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Lily Donaldson Does Laidback Hair and Beauty at Harrods
Wed, 20 June 2012 2:15PM
This week marked the start of Knightsbridge shopping mecca Harrods’ annual sale. And that’s not even the exciting news (unless you’re reading this from London or planning to jump on a plane to the UK in the next, say, day. In which case, stop reading and run!).
The exciting news is that it was opened by British beauty Lily Donaldson, rocking a really rather casual hair and makeup look that is both enviable and achievable.
To tone down her one-shoulder monochrome Lanvin frock (a sale item, natch), after all, it was only 9am, the supermodel opted for a simple textured ponytail and pretty yet understated make-up for her turn on the Harrods traditional bottle-green carpet.
Do you love it, Primpers? I do. I love it. I think she looks pretty, fresh and feminine. Just the thing for a crisp London morning, or indeed a crisp Australian one. Want to copy? The look comes down to three key components that are super-simple to do. And they are….
1. The textured ponytail
How to do it: On dry hair, spray a dry shampoo through your roots and let it sit for a minute before brushing out. Next, take a paddle brush and lightly backcomb the hair at the front and crown of your head, before gently smoothing it backwards (being careful not to flatten all the volume you’ve just created). Tie your lengths into a high ponytail and mist with a volumising hairspray for added texture and hold. Done.
2. The dewy complexion
How to do it: Invest in a primer to boost both glow and staying power, and use it under a radiance boosting foundation – liquid is best for this look. Blend both layers on with your fingers to “melt” the products into your skin for a seamless, well-blended finish. Use a brightening concealer under your eyes and finish by dabbing a cream blush in a peachy hue across your cheeks (add a little to your lips, too).
3. The cleverly-defined eyes
How to do it: You’ll need a taupe-toned shadow, a black eyeliner and a defining mascara. Blend the shadow across your lids, focusing on your eye crease. Next draw a black line against your upper lashes (do it with a gel liner and brush if you’re extra talented, or use a sharp, black pencil if you’re less confident). Start thin toward the inner corner of your eye and thicken it up towards the outer edge so it’s straighter, rather than following the natural curve of your eye shape. This will impart that sweetly sexy cats-eye thing Lily has going on. Finish with two compulsory coats of black mascara for definition and flutter.
Ta da! Now you’re ready to front your very own department store opening. Or simply just get an extra compliment from your barista when picking up your morning coffee.
What do you think, Primpers?
Love Lily’s (relatively) lazy look?
And, do tell, what are your tips for getting that “I’m not trying” glamour thing Lily’s channeling? Love to know.
Until next week,
Posted by: Emily Taylor