They’re rich and regal but at the heart of it, it turns out the females in the royal family have some very down to earth beauty hacks. From the princess who does her makeup in the car to one who loves her £3 body lotion we’ve got the pretty simple beauty tricks the women of the royal family swear by.
It’s not just her body that Meghan Markle works out, she regularly exercises her face too.
“I do facial exercises from one of my favorite aestheticians, Nichola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out,” she says. ”I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are waaaay more sculpted.”
The Duchess of Cambridge prefers to rely in on her own steady hand when it comes to applying her makeup. She even created her own wedding day look with a little artistic assistance from Bobbi Brown’s Hannah Martin. The supplies from the makeup giant included three of their shades of eyeshadow: Ivory all over, Rockstar on the lower lid, and Slate in the crease.
The royals always seem to be going from one event to another, but that’s no excuse for Princess Eugenie not to find time to get gorgeous. “I do my makeup in the car,” she said. “I’m really good at doing it on the move.”
Princess Diana’s flushed cheeks and blue eyeliner became her signature look, but she was never heavy handed with her products Her makeup artist Mary Greenwell insists that the secret behind her flawless look was restraint. “You can combine full lips with a heavy eye; the trick is to wear a light blush” she says. “You just do two elements and not three. You never, ever do a full lip, eye, and blush!” – That’s most definitely a classic beauty tip that stands the test of time.
We are pretty sure that this beauty trick from the Duchess of Sussex isn’t one we will catch her doing at a high society event. Meghan keeps her sleek chignons sleek with this simple trick. “For my flyaways, I spray hairspray on a small boar bristle toothbrush (a regular toothbrush also works great!) to lightly brush them down or smooth the hairline. This is especially good for a sleek bun when I am off-camera.”
The Queen had her very special shade of lipstick created by Clarins in 1952 to compliment her coronation gown and you can have one made for yourself too. Brands such as Bite Beauty and Finding Ferdinand offer affordable bespoke shades. There’s only one shade of nail polish that Her Royal Highness ever uses – Ballet Slippers by Essie, which is a nude pink.
Meghan Markle doesn’t splash out when it comes to keeping her body moisturised. Instead she swears by Nivea Skim Firming Hydration Body Lotion. “I use this religiously,” she says. “It’s honestly my favourite lotion on the market. It’s so affordable and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it.”
Princess Diana’s makeup artist showed the royal the right way to apply mascara. “I always taught her to make sure, when applying mascara by herself, that she covered the roots of the lashes too,” Mary Greenwell advised. “Start in the corner of the eye and then work across before brushing it through.”
How does Meghan Markle make herself look awake when she’s shattered? She uses her beloved Shu Uemura eyelash curler. “Even if you don’t have a stitch of makeup on, if you’re eyelashes are like that [curled up], you suddenly look a bit more alive.”
They may not technically be royalty, but Beyoncé and Rihanna are most definitely queens in our eyes. When we saw them both wearing flower crowns on the covers of the September issues of American and UK Vogue respectively, we realised that this has gone from hippy chic to mainstream. You may not be able to afford to hire a top florist to create a bespoke flower crown for you, but pulling your hair up into a bun or topknot and strategically pinning some of your favourite blooms around the edge will look almost as good.