Naseeka Busawon, Monday 21 May 2012
Hans Christian Andersen, when describing his Little Mermaid, wrote: ‘Her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea.’
This summer, create the look of pure elegance and femininity by channelling your own inner mermaid. Choose fresh colours of turquoises, corals and shimmery pearls for beauty fit for a maiden of the sea. For your hair, Skyler McDonald at Sean Hanna in Putney suggests: ‘Beachy waves are always popular in the summer, but why not take the look up a notch by getting glossy, mermaid-esque waves? Minimal styling is required but the impact it will is huge! Curling tongs are a god-send for achieving these beautifully uniform waves.’
The Body Shop’s Rainforest Balance Shampoo and Conditioner contain aloe vera and seaweed while Percy & Reed’s Splendidly Silky Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner are just the things for your gorgeous glossy mermaid locks.
Dab a little of The Body Shop’s Lip and Cheek Stain in shade Rose Pink onto your cheeks for natural-looking radiance and use it also on lips for a gorgeous berry coloured stain. I love M.A.C’S Plushglass in juicy pink Big Kiss; this dazzling pearlised gloss contains vitamin E to keep lips plump and moisturised. Get wet-look lips by drenching your pout with M.A.C’s Clear Lipglass. It contains Jojoba Oil to keep lips soft and can be worn alone or over your favourite lipstick. Create sparkling eyes with Illamasqua’s Powder Eye Shadow in Burst, a zingy blue green. Lancôme’s Ombre Absolue Duo in Blue Moon creates deep sea blue eyes. No mermaid would be complete without her waterproof mascara! M.A.C’s Zoom Waterfast Lash and Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama will both provide dramatic waterproof lashes.
The Body Shop has plenty of seaweed products for the mermaid: keep your face feeling fresh with their Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream which includes seaweed extract and vitamin E; check out their Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15, great for the mermaid who spends a lot of time in the sun as it includes SPF 15 for UVA and UVB defence and use their Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask, with seaweed and algae extract for a revitalizing lift and glowing skin. I love Clinique’s Moisture Surge Face Spray containing Bio-Activated Aloe Water and Chamomile - it delivers a burst of moisture with every squirt and instantly soothes parched skin. I also can’t get enough of Clinique’s Sparkle Skin body scrub, a vigorous body exfoliator with menthol and botanical ingredients which leaves your skin feeling super soft. Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, also by Clinique, provides 24 hour hydration and keeps dry skin and flakiness at bay.
Clinique’s Limited Edition Runway Coral Long Last Lipstick (online exclusive) - a creamy-matte lipstick in a sweet coral pink. The Body Shop’s Lipscuff – Keep lips soft and remove flakiness with this lip care product. Illamasqua’s Lipstick in Apocalips, a rich teal colour, great for creating a bold aqua lip! Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel – Blend to create water-resistant and strong colour make-up - every mermaid’s dream!