5 Royal Beauty Tactics for the Bridesmaids-to-be
Being a future bridesmaid means that you will carry a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders. This is especially true if you also happen to be the maid of honor. From attending the bachelorette party to ceremony rehearsals, a bridesmaid’s schedule is a hefty one and looking like royalty on the big day can seem almost impossible given the little time you’ll have left for pampering. Lucky for you, we’ve found some beauty secrets from our favorite royals that explain how they manage to look put together despite constantly being in the public eye – something you’ll definitely need to keep beauty disasters at bay on the wedding day.
1. Princess Diana skin care secrets
The late Princess Diana was everyone’s favorite princess back in the eighties and early nineties, mostly due to her charming personality and humanitarian work. The princess was also recognized for her delicate and shy beauty. Women looked up to her and tried to emulate her iconic look which included short hair with face-framing waves, blue eyeliner, and neutral lip gloss. Although Lady D. did have a few beauty mishaps during her days in the royal family, she was also recognized for her flawless skin. Mary Greenwell who was Diana’s makeup artists has shared some of the princess’s beauty secrets. Diana was very sensible about her skin care routine Greenwell said, she always made sure to take off her makeup before going to bed. Diana also made sure to get her beauty sleep, exercised regularly, and followed a healthy diet. Now, although this might not sound like news, these simple beauty tips are something you need to keep in mind during wedding preparations. No matter how hectic your schedule may be, always make sure to take care of your skin.
2. Maria Antoinette, Queen of France, face mask
Maria Antoinette is notorious for her lavish lifestyle, gravity-defying bouffant hairdos, and her execution following the French Revolution. Although pale skin and big hair are probably not your styles, there are some things from Maria Antoinette’s beauty regimen that we can use even today. The extravagant Queen knew how important exfoliation is for flawless skin and as it turns out, her face mask recipe is used up to this day by women across the world. Applying this face mask a couple of days before the wedding is due is a good idea to keep your skin glowing and blemish-free on the big day. The recipe goes like this:
2 tsp of cognac or witch hazel
1/3 cup of powdered milk
Juice of one lemon
1 egg white
Mix all the ingredients together with a fork or a whisk and blend well. Apply the creamy mixture to your face, neck, and chest and leave on for around 15 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water. The antibacterial properties of cognac and/or witch hazel will help remove any blemishes you might be having while the egg white and lemon juice help remove dead skin cells and it also has a strong skin lightening effect.
3. Princess Grace of Monaco’s hand cream
Grace Kelly is considered a timeless beauty icon is known for her immaculate fashion sense and minimalistic makeup. She is also considered to have been one of the most beautiful brides of the 20th century. The actress-turned-royalty seemed always put together with not even one hair out of place, even when she was photographed in a laid back setting. And although she was a bit secretive about her private life and beauty routines for that matter, what we do know is that she was a big fan of hand creams. Since you’ll be having your hands full as a bridesmaid to be, you could take this tip from Grace. The Princess of Monaco was rumored to have said that a woman’s age first shows on her hands. Considering the Princess of Monaco kept her good looks into her 50s, we can trust her on giving the best anti-aging tips. Keeping your hands moisturized is just as important as having a good hairstyle and makeup on the wedding day because you’ll simply feel good about yourself and your manicure will also stand out better if your hands are soft and hydrated. Make sure to purchase a hand cream with a high glycerin content and avoid creams that are too oily as these take a long time to sink into the skin.
4. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her glowing complexion
We have to admit it; we envy Kate Middleton for her glowing complexion. You probably wish you could look in wedding photos as good as Kate does when running errands. Considering, the Duchess of Cambridge is constantly being photographed at all the events she’s attending, and by the paparazzi when she’s out and about, we can’t help but wonder if her genes are responsible for her seemingly flawless complexion or is she keeping a secret from us. Well, as it turns out, Kate is a big fan of rosehip oil that is said to work wonders on the skin. The oil has powerful healing properties and helps fight illnesses such as arthritis and stomach ulcers, but it’s said to be great for the skin as well. The oil is rich in vitamins A and C which have an anti-aging effect on the skin. Rosehip oil has the ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles; hyperpigmented areas, and it treats mild cases of acne as well. All this makes this oil perfect for your bridesmaid’s beauty routine. You can use the oil as a night-time moisturizer or put a drop or two of the oil in your daily moisturizer. You can also use some professional grade products to reduce the visibility of wrinkles such as Skin Element.
5. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Since you’re going to be a bridesmaid, chances are the bride will have a say at what you’ll be wearing. But considering most brides today like to give a bit of freedom to their bridesmaids regarding hair and makeup, we advise you to look up to Queen Rania for makeup and hair tips. Queen Rania is known for her down-to-earth personality which is a trait that is not so common among most royalties. She is also very health-conscious making sure to eat healthy by following a macrobiotic and GI diet and exercising regularly. As far as her beauty and style go, the Queen of Jordan likes to keep things simple and let her natural beauty shine through. Queen Rania likes her hair blow-dried in simple waves, and as far as makeup goes, she usually accentuates her eyes and wears a neutral lipstick. This look is timeless, and most importantly, it won’t take away the attention of the bride while letting your own beauty shine for the special day.
Although the attention on every wedding should be on the bride, bridesmaids also need to feel confident in how they present themselves at the wedding. A bit of pampering before the wedding will help you keep your complexion flawless when the day is finally due. Other than that, keeping things simple make-up and hairstyle-wise is the way to go as you want to make sure you don’t take the spotlight from the bride. Luckily, the beauty secrets of our favorite royalties can make things a bit easier for you. Women from royal families are known for their modest beauty and flawless style that we simply love to use as inspiration.