Royal blush: Beauty tips from England's leading ladies

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The countdown is on -- less than 24 hours until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day. I’m a sucker for wedding details, and this one seems to have a lot to look forward to: Windsor Castle, rumors of a Spice Girl reunion, the cutest bridesmaids and page boys ever, chic swimsuits, and so much more. Though my invite must’ve gotten lost in the mail, I couldn’t help but dedicate this week's post to skincare secrets inspired by the royal family. Because while this wedding will only last the weekend, regal skin will last forever.

xo, Kristina

Megahn Markle, Bride-to-Be
Before meeting Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig (RIP), where she shared her favorite beauty hacks. From those posts, we know she can’t live without her Shu Uemura eyelash curler, and that she loves Armani Luminous Silk Foundation because it’s fresh enough to allow her freckles to shine through. She credits facial exercises from her aesthetician, Nichola Joss, for her perfectly sculpted cheekbones and jawline. If I had to guess, I'd say she may have gotten a few of Joss’ signature “Inner Facial” treatments as part of her wedding prep.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

Perhaps the first royal to take official pictures of her children, do her own wedding day makeup, and use a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner (at $12!), Kate Middleton just seems so normal. And while her shiny hair and smooth skin are legitimately insane, she keeps her routine fairly simple. The future queen of England achieves her dewiness by washing her face with a “flannel” (British word for washcloth), and using rosehip oil, organic botox, and bee venom masks
Princess Di 

The iconic “people’s princess” had a fearless attitude, effortless style, a coiffed pixie cut, and a glowing complexion. She allegedly suffered from rosacea and commonly used rosehip oil and avocado masks to calm outbreaks. Additionally, Princess Di was neurotic about routines and regimes. She never slept in makeup and always cleansed, toned and moisturized, twice a day. If she was able to find the time for that, we should all be able to. 
Queen Elizabeth II

At 92, Her Majesty's skin looks damn good. Some of the queen’s favorite beauty brands include Elizabeth Arden, Molton Brown, and Clarins (whom she commissioned for a custom lipstick shade to match her coronation in 1952). When she was in her 20s and 30s, she reportedly drank barley water daily to maintain her perfect complexion. Having a glass of bubbly before bed each night and staff to break in shoes for her probably hasn’t hurt her glow either. 
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