French women might not regard these winning combinations as rules.
Lips and eyes, with a French take, works like this.
When wearing a dark eye, the shadow and liner applied with a heavier hand, the lips must be pale and almost nude. The eyes are the focus and the mouth a mere bagatelle.
When the eyes are bare, emphasised only with lashings of mascara and a defined brow, the lip shades can go all out and the stronger the better. Vermilion or a blood red comes first to mind but the same rule works with the fuchsia, burgundy brown and tangerine shades.
The more I move away from heavy make-up and exaggerated details the more I think following this French “rule’ is a no brainer. It’s impossible to go wrong if we stick to one or the other.
To be made up, ready to go and out the door in 5 is made even easier if we tack this way of thinking onto our morning routine. All we need are a choice of 2 lipsticks, an eye pencil and our mascara and eyelash curlers. Easy.
I wish the face and skin care routines were quite as simple. xv
Revisiting French Rules
my chanel reds
the only nude I am wearing
image, léa seydoux