Delicately dazzling - the English rose look is going to be big this summer. Lisa Haynes reveals how to prettify your make-up.
By Lisa Haynes.
With the Jubilympics looming, there's only one look to work this summer - the English rose.
Championed by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet, it's a natural look that exudes British beauty in the most subtle of ways.
The cosmetics world has cottoned on to its timeless appeal too. Bobbi Brown has recently launched a Rose Gold collection, while pale-skinned beauty Lily Cole is the model face of her own Limited Edition make-up range for The Body Shop, packed with pretty pinks and radiant peaches.
"The English rose look describes a woman with what I call 'stealth make-up', as it ensures you look fabulous but not at all made-up," says make-up artist Jemma Kidd.
"The effect is tidy, polished and groomed, with neat brows, curled lashes and subtly defined eyes."
Sound like a winning look? Time to make your face blossom with beauty.
Rosy glow Before you begin your transformation, make sure your make-up bag is pretty enough for the job.
It needs to be planted with creams, pearls and oysters with a slight sheen for eyes and sheer or slightly glossy nude or pale pink shades for lips.
Don't feel excluded if you don't have a pale skin and pink lips complexion: "Although it's typically associated with fair skin, the English rose is a look all skin tones can draw inspiration from," says Kidd.
"Olive-toned skin would use pale neutrals in buttery creams for the eyes.
"Darker skins can draw from chocolate brown, coffee, praline and taupe for a 'no make-up' look, with lips glossed with sheer apricot or soft brown shades."
Thorny issues While the overall look is versatile, everyday make-up, careful application techniques are required for make-up that looks 'barely there'.
It's all about the skin, according to Kidd: "It needs to look smooth, hydrated and natural - neither too dewy nor too matte, with a flush of youthful radiance.
"Foundation is your canvas, so invest in a good formulation that's right for your skin."
The au naturel look is a daunting prospect for some but you can still enhance the English rose for a little daytime or evening glamour.
"Use eyeliner to define the eyes and build up colour intensity," Kidd suggests. "Cheek or lip stain also adds an instant flush of colour to cheeks and lips - the final look still needs to be fresh and pretty rather than loud and bold."
How to blossom The English rose will have added celebratory appeal for this summer but it's a perennial look you can create over and over again. Jemma Kidd reveals how, step-by-step: :: Even out skin tone using a light liquid foundation and touches of concealer as needed.
:: Cheeks are key, so blend a fresh pink powder blush from the apple of the cheeks along the cheekbone, or for a more youthful finish opt for a cheek stain, and blend onto the apples of the cheeks for a pretty, fresh, doll-like finish.
:: For a dewy finish, blend a little ice gold creme highlighter along the cheekbones.
:: Neaten the brows and lightly fill in the shape.
:: Neutral eye shadows with a gentle shimmer are very flattering - use all over the lid from the lash line to the socket and brush a deeper shade into the socket crease and blend well.
:: Curl the lashes and define with dark brown lengthening mascara.
:: Apply rose-tinted balm with SPF to protect and moisturise the lips, then layer shell pink gloss on top, which enhances their natural colour and makes them look full and glossy.
:: A touch of non-shimmery highlighter at the outer corners of the eye and lips will give the face a flattering lift.
Smelling rosy An uber-pretty face doesn't sit well with a heavy, overpowering fragrance. Keep your scent as light and feminine as your face with a rose perfume.
This summer's rosy offerings include Stella McCartney's Summer Rose, Paul Smith Rose Limited Edition and Givenchy's Very Irresistible Electric Rose.
"The popular flower is often linked with beauty, elegance and of course, romance," explains Michelle D'vaz of The Perfume Shop.
"With many perfumers adding a modern twist, such as the recent limited edition of Stella Summer Rose, rose continues to be a popular ingredient."
Tried & Tested Forget the Botox and plump for a wrinkle relaxing potion. Our testers sample three skin smoothers: :: Balance Active Formula Wrinkle-Freeze Serum, £5.95 (Sainsbury's) This serum felt light to apply but I didn't notice any dramatic reduction in my wrinkles. After four weeks, my skin felt smoother and looked fresher but my reflection still bounces back the same expression lines.
2/5 :: Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex, £29.99 (Boots) I didn't notice any miracle disappearing acts with my wrinkles, but my skin did feel plumper and more radiant. After about a week's use, it did seem to soften lines on my face, and my skin and neck felt as if they'd had a lift.
4/5 :: Freeze 24-7 Instant Targeted Wrinkle Treatment, from £40-£60 (Debenhams) Within minutes of application, a pea-sized amount seemed to reduce my fine lines. My skin felt tightened for a short period of time but sadly I didn't see any long-term effects.
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