How is it possible that the skin of royalty is always so smooth? What's the secret behind their beautiful complexions and glowing freshness? Often they do it in the most practical and simplest way.
We've rounded up beauty tricks from some of the most famous ladies in the world that you can incorporate into your daily skincare routine.
The Queen used a special facial that is still popular with French women today. The mixture contains two teaspoons of cognac, a third of a cup of dry milk powder, the white of an egg, and the juice of a whole lemon.
The cognac has a good effect on blood circulation and tightens pores, while the egg restores imperfections in the skin tissue. The lactic acid dissolves the dead skin sebum and the citric acid removes it.
In the 16th century, few cosmetics were available, as many products were thought to block the flow of good energy. Pale skin was the trend at the time, highlighted by lead and arsenic (not known at the time to be toxic - and certainly blocking good energy.)
Queen Elizabeth often wore white make-up, reinforcing her 'Virgin Queen' image. The most popular beauty product is a mixture of white lead and vinegar. A high forehead was also in fashion, and the nobility often plucked their hair above their foreheads to make it appear even higher.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth was a great fan of lip balms, and at her coronation celebrations in 1952 she took great care to choose the right lip balm to match the color of her crown jewels.
One of her favorites was a lip gloss in a bright reddish-blue shade, named Balmoral after the Queen's Scottish home. Of course, lip balm isn't just for special occasions - the queen uses it every day.
Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco
The actress-turned-princess was mad about hand care and regular moisturizing. She believes that our hands are the first to show signs of aging - and she's right.
On the advice of make-up artist Mary Greenwell, Princess Diana has given up wearing blue eyeliner. According to the make-up artist, "we never wear blue make-up with blue eyes".
From then on, the Duchess changed her facial habits completely. "Diana drank less alcohol so her complexion could stay perfect," the make-up artist revealed. The Duchess never left home without mascara, and the make-up artist taught her to apply it to the roots of her lashes.
Princess Catherine has a wealth of beauty tips, but she also swears by a product that can be found in any drugstore.
Her favorite facial moisturizer is Nivea's day moisturizer, which is super cheap. Kate's other favorite cosmetic is rosehip oil, which is said to help fight wrinkles.