London, May 11 (ANI): British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was left red-faced on Sunday when a bungling aide left his make-up tips in a taxi.
The note, which was found among a pile of sensitive documents, told how the craggy-faced PM applies layers of slap and fake tan.
A white A4 sheet listed Brown's make-up routine if he has to do it himself. It read:
1.Transparent Brush. Foam all over. This is believed to be an illuminating foam to give the PM's face that certain glow.
2.Small pot under eyes, dimple, creases, blend in. This refers to the use of concealer to smooth out facial bumps and blemishes.
3.Clinique. Super balanced make-up. All over again, like painting a wall, and ears. Shut eyes over lids then with make-up pad smooth over liquid. This tells the PM to trowel foundation over his whole face.
4.Powder (dark brush) terracotta Guerlain, all over. Slap on fake tan bronzer.
Taking the shine off ... powder
A Westminster insider said: "It's an idiot's guide to applying heavy make-up. It will cause deep embarrassment because the PM paints himself as a no-nonsense man's man."
Brown, 58, whose claims for a cleaner were revealed last week, has never put cosmetics on expenses.
But No 10 officials will be more concerned by other papers in the aide's rucksack, left in a London black cab after the ministerial party arrived at Kings Cross from Yorkshire on Friday.
It contained discussions on how to handle the expenses scandal - and a schedule for Brown's trip, marked Confidential.
Times of departure, the cars the PM and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith were in and their train times were detailed. It could have been put to deadly use if it fell into the hands of terrorists before the journey.
The cabbie handed it to The Sun, which returned it to Downing Street last night. (ANI)