The beauty lessons we learnt from Princess Diana that are still relevant today

We look back at the hair and make-up decisions that made Diana an enduring beauty icon

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She was the most photographed woman in the world from the early 80s up until the time of her death in 1997, and Princess Diana rarely put a foot wrong. While she is still name-checked as one of the greatest style icons, she was equally as influential when it came to her hair and make-up.

Diana never looked anything but radiant and groomed. Despite being a Princess and having access to some of the best experts in the industry, Diana impressively always looked flawless, but approachable.

Here are the timeless lessons we should all take from her...

Look after your skin

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Diana’s former make-up artist Mary Greenwell has revealed details of the Princess’ beauty regime over the years. She was a follower of the cleanse, tone and moisturise routine (she was introduced to Clinique by Felicity Clark, Vogue's beauty director in the 80s and a close friend of Diana's), and she always took off her make-up at the end of the day. While maintaining her healthy glow was part of the reason for her stringent regime, Diana also battled with rosacea on her cheeks, so removing make-up and rehydrating her skin was essential to soothing the condition. 

Embrace colour

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Admittedly it was a look that Greenwell weaned Diana off, but we’re still impressed with her channeling of blue eyeliner in the 80s. Greenwell’s bug bear with it was that matching your liner with your eye colour isn’t the most flattering look. Instead, she encouraged Diana to embrace black liner sparingly and plenty of mascara for a fresher, brighter eye look. In the 90s, Diana found a new way to inject some colour into her look with statement red nail polish. She was regularly photographed with perfectly manicured hands. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment

Princess Diana with her former hairstylist of seven years Sam McKnight

She was known for her blonde bouffant, but perhaps one of Diana’s most iconic beauty moments was when she arrived at the CFDAs in New York with wet-look hair. While she had trialled the style in private with her hairstylist at the time Sam McKnight, Diana had never been seen in public with such a strong look.

Mix up your exercise

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Dancing, skiing, jogging, you name it, Diana was known to enjoy working out. With Kensington Palace Gardens on her doorstep, she would regularly start the day with a jog around the park, accompanied by a bodyguard and she was regularly photographed arriving at Chelsea's Harbour Club gym. Dancing was part hobby, part exercise, as Diana danced from a young age. The Princess was never seen looking anything but trim and toned, proving that mixing up your routine and finding the fitness style that you enjoy can pay dividends.

Maintain your tan

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Being conscious of the press accusing her of looking pale or wane, it’s rumoured that Princess Diana had a sunbed at the palace that she would use several times a week to maintain her sun-kissed glow. While we wouldn’t recommend sunbeds, Diana was proof that a light tan does give you that healthy glow. Instead, add three drops of Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops, £19.95, to your night cream twice a week.