Beauty: The makeup look fit for a Queen




Proof that classic 1950s makeup never goes out of style, Her Majesty’s Coronation look - porcelain skin, well-defined eye, statement red lip - updates effortlessly for today. Alice Ryan compiles a kit list

RMS Beauty Re-Evolve Radiance Locking Primer, £37, Pure Source, Bridge Street, Cambridge and puresourceonline.com

RMS Beauty Re-Evolve Radiance Locking Primer (56897968)
RMS Beauty Re-Evolve Radiance Locking Primer (56897968)

Powered by natural ingredients - hyaluronic acid to boost moisture; vegetable squalane to control oil; biotech complex Tightenyl to firm, tone and smooth - this gel-textured primer is a fast track to more refined skin. Apply a couple of pumps to cleansed face and neck and pores and fine lines appear immediately reduced. Wear alone for bare-faced chic or under makeup for a lasts-all-day base.

ILIA Beauty Radiant Translucent Powder SPF20 in Moondance, £33, Pure Source, Bridge Street, Cambridge and puresourceonline.com

ILIA Beauty Radiant Translucent Powder SPF20 in Moondance (56897979)
ILIA Beauty Radiant Translucent Powder SPF20 in Moondance (56897979)

If you want to knock back shine without skin looking old-lady matte - no dimension at all can be very ageing - this finishing powder is The One. A talc-free formula, it is super-fine and translucent, so blends seamlessly, and also has a subtle luminosity to it, which results in an oh-so-gentle glow. Even better? It’s formulated with skin-kind aloe leaf and rosemary extracts and contains SPF20.

ICONIC London Sheer Blush in Rose Riot, £18, iconiclondon.com

ICONIC London Sheer Blush in Rose Riot (56897983)
ICONIC London Sheer Blush in Rose Riot (56897983)

For this look, you want a blush which makes you look polished without being painted; a gel which transforms to liquid on the skin, Sheer Blush gives cheeks the prettiest and most natural-looking wash of watercolour. Pat it on with a fingertip and blend out with a brush or sponge, layering to achieve your chosen intensity.

Sisley Les Phyto-Ombres Eyeshadow In N°14 Sparkling Topaz, £38, sisley-paris.com

Sisley Les Phyto-Ombres Eyeshadow In N°14 Sparkling Topaz (56897998)
Sisley Les Phyto-Ombres Eyeshadow In N°14 Sparkling Topaz (56897998)

A cream/powder hybrid, this satin-finish shimmer shadow melts when it meets the warmth of your skin, forming a veil of colour and (subtle) sparkle which lightens and brightens even the darkest sockets. Enriched with white lily, camellia seed and rosehip seed oils - hence the creamy texture - it also feels lovely on lids and, once settled, is remarkably unshifting.

Paul & Joe Liquid Liner in True Black, £18, beautybay.com

Paul & Joe Liquid Liner in True Black (56898029)
Paul & Joe Liquid Liner in True Black (56898029)

Several things mark this liner out. Firstly, the texture is deliciously silky, so it slides on with no snagging (even on fine-lined lids). Secondly, it’s packed with pigment, so produces deep, dense colour. Thirdly, the brush tip is *perfect*: fine and flexible without being too flimsy and soft to control, it’s ideal for precision work like cat-eye flicks.

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara, £25.20, Pure Source, Bridge Street, Cambridge and puresourceonline.com

Nasty-free mascaras can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to apply; without old-school emollients, the formulas tend to be a bit dry. But this one, enriched with both mamey and avocado oils, slicks onto lashes and films them beautifully, leaving them lifted, separated and brilliant black. Though it layers well, it’s ideal for creating definition without *too* much drama.

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Lipstick In N°41 Rouge Miami, £42, sisley-paris.com

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Lipstick In N°41 Rouge Miami (56898086)
Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Lipstick In N°41 Rouge Miami (56898086)

One of my favourite lipstick formulas of all time - thanks to Sisley’s signature ‘hydrobooster complex’, it moisturises like a balm while still delivering intense and long-lasting colour - Rouge Miami is a truly timeless shade (a true, not-too-blue red which can be tapped on with a fingertip for a stain finish or brushed on for a full-power pout) and finish, too (a soft and singularly flattering satin).


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