An English Rose

With the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee ramping up this weekend (our UK friends get a fun-filled 4-day holiday) I couldn’t help but create two looks for the royal festivities— a daytime one for all the concerts and festivals, plus a sexier look for night.

The common theme? I was inspired by the so-called English Rose, an Anglo expression that calls to mind creamy skin tones with flushed cheeks and pink lips (basically, any character from a Jane Austen film). The beauty of this look is rosy colors compliment everybody; the trick is finding the shade that works for you.

So have fun, keep calm and wear lipstick (I couldn’t resist).


Day look:

Sand Pink Blush

Smile and dust blush on the apple of the cheeks with the Blush Brush. Blend up towards the hairline, then downwards to soften color.

Rose Blossom Rich Lip Color

First, line your lips with a nude-colored Lip Liner that enhances your natural shade. Next, apply Rose Blossom Rich Lip Color for bright, long-lasting, get-noticed color.

For a more understated shade, I love Creamy Lip Color in Italian Rose (named after Rose Cali who appears in my latest book, Pretty Powerful Beauty Stories). The original rosy shade that’s nearest and dearest to my heart? Rose Lip Color—I wore it on my wedding day.

Champagne Shimmer Wash

Use an Eye Shadow Brush to sweep Champagne Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow all over the lower part of your lid.

Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Use Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner to line your top lashline (for day-to-night wear). Dip tip of Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush, coating both sides of brush head. Wipe off excess before applying to eye.

Espresso Eye Shadow

For more intense definition, line your eyes with Espresso Eye Shadow.

Extreme Party Mascara:

Top it off with Extreme Party Mascara. Brush from base of lashes to the tip, rolling the want as you go to separate lashes and avoid clumps.

Going from day to evening:

A quick way to create a more dramatic look for night? Double up on your Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gey Eyeliner by adding a second swipe to your top lashline.

Then, go all out and carefully line the bottom lashline too. (Make sure top and bottom liner meet at the outer corner of the eye.)

Add another coat of Extreme Party Mascara for mega-watt lashes. All the better to bat them at Prince Harry with, ladies.

Finally, sweep your cheeks with Rose Gold Shimmer Brick for extra glow (it’s sure to catch the light of those Jubilee fireworks).

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3 thoughts on “An English Rose

  1. Very nice, but could you tweak it for us Celtic types with auburn hair, green eyes and a blue undertone to our pallor?


  2. It is NOT a look that fits all. That attitude kind of waters it down to suit everyone and it is not what it is about. An English Rose is a type of beauty that is England’s own type, although other types of women can be just as pretty. It means that the woman has traditionally pale, creamy skin, and flushed pale, rose cheeks with pink or rosy lips. You are not an English Rose if you do not have this colouring. You can be blonde or brunette, but you must have a fair, creamy and delicate complexion.


  3. Hello!
    My heritage is English, Irish and Welsh. I tried the recommended cosmetics, and the blushes and lipsticks really made a change in my skin tone. I never wear foundation, and black mascara makes it look as if two spiders upped and died. May I suggest either clear mascara, or a brownish-black mascara. I think it would look more natural.


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