5 Beauty Lessons We Can All Learn From Princess Diana

Another signature of Lady Di? Blue liner: the bright, cheery, less boring, 80s alternative to black. Already, The Crown has inspired us to switch up our usual eye makeup and give blue a revival, according to beauty retailer, Escentual.com, sales of blue liner have almost doubled on the site since the series aired. “There’s a huge growing interest in bright and light blue makeup colors,” they reveal. The most popular shade, Sumi Sky from Shiseido, is often sold out.

Windswept cheeks look fresh and healthy


Despite being the nation’s princess, Diana looked like the girl next door, back from a quick stomp around the countryside. Rather than anything too contrived, her cheeks always look fresh, flushed and healthy. Some of it was an endearing side effect of rosacea (which meant Diana’s cheeks would often blush when she was excited or embarrassed), but for her engagement photoshoot, her makeup artist, Clayton Howard used the shade “Blushing Frost” in Max Factor’s since discontinued blusher stick.

She was big on skin care


Diana took good care of her complexion and always took time out to get stuck into her skincare. She was particularly fond of using rosewater on her sensitive skin and regularly shopped at brands such as Guerlain and Clarins. “Diana was very sensible when it came to her skin,” her former makeup artist, Mary Greenwell told Stylist. “She would always make sure she took her makeup off at the end of the day and make sure she always had a clean face before applying makeup.” According to Mary, Diana would cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day. Full marks for Princess Di.

’80s florals scents deserve a second spin


Heavy, heady florals seem to have got lost behind in the ’80s, in favor of the subtler more delicate scents that swept the nineties and noughties. But, it’s high time to give loud perfumes and retro florals another spin. Penhaligon’s Bluebell perfume (a blast of hyacinth, cyclamen and jasmine) was known to be a favorite of Diana’s, but for her wedding day, she chose Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant,(a sweet, vintage blend of soapy florals). “She always, always, always wore fragrance,” says Greenwell. “It’s kind of the final touch of beauty, walking out smelling divine and chic and individual.”

This story originally appeared on Glamour UK.

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