Royals, whether by birth or by marriage, know a thing or two about beauty â€” well, because they always have to look good. Here, a smattering of some of the best (and craziest) secrets of a few famous faces.
The Queen of France had a signature face mask that was so popular, some French women still use it. Ingredients? Two teaspoons of cognac, 1/3 cup of dry milk powder, one egg white, and the juice of one lemon. The cognac stimulates circulation and tightens pores, while the eggs repair skin tissue. The milk’s lactic acid dissolves sebum, which holds dead skin cells on the surface, while the citric acid from the lemons sweeps away dead skin cells from the surface.
Queen Elizabeth I
In the Elizabethan Era, many cosmetics were eschewed because they were believed to block good energy. Ironically pale skin was in, so they did allow for things like lead and arsenic to achieve that much-adored pallor. (To their credit, they didn’t quite know that those ingredients were poisonous.) Queen Elizabeth often wore white makeup to maintain her image as a “Virgin Queen.” The most popular beauty product was ceruse, a mix of white lead and vinegar. High foreheads were also coveted at this time as well, and nobility (including the Queen) had their hairlines plucked to create an even more exaggerated forehead.
Queen Elizabeth II
The reigning queen is a huge fan of lipstick, with Clarins being a top choice. In fact, she even commissioned her own lipstick shade to match her coronation robes at the 1952 ceremony. The soft red-blue hue was named “The Balmoral Lipstick,” a nod to her Scottish country home. And the love affair with colour hasn’t stopped since then â€” the Queen has been seen applying lipstick in public on numerous occasions.
Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
The actress-turned-royal reportedly applied hand cream to her hands religiously, saying that hands are where people show their age first. As for her make-up, Grace stayed clear offÂ harsh lines and colour, she chose neutral shades that subtly enhanced her natural features. She would apply a tawny brown eyeshadow delicately along her eyebrows to define them, and created the illusion of cheekbones by using two shades of blusher – a lighter tone over the bone, and a darker shade in the hollows.
Makeup artist Mary Greenwell, who started working with Princess Diana in 1991, says that after she talked Diana out of using blue eyeliner (“blue eyes should never wear blue pencil or shadow”), the royal changed up her daily habits to keep her face in check. “Diana did everything in moderation. She cut back on drinking so her skin was 100%.” As for the one thing Diana never left home without wearing mascara, Greenwell says: “I always taught her to make sure when applying mascara by herself that she covered the roots of the lashes, too!”
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge
The new royal has plenty of beauty secrets, but one thing Middleton swears by is a drugstore find! Her moisturizer of choice is Nivea’s Soft Moisturizing CrÃ¨me. She’s reportedly been seen stocking up on the hydrating lotion, which costs a mere RM20. The other must in her beauty regimen? Rosehip oil. The natural oil is said to help fight wrinkles.