Three women sitting on a couch: one wearing a plaid blazer with a black turtleneck and long pendant necklace, the other wearing a denim jumpsuit holding a book and the last wearing a navy blazer with a cream silk cami underneath. They all have brown hair

How to look like a French girl

Mar 20, 2019

We Have The Inside Scoop On Beauty the French Way!

Recently, The Style That Binds Us had the honor of having a conversation with Clemence von Mueffling, Founder of Beauty and Well-Being, about her book, “Ageless Beauty: the French Way: Secrets From Three Generations of French Beauty Editors”, and about growing up with a mother and grandmother who were both beauty editors at French Vogue. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Could their be a life more chic? We wanted to find out! How do the French continue to maintain such effortless style and beauty year after year? What is their secret? It’s in this book!!! Shop some of Clemence’s favorite products below!

From top left to right: Avene Thermal Water Spray, Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil, Estee Lauder Wake Up Balm, Klorane Makeup Remover, Supergoop sunscreen, Estee Lauder Recovery Complex, Frederic Malle Body Wash, Tata Harper Cleansing Oil, Filorga Moisturizer, de Mamiel Cleansing Balm, Clarins Treatment Oil, Chantecaille Mascara, Foreo Luna, and Aerin Body Cream.

Clémence von Mueffling; image credit – PAMELA BERKOVIC

What are the beauty offices at French Vogue like?

Clemence told us she feels extremely fortunate to have learned so much as she grew up about grooming and self-confidence from the female matriarchs in her family. She includes much of their advice in her book. Clemence had the advantage of spending time at the Vogue offices, and was able to try out all the latest beauty products; she was fascinated by the all the beauty editors and the glamour that surrounded them. How exciting it must have been to be at the center of the Parisian beauty world, the country that practically invented selfcare! 

Clémence’s mother, Lorraine Bolloré
Clémence’s grandmother, Régine Debrise by Irving Penn

Can you believe all the secrets she divulges??

In the book, she shares all of this with us, and has also included pertinent information from the world’s foremost French beauty powerhouses today. All in all, this a true beauty bible, and Clemence is the epitome of French elegance and grace. 

Clémence’s grandmother, Régine Debrise by Irving Penn

We were thrilled to spend time with her at her home, and she even shared with us photos taken of her grandmother by Irving Penn! If you have visited the Dior store in Paris, you may have even seen a photo of Clemence’s grandmother that covered the entire wall by the spiral staircase!

Clémence’s mother, Lorraine Bolloré with Estee Lauder

The Style That Binds Us highly recommends this wonderful book, so filled with tips you will need a highlighter as you read, so you don’t miss a thing! We hope you will watch this video and get to know Clemence, you will fall in love with her as we did!

Shop the products in the video + some of Clemence’s favorites!

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Clémence von Mueffling with her mother Lorraine Bolloré, and grandmother Régine Debrise; image credit -PAMELA BERKOVIC

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