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Charlotte Gainsbourg

French Beauty Is Easy — Kind Of

Singer/actress/face of Balenciaga Charlotte Gainsbourg has the kind of style that seems to be encoded in French DNA. At yesterday's Balenciaga presentation in Paris, she showed off her typically understated brand of beauty: minimal makeup and the tousled, fringe-in-face haircut her mother Jane Birkin made famous. This look is especially appealing for those of us who don't want to spend an hour primping each morning. (Ahem, me.)

Of course, this style just looks easy. Charlotte's glossy hair and glowing skin are most likely due to a disciplined beauty regimen. From traveling, I've noticed that skin care is a much larger part of grooming in France than it is here. For many French women, a spa facial isn't a luxury as much as it is a necessary discipline in their skincare routine. And while makeup counters exist in stores like Printemps, the bigger focus is on skin care. I have no idea what Charlotte does to get her beautiful complexion, but seeing it is a reminder that it has been far too long since my pores have been properly purged.

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I guess that pic is sort of huge, huh? This woman is gorgeous! And as far as her hair looking stringy and greasy, I just don't see it. I think she looks great in that first pic! certainly not photo-shoot worthy, but genuine!
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
I tried to post cuter pics of her but they were flagged. Her skin does glow but in the photo Bella chose, her hair looks a mess.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
not in that picture she's not
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Y'all are rough. I think she's a gorgeous woman.
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 7 years
She is so gorgeous! I've always envied that kind of effortless beauty. And I totally sympathize with you Bella, and I don't understand the beautiful skin genes either. All I have to say, you guys are sooooo lucky.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Yes... whenever I get compliments on my skin, I always appreciate it. But it takes a LOT of work to keep it in check, and I have yet to completely banish acne. This is why someone who has clear, glowy skin always astounds me. An old roommate had the most beautiful complexion, and I'd planned to steal her skin-care secrets. She didn't even wash her face! No moisturizer! Just genetically lucky. Yarrrrrrrgh.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Skin care is a huge concern of mine! Just because I rarely wear make-up, doesn't mean I don't spend tons of time maintaining my looks.
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