Wind-kissed cheeks, flawless complexion and delicately pink lips: these are the most important features of “English Rose”, a term used to describe a distinctive type of beauty. Among the most famous “roses” are often mentioned, among others, actresses Keira Knigtley, Kate Winslet, Emma Watson, and Emma Corrin – who in the series “The Crown” played the role of one of the most famous women described in this way – Princess Diana.
The rose is also one of the traditional symbols of England. Many eminent families still have it in their coat of arms to this day. The “War of Two Roses” was defined, among others, by a civil war that was fought by the York (white rose) and Lancaster (red rose) families among themselves in the 15th century. Despite such deep national ties, beauty in the “English rose” type is also often seen in Poland. Are you its owner?
English rose – features of the appearance
This is how make-up artist Neil Young described it for the British “Vogue”:
“The essence of the appearance of the English Rose includes plump, pink lips, ruddy cheeks and a smooth, clean complexion” – emphasized Young. The task of make-up is primarily to emphasize the natural beauty of the woman wearing it, there is unlikely to be a place for many colored cosmetics, strongly covering foundations or intense shades.
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Young also shared some tricks for achieving this ethereal, gentle effect.
Make sure your skin is moisturized
For a healthy, radiant complexion, opt for a delicately colored cream or a very light, moisturizing foundation. If you can, try to give it up completely, only masking imperfections with a concealer. Do you have freckles? Do not mask them at all, they are very welcome here!
Find your color
The perfect shade of lipstick? Think of the natural color of your lips, but “better”. All shades of dirty pink, corals, delicate beige – this is the basis of an “English rose” make-up, which is rather far from a vamp (which does not make its beauty any less stunning). When highlighting the eyes, it is worth focusing on browns rather than blacks. As noted by Young, any “two-in-one” or even “three-in-one” products will work well here: for example, tints that can be used both on the lips and on the cheeks. The main idea is to create an effect of a harmonious color balance on the face.
Use your fingers instead of brushes and sponges
Try to apply the blush with your fingers, gently grading the effect. If you’ve opted for lipstick, apply a little lip balm to your lips before applying, then spread a little on your lips, also using your fingertips. Do you remember how your lips and cheeks look naturally pink from wind and frost? This is what we want to achieve.