It seems like everyone is obsessed with all things French, from the way women dress to their skincare routines to their makeup. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will, about the way they are able to pull off looking chic while also looking as if they didn’t put in any effort. Truly, an art. So, it’s no surprise that there’s a particular (and very easy) way French women put on eyeliner. Luckily, I went to Paris to learn this exact trick (as well as some other awesome makeup tips) from the creative and image director of Dior Makeup Peter Phillips, backstage during their Spring 2020 runway show. His challenge? “To use as little makeup as possible,” says Phillips.
I’m definitely not an eyeliner person at all (or really a makeup person except for lipgloss, highlighter, and mascara), but since learning, I’ve been wearing eyeliner almost every day. Yes, it’s that easy. Phillips’ overall tip about minimal makeup: “Because, when you do less what you do is much more visible, so if you go for the flick you need to make sure it’s balanced out and really well done. Also, if you have lighter lashes, that you go with your eyeliner pen, in between the roots of lashes to fill in those gaps of skin,” says Phillips. “Glow also. Don’t use too much glow, but if you do want more place it in the right places; on the temple of the cheek, on the eyelids, maybe on the cupid bow.”
Here’s what I learned about how to get the perfect minimal makeup, that we can definitely wear all fall and winter long.
Add a Little Highlight: “There’s no pigment, so it won’t turn grey or ashy on any skin tone. It’s pure pearlessence. It’s smooth, jelly, you can apply it under your foundation or you can apply it on top of your foundation. There’s only one shade to match all skin tones, purely because there’s not pigment in it,” says Phillips.
Add (a Teeny Bit) of Eyeshadow and Eyeliner: “You can customize any eyeshadow you have with this amazing gel wax formula,” says Phillips. “This product has a combination of your primer, classic eyeshadows, some are satin finish, matte finish, high gloss finish.” He says you can mix this same formula any eyeshadow and turn it into an eyeliner. And, you can also use it for your eyebrows! Talk about a triple threat.
Get the Eyeliner Right: “It’s very thin, longer on the eye and I like a graphic straight line,” Phillips. It’s like a flick. “This is a toned down version of a French woman’s classic eyeliner, for daily wear you can add a bit of mascara.”
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue