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The Princess Diaries: the top 5 beauty moments

July 29, 2016
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It's been 15 years since The Princess Diaries first hit the big screen, and to this day its beauty and fashion moments remain iconic. Anne Hathaway was catapulted to stardom when she starred as a Mia, a teenage girl who finds out she is the princess of the fictional country of Genovia, cast alongside Julie Andrews who plays Mia's grandmother, the queen.

To celebrate the film's birthday, we take a look back at the top 5 beauty moments from the comedy…

the princess diaries© Photo: Rex
The film celebrated its 15th birthday in 2016

1. Mia's famously bushy eyebrows

Before Cara Delevingne burst onto the scene and made bushy eyebrows a major beauty trend, Anne sported striking full eyebrows. "If Brooke Shields married Groucho Marx, their child would have your eyebrows!" exclaimed Larry Miller's character, glam squad leader Paolo. While she would eventually get them plucked during her princess makeover, the beginning of the film saw Mia embracing her eyebrows, including the infamous eyebrow-wiggling scene as she got ready for school.

2. The cucumber slices

While Mia enjoyed a spot of pampering, she sported two cucumber slices on her eyes – a renowned beauty trick for banishing dark circles and helping to reduce any swelling or puffiness. However, Paolo had a different thought, and while Mia was listening to music he revealed to his assistants that "the cucumber does nothing"!

3. The broken hairbrush

There were many mishaps when Paolo worked to give Mia a royal makeover, but none were as memorable as when the stylist took to her untameable, frizzy tresses with his wooden hairbrush. As he attempted to brush through the tangles, Paolo's hairbrush snapped in half, causing him to retaliate later and snap Mia's glasses in two.

4. The dangerous pore strips

During a confrontation with love interest Michael, played by Robert Schwartzman, Mia realises that she is still wearing a pore strip on her nose from her evening skincare routine. When Michael points it out, she quickly rips it off – and quickly feels the pain!

5. The big reveal

In what has since been hailed as one of the film's iconic scenes, after a music montage hinting at Mia's long makeover, it was time for the big reveal to her Julie's character. The glam squad held two humorously unflattering photos of Mia looking startled at the camera, before removing them from in front of her face to reveal her new look – sleek brunette tresses, shimmering eye make-up and glossy pink lips.

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