Queen Elizabeth II’s trademark curly crop was central to her signature style, as were triple-strand pearl necklaces, block-colored outfits, and Launer London handbags. In fact, her hair was arguably the most famous feature she presented and how its perfectly symmetrical shape appeared on currency, stamps and royal memorabilia over the last 70 years of her reign. This unwavering consistency was an unwavering dedication to the look.
“She’s been a constant in our lives, and her hair has been just as constant. It makes her even more iconic.”
Cook said the Queen’s haircut (the work of her personal hairdresser and senior stylist at Trevor Soby Salon in Covent Garden, Ian Carmichael) was, technically speaking, “long, round layers.” I’m here. Hair length is the same. ‘ Then, to style it, ‘The Queen had the classic ‘shampoo and set’. , the same pattern was created over and over again as the hair dried.
“It’s really old Hollywood in the 1940s. Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, everybody had a set,” he says. “Since the next generation has moved to blow her dry, the shape has become less common.” Except, of course, the Queen. everytime. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, when lockdowns prevented Carmichael from visiting the palace, her hairstyle was consistent both behind the scenes and in virtual public appearances.
Stepping in to play the hairdresser during this time was Angela Kelly, the Queen’s former personal assistant and dresser.in her book The other side of the coin: queens, dressers, and Wardrobe, She detailed her experience tying Her Majesty’s hair during the pandemic. Hello! “Since March 2020, I’ve washed, set and styled the Queen’s hair weekly, and even trimmed it when needed.” To ease the pressure, Her Majesty generously guided her. Mistress was very kind and gave me specific instructions on how to put the rollers in.”
I wonder if the monarch, who succeeded to the throne in 1952 when she was only 25 years old and became a figurehead at such a young age, was acutely aware of the symbolic weight her image had from that moment on. Perhaps knowing that being a civil servant ultimately comes first and foremost in personal expression, she sacrificed her desire to adapt her good looks. Or maybe the former princess who became our beloved queen cherished her signature style as much as the country came: “Often in her 20s or in her 30s hairstyles stay put and evolve slowly depending on the individual,” Cook said. He’s right, but she’s rarely as consistent as Her Majesty.
Some elements of that evolution were brought about by changes in volume. And of course, her hair color changed from chocolate brown to slate gray and finally to pure white. This transition first occurred around her 1990s, when it was fashionable to cover natural grays with dye. “Coloring has become more important, but as people own their own grays, it’s getting to the point where it’s flipped,” says Cook. Perhaps the Queen’s choice to show her natural hair color was just as practical as how she stayed true to herself. As has always been the case, this non-conformance of opting out of trends was symbolic.
Her hair says more than just a “typical queen.” “Comparing her hairstyle to a firmer hairstyle like Margaret Thatcher’s, I would say that the Queen’s hairstyle had softness and texture. Rather than much stiffer, helmet-like hair, it had more hair.” You could see the curls.While Thatcher’s signature style was “business,” the Queen didn’t have to show strength with her hair. That softness made it all the more chic.” This is because as a female head of state, especially in the early part of her reign, the Queen relentlessly possessed her femininity in an often male-dominated landscape. It is a statement that many women, myself included, who have seen the monarch recognize its value.
This is also seen in her makeup choices, and as she became known as the “Queen of Color” for her joy-inspiring outfits (worn when appropriate), so did her love of lipstick. A glimpse of the Queen reapplying Lippy in public revealed that she loved Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in a happy pink hue. In fact, Elizabeth Her Arden kept a royal purveyor supplying products to her Queen, including her favorite skincare and makeup products, as well as the brand’s latest launches.
Clarins is also a holder of the Royal Warrant, supplying the Queen with products and “combined with providing a high level of personal service,” they tell me. said to have asked the brand to create a lipstick shade to match her coronation robe (although this was not confirmed by the brand.
The Queen did her own makeup most of the time, as evidenced by her confident re-application while on duty. According to Kelley, the annual professional make-up Her Majesty frequently wore make-up, aside from her artist Marilyn Widdes’ Christmas speech when she worked with the Queen.talk people Speaking of the much-loved ‘Queen’s Speech’ for 2021, Kelly said: During these moments, she could often be seen wearing a more festive shade of red lipstick, which not only speaks to her love of bright colors, but also her exuberance and optimism. It was also a sign of doctrine.
Her good looks have been so cherished in recent decades that this year, as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, renowned British make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury has created a make-up collection in her honor. is created. Beauty and cosmetics industry from Queen in 2018.
Her brand’s Platinum Jubilee collection features three of Tilbury’s favorite lipsticks (including “Forever Perfect Matte Rosy Pink, The Queen”) in a limited-edition crimson red velvet makeup bag. It contains. Shine like a queen. The Queen’s Platinum Her Jubilee As her pageant official beauty partner, the brand paid tribute to Her Majesty the Queen at this event.
“Earlier this year, we celebrated Her Majesty’s timeless beauty, grace and devotion with a Platinum Jubilee,” Tilbury wrote on Instagram in light of the monarch’s passing. increase. We are going through the immense grief and loss we are all feeling today. ”
This “beauty, grace and devotion,” as Tilbury describes it, is what, to me, epitomizes Queen Elizabeth’s monumental reign. Her Majesty’s commitment to her iconic look was like her commitment to her service: loyal to the end, relentless.