Tuesday, October 11, 2016

English rose: Poldark's Caroline Penvenen


We are on the sixth episode of the second season of Poldark, and every week I have loved Caroline's makeup. She's a snobbish and obnoxious character to some point, but I have a feeling her love for the doctor will soften her demeanor, and it's been hinted that she is still a teenager that needs to mature a bit. Caroline has classic English rose makeup that's very trendy for an 18th century young woman. Flawless porcelain skin, rosy cheeks, and rosebud lips. Sometimes she will have a beauty mark, which was very fashionable for the aristocracy and royals of the 1700's. Keep reading to learn how to recreate the makeup.

Start by making sure your skin is clean and moisturized. If you use a foundation primer, now is the time to use it. I like Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer for all skin types.

1. Flawless skin is a goal for this look, so choose a foundation and concealer that has coverage, but it shouldn't be too heavy or dry. I like Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection.

Use a damp Beauty Blender (or a dupe for it) to pat this foundation into your skin. Let it sit for a few minutes so you can see if you need powder. I like Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the t zone.

2. Her brows are soft and natural. Any matte shadow that matches your brows will do, but I use MAC Omega eyeshadow, or Anastasia Brow Powder Duo. She doesn't appear to have much shadow on. Maybe a swipe of a pale bone shade for a matte lid. Her lashes and lash line seem natural as well, but if you need something then add a touch of the same brow powder to define them, or curl them.

3. Caroline's cheeks are a bright pink rose. Paintings of Marie Antoinette come to mind. Stila Convertible Color in Sweet Pea is a great shade to match. If you need it a little brighter use Bobbi Brown Pale Pink instead, which isn't a "pale pink" at all.

4. The best part was finding a lip color that matches and compliments the blush. I chose Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Enchanted because it's spot on, and they also use this on the set of Once Upon a Time. You can see your lips through it, but it offers the prettiest flushed pink shade that verges on mauve and rose, and you can blot this down. Your natural lip tone can change the color, so go light and see how it turns out.


That's my Caroline Penvenen look. Do you have any product recommendations for an English rose look? I'd love to hear them!

— Kristi Marie from Modern Grace

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