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12 royal brides' wedding beauty secrets you'll wish you knew sooner

Get royal-worthy wedding hair and makeup

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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
6 April 2022
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It's not just the wedding dresses that get everyone talking after a royal wedding! From Meghan Markle's natural makeup that highlighted her gorgeous freckles to Kate Middleton's famous curls in a half-up, half-down style, their beauty looks are also always flawless. 

So much so that brides for years to come will be looking back at their wedding photos to replicate their hair and makeup. See royal wedding beauty secrets from their talented makeup artists and hairstylists…

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Queen Letizia

Queen Letizia looked stunning with eyeliner making her eyes pop and a glossy nude lip. She wore her hair in a chic bun that was just visible underneath her silk tulle hand-embroidered veil and diamond tiara from her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia.

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Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie enlisted makeup artist Hannah Martin of Bobbi Brown to create her natural, English-rose style makeup look for her big day, with rosy cheeks, bronze eyeshadow and bold, filled-in brows. Meanwhile, her hair was fixed into a low chignon with a few loose strands to frame her face.

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The Duchess of Sussex

Meghan also opted for a natural beauty look for her own royal wedding in May 2018, choosing to let her natural freckles shine through, courtesy of makeup artist Daniel Martin. The look featured subtly defined eyes with a slightly longer lash than normal, a nude lip and a subtle highlighter that caught the sun perfectly. The Duchess complemented the natural look by wearing her hair in an updo that sat at the nape of her neck, with a centre parting and a few loose tendrils tucked behind her ears.

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Princess Diana

The Princess of Wales wore her hair in bouncy waves, courtesy of Kevin Shanley, while her makeup artist Barbara Daly added a touch of eyeliner to highlight her blue eyes and finished it off with flawless skin and natural pink lips. However, she did later reveal that Diana suffered a mishap with her perfume minutes before she walked down the aisle, leaving a stain on her David and Elizabeth Emanuel wedding dress.

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Zara Tindall:

Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips was glowing for her wedding to Mike Tindall in July 2011. Her makeup was also the work of Bobbi Brown pro Hannah Martin, who created a natural glow with gold eyeshadow, brown eyeliner and mascara, and a soft pink blush on the apples of her cheeks. An intricate updo completed the bridal look to perfection.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco

We love how Princess Charlene’s hair was styled into a voluminous updo with a glistening diamond hairpiece. The bride’s makeup was natural with pink lip gloss, and neutral eye makeup.

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Didn’t Crown Princess Victoria make a beautiful bride? The Swedish royal wore her hair slicked back into a fuss-free updo, and had soft makeup, with bronzed skin and nude lipstick.

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The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate’s royal wedding makeup was quite different to both Meghan and Eugenie’s, with stronger eye makeup and a slick of black eyeliner, with rosy cheeks and a sheer pink lipstick completing the look. Her hair was pinned back into a half-up, half-down style with plenty of volume at the crown underneath her hand-embroidered veil.

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Alessandra De Osma

Alessandra De Osma was a natural beauty at her wedding to Prince Christian of Hanover in 2018. The Peruvian lawyer styled her hair into a centre-parted updo and opted for minimal makeup, with defined lashes, rosy cheeks, and a pop of pink lipstick.

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Princess Sofia of Sweden

Princess Sofia was every inch the beautiful bride on her wedding day in 2015. The Swedish royal styled her hair into a sleek chignon, while her makeup look consisted of a flawless base with a touch of bronzer, glossy lips and smoky defined eyes.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Like most of the other royal brides, Princess Madeleine chose to wear her up for her wedding. However, the Princess’ hair was given more volume at the roots and was brushed back into an intricate bun that sat at the nape of her neck. Dark eyeliner and eyeshadow, a flawless base and defined brows created a gorgeous bridal look, with pink lipstick adding a pretty colour pop.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Princess Mary let her natural beauty shine through for her wedding day in 2004, with rosy cheeks, nude lipstick and defined lashes to complement her features. Her hair was worn in a sleek centre-parted updo, which had been given more volume at the crown for her veil to sit upon.

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