AW12 BEAUTY: How To Get The English Rose Look?
London 2012, the Queen’s Jubilee and those naked pictures of Harry have made this year a ground-breaking one for British history, and it seems we’ve made our mark on the world (or the beauty world at least) as one of next season’s biggest beauty trends takes inspiration from our fair isle with dewy skin and rosy cheeks featuring in a number of autumn/winter shows. Get ready to blush like you’ve just caught Mr Darcy in the buff, the English Rose is back.
The English Rose is all about using soft, feminine colours to create a look that is pretty, natural and fresh- as though you’ve just come in from a brisk walk on the Sussex Downs. There are three key components to creating this look: clear skin, rosy cheeks and just-bitten lips.
Cheat your way to clear skin by evening out the complexion with a primer like Benefit’s That Gal. If you find this is enough coverage for you, leave it there – That Gal has a lovely dewy finish that’s great for this look. If however, you need more of a helping hand for a flawless finish (oh and by the way, join the club) apply a light layer of foundation and – if really necessary – no more than a dusting of powder.
Keep cheeks looking rosy with a soft pink blush like Burberry Light Glow in Rose Blush. Or, for a slightly different take on the look, we love Mulberry’s peachy cheeks which look equally natural but slightly warmer – a great alternative for any bronzer fans. Use the peach half of the Louise Gray for Topshop cheek duo for a similar effect.
Use a lip-stain to keep lips looking impossibly pink without the tell-tale finish of a lipstick. Revlon Just Bitten does exactly what it says on the tin, leaving lips with great colour and a subtle finish. Keep all other make-up light and hair gently styled – remember, Elizabeth Bennet didn’t have GHDs.