5 French Beauty Tricks We Learned from Caudalie's Founder

French women are known for their no-nonsense approach to beauty. They are impossibly chic yet—at the same time—they always look effortlessly pulled together. Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas, with her impeccable skin, envy-inducing brows, and naturally-wavy-yet-never-unruly-hair is no different. In fact, she is so full of useful and inspiring beauty information (well, she has owned a skincare brand for 20 years) that she compiled all that advice into her new book The French Beauty Solution (£18). Read on for five of Thomas’s favourite beauty tips.




An easy way to get a bright complexion is to use honey and lemon.

¼ cup honey

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Stir together and apply to your face. Leave for 10 minutes; the honey hydrates while the lemon exfoliates. Rinse with warm water.

French women are not fans of false lashes or lash extensions. If our lashes are sparse, we take supplements that enhance hair growth like Biotin. My mother has always used Talika Eyelash Lipocils (£17), a conditioning gel, and I use it too because it really does make your lashes thicker.

This recipe was handed down to me by my grandmother and it will leave your hair super-shiny.

2 beaten egg yolks

5 tablespoons of dark or light rum

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup grape-seed oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply to your hair leaving for up to an hour. Then rinse.

Keep a bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£32) in the fridge and if you’re feeling hot—on a sunny day, or after the gym—spritz it under your hair at the nape of your neck. You can also spritz it over your makeup after applying so it looks fresher and less done.

Mix a tablespoon of Buchanan's baking soda (£2) with a little water to make a paste. Massage onto your area of concern—forehead, nose, chin—for 30 seconds before removing with tepid water and a cloth.

Want more tips? Then check out the 7 Things French Women Never Do To Their Hair.