Minimalist Makeup Like a French Girl

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Hands up, who likes to watch those jaw dropping transformational makeup tutorials? One can’t deny that they can be quite eye popping and fun to watch, but as fun as they are, these types of super dramatic makeup applications are not going to be your go-to for heading to work or running errands. Truth be told they may even be bit much for drinks with the girls. Let’s be real, IRL most of us are not piling on this much makeup.

I distinctly remember picking up one of my first issues of Allure Magazine and reading an article that basically instructed the reader to play up one feature on the face while keeping the other features more minimal. Often they spoke about playing up the eyes with a more toned down neutral lip, or vice versa; doing a bold lip and brow, but then keeping the rest of eyes more minimal, ie: no shadow or just one neutral shade. I recall how I really enjoyed playing around with makeup creating different looks adhering to this basic principle.

But minimalist does not mean boring—think smoky eyes, or dramatic red lips with clear sparkled eye lids. And indeed, I think we are moving back towards that editorial approach of less is more, and putting the focus on one feature or the other, with conturing being used minimally or not at all, with the whole idea of a glowing natural dewy face being the focal point of the look.

We have all seen those Tik Tok’s of wildly striped faces buffed into unrecognizable blinking Barbies. 

This may be a new or “retro” approach to makeup for us here in the States but French women have always embraced this concept when it comes to makeup. For them it is all about true sensuality and the art of being alluring and looking effortless, and not so much about covering up one’s essence in layers of makeup. It can be hard to find makeup tutorials that feature more natural fresh faces, and with magazines struggling, where does one find inspiration if the over done Instagram look is not your thing? Luckily there are a few makeup channels catering to the lovers of alluring makeup, and one of them, as it should be no surprise is from a French Makeup artist. 

I first introduced you to Violette in my Love Link Express series. Violette’s videos’ are super addicting, and her channel Violette_FR is a true testament that minimalist does not mean boring. Her videos and makeup tutorials are anything but boring; and she even started her own makeup line featuring a line of cream shadows that are intended to be used for the whole one and done approach; which is becoming quite popular as of late. I have to say I love this aesthetic, that whole, I didn’t try too hard effortless look, while simultaneously looking ravishingly alluring. Yup, super French. And it doesn’t hurt to be gorgeous. But seriously, watch a few of her videos, you won’t be disappointed, and have a date night coming up? I am sure you will find plenty of inspiration.


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  • Panty Buns
    February 5, 2022

    I LOVE watching makeup tutorials on YouTube!
    I love watching everything from goth looks to stage-makeup, smoky eyes, winged eyeliner,
    and some unbelievably artistic and colourful looks!
    Some of the artistic looks by KlairedelysArt on YouTube are really wild.

    This PINK LOOK by violette_fr is very pretty.
    She is very talented and I love the look of the pink eyeshadow,
    It coordinates very nicely with herpretty lipstick.
    Her tutorial is short and fun to watch (I just watched it on YouTube).

    Bext xx 🙂

      February 5, 2022

      Oh I will so have to check out KlairedelysArt. Yes she is talented I can’t wait to try some of her makeup!

  • Ivana Split
    February 5, 2022

    As someone who doesn’t like wearing a lot of (and sometimes any) make up, I really appreciate your recommendation of this French chic minimalist make up channel. I love the French chic style and the idea of just throwing on a red lip or accentuating your eyes really quickly. Make up can be fun even when it is minimal. For example I love to see creative make up that isn’t overdone, a funky eye shadow or when a person does more artistic and fun make up in general. The super polished & overdone make up look seems exhausting, time consuming and expensive so I was never tempted to try it. I don’t have 90 percent of make up products that are used in typical YouTube make up tutorials so I never attempted recreating any of their looks.

      February 5, 2022

      Yes wearing a lot makeup can get expensive and it can make your skin breakout. Though TBH I don’t think a lot of the people doing the all in makeup looks do this everyday. It is more about creating dramatic looks on camera.

  • Julie Lab
    February 5, 2022

    C’est vrai que je n’apprécie pas de porter trop de maquillage.. Je focalise souvent essentiellement sur les yeux, mais sans trop en faire..
    Ceci dit je ne savais pas que c’était spécifique aux français?

      February 8, 2022

      Ah oui plus que L’America LOL

  • Shauna
    February 6, 2022

    That metallic shade of pink is so much fun. I really need to step out of the box this summer and try some new shades!


  • Lovely
    February 7, 2022

    Violette and her channel sounds amazing. Minimalist makeup is my style. I will check her out.

  • S.Mirli
    February 7, 2022

    Thx for this really helpful tutorial. I´m absolutly untalented in everything regarding make up and beauty, so I love getting tips or watching youtube videos. Thx for sharing. The look is gorgeous. Have a wonderful new week, love x S.Mirli

  • Tay Ribeiro
    February 7, 2022

    I loved this tutorial. It was simple and yet not too basic.

  • Nancy Chan
    February 7, 2022

    It is amazing to watch how make-up can change the face of someone.

  • Lucía
    February 7, 2022

    I’ve loved the video Allie, I’m super surprised about her “dry shampoo”? What is that??? I need it!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing, hope everything is ok sweetie!
    Have a lovely week!

  • S
    February 7, 2022

    I’m totally into french make up!
    I even love to see make tutorial but, in the majr part of the cases, they’re totally out of my skills!
    She’s so talented and pretty and loved how clearly she explained the passages! Followed her on YT in a sec!

  • Regine
    February 7, 2022

    Off to check out YouTube. Thank you Allie. I hope you’re doing well. Sending love and hugs your way.

  • Paola
    February 7, 2022

    So fresh and natural, I love this kind of make-up!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  • Adriana Leandro
    February 8, 2022

    Style makeup French is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing this youtube channel.

  • Gingi Freeman
    February 8, 2022

    I read a book a few years back, giving tips on French style minimalist makeup.. it’s been my go to look ever since! <3

  • Her Digital Coffee
    February 8, 2022

    Thanks for introducing me to Violette. I love the pink look! Playing up one feature and keeping it simple does not have to be boring! Great post!

  • Valéria
    February 8, 2022

    I loved the make-up of the video!
    I love pink eyeshadow, I really want one.
    But on a day-to-day basis I prefer a more minimalist makeup. I really like to highlight the lips with lipsticks of strong colors.

  • Pilar
    February 8, 2022

    Minimalist makeup looks are some of the most beautiful makeup looks. I love makeup, but I don’t wear it everyday especially not as much since the pandemic started.

  • Radi
    February 8, 2022

    Super gorgeous. I’ve always liked keeping the eyes more neutral while adding a bold lipstick!!!

  • Juliana Ferreira
    February 9, 2022

    I love this tipe, so fresh asnd simple makeup


    • PerlaGiselle
      February 9, 2022

      I love minimal makeup, but I am very heavy handed when applying it on myself! I guess I just need to practice more lol. I love this makeup look though. Thank you for sharing! Have a lovely week!
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  • Itzel Najar
    February 9, 2022

    what a cool post!
    love it!!!
    less is more for me!!

  • Ana Palombini
    February 9, 2022

    I’m a huge fan of learning French girl beauty tips. I always seem to find and learn something ew to add to my own beauty routines. And yes, less is always more and minimalist makeup is so much classier than having a cake face.

    haha and yes, those TikTok videos are scrayyyyyyyyyyy. I sued that filter on myself and was depressed for a week haha

    Ana Palombini

  • Isabelle Vita NYC
    February 9, 2022

    I’m someone who likes to keep my makeup as minimal and natural as possible, so this was super helpful!

  • juliettsstyleglam
    February 9, 2022

    Hey Allie happy New year. I couldn’t agree more with the minimalist trend and gorgeousness of barely there makeup and I’m loving it. Though with the pandemic now, i don’t wear makeup at all save for lipgloss. The annoying masks!!!. Anyway good to reconnect and glad to see you thriving.

    February 9, 2022

    That was a lovely video. and so calming to watch. I don’t wear a lot of makeup but I do love lipstick and blush the most. <3

  • Kinga
    February 10, 2022

    Beautiful and subtle makeup! Love this video!

  • Akiko
    February 12, 2022

    Exciting and true post, Allie! I love French women style, but I didn’t notice about their make-up!
    Violet channel is so great!! Thank you for sharing<3


  • Ashley
    February 13, 2022

    I really enjoyed this video, Allie! Her makeup is beautiful.

    Wishing you a wonderful upcoming week, friend! Hope you are doing well. 🙂

    Make Life Marvelous

  • Laura
    February 13, 2022

    I really like minimalist makeup, especially for daily makeup 🙂
    Even though sometimes I like to be a bit extra hehe

    My blog – Lalabetterdayz

  • Eileen
    February 14, 2022

    I’m so glad you introduced her! I love discovering new channels. I’ve only recently really gotten into watching videos more regularly!

    Eileen |

  • Marianela Beauty Tips
    February 15, 2022

    Nice post, thanks for sharing.
    I invite you to visit my last post. Have a good week!

  • Annie
    February 15, 2022

    Lovely tutorial. It was really simple.
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    February 15, 2022

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  • Rafaela Biscassi
    February 16, 2022

    Very interesting tutorial.

  • stylefrontier
    February 18, 2022

    totally love the make up idea!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead

    style frontier

  • Lizzy
    February 19, 2022

    Violette is beautiful and I, too, love the less makeup is more approach to makeup. Her minimalist approach is subtle yet chic. I absolutely love it! Thank you, Allie, for bringing her channel to us. It’s been a while, but I hope you’ve been well!

  • Mariann Yip
    February 19, 2022

    You look so beautiful in this look with this minimalist makeup look. Thanks for sharing this beautiful idea like a french girl.

    Love: Mariann Yip

  • Ayesha Ayub
    February 19, 2022

    I always love to do minimalist make up, i think make up is actually to enhance your natural look not that gives you complete new look.

  • Karalee Shotola
    February 19, 2022

    I love doing dramatic makeup, but I rarely have the time or energy so I opt for a more minimalist makeup look when I’m heading to class or places like that. Thank you for sharing Violette’s video & I’ll have to check out her channel!

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