This Summer's looking rosy

First published in Beauty

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.


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."


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 crème 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.


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.


Forget the Botox and plump for a wrinkle relaxing potion. Our testers sample a couple of 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.


:: 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.


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