30 Genius Beauty Hacks the Royals Use to Look Flawless
They're royal, but they're not superhuman. Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and other members of the have relied on their own beauty wits (and their makeup artists!) to look like total perfection every time they make an appearance. Luckily the first step of picture-perfect skincare can start at Sephora, no required.
EXERCISE YOUR FACE.
Pump out 15 reps of ... smiling? "I do facial exercises from one of my favorite aestheticians, Nicola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out,"
APPLY YOUR EYESHADOW IN THREE STEPS.
The Duchess of Cambridge applied her own
STOCK UP ON CULT FAVORITES.
Markle has clearly learned a thing or two from the makeup artists on set. She named the iconic NARS Blush in
BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN WITH ROSEHIP OIL.
While unconfirmed by the Duchess herself, Trilogy's Rosehip Oil reportedly remains a staple step in her beauty routine. "Kate continues to use rosehip oil in her daily ," an anonymous source told US Weekly in 2015. "She loves the effect it has on her skin."
DON'T BE AFRAID OF A BIG HAIRCUT.
Diana, Princess of Wales had long worn a poofy '80s 'do, but a meeting with celebrity
KEEP THOSE LIPS HYDRATED.
So this is what the Duchess keeps in her handbags: Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment with SPF 15. "I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best," she told Beauty Banter. "Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it."
BE PREPARED TO APPLY MAKEUP THE GO.
Rushing out the door is no excuse to look less-than-polished. "I do my makeup in the car," Princess
CONTROL FLYAWAYS WITH A TOOTHBRUSH.
The Duchess of Sussex likes to rep loose buns, but her tighter chignons look super sleek thanks to this quick tip. "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," she told Birchbox. "This is especially good for a sleek bun when I am off-camera."
STICK TO NUDE NAIL POLISH.
Queen Elizabeth has worn Essie's sheer pick hue Ballet Slippers since the '80s, and the other royal women have followed her lead. Kate Middleton opted for a combination of two (since discontinued) neutral
REFRESH YOUR EYES WITH HIGHLIGHTER.
Those early morning engagements have nothing on the Duchess of Sussex thanks this trick from her Suits days. "To open up your eyes, apply a highlighter like Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat in the inner corner," she told Birchbox. "This trick is especially good when we are filming at 3 a.m. and I need to look bright eyed and bushy tailed."
REMEMBER THE MAGIC NUMBER.
Princess Diana's makeup artist Mary Greenwell revealed the secret to her styling in 2012, and it's all about restraint. "You can combine full lips with a heavy eye; the trick is to wear a light blush," she told Stylist. "You just do two elements and not three. You never, ever do a full lip, eye, and blush!
LOAD UP ON BODY LOTION.
That Markle sparkle costs less than you think. The Duchess of Sussex swears by drugstore beauty buy Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion. "I use this religiously," she told Beauty Banter. "It’s honestly my favorite 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." Nivea, take notes!
DON'T FORGET TO WASH YOUR FACE.
Princess Eugenie previously revealed to Harper's
USE A HAIRNET FOR A PERFECT BUN.
The Duchess of Cambridge stole a tip out of the ballerina playbook for her flawless updos. Look closely and you'll see her elaborately coiffed styles stay in place with the help of a near-invisible hairnet.
CURL YOUR LASHES TO LOOK MORE AWAKE.
This picture was taken at dawn; we repeat, at dawn. Meghan has twice credited her Shu Uemura Eyelash
WORK MASCARA INTO THE ROOTS OF YOUR LASHES.
Princess Diana didn't just swipe the brush and go. "I always taught her to make sure — when applying mascara by herself — that she covered the roots of the lashes too," Greenwell told Stylist. Start in the corner of the eye and then work across before brushing it through, she advises.
SPRITZ ON A TEXTURIZING SPRAY.
Meghan Markle has the easiest in-between blowouts fix. "There is nothing like a hair flip!" she shared with Birchbox. "When my hair is feeling a little weighted, Suanne, my hair artist on set, has me bend forward and she sprays a little Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray or nothing at all, and then has me 'flip back hard' to give my hair a little extra bounce."
USE A GEL LINER FOR A PERFECTLY SMUDGED SMOKEY EYE.
DON'T SKIP PRIMER.
Count Laura Mercier Primer as a mainstay in Meghan Markle's makeup bag. "I don’t wear foundation unless I’m filming, so this is what I put on every day after moisturizer to give my skin a dewy glow," Markle revealed to Beauty Banter. "It’s not sparkly, it’s true to
BRUSH BRONZER ONLY ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR FACE.
To get Princess Diana's natural-looking glow, you'll need a big brush. Greenwell advises first sweeping a highlighter on the cheekbones with a contour color underneath. Then apply blush on the apples of the cheeks and the bronzer along the outside of your near your ears and hairline.
YOU CAN SKIP THE FALSIES.
Meghan's lashes look fantastic even without any additions. "My favorite mascara is Diorshow Iconic," the actress told Allure in 2014. "I also use Revitalash on my eyelashes, and I swear they are as long as they ever could be."
APPLY A HEAVY-DUTY MOISTURIZER.
Elizabeth Arden currently holds a Royal Warrant as Manufacturers of Cosmetics by appointment to Her Majesty. While the palace hasn't revealed which exact products go into the Queen's routine, the warrant does highlight the brand's Eight Hourmoisturizers as "iconic.
GO LIGHT ON FOUNDATION.
“Only apply foundation to the spots you need it,” Markle advised Birchbox. I never want to cover my freckles, so we just do a ‘wash’ of foundation in certain sections instead of over the entire face.” And don't use your brush (or your fingers) to apply it. The Duchess of Sussex prefers a sponge-like beauty
USE SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO.
The Duchess's hairstylist Richard Ward may have something to do with her impossible shine. His Cleanse and Condition sulfate-free shampoo features botanical ingredients that keep the hair moisturized and healthy, and you don't even have to visit the London salon for a bottle.
SLIP A BOTTLE OF TEA TREE OIL IN YOUR BAG.
Your travel kit is currently missing a major multitasker: tea tree oil. "It's not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it's my little cure-all," Markle told Allure. "It's inexpensive, it's small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time."
DON'T MATCH YOUR EYELINER TO YOUR EYES.
Princess Diana initially favored bold blue pencils to rim her eyes, but Greenwell steered her toward softer beige and brown eyeliners after meeting her at a Vogue
ELIMATE SHINE WITH FINISHING POWDER.
CREATE YOUR OWN LIP COLOR.
One perk of being the Queen: custom lipstick. Clarins created a special shade for the Queen in 1952 to match her coronation robes. She doesn't wear blue-red hues very often now, but the good news is you don't need a title to make your own anymore. Brands like Bite Beauty and Finding Ferdinand currently offer bespoke shades for surprisingly non-royal prices.
BLEND YOUR EYELINER WITH A Q-TIP.
PAMPER YOURSELF WITH A MINI FACIAL.
When it comes time to treat yo' self, try a little Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder. "It just
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