Have you ever seen such a flawless and lovely complexion? I can’t get over how amazing Rose Leslie’s skin (and, well, everything else) looks here. So soft and glowing with the most perfect defined eyes. Whoever did her makeup did an awesome job! So how does a spearwife of the Free Folk get such radiant skin in extreme cold beyond the Wall a.k.a. Iceland? Read on for my take on Ygritte’s look.
Icelandic Beauty Routine
Who wears NO makeup and still looks this good? Ygritte, you’re killing me. Anyway, even if you’re a wildling you should be cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin, as well as using a scrub and a face mask (optional). Sóley Organics has a great range of facial products made with hand-picked Icelandic herbs; cleansers, an exfoliator, a tonic, a moisturizer, and (get this) a mineral mask with volcanic clay from Eyjafjallajökull. (Remember when that erupted two years ago?!) I’ve tried GLÓey, the brand’s purifying exfoliator and let me tell you, it’s magical. It left my skin smooth and radiant without being harsh or drying. I don’t recommend using it more than once or twice a week however, due to the crushed olive kernels which can leave skin sensitive.
After cleansing, use a toner like Skyn Iceland’s Arctic Face Mist, which is infused with vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate and energize your skin.
Finish with a good moisturizer and don’t forget SPF to keep your skin protected against sun damage. If you’re really in for a splurge, Diorsnow Fresh Creme Global Transparency day cream is super fancy and infused with Icelandic Glacial™ water, one of the purest waters on earth that probably came from the Frostfangs.
Also, since you probably never take a bath except for when you seduce young crows, you could use Lush’s Ice Blue Soap next time you jump in a hot spring. This tingly soap bar is made with sea salt and peppermint, bergamot and sweet wild orange oils to get all the blood and dirt off your skin after a long day raiding south of the Wall.
Less is definitely more when it comes to wildling beauty, but to get Ygritte’s look you’ll need at least a few items. First, shape your eyebrows and fill them in with the help of Benefit’s Brow Zing. Choose a shade lighter than your actual eyebrows for the most natural look. Plucking a few stray hairs will give definition to your brows but remember not to look too groomed (you’re not a highborn lady, after all).
For eyes, I’m currently using They’re Real! mascara, also from Benefit, which is hands down one of the best volumizing and lengthening formulas I’ve tried. And yes, they do look real. If you already have insanely lush eyelashes, damn you and skip this step.
Ygritte’s rosy cheeks (you know, from that thing Jon Snow does with his tongue ;)) can be recreated with cult classic NARS Orgasm Blush, a sheer peachy pink powder with a subtle golden shimmer. This is the mother of all blushes and fits every skin tone so you really can’t go wrong.
Lips are optional but if you don’t want to go bare, opt for a very sheer pink balm, like beauty editor favorite Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm. Besides giving you an enviable pout, it also helps soothe minor cuts and burns (I don’t know about arrow wounds, though).
And voilà, you’re now ready to kick some ass while looking like a total babe, or get some crow action in a cave, that’s totally up to you.