As far as royal family beauty rules are concerned, the queen has some strict policies surrounding manicures. That said, Queen Elizabeth’s favorite nail polish color goes against one of her biggest beauty no-no’s.
When it comes to royal beauty rules, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are forbidden from wearing colored nail polish. That said, the queen is willing to make exceptions for her favorite nail polish color, Essie’s Ballet Slippers.
The queen’s favorite nail polish
Queen Elizabeth has been rocking Essie’s Ballet Slippers — which dons a soft, pale pink hue — since 1989 when the queen’s hairdresser famously put a request in for the iconic polish. Although the queen hates colorful nail polish — she allegedly thinks it’s “vulgar” — Essie’s Ballet Slippers are an exception to the rule. After all, the light, translucent pink shade is practically a neutral.
With the queen’s stamp of approval, Essie Ballet Slippers is now one of the most popular nail polish colors in the world. In fact, one bottle of the royal family nail polish is sold every two seconds.
It seems the queen has passed on her love for the cult-classic to her granddaughters-in-law, too. Kate Middleton has rocked the popular pink hue on numerous occasions, and Meghan Markle wore the queen’s favorite nail polish for her engagement photos.
Royal family beauty rules
Colorful nail polish isn’t the only thing royal women aren’t allowed to wear. In fact, the royal family has a laundry list of beauty rules that all women — including the queen — must follow. That said, the royal women have let up on a few rules over the years. Discover the royal family beauty rules Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and other royal women occasionally slip up on, ahead.
Natural makeup only
When it comes to makeup, royal women tend to keep their eyeshadow and blush on the neutral side of the spectrum. However, the queen allegedly loves lipstick and has even been seen applying it in public. For her coronation, Queen Elizabeth commissioned her own shade of lipstick, a soft red-blue shade called “The Balmoral Lipstick.” The shade was created by Clarins and matched her coronation robes.
In addition, Princess Diana was known to play around with blue eyeliner back in the 80s. That said, the reason she stopped had nothing to do with royal family beauty rules. Her makeup artist, Mary Greenwell reportedly convinced her to ditch the trend. “Blue eyes should never wear blue pencil or shadow — it dulls your eyes,” Greenwell told Stylist.
Hair must always look neat
Before Meghan Markle graced the royal family, the queen had a strict policy against messy hair. In fact, Kate Middleton used to wear a hairnet every time her hair was pulled back in a bun. That said, the rule seems to be obsolete now, as the messy bun is one of Meghan’s go-to looks. She even rocked the piece-y look on her royal wedding day!
No bare legs
Another royal beauty rule the queen has given up on? No bare legs. Before Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, it was rare to see a royal woman out on official business without pantyhose. The old-fashioned policy has since been overruled and the royal women can show some skin.
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