The prevailing visage in actual PRB works of art is artless and pure, with the frame of hair often surrounding the face, emphasizing the natural beauty of the sitters' features.
"The Beloved- Study for African Girl" Dante Gabriel Rossetti
And more often than not, when an article or sound byte mentions a "Pre-Raphaelite" look, they refer to softly tinted lips and cheeks, or a subtle "glow." It is a look that works for many, and is definitely an easy "go-to", day to day style.
There is no doubt that such lovely works of art lend themselves to marketing ploys, too! I remember that sometime ca.1994 - ca.1996, I bought my first Prescriptives item because a magazine blurb described it as giving the wearer a "Pre-Raphaelite glow." Is Beerbohm turning in his grave? It was a great little item, and I wish I still had it, though I have forgotten the name. It was shaped like a lipstick and came in a tube, but was a (very) barely-tinted, almost translucent cheek stick that you could use alone or on top of blush. A more recent product that sounds tempting to me is "Medieval," by Lipstick Queen.
Musicians and style icons Florence Welch and Tori Amos embrace a more modern and cutting edge interpretation of Pre-Raphaelite beauty that is equally enticing.
If you would like to see a "look-book" featuring PRB-inspired makeup from the Anna Sui Fall 2008 line, you can check it out here, courtesy of Cover Girl Cosmetics.