatpants. They will make an effort to look presentable and will leave the house once they like what they see in the mirror.
If your reflection pleases you, you will be more confident and will also make an effort about making sure you keep on liking it. This all comes down to dressing up for yourself. Unlike most of us the French women are not looking for other people’s approval when it comes to the way they dress or make their hair. Personal grooming is something they do for themselves. How I wish more women would start to do just that!
6. Be Confident In who you Are!
This is something which makes every French woman so dam attractive. They are all confident in their skin. They are usually not bothered about fitting into some stereotype. They wouldn’t care id their scarf doesn’t match or if the hat they are wearing is a bit oversized. They are not scared of looking different or daring. On a different note they are not even scared of being subtle about the way they carry themselves.
“They never punish their bodies. Instead, they do whatever feels and looks good. It seems like ‘no pain, no gain” doesn’t work in these shores. They would keep the pleasure before everything and will just operate upon the pleasure principal.”
Walking down streets of France you might notice women wearing funky shoes with ordinary outfits or flashing a hip cocktail ring while doing the most mundane tasks. They aren’t scared of being offbeat. This is what makes them unique in a quirky way, their confidence in their individuality.
5. Work On What You Have, Instead Of Running After What You Want
I have seen many of my girlfriends literally starving themselves just because they are unable to lose those last few pounds. Some of them would just not put effort into their hair while they are trying to grow out an ugly cut. The French women take an edge here over the rest.
They would not be seen fretting over what isn’t there. They would not run after what they wish they would have. Instead they just work their way around what they have. You don’t have to stop making efforts about looking good if you can’t lose those last five pounds. It doesn’t work that way. Just be thankful for what you have, keep on working towards where you would like to be and keep on looking good. When you make an effort to look good, trust me the little missing pieces just vanish all together.
4. Keep It Natural
Have you seen some of the latest makeup trends on Instagram and Youtube? What is the focus on? It is natural, glowing skin and almost nude lips. It seems like the world has finally caught up what the French have been doing for ages. They wouldn’t be seeing contouring their faces like crazy, nor would you see these ladies spending an hour styling their hair every day.
The French women like to wear their makeup as natural as possible, where you can actually see the skin through the base. You will see hair which is either flowing naturally or styled casually. Remember flowing hair and glowing skin always makes you look younger. It keeps your features looking soft. French women understand this; thus, they maintain their youth for longer.
3. Age Is Just A Number
Isabelle Hupert, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche and what do you see ageless beauty. The French women know that age is just a number. They don’t stop taking care of themselves, their bodies, and their skin as they grow old. Why should anyone for that matter.
“The French women take care of their bodies by respecting them and nurturing them. Have you heard the saying “treat your body like a temple”. That’s what the French women do.”
In fact, as you age you are supposed to take care of yourself even more. When you are young the collagen and estrogen are present in your skin in a higher number. As you grow older the skin loses its elasticity. This is when you need more moisture. All the serums, moisturizing products and anti-ageing creams are needed more as you reach your forties. In most cultures a woman is only considered beautiful and seductive till a certain age, but this is not the case with French beauties. They know age is just a number and they continue to feel and look good no matte what their age.
2. Appreciate The Little Things In Life
As we grow older we learn that it is not the big things that matter more but all the tiny, little things which make up your everyday. We often fret about what is to come or what will happen and even spoil the present. The French women know the value of little things in life and they are afraid to appreciate them.
What is it that makes you feel good? Your perfectly brewed coffee, éclair au chocolate, the fresh summer breeze or maybe even the smell of fresh Lavender, stop to appreciate these things. Don’t just rush through them as you eye your next promotion. These little things are as important as big one to keep you happy and going every day.
1. Enjoy Life To The Fullest
How do you do that? By making your values, your dreams and your vision a priority. Often times we compromise way too much as we want to fit into certain roles which the society has casted for us. It is all right to compromise a bit, but that does not mean that you forget yourself in the process. The French women are unapologetically confident.
Don’t hang onto anything which is a waste of time. Don’t wait for things to happen. Don’t lose your focus in the process. Instead know what you want and go for it. Once you clearly identify your priorities and start living your life according to them. You will be naturally more happy and at peace with your inner-self. This inner peace has positive effects on your health and over all well-being. This in one of the keys to living your life to the fullest which the French women understand well.
Some More Secrets of French Women
We have pretty much summed it up what the French women are doing right. They know how to carry themselves and how to treat themselves. Here are just a few more things which we can learn from
- French women know how to value themselves
- Since they know their self-worth they are compelled to love themselves and better take care of themselves.
- They live a life which is guilt-free and excuse-free which makes them much more livelier and happier than most of us.
- They understand that feeling good is also about looking good, as looking good shows respect for yourself.
- They don’t wait for a man to make them feel good, they understand real happiness comes from inside.
“Unlike most of us the French women are not looking for other people’s approval when it comes to the way they dress or make their hair. Personal grooming is something they do for themselves. How I wish more women would start to do just that!”