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English Rose Complexion – Hot Summer Look (for Men!)

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Image: Topman SS17

In grooming, we look to the runways for inspiration.  Sometimes, they steer us in the right direction.  Men around the globe have fully embraced trends like extra-long hair and subtle contouring.  But sometimes, the runways get a little unrealistic and send us into dangerous territory.  Last year, and even early this year, men’s catwalks have been populated by men with dirty faces and unwashed hair.  Dubbed anti-grooming by fashion critics, the trend is reminiscent of punk culture and not fully applicable to everyday life-especially for professional men.  However, a big grooming trend this summer seems to offer hope that the fashion community to taking us to great new heights.  Say hello to the English rose complexion.

The English rose complexion is the look guys have after a long afternoon on the beach.  When you finally make your way back indoors, your skin looks flushed.  It’s either pink or red on your cheeks and forehead.  Typically, it’s an indication that sunburn isn’t too far behind. For guys who are fair-skinned, they probably end up rocking the English rose without intending to.  Feeling embarrassed or even feeling exhausted after a great workout can lead to rosy cheeks.

The English rose is, unlike many of the most popular runway grooming trends, a naturally occurring look.  However, the trend isn’t just about wearing your natural, rosy complexion.  If you already have fair skin, it’s about exaggerating the redness.  For those with darker skin, it’s about creating a red tint that’s not usually there.

Image: Mashable

It was first noted as a trend by Mashable after Topman’s Spring/Summer 2017 show.  During that show, almost every model floated down the catwalk with a red-tinted face.  Though they were well-dressed and even appeared to be freshly groomed, their faces seemed sunburnt.  The fair-skinned models and dark-skinned models alike all had the same rosy complexion. And it wasn’t just Topman.  British label Sibling accessorized its boldly colored swimwear and streetwear with rosy cheeks and foreheads.  Even fashion show attendees on the streets were seen rocking the look despite the stark contrast of cold weather outdoors.

Once upon a time, it was considered embarrassing to have a rosy complexion.  But now, fashion is telling us it’s cool to look blushed.  So, does this mean you should abandon sunscreen and sunbathe without a care?  Not quite.  As a word of caution, spending days at the beach without protecting your skin puts you at risk for skin cancer, sun damage and early-onset wrinkles.  Even if you want to be on trend, you still have a duty to protect your skin.  The men who are wearing this look are doing so artificially.

As it turns out, the English rose complexion isn’t as new as it seems.  The fairer sex has been mastering this look for ages.  The women’s version plays up rosy cheeks, but instead of a bright red forehead, the look is balanced by bold red lips, accompanied by bright, white teeth.  Their look is achieved with an arsenal of products: blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner.

For men, you won’t need nearly as many things.  Your eyes aren’t part of the equation here.  But you’ll still need some makeup.  It’s time to get acquainted with powder blush and tint sticks. Powder blush is powdered makeup that comes in a variety of colors.  It’s easy to find in red and can be applied with a brush.  It’s often used by women for contouring their cheeks but your focus isn’t contouring.  Just a few strokes of the brush across your cheeks will leave bright red accents that echo the freshly sunburnt style of the runway.

If the thought of buying or applying powder blush is frightening, a tint stick is a little more discreet.  It looks like a permanent marker, but it discharges makeup in the desired shade.  A rose-colored tint stick can be rubbed over your cheeks to get the same effect as the blush. For guys who are already fair skinned, you might not need any enhancements for this look.  Yet, if you decide to use some artificial assistance, take it easy.  It won’t require much for you to go overboard and end up with a dramatic (and obviously fake) English rose look.

With each fashion season, women’s grooming seems to influence men’s grooming in greater ways.  Men’s designers are focused on communicating their message not just through clothing but through the entire package inclusive of hair and skin.  Some designers have looked to temporary tattoos, glitter (a la David Bowie) and dramatic makeup as ways to stand out.  While those trends likely won’t catch on any time soon, the English rose complexion is the way to go this summer.

Music Festival Chic

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Summer is here and with it music festivals galore. You can never be sure about the English weather, so you need to pack for every eventuality. We can’t all be pop stars, but we can try to add a little festival glam into our lives.

Let’s work from top to toe.


No hair dryer or straighteners mixed with rain and mud equals looking like some sort of scarecrow. Not a good look. Now some festivals have boutique hairdressing tents, with the option of a fully wash and blow dry, and GHD have also infiltrated some of the big festivals, much to our delight!

If this option is not available you have a couple of choices, either use dry hair shampoo spray or get a fashionable hat to hide the horror. A trilby should do the trick.


You need to remember to bring wipes for cleansing, moisturizer and sun screen. These items are very important. Along with that a basic make-up bag: waterproof mascara, under eye concealer (for the day after the night before) and a good lip gloss. Oversized sunglasses will also hide the multitude of sins while still making you look chic.


Denim shorts are a festival favourite, they look great teamed with boots or sandals. Playsuits are cute and bang on trend, although navigating portaloos could be a bit tricky.

For cooler days or nights add knee socks or change into jeans. Vintage t-shirts and a few long sleeve tops are great for layering while a dress is certain to impress in the dance tent. Another essential item would be a rain mac.


Wellington boots are pretty much a staple of the UK festival, with Hunter Wellies being the celeb choice. You may be trudging around in mud but you can look cool doing so, with a host of colours and patterns to choose from. If the sun does decide to shine, a pair of gladiator sandals would be perfect.

Whatever the weather you can too can be a festival goddess!

Sunbathing or Burning?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Sunny Girl

We’ve all seen them, and most of us have been them, the lobsters on the beach desperate, after a long English winter, to soak up every ray of sun without a thought for the UV damage.

The problem is, after months of hardly seeing the sun, and certainly no strong sun, our skin isn’t ready for the real thing.

Those who rush to the beach or pool side immediately after disembarking from the plane and sunbathe for 5 hours straight all too often end up looking like a flaky lobster for the rest of the holiday.

Pain, blisters, difficulty moving, cancelling tours due to the discomfort are the all too common symptoms of the desperate English holiday maker. And the worst part is the tan doesn’t stick. In fact, there is no tan!!!

This seems to be something that people too often forget. If you burn badly you simply peel. It won’t miraculously turn into a tan, it’ll just be red, painful, itchy and flaky. And by the time you get home you’re either patchy or pasty white again.

So what can you do???


Choosing the Right Hairstyle

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Beautiful redhead womanYour hairstyle can make or break your entire look. The right hairstyle can enhance your beauty and make you feel great! If you’re stuck with a dated style and want something new, take your facial shape into consideration. Long hair can help lengthen a round face, while short hair helps take focus off a heart shaped face. Length is another consideration when choosing a hairstyle. Here are some ideas for both long and short hair:

Hairstyles for Long Hair

If you’ve got long hair, then there are a wide variety of choices available to you. Keep your length yet add bounce and structure with long layers or a razored cut. Go with an easy updo by pulling your hair into a ponytail, twisting the ponytail, then securing with a clip and tucking stray ends under the twist. For a sporty look, try two long braids. To soften the look, pull some wispy tendrils out and let them fall around your face.

For more ideas on how to style your long hair, check out some celebrity hairstyles. Great celebrity hairstyles for long-haired girls include those sported by Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Hairstyles for Short Hair

Winter Make Up

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

What’s new in makeup this season? It’s grey outside and on the railings of all the shops, but what does that mean for our faces?

You’ve probably given your skin a good old makeover, but now is the time to start chucking out all of last seasons half used cosmetics and give your bathroom cabinet and face an over-haul. Since the sun has gone on holiday you can’t rely on your tan and minimal make up to look great anymore. You need to look more glamorous and more polished during this season. Velvety shades are the way to go for the winter woman.

Matte understated shades such as coffee, chocolate and smoky shades for eyes and berry tones for lips and cheeks replace the fresh summer face. And YAY! Gloss is back in again and so are our beloved fruity and spicy tones of cosmetics.

Here are some tips you can use this season:

What Could You Live Without?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I was having a discussion last night with my flatmate about what we thought we couldn’t possibly live without. My make up counter is larger than Mac’s, and my wardrobe is of a similar size to TK Max, but after long deliberation, I managed to narrow it down. My two choices were jeans and my GHD. If you pushed me on it, I’d give up the jeans.

We all have things we can’t live without and it’s amazing how many of these essential items are relatively new inventions. Here are what I consider to be some of the most important beauty products of the last ten years:

Lipfinity: Lipfinity is one of the few products that actually does what it says on the tin. Lipfinity promises to stay ‘put’ for 8 hours. I’ve woken up many a Sunday morning with Lipfinity still on my lips. I originally put it on on the Saturday morning before heading off four hours of shopping, for two dinners, seven hours clubbing and a cheeky snog. And I’ve still had to brush it off with my toothbrush.

The great thing about Lipfinity is you can wear a lovely gloss over the top and not have to worry about the lipstick bleeding. I’ve been hooked since these came out six years ago and still don’t think that any other brand has quite cracked it. (more…)

Dress for Your Size and Shape

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Big bottom, big hips, small breasts, love handles. If you’re anything like me you suffer from at least one of these, and finding a dress that not only accentuates the good but hides the bad can be a tricky business.

Thankfully, help is at hand and there are plenty of styles to choose from that will not only sort out your problem bits, but make you look gorgeous, sexy and cool.

Big Hips:

A line dresses are perfect for larger hipped ladies. Go for knee length to draw attention away from the problem area. In practical terms what you should look for is 50′s style dresses that are not only so very ‘now’ but are a classic style and will never go out.

Things to avoid are dresses cut on the bias. The cross cut of the material makes them cling to big hips like nobody’s business. Also avoid severely tapered skirts and styles with patch pockets, all around pleating and horizontal details.

Show off your top half with strapless or halter styles, empire waist styles or anything that is tight around the bust or waist and flares slightly. (more…)

Make Up Tips for the Rest of Us

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


If you are a natural beauty, read no further. But chances are, you’re not. If you’re anything like the average girl you have bits about you that you like and bits that don’t make the grade, regardless of whether it’s all in your head or you truly are minging.

Thankfully, there are plenty of make up tricks that you can use to accentuate the good, play up the mediocre, and hide the just plain ugly. Here are some tips that cover the main problems:

Small Lips:
Dark colours are a no no for small lips. You know how you wear black trousers on your fat days to appear slimmer? The same applies for your lips.

Light colours and light diffusing glosses are the way forward. Choose anything from natural coloured to pink or peachy shades. Start off using a light glowing powder (I use a gold eye shadow) and trace the outer line of the top lip to give you a highlight. Then use a liner to trace around the edge (not too far from the edge, we don’t want to look like Jodie Marsh) use a long staying lipstick like Lipfinity. Then finish with a light and shimmering gloss like Bourjois. (more…)

Beauty Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a girl healthy, wealthy and hot

We all have bad habits when it comes to our health and beauty regime, we all know what we should be doing, but it’s far easier to smoke that pack of cigarettes, drink that 4th Cosmopolitan, go to bed with your make up on and ditch your morning run than stick to a routine. Who among us hasn’t made umpteen New Year’s resolutions, and failed on the first day (surely that’s not just me?).

You need to find a routine that suits you and isn’t too stringent, otherwise your going to chuck the whole thing. Here are a few tips that could help you stay looking younger, more vibrant and feeling healthier.

Keep away from the chocolate trolley, keep fruit or nuts on your desk to help stave off those mid afternoon munchies.

You can get a wide range of nuts, seeds and dried fruits that can replace naughty crisp cravings and keep you fuller for longer.

Cereal bars are handy, easy to pop in your handbag and you can trick yourself into thinking your scoffing a choccie bar.

Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, its not as difficult as you might think. Juice, tinned and dried fruit count towards it. When serving your plate put on an equal amount of veg and carbs. You will still feel full but will also be eating healthier.

How to Apply Fake Tan at Home?

Friday, May 15th, 2009

How do the celebs look so gorgeously sun kissed all year round yet also free of sun damage to their skin? They fake it. And it’s about time you did too. We all know that we look far better with a bit of colour on our skin, but of course we don’t want to damage our skin with harmful UV rays, or end up with the ‘leather effect’ from spending too much time in the sun. If you can afford to spend the £30 odd pounds every couple of weeks to get a St Tropez or Tanning salon fake tan, then good for you. If like most of us you can’t, then start doing it at home.

Now, if you’ve tried fake tanning before, you are probably aware of how easy it is to get streaks or ‘tide lines’. After my first couple of attempts which left me looking like a diseased carrot, I decided I needed to take some positive action and find out how to do it right. First, you want to find a product that suits you, the market is inundated with fake tan creams, gels, sprays and lotions. You can play it safe by using a slow build tanning product, like Johnson’s self tanning lotion, or use a wash off product. But whatever you decide, there are a couple of simple rules you should follow. (more…)