Modern-Day Musts for Downton Abbey Beauty
With the much-anticipated third season of Downton Abbey now in full swing, we’ve been finding ourselves daydreaming about the charm and sweet innocence of the period drama’s barely-there beauty. Whether you’re channeling ingenue Lady Mary Crawley or a more refined Lady Grantham, the look of rose-flushed cheeks, stained scarlet lips and flawless skin is easy to emulate with these finds.
Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold in Vintage ($19) might traditionally be designed as an eye shadow, but the pressed powder can also be used as a soft, natural-looking liner. The velvety matte, espresso formula glides on with a dry angled brush without tugging at lashes and can be smudged and blended out to create less harsh strokes. Tip: Use a wet angled brush if you’re looking for added intensity.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($59) is the ideal candidate to give you the most enviable component of the Crawley family’s beauty: that coveted glowing-from-within complexion. This formula has a weightless silky texture that imparts continuous hydration throughout the day, so your skin looks truly luminous and radiant. You can also use this gentle, buildable foundation as a concealer under the eyes to mask dark circles.
Bobbi Brown Skin Perfecting Retouching Powder ($36) is all about creating perfect skin, with six different shades that help eliminate the look of dark spots, fine lines and redness. Just apply the correcting color based on your needs over your regular powder for that flawless face that would find itself at home in Downton Abbey.
Chantecaille Les Pétales Lumière de Rose Highlight ($36) comes in a luxe gold, rose-patterned compact that’s fit for British nobility. This highlighter gives the high points of your face an elegant shine with a pink-gold finish that makes your skin fit for HD. The formula may look like powder at first, but it actually has a creamy texture that makes it perfect for blending.
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder ($7.99) is a good choice to use on your eyes in lieu of traditional shadow, simply because these vintage women used such little eye makeup. Layer this powder on lids or creases in a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone to create more depth and intensity à la Anna Bates, and use it sparingly with just one or two sweeps.
Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara ($7.77) is perfect for getting the cast’s natural-looking doey eyes. This washable mascara imparts a touchable, lush effect on lashes without making them feel dry and brittle. Its long wand allows for a hefty coating of mascara on all your fringe (even the teeny bottom hairs) and helps you build volume with an advanced thickening technology infused with vitamin E.
Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain ($29) is your ticket to achieving the rosiest of cheeks. This bottle that looks like a supersized version of nail polish gives you a healthy, just-been-outdoors flush that’s in keeping with the Downton Abbey women. Tip: Be sure skin is thoroughly moisturized so that this stain blends flawlessly into cheeks.
Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait in Orgueil ($48) masters the stained lip look for which the show is known. Its hybrid formula between a lipstick and a gloss makes it creamy and easy to apply in one swipe, without sacrificing opaque color. This moody plum-red shade has a silky texture and a beautiful matte finish that lasts for hours, making it especially fitting for Martha Levinson (aka the legendary Shirley MacLaine). Tip: For supreme precision with this deeper shade, consider outlining lips with a liner first.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red ($9.99) gives lips a just-bitten look that is both classic and modern at the same time. This true red lip stain that applies like a gloss means the lasting, lightweight color doesn’t feel drying even after six hours of wear, thanks to coddling oils and a 30 percent water-based formula. Tip: Since post-Edwardian ladies weren’t apt to wear anything shiny on their lips, blot the gloss with a tissue for a sheerer look.
Photo: Courtesy of the brands; Lady Mary Crawley (courtesy of PBS)