Why Princess Eugenie is the next big beauty icon

How the 28-year-old royal bride made her wedding day look all about celebrating individual beauty - flaws and all
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Royal weddings only happen once in a blue moon, so getting two in one year is certainly worth buzzing about. 

On Friday, Princess Eugenie of York, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth II and cousin to Princes William and Harry, wed the rather lovely Jack Brooksbank in St.George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

And just as we expected, the 28-year old Princess looked absolutely stunning as she said ‘I do’ to her equally impeccable-looking new husband.

Making the perfect Princess Bride, Eugenie’s make-up was natural but still visible, with a bold flushed cheek, pronounced brows, and a soft pink lipstick.

Created by Bobbi Brown UK makeup artist Hannah Martin, (the same artist who gave Kate Middleton makeup lessons ahead of her 2011 wedding) the Princess wore a sheer layer of foundation, with a rosy blush swept high across her cheekbones and a sheer pink lipstick, topped off with gloss. But it was her lashes and brows that took centre stage. Glossy, fluttery, black, and perfectly separated, Eugenie’s lashes showed off her gorgeous hazel eyes, while brows were bold but not too strong, and filled-in a soft brown brow powder.

A huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury, who just launched her eponymous Beauty Boutique in Dubai, and the legendary American make-up artist Bobbi Brown, Eugenie previous revealed "I do my makeup in the car," when recalling a typical day in her life. "I'm really good at doing it on the move! I use Charlotte Tilbury and Bobbi Brown—Charlotte's mascara and Bobbi Brown bronzer. They are geniuses."

Wearing her hair in a low hanging twisted chignon styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane from London hair salon Hari’s, Eugenie’s romantic up-do parted down the centre with few curled layers falling around her face. The perfect style to show off the stunning diamond and emerald drop earrings gifted to her by the groom, and the incredible Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by the Queen, Eugenie’s total look was all about embracing her natural beauty – flaws and all.

Praised for her modernity (such as balancing a job as a contemporary art gallery director with her royal duties) Eugenie’s bespoke Peter Pilotto wedding gown with an open back was designed specifically to show her scars from scoliosis-correcting surgery she had at the age of 12. And after inviting staff from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust appeal that she is patron of to her big day, the Princess hinted that there were further poignant elements relating to her childhood surgeries that were engrained in her wedding plans.

Hinting to those very special details in a TV interview just days before her wedding, Eugenie revealed: “I'm patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust appeal, and when I was 12, I had an operation on my back. You'll see on Friday, but it's a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.” Adding, "I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it's really special to stand up for that. So that's one really important one."

What a thoroughly modern beauty Princess Eugenie is. 


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