Emily In Paris Is Serving Us Modern French-Girl Beauty Tips
Brought to us by Sex And The City creator, Darren Star, with a costume wardrobe realised by Carrie Bradshaw’s own personal IRL stylist, Patricia Fields, Netflix’s latest blockbuster show, Emily In Paris, is a riot of fashion, fun and adventure.
Imagine the sartorial flair of SATC, the old-school glamour of Audrey Hepburn and some cracking panoramic shots of the Eiffel Tower and you’re just about there.
The plot sees Chicago native, Emily Cooper, played by Lily Collins, land in the French capital to give her global firm’s Paris-based advertising team an “American perspective”. Living out our tourist fantasies while we’re all stuck on the sofa, we follow Emily gallivanting around the city, hitting the ballet and swilling glasses of bordeaux.
Expect berets, baguettes, birkins and some very dashing hommes (that’s er, French for men, btw). Let’s not be snobby about it. It’s fun, it’s cute, it’s ridiculous; it might be cliched, but it’s also exactly the escapism we all very much need.
Then there’s the beauty. The makeup, the hair, the whole shebang, undergoes an epiphany from the time Emily arrives in the city looking very “American”. Her cheeks become rosier, her hair becomes looser and her eyeliner becomes smudgier.
In fact Lily seems to have liked the transformation so much, she’s brought some of these elements into her own beauty regime – we’ve noticed her throwing in a few subtle Parisian twists these days. These are the tips she’s taken home…
1. A little colour on lips will make you look more awake.
It doesn’t have to be “rouge”, a dusty pink or romantic russet will do the trick.
2. A hair tuck is always a good idea
It’ll instantly make hair look less “done” and share the spotlight with your ears for once (even better if you’re wearing schmancy earrings).
3. Brushed-up, natural looking brows are beautiful
The shape can be a little messy as long as the volume’s there. The trick is to avoid them looking too ‘done’.
4. We should try switching our liquid liner for a smudgy kohl pencil
The key to French-girl beauty is to keep things relaxed. Rather than a crisp winged liner, try a dash of kohl smudged into your lash line with your fingers.
5. We should swap our bronzer for our blusher
We love bronzer, there’s no getting away from it. But for autumn, flushed pink cheeks are a fresh way forward.
6. Less is more
A coat of mascara, some groomed brows, a pinch of blusher and you’re ready to roll.
7. Our jewellery can double up as a hair accessory
When in doubt, use your necklace as a hair piece just like Emily did and like Audrey Hepburn did before her.