How to achieve the ""English Rose"" look?

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How to achieve the ""English Rose"" look?
Avoid applying too much heavy makeup for the English Rose look. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

The "English Rose" look relies on a light foundation, pale blusher and pink lipstick to create an understated appearance. Careful blending is key to the look. Leave aside the scarlet lipsticks and heavy eye makeup as they are too harsh for the "English Rose" look. Instead, try to emulate the UK's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who creates a natural look with light colours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Light-enhancing foundation/tinted moisturiser
  • Cream blusher
  • Pink lipstick

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    Apply a light-diffusing foundation to your skin. Blend in well with your fingers or a brush. The foundation should match your skin tone and give even, flawless coverage. Alternatively, use a light covering of tinted moisturiser. This will keep the skin dewy and hydrated but make sure that it is not too "tinted" as you are aiming for a pale, light effect.

  2. 2

    Put some pink, cream blusher onto the apples of your cheeks and blend it in with your fingers for the best effect. Avoid powder blusher as it can be too drying on the skin.

  3. 3

    Use neutral shades of eye shadow, such as greys and browns. Do not over apply the eye makeup as this will draw attention to this area.

  4. 4

    Apply any shade from the pink spectrum onto your lips. Pale pink is fine but fuschia and berry colours also work well for this look.

  5. 5

    Use a light brushing of mascara, if at all. Apply a nail varnish from the pink colour spectrum to complete the "English Rose" look.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with foundations and different blushers to achieve the perfect look.
  • Some makeup products work for both cheeks and lips.
  • The look can be adapted for darker skins. Deeper berry shades work well.
  • Do not try to create the look for the first time on a special occasion, such as a wedding.
  • Do not stick rigidly to the look if it doesn't suit you, even if it is fashionable.

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