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Princess Diana is an icon. A fact that rings just as true in 2021 as it did in 1981, when she married the U.K.'s most eligible prince. Or 1985, when she spun John Travolta round the Whitehouse's dance floor. Or 1997, when she traveled to Angola to shine her spotlight on the lethal land mines still plaguing the country.
Now, over two decades since her death, we're still just as fascinated. Thanks to season four of The Crown, we get to watch Emma Corrin play 19-year-old Diana Spencer as she blossoms into a powerhouse force to be reckoned with. We're also served up some vintage beauty moments from the woman who gave us ’80s blue liner and pageboy crops. These are the beauty lessons Diana taught us:
We should all consider an impulse cut.
Diana's cropped cut became synonymous with the princess and is one of the most copied hairstyles of all time (alongside the Rachel, of course). She debuted a cute pageboy cut in 1981 around the time of her engagement and, after growing it longer, was convinced to go short again nine years later by her hairdresser Sam McKnight after they worked together on a photo shoot for Vogue in 1990. “I made her hair look short in the tiara for the shoot and she decided she liked it,” he said. “As she was leaving, Diana asked what would I do to her hair if I had free rein…. I suggested cutting it short, and she, to my surprise, agreed, and we did it there and then.” So if you're feeling in the mood for a change, make like Diana and prune back the layers and free your cheekbones.
Blue eyeliner is more exciting than black.
Another signature of Lady Di? Blue liner: the bright, cheery, less boring ’80s alternative to black. Already The Crown has inspired us to switch up our usual eye makeup and give blue a revival; according to beauty retailer escentual.com, sales of blue liner have almost doubled on the site since the series aired. “There's a huge growing interest in bright and light blue makeup colors,” the company reveals. The most popular shade, Sumi Sky from Shiseido, is often sold out.
Windswept cheeks look fresh and healthy.
Despite being the nation's princess, Diana looked like the girl next door, back from a quick stomp around the countryside. Rather than anything too contrived, her cheeks always looked fresh, flushed, and healthy. Some of it was an endearing side effect of rosacea (which meant Diana's cheeks would often blush when she was excited or embarrassed), but for her engagement photo shoot, her makeup artist Clayton Howard used the shade Blushing Frost in Max Factor's since discontinued blusher stick.
She was big on skin care.
Diana took good care of her complexion and took time out to get into her skin care. She was particularly fond of using rosewater on her sensitive skin and regularly shopped at brands such as Guerlain and Clarins. “Diana was very sensible when it came to her skin,” her former makeup artist Mary Greenwell told Stylist. “She would always make sure she took her makeup off at the end of the day and make sure she always had a clean face before applying makeup.” According to Greenwell, Diana would cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day. Full marks for Princess Di.
’80s florals scents deserve a second spin.
Heavy, heady florals seem to have got lost behind in the ’80s, in favor of the subtler, more delicate scents that swept the ’90s and ’00s. But it's high time to give loud perfumes and retro florals another spin. Penhaligon's Bluebell perfume (a blast of hyacinth, cyclamen, and jasmine) was known to be a favorite of Diana's, but for her wedding day she chose Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant (a sweet, vintage blend of soapy florals). “She always, always, always wore fragrance,” says Greenwell. “It's kind of the final touch of beauty, walking out smelling divine and chic and individual.”
This story originally appeared on Glamour U.K.
Originally Appeared on Glamour