With the fourth season of The Crown hitting our screens today, royal family fever is sweeping its way across the world – and through the Savoir Flair team, of course. As we eagerly await the arrival of Princess Diana and the transformation of Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, plates of cucumber sandwiches and scones in tow, we’re swotting up on all things Royalty – including the trusted beauty routines of the leading royal ladies.
From Queen Elizabeth II’s signature scent to the secret behind Meghan Markle’s flawless skin and Kate Middleton’s must-have candles, we’ve gone behind the palace gates to unveil which beauty products get the official royal stamp of approval. So, if you’re looking to update your beauty bag with products literally fit for a Queen, look no further than our round-up below. You’ll be practicing that royal wave in no time.
Essie 'Ballet Slippers Nail Polish'
Known for her dislike of bright nail polish, Queen Elizabeth is all about light, pretty pastels when it comes to her manicures. Her perfect polish? Essie’s ‘Ballet Slippers’, which has been her go-to for over 30 years! Back in 1989, the Queen’s hairdresser wrote a letter to brand founder Essie Weingarten, specifically requesting a bottle of the pink-nude polish for Her Majesty. It’s even rumored that Princess Beatrice wore it on her wedding day – making this the ultimate royal polish pick.
Essie ‘Ballet Slippers Nail Polish’
CND Shellac ‘Unmasked’ and ‘Negligee’
But it’s not just the Queen who prefers pretty pink nails, as Meghan Markle also opted for a chic and subtle shade of pink for her big day. This was achieved using CND Shellac’s ‘Unmasked’, followed by two coats of ‘Negligee’, which ensured she secured the ultimate royal wave as she said, “I do”.
Jo Malone London 'Orange Blossom Home Candle'
Speaking of big days, Kate Middleton made sure hers smelt sublime thanks to Jo Malone London’s ‘Orange Blossom Candles’, which were lit throughout Westminster Abbey on her wedding day to Prince William. With a sparkling floral accord of clementine flower and white lilac, along with elegant, woody orriswood, we can’t think of a better way to scent a wedding day.
Jo Malone ‘Orange Blossom Candle’
NARS 'Orgasm Blush'
The secret behind Markle’s flawless flush? NARS’s iconic ‘Orgasm Blusher’. In an interview with Beauty Banter, The Duchess of Sussex revealed it’s one of her top five can’t-live-without products, claiming it to be “a perfect rosy flush tone that brightens the face.” You know what blush we’ll be rocking from here on out…
NARS ‘Orgasm Blush’
Trilogy 'Organic Rosehip Oil'
When it comes to Kate’s radiant glow, it’s long been rumored that it’s all thanks to Trilogy’s ‘Organic Rosehip Oil’. Packed full of antioxidants that help ward of aging aggressors and essential fatty acids to restore moisture and plump skin from within, its all-natural, organic formula also has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect glow-inducing beauty booster.
Trilogy ‘Organic Rosehip Oil’
Clarins 'Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer'
When the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted applying the Clarins ‘Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer’ while enjoying some summer sun at Wimbledon, it was flying off shelves faster than you can say “game, set, match.” Imparting a sheer wash of color while smoothing and plumping pouts, it’s the perfect way to achieve that effortless ‘no-makeup makeup’ look.
Clarins ‘Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer’
Floris 'White Rose Eau de Toilette'
Not only is Floris the world’s oldest independent family-run perfumer, but it also counts the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, The Queen, and Prince Charles as fans. In fact, the Queen loves their scents so much that Floris is her own appointed perfumer. It’s believed that her perfume pick is ‘White Rose’, which features notes of her favorite flower, the carnation.
Floris ‘White Rose Eau De Toilette’
Elizabeth Arden 'Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant'
Not many brands can claim to hold the highly sought-after Royal Warrant, but Elizabeth Arden currently holds a Royal Warrant as Manufacturers of Cosmetics by appointment to Her Majesty – and has done so for nearly 60 years. Of course, the brand won’t reveal which exact products you can find on The Queen’s vanity table, but seeing as the warrant describes the ‘Eight Hour’ moisturizers as “iconic”, we suspect you’ll spot one of those at least.
Elizabeth Arden ‘Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant’
Charlotte Tilbury 'Very Victoria Matte Revolution Lipstick'
The list of celebrities who swear by Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks for stunning smiles is endless, so it’s no surprise that Markle’s top pout perfector is the Victoria Beckham–inspired hue, ‘Very Victoria’. A taupe-nude matte formula infused with oils, waxes, and 3D glowing pigments, it creates the illusion of fuller lips while softening and protecting pouts. Perfect for everyday makeup or teamed with a soft, smoky eye.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Very Victoria Matte Revolution Lipstick’
'Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder'
Even royals have to get ready on-the-go sometimes, and for Princess Beatrice, that means having her Charlotte Tilbury mascara and Bobbi Brown bronzer at hand. Revealing in an interview that she often does her makeup in the car, these are her go-to products that ensure an easy, fool-proof application, even when on the move.
Bobbi Brown ‘Bronzing Powder’
Beauti Skincare 'Beauty Sleep Elixir'
Middleton gives Sleeping Beauty a run for her money thanks to Beauti Skincare’s ‘Beauty Sleep Elixir’. A blend of 14 natural oils and Caribbean coral extract, it works overnight to prevent collagen and elastin breakdown and to neutralize aging enzymes. So, if you want to wake up with glowing skin à la Kate, you know what to invest in.
Beauti Skincare ‘Beauty Sleep Elixir’
Tatcha 'The Rice Polish'
When it comes to one of Markle’s top skin saviors, she swears by Tatcha’s ‘The Rice Polish’, and with good reason too. Packed with nourishing Japanese rice bran and papaya enzymes to gently exfoliate skin, it activates upon water to create a cloud-like foam that reveals clearer, smoother, more radiant skin in an instant.
Tatcha ‘The Rice Polish’