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Timeless beauty

31 July 2013 by Laura

Make-up applied in front of painting

To celebrate our new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool’ we asked So Coco Rouge to create a  makeover, inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite style! Sian-Louise Auld from the Liverpool beauty salon has given us some tips below on how you too can achieve this timeless look:

“With Pre- Raphaelite inspired fashion pieces showing on the catwalk for the last few years, and 21st century fashion icons such as Florence Welsh embracing the look, there has never been a better time to experiment with this popular trend.

“An easy way to add a Pre-Raphaelite bohemian edge to your look is with your hair. Their famed fairytale long, soft flowing curls are simple to create in the comfort of your own home.  All you need is a heated conical wand, sectioning clips, a soft brush and smoothing balm.

“Start by sectioning the hair, from ear to ear, leaving a top and bottom section. Section once more so you only have a section one inch thick. Starting as close to the root as possible, wind a small section of hair around the wand, being careful not to burn yourself. Hold in place for a few seconds before unwinding.  Repeat until you have curled the whole head.

“Next brush the curls through, and smooth the hair using a pea sized amount of smoothing balm.

“If you fancy a major change, then why not join the masses and go auburn?

“Pre- Raphaelite make-up is famed for flawless porcelain skin, pinched cheeks and rosebud lips.

“The key to beautiful skin is a thorough skincare routine. Make sure you remove all make-up every evening using a cleansing lotion and finish with a moisturiser to suit your skin type. Before make-up application apply a lightweight moisturiser to ensure an even foundation application.

“Begin with a creamy concealer, lightly patting onto any areas you are concerned with, such as under-eye darkness and blemishes.  Next, take a foundation which matches your skintone perfectly and apply using a foundation brush in downwards strokes, starting at the centre of the face and working outwards.

“For a naturally flushed cheek, take a cream blusher and apply using your fingers to the apples of your cheek. Blending in circular motions for a flawless look.

“Finish with a creamy lipstick in a warm pinky red. Lightly line your lips first using a lipliner is a matching colour. Start at the cupids bow before working from the outer corner of the lip upwards. Repeat to the bottom lip, again starting in the centre and working from the corner to the centre. This technique creates the rounder lip shape associated with the Pre-Raphalite look. Using a lipbrush work the lip colour into lips, so they appear stained. Leave lips matte rather than applying a gloss.”

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