Courtside Beauty

Wimbledon is just over a week away now, so if you’re planning on heading south this year to watch the tournament live, it’s time to start thinking about beauty ideas for managing your courtside look. With the unpredictable British weather bringing both rain and sun in any 24-hour period, it’s wise to plan ahead and pack for all types of weather.

I’ll be joining ‘The Queue’ on Monday so thought I’d share a few tips of my own to help you out:

Whatever the weather (yes, even in the rain) you should ensure your day cream contains an SPF. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it isn’t causing damage to your skin. Most good moisturisers contain an SPF, so if you’re particularly pale (or taking your children with you) look for a moisturiser with an SPF as high as 50. On the other hand, if your skin is naturally dark, opt for a cream with an SPF of 15. Remember, the skin around your eyes and on your lips is particularly sensitive, so it’s worth getting a product especially for these areas; two of my favourites are Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 (£57/15ml) and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 (£20/15ml).


With wind, rain and sun all forecast over the next seven days, it’s hard to predict what the weather will be on any given day at Wimbledon. But, it’s best to play it safe with a style that can work no matter what’s happening in the sky. There’s little point spending hours battling with a hairdryer and straighteners when one step outside could undo all of your hard work. Instead, work a key trend from the spring/summer 2013 London fashion shows – a chic up-do. Try a low looped chignon as seen at Chanel or a classic ponytail brought up to date with a headscarf, as seen at Dolce & Gabbana, or a sweeping fringe with a bow headband like the Louis Vuitton girls. With your hair off your face, make a statement with some chandelier earrings.


Make up
Spring usually brings to mind pastels and dewy finishes, but this season the catwalks were awash with beige, taupe and coffee. It’s that elusive ‘natural make up’ look we all want to master. Make the eyes the focal point of your face by lining them with thick, black kohl and using gold and copper eye shadow to create a natural looking smoky eye. This year, thick eyebrows have burst onto the beauty scene. If you want to work this into your natural look, I’ll let you in on a piece of advice I read on Super Savvy Me: focus on the natural shape of your eyebrows, not on the shape of your favourite celebrity’s eyebrows. As soon as you start to manipulate the whole shape of your eyebrows, you enter unnatural territory. Contour cheeks with a good sculpting cream before sweeping a light highlighter across the cheekbones. And here’s a good tip: to find the perfect nude, pull down your lower lip and look at the colour on the inner side – that colour is the perfect nude for you.


If that all sounds a little too plain for your taste, embrace the colour pop look from the Stella McCartney and Michael Kors catwalks. Make your look about eyes or lips – never both – and keep the rest of your face neutral. Make a statement with bright eyeliner or mascara (this season Chanel went with yellow, blue and magenta) or go for a bold matte lip in red, bright pink and even orange. This is not one for the colour shy!


My final tip is to take a statement bag large enough to fit a sunhat, an umbrella, some binoculars (in case you’re seated up in the rafters) and your obligatory sunglasses. If you see Nadal, send him my love!


3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli – £655.37
Bobbi Brown orange lipstick – £18
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ ‘Anime’ lip tar – £11.50
Alexander McQueen skull-print scarf – £165
Rayban aviators – £125
Burberry umbrella – £150
J crew earrings – £66
Oscar de la Renta ring – £145

*all catwalk pictures from*

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