12 Surprising Beauty Rules All Royals Must Follow

Slide 1 of 6 | View On One Page

As prominent public figures it’s no surprise that the royals are obliged to follow a strict fashion and beauty code when it comes to their appearance. We saw Kate Middleton transition from a member of the public who wore Uggs and low-rise jeans to the polished and poised Duchess she is now. We’re quite certain we’ll see a similar transition as Meghan Markle switches gears from celebrity to royal figure, but it will definitely pose quite the challenge since Markle is accustomed to heavy on-screen and red carpet makeup. While she makes the Princess transformation, follow along for 12 surprising beauty rules all royals must follow, including the soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle:

12. No nail polish

One of the most prominent royal beauty rules is that royals must have well-groomed, manicured nails with no polish or just a clear gloss. Queen Elizabeth is known for her disapproval of flashy nails and this includes both long nails and any sort of bright color. To follow the Queen’s wishes, the Duchess is always photographed at public appearances with short nails with no polish on them.

Photo by REX/Shutterstock


11. Pale pink polish is acceptable

The one exception the Queen makes for her “no nail polish” rule is for a soft shade of pink lacquer. The Queen herself has spilled that her go-to polish has always been Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” and is known for wearing this barely-there shade during many public appearances. It seems that Meghan Markle has adopted this royal beauty tradition and donned a pale pink on her nails to show off her new engagement ring from Prince Harry.

Shop the royal favourite, Essie “Ballet Slippers” here. 

(Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)