The secret of Prime Minister Tony Blair famous all-year healthy glow has been revealed -- his spends almost twice as much on make-up as the average British woman.
Figures released by Downing Street in answer to a parliamentary question showed that Blair spent more than 1,800 pounds (2,600 euros 3,100 dollars) of taxpayers' money on make-up and make-up artists over the past six years.
In contrast, the average British woman spends 195 pounds a year on both make-up and skincare .
The written answer -- released quietly on Thursday, the final day of the parliamentary session before MPs begin their summer break -- said that between 1999-2005, Downing Street paid out 1,050.22 pounds in cosmetics for the prime minister's media appearances.
In the past two years, a further 791.20 pounds was spent on make-up artists.
In the run-up to the May general election, many pundits noted that Blair had acquired a suspiciously orange glow.
The prime minister insisted he had merely picked up a tan while sitting in his garden during the month of April.
make-up: cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance（化妆品）
skincare : （皮肤护理）
pundit: someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field（专家）