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Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation: She commissioned beauty brand to create red lipstick

By newadmin / Published on Friday, 30 Jul 2021 19:04 PM / No Comments / 59 views

For this momentous occasion, Queen Elizabeth wore the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State, which was a deep red colour. The coronation was a landmark event and signified a turning point in people’s relationship to the Crown.

Many people went out and bought television sets for the occasion, so the Queen knew all eyes around the world would be on her.

Queen Elizabeth knew it was important to look her best for the crowds that lined the streets to see the state procession.

But there was also mounting pressure to photograph well for black-and-white television as well as colour film.

Therefore, she commissioned the beauty brand Clarins to create a personalised lipstick shade for the event which would match her red Robe of State.

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It is reported that due to the colours of the Hartnell designed gown which Elizabeth would wear and her natural skin tone, she decided to use a peach-tinted, liquid foundation.

Elizabeth also requested a lipstick from Clarins that should be “pink to red” or as a “deep, ruby red with soft undertones” according to royal sources.

The colours used in Queen Elizabeth’s make-up had to tone with the Coronation regalia, and the Robe of State was a very rich red.

The Queen consequently wore a bespoke lipstick by Clarins in a classic, rich red.


A similar version of the original lipstick from 1953 is still on sale from Clarins, known as Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick which costs £22.

After the Coronation, Cyclax released a make-up range “designed for the Coronation year”.

This included a ‘Pink Velvet’ Foundation, ‘Pink Velvet’ Powder, ‘Crown Jewel’ Lipstick and ‘Crown Jewel’ Rouge.

Many other brands jumped on this bandwagon, as women all across the world wanted the same lipstick as the radiant, young new Queen.

The Queen also apparently loves Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, and always keeps plenty spare at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth also has a favourite nail varnish brand and rarely has unmanicured nails.

According to many royal insiders, it is Essie’s Ballet Slippers shade of nail varnish which she always wears.

Elizabeth often wears a brightly coloured outfit, so it makes sense she would choose a nail varnish colour that goes with everything.

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