Queen Elizabeth II was undoubtedly a monarch of great accomplishments in her long reign. She has been served by 15 prime ministers, has seen us through countless historic moments; and lived to celebrate her own Platinum Jubilee this year. Her work ethic was unmatched and she acted as a figure of continuity, loyalty and devotion.
The Queen was also a style icon and inspiration. Her outfit choices and beauty looks were always as elegant as they were timeless and she was renowned to be faithful to products and brands that worked for her, prioritising efficacy over exclusivity. Here, we take a look at some of her trusted beauty secrets that work just as well today as ever before as well as a few of her go-to products.
Moisturise twice daily
Queen Elizabeth II was the epitome of graceful when it came to the ageing process and always appeared to have beautifully cared for, healthy skin. One of her secrets was applying Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream Balm morning and night.
The beauty standards of the British Royal Family require discretion and subtly across makeup, hair and manicures. Queen Elizabeth II seldom wore little more than lipstick and a hint of blush for her public appearances, and called upon Clarins Compact Powder for her complexion (the brand made an exclusive lipstick to match her suit for Coronation Day in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s loyalty to them).
A classic red lip never fails
The late Queen proved beyond any doubt that red lipstick is a makeup bag essential. Over her long reign, we occasionally caught glimpses of her reapplying her own and she was known to love Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Lipstick in Fig, which has a semi-matte finish enriched with mango, shea and Murumuru butters.