Beauty secrets that make French women irresistible

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Many people would say that French women have a je ne sais quoi that makes them… irresistible. I am not sure if I measure up to this reputation; but today, I’m going to share with you some tricks that may help you unravel the mysteries of French women’s sex appeal.

France has a huge cosmetics industry, and there is a cream for pretty much everything: anti-wrinkle cream, anti-cellulite cream… and chocolate cream for when you’re feeling blue!


In general, French women take very good care of their skin, and apply moisturizing creams onto skin that has been completely cleaned of make-up morning and night. And this routine usually begins during early adolescence, around age 12 or 13. Every French woman has a mineral water spray in her bathroom: it supposedly helps moisturize your skin. I don’t know whether it really works, but no self-respecting French woman would do without it.

Physical appearance

The French woman carefully chooses her clothes every day, no matter what the day’s plans may be. While we don’t always dress to kill, it’s unthinkable to go out without our hair done and some light make-up. Sweat suits and sneakers are reserved for the gym.

If you want to be sexy, follow these rules: show the top or show the bottom, but not both at once! If you’re wearing a short dress that shows off your lovely legs, then wrap yourself in a shawl that hides your upper body. On the other hand, if you’re revealing nice cleavage, wear long, wide pants. You have to make the mystery last.

Make-up remains discreet, general appearance is classical rather than obvious, sexiness that is subtle rather than provocative. And convenience is never a priority. There is no way a typical French woman would get caught wearing sneakers with a skirt suit!


French Fashion

Beauty sells. French women have understood this for a long time now, and are perfectly comfortable with this idea. We have billboards selling organic orange juice, featuring a gorgeous naked girl under the excuse that “when you have nothing to hide, you show it”… pretty clever! We are not offended by this use of the female body – it’s part of our culture.

Sex war
And… being attractive often gives women a serious advantage over men. So we flirt. The things you can get with a large smile… amazing! In my opinion, to some extent, every woman does it. But French women are not afraid to admit it. They are not ashamed of using their charm to manipulate men.

In a recent comedy, Brice de Nice, a guy staring at a sexy-looking girl said “Elle: elle est physiquement intelligente“. I guess that in French culture, being attractive is an accepted asset.

Image sources:
2. Anatomy of a make up bag by reverses on flickr
Two Tribes Go to War by ojbyrne on flickr
French Fashion by Adam Baker on flickr

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Camille Chevalier-Karfis

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  1. Susan Ross Donohue May 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM - Reply

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ll have to work on a beauty routine!

  2. Judy MacMahon May 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    Too busy to chat! I’m heading out to buy the mineral water spray. Thanks Camille

  3. Janine Marsh May 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM - Reply

    I have to say, I find that French men are worse flirts than French ladies! Those covert and sometimes not so covert glances that happen – fantastic. As a “femme d’un certain age” – I absolutely love it!!

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