Princess Diana’s style is legendary but it's her youthful makeup hack we'll be copying

The secret behind Princess Diana's style and flawless skin, according to her Royal makeup artist

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Princess Diana's style has long been the stuff of legend and is enjoying a renaissance thanks to Netflix drama The Crown. Unsurprisingly, fans are eager to learn how to recreate her most notable makeup looks. 


From THAT blue eyeliner to a sophisticated, barely-there tint to the skin, The Crown certainly charts Diana's make-up transformation. 

There are plenty of looks to recreate but it's this blush trick, as revealed by Lady Di's former make-up artist Mary Greenwell, that has us gripped. 

There's nothing quite like a pop of pink or warm peach on the cheeks to make you look more energized and youthful. Something Greenwell knows only too well. 

‘I never did Princess Diana’s make-up without adding a bit of blush to her face. It instantly made her look fresher,' she recounts.


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Les Chaînes De Chanel Exclusive Creation Limited Edition Illuminating Blush Powder in Bronze Rosebud, $72 (£52) | CHANEL

Apply on the cheekbones, temples and bridge of the nose for a healthy glow.

While there isn't one singular place to wear it, the most age-defying placement, according to Greenwell, is slightly above your cheekbones. 

'‘Placing it there looks like it’s part of your skin. It also lifts your cheekbones.  I wouldn’t put blush on the apples of your cheeks as it draws the cheekbones down."

The finishing touches would then be rose or nude lipstick.

A bit of concealer was added where needed and to disguise any dark shadows under the eyes. Then a blend of brown and taupe eyeshadow created a soft smoky effect.

In other words, looking effortlessly beautiful as Princess Diana always did.

Emulate Princess Diana's most iconic beauty looks with these products...

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Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks 

Mimic Princess Diana's just-pinched cheeks with a little of this easy-to-blend blush. Apply with fingers for a natural flush, or with a brush for a more polished look. It doubles as lipstick too.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

A true natural beauty, Princess Diana always favored a lightweight, barely-there base. This one from Nars ticks all the boxes, offering sheer, buildable coverage to blur any imperfections. 

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Pencil Eyeliner in Fervent Blue

Princess Diana may have favored a pared-back look, but she was never far from her (now iconic) blue eyeliner. This electric blue from Chanel is water, heat, and sweat proof for impressive staying power. 

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Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Poncho

Carefully blend together this pretty palette of perfect neutrals to create a soft yet smoky eye fit for a royal. 

Fiona Embleton

Fiona Embleton is a beauty writer who is now Acting Beauty Editor at Stylist. She is obsessed with Isabel Marant and cats.