Looking for a beauty regime fit for a queen? These are the brands that make it into the royal make-up bag.

Long before The Duchess of Cambridge was selling out Trilogy Rosehip Facial Oil and Meghan made Sarah Chapman’s skincare a cult product, the OG beauty influencer, The Queen herself, has been setting trends for bold lips and championing British skincare brands.

After delving into the reported daily ablutions of our reigning monarch we bring you a round-up of seven of her favourite brands, some of which she has patronised since her coronation. If you’re keen to invest in some beauty buys with the royal seal of approval we’ve picked out our favourite products for you to try.

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Clarins


The Queen wore Clarins make-up for her coronation, famously commissioning the brand to create her a lipstick shade to match her robes. They did the job and unsurprisingly, she still uses their skincare and make-up to this day.

WE LOVE: Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, £24.50



So much more than a nourishing hand cream, it strengthen nails, protects hands against the elements and conditions cuticles. Buy it here.


Elizabeth Arden


The Queen’s love of a bold lip has carried her through the decades as something of a signature look. Known to favour Elizabeth Arden’s Moisturising Lipsticks, the beauty house has held a Royal Warrant for some 55 years.

WE LOVE: 8-Hour Cream, £29



First formulated in the 1930s, The Queen is reported to use this intensively repairing and moisturising balm as a face cream. We love it as a rescue treatment for dry, chapped hands and lips, but also as a make-up fixer to tidy brows and add a dewy shine to cheekbones. A hard-working beauty bag staple. Buy it here.


Molton Brown


Molton Brown’s Royal Warrant as the ‘Supplier of Toiletries’ to Her Majesty The Queen suggests its Made In England range of bath, shower and hand washes are worthy of bedecking the bathroom shelves at Buckingham Palace.

WE LOVE: Rhubarb & Rose Bathing Oil, £40



An enlivening blend of zingy rhubarb, grapefruit and yuzu with a heart of rose and lingering base of vanilla and musk - this nourishing Argan oil-based bath elixir smells good enough to eat. Buy it here.


Kent


Kent hairbrushes have held a royal warrant for nine reigning warrants as the world’s oldest brush manufacturer. Their traditional handmade collection are all created using a method unchanged since 1777, with natural bristles and satinwood handle.

WE LOVE: Perfect For Curling Ceramic Round Brush, £14.50



For a modern update, the wooden handled, ceramic barrel brushes are great for adding root lift and volume whilst drying. Buy it here.


Floris


J Floris Ltd was first granted a Royal Warrant in 1820, supplying hair combs to King George IV. It has never divulged which scent The Queen wears, but her love of traditional, English floral perfumes is well documented.

WE LOVE: Mulberry Fig, £200



A limited-edition eau de parfum filled with creamy, green orris root notes, fig, cardamon, vetiver and cypress and inspired by London’s oldest Royal Park, St. James’ – it’s certainly fit for a queen. Buy it here.


Yardley London


The sinks of the Royal Palaces are reportedly stocked with a classic bar of Yardley Lavender Soap. With a 250-year heritage of creating perfumes and toiletries inspired by England’s native flowers, it was first granted a Royal Warrant by Prince Edward in 1920. We love that the heritage brand has been growing its own species of lavender in the same Kent fields since 1930.

WE LOVE: April Violets Luxury Soaps, £7.99



Shea-butter rich, finely milled with 97 per cent natural, vegan ingredients, Yardley’s April Violet scented soaps are filled with fresh, sensual notes of violet leaves, mimosa, white peach, sandalwood and vanilla that soften and lightly scent hands beautifully. Buy it here.


D.R Harris & Co


D.R Harris & Co, an apothecary in St James’s since the 1700s, has a long history of Royal patrons, including the Queen Mother, Prince of Wales and the Queen herself. The classic packaging is fit for the most regal of bathrooms, with timeless floral waters, colognes and skincare.

WE LOVE: Milk Of Cucumber & Roses, £27



A refreshing milk fluid that can be used as a cream cleanser or lightweight summer moisturiser and will leave skin soft and clean without stripping. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
May 2022

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.

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