What Was Princess Diana’s Favorite Makeup and Is It Still Available?

It’s been more than two decades since Princess Diana‘s death, yet people around the world are still fascinated with her life. Many royal fans can’t learn enough about the People’s Princess and one question that has been asked on forums is what her favorite makeup brand was and if the products she used are still available today.

Read on to find out the answers to those questions, plus the one brand the Princess of Wales avoided wearing for a heartbreaking reason.

Princess Diana wearing par earrings and a black dress at event to receive an award as Humanitarian of the Year in 1996
Princess Diana wearing par earrings and a black dress at event to receive an award as Humanitarian of the Year in 1996 | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The makeup brands Princess Diana used

Princess Diana’s makeup always looked flawless every time she was photographed out and about, which is why many folks want to know what brand and products she used.

The late royal did have the help of a team when she got glammed up including veteran makeup artist Clayton Howard. He created Diana’s look for the Vogue magazine shoot that would produce her official engagement photo. The Daily Mail shared the face chart Howard made detailing the products he used on the princess.

According to the chart, Howard used Max Factor Sheer Genius Foundation in Honey Touch which has been discontinued along with Max Factor’s Tint of Pink Lipstick that is no longer for sale either. Howard also applied Elizabeth Arden products, a brand Diana was very fond of. It’s also is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth’s as well.

For the shoot, Howard put Rice and Timberland shadows on Diana’s eyelids as well as Navy Elizabeth Arden mascara and Blue kohl eyeliner. While the Blue kohl 636 pencil is no longer available, the company still has blue shade options in its High Drama Eyeliner to choose from.

Princess Diana wearing blue eyeliner and a white and blue lace and sequin evening coat
Princess Diana wearing blue eyeliner and a white and blue lace and sequin evening coat | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

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Why Diana’s makeup artist had her stop wearing blue eyeliner

Diana eventually moved away from wearing her signature blue eyeliner when she met royal makeup artist Mary Greenwell, who didn’t think the bold color was the best choice for the Princess of Wales.

“[Diana] was someone who was in the public eye presenting herself all the time to the public. It isn’t particularly appropriate to go on changing your look every five seconds,” Greenwell explained to Yahoo. “She did change her makeup a bit. It’s just that it wasn’t changed dramatically. I think dramatic change is not really something for somebody who’s in the White House or in office or in a royal family, as it’s just not really appropriate.”

So what shades did Greenwell have Diana wear instead of the electric blue? “Beiges and browns,” she said. “[They] are just so much prettier. Simple as that.” 

Princess Diana is seated showing her side profile as she dons a green suit during a visit to Derbyshire, U.K. in 1992
Princess Diana is seated showing her side profile as she dons a green suit during a visit to Derbyshire, U.K. in 1992 | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

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The brand the princess avoided

Just like she ditched the blue eyeliner, there is one iconic brand known for more than just cosmetics that Diana swore off. Designer Jayson Brundson revealed to Harper’s Bazaar Australia that when it came to her accessories especially the princess stopped wearing Chanel. He explained that he found this out when he was helping her choose something to wear for an event in Sydney in 1996.

“She went back to her bedroom and she came holding like handfuls of shoes and bags and just dumped them all down on the couch. Then said, ‘What do you think?’ so I went through them all and I found a pair of Chanel shoes, and I said, ‘Well these would look great with the Versace,’” Brundson recalled. “She said ‘No, I can’t wear linked Cs, the double C.’ So I asked why, and she said: ‘It’s Camilla and Charles.’”

The designer added that the princess didn’t have anything against the French fashion house, in fact, she wore Chanel multiple times prior to her divorce. It was just at that time the logo was a painful reminder to her of the prince’s extramarital affair with Camilla.