It’s not just their clothes, jewellery and lifestyle that is grand – queens and princesses also follow some special (and sometimes surprising) beauty rituals. From bizarre to shockingly simple, these ladies sure knew how to keep themselves looking regal. Here are some royal beauty secrets that fascinated us as Fashion101.in. So bookmark this page ladies, this might just be your new beauty bible.
Mughal empress Nur Jahan is the one we need to thank for rose oil.
Nur Jahan: The Mughal empress is the woman behind the discovery of the oil of rose. Rose petals were added to the water fountains at the royal palace gardens. The oil from the petals would separate when it came in contact with the sun’s heat and float on the water. The empress noticed this and began using it. Today this ingredient plays a big role in skincare and perfumery. Mughal women also chewed betel leaves to give a red tint to their lips – but it wasn’t a good idea for their teeth.
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen who would just not compromise on her beauty rituals.
Known for her eccentric and extravagant beauty rituals, the Egyptian queen was obsessed with her looks. She used to keep herself looking young with a gold leaf mask and also used Dead Sea salts to re-mineralize her skin. For a luxurious bath, she used to mix donkey’s milk with honey and almond oil. This ritual was not to be compromised while travelling – the donkeys would accompany her and be milked for her bath.
Kate Middleton loves to get her eyebrows groomed as they frame her face.
Would you believe it? The Duchess is a fan of Nivea Soft Moisturizing Crème to moisturize her skin! She also swears by rosehip oil (a hot favourite among models to prevent stretch marks and ageing skin). But apart from these beauty basics, she is very particular about grooming her eyebrows. She trusts Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa in London for that.
This British royal's taste in beauty should not be emulated!
Queen Elizabeth I: An extremely pale face and high forehead is symbolic to the queen. But knowing how she got this look will shock you. She used a toxic combination of white lead and vinegar. She actually plucked her hairline back to reveal a shapely forehead. Do NOT try this at home – ever!
This painting of Marie Antoinette by artist Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun shows her porcelain skin and rosy cheeks.
Marie Antoinette: The 18th century queen of France was a fan of an anti-ageing face mask whipped in the royal kitchen. Two teaspoons of cognac, 1/3 cup dry milk powder, one egg white and the juice of one lemon were mixed together. The cognac tightens pores; the egg heals skin damage; the lactic acid in milk dissolves sebum and the lemon’s citric acid removes dead cells. Genius!
The Princess of Monaco never neglected her hands.
Grace Kelly: The Princess of Monaco was committed to applying hand cream religiously. She believed that hands showed a woman’s real age.
Princess Diana was known for her beautiful skin and blue eyes.
Lady Di was a fan of matching her blue eyes with blue liner until her personal makeup artist Mary Greenwell convinced her that it’s not a good idea. She revealed that the princess never left home without mascara.
Then and now: Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation and applying lipstick in public (inset).
Queen Elizabeth II
The reigning queen loves her lipstick. For her coronation ceremony in 1952, she especially got her own lipstick shade made to match her robes. It was a red-blue shade called ‘The Balmoral’ named after her Scottish country home. Even at 89, her love for lipstick (especially Clarins) is very much alive and she has been seen applying and retouching her lipstick at several public events. That makes us go awww…