The Duchess of Cambridge's favourite designer Emilia Wickstead shares her beauty secrets

Emilia Wickstead, 2016

My grandmother has strongly influenced my approach to beauty. She has always cared for her skin by cleansing and washing her face with warm water in the morning. At all times she has lipstick on and her faced is immaculately powdered – she follows the same routine to this day and looks great at 94.

My earliest beauty memory, however, is of my mother’s matching red lipstick and nails, which is probably why Tom Ford’s Velvet Cherry lipstick is my staple make-up product. I rely on it to complete any look. Red lipstick aside, I firmly believe that less is more in terms of make-up.

Skincare is incredibly important. I try to look after my skin as much as possible because I’m always inspired by women who age gracefully and naturally. There is nothing more beautiful than personality wrinkles.

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When I’m travelling, I always use Sisley’s Black Rose Precious Face Oil. It leaves my skin with the most incredible glow. If I feel I need an extra boost, I’ll mix a couple of drops of it into my face cream. I’m also obsessed with the brand’s Gentle Make-Up Remover.

I’m crazy about lavender as a scent and use L’Occitane’s Relaxing Massage Oil in the bath. Although my signature scent doesn’t have lavender notes: I have worn Prada d’Iris for years. My mother also wears it, that’s why I love it.    

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