In many ways, Sunday Riley skincare is an ideal fit for the Downton Abbey: A New Era characters. We celebrate natural beauty and help skin look its freshest and best (but can also remove heavy stage makeup, if needed). In honor of the new movie (in theaters May 20th!), there are some of the products that would ideally suit the characters that live upstairs, downstairs, and in between. Because, even if we don’t have dowries, amazing skin makes us all feel as wealthy as an aristocrat.
Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm for Myrna Dalgleish
The Earl of Grantham points out the dread of “actresses plastered in makeup,” which includes this movie star in heavy foundation, powder, and lipstick. She’s become the star she is thanks to her beauty, so she needs to keep her skin looking exquisite and something tough enough to get all the makeup off at the end of the day. Cue Blue Moon cleansing balm, which will clean her skin thoroughly without irritating it and infusing it with antioxidants.
Auto Correct Eye Contour Cream for Lady Mary
Mary has the world (or at least the Downton estate) on her shoulders. Stress can appear in many places, including the under eyes, especially if it prevents a good night’s sleep. AutoCorrect is ideal for Lady Mary, who doesn’t wear concealer but wants her eye area to look bright and rested by minimizing puffiness and dark circles.
Good Genes Lactic Acid for Robert Crawley
One of the noticeable physical differences with the Earl of Grantham in A New Era is his tan. Sure, a bit of sun and vitamin D are lovely, but one also needs to be conscious of damage to the skin with all those rays. He will benefit from Good Genes Lactic Acid to reverse sun damage and diminish dark spots. It’s excellent for mature skin, but we wouldn’t mention that to oft-sensitive Robert.
Go to Bed With Me for Lady Edith
After Lady Edith married beau Bertie, who ended up inheriting Brancaster Castle, she got the job of managing the vast household. On top of that, she’s also a mother of two — the kind that runs and plays with them, no less — and she’s a magazine editor. She’s busy. So this multitasker needs ease in her skincare, and the Go To Bed With Me (which includes a complete evening routine) will help her do that. Because as busy women everywhere know, the last thing you want at bedtime is more to think about; here, she has all the steps from cleansing to treatments and anti-aging moisture for eyes and face.
A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum for Thomas Barrow
When Thomas was a footman, he wasn’t very likable, but he amended his ways through the years and grew to the ranks of head butler at Downton Abbey. We’d gift him this high-dose retinoid serum because this superhero product can be irritating at first as your skin acclimates to the powerful anti-aging, 6.5 percent retinoid blend. But then you realize you love it, and it’s invaluable to your routine — that goes for a head butler. Thomas is a well-groomed chap who takes pride in his appearance so that he will appreciate the skin tone-evening benefits and the anti-aging ones.
Martian Mattifying Toner for Carson
Poor Mr. Carson struggles with the heat of southern France so that he would benefit from the Martian Mattifying Toner. It will help fight the excess sweat he is producing and keep the complexion looking matte.
Ceramic Slip Cleanser for Anna Bates
This lady’s maid likes following the trends (it wasn’t long after Lady Mary got a bob that she followed suit), but we still wouldn’t expect her to wear makeup — certainly not during the daytime at work. A radiant, clean complexion would be her beauty priority. That, and washing away a busy day of work. So she gets the Ceramic Slip Cleanser, which will gently wash her face without stripping its natural oils. And when she does dabble in a bit of makeup? It’ll remove that as well.
Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum for Mrs. Patmore
Downton’s head cook has piles of hair that she tries to contain beneath her hat every day. Add to that the fact that she’s cooking (and sweating) with little ventilation in the kitchen. Her scalp would thrive with a bit of love from this serum.
Light Hearted Sunscreen for Tom and Lucy Branson
The late 1920s was when a tan became fashionable for younger people, and Tom and Lucy are no exception. This couple loves to swim and do a spot of sunbathing, so they need to be conscious of sun exposure and the adverse effects of too much. This lightweight SPF 30 is a must for these newlyweds who will regularly be drawn to the French Riviera.
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- Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm for Myrna Dalgleish
- Auto Correct Eye Contour Cream for Lady Mary
- Good Genes Lactic Acid for Robert Crawley
- Go to Bed With Me for Lady Edith
- A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum for Thomas Barrow
- Martian Mattifying Toner for Carson
- Ceramic Slip Cleanser for Anna Bates
- Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum for Mrs. Patmore
- Light Hearted Sunscreen for Tom and Lucy Branson