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Christina Hendricks: Make-up should be light

Christina Hendricks thinks you can look "instantly alive" with a little blusher.

The US actress has classic English Rose looks. And she doesn't like to overdo it on the make-up front, whether that's on the red carpet or in her own time.

"I use a very light concealer, powder and cream blush, and I darken my eyebrows a little," she confided to the British edition of Marie Claire. "I usually do some kind of eyeliner across my top lash line and extend it out towards the ends to widen my eyes. And then lips. It's simple but it works."

For the 39-year-old, it was her time modelling in London when she was younger that changed her attitude towards cosmetics. The star describes the city as having "its own cool aesthetic" and credits it with helping her leave her teenage goth look behind.

"I was modelling when I lived there in the mid-1990s and the vibe was very natural," she recalled. "I stopped wearing as much make-up then."

Now Christina relies on some staple items to create her look. And one thing she can't be without is blusher as she thinks it offers an instant pick me up.

"Cream blush is my essential beauty item. I tend to pick peach and pink shades," she continued. "In a pinch I use my fingers, but it blends much better with a brush. You look instantly alive with a little blush."

As for her lips, the redhead prefers a lipstick to a gloss.

"If I had to pick one colour to use forever, it would be a bright coral-red," she added.

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