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Pictures: 6 Times Queen Elizabeth Gave Us a Peek at Her Very Relatable Beauty Ritual

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One handbag necessity the Queen never leaves the palace without? Lipstick. Her Majesty famously loves color (just see her wardrobe of paintbox brights for details), and that extends to her makeup too. She’s a fan of a bright lip, and has worn vibrant corals and pinks for her many public engagements.

Over the course of her reign, the Queen has also been spied reapplying her lipstick at events, whether a horse show, the Commonwealth Games, or most recently, while taking in A Gallop Through History, the equestrian display staged at Windsor Castle last month to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. Though lenses can’t get close enough to reveal exactly which brand and shade Her Majesty is using, Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Lipstick in Fig is said to be among the Queen’s favorites.

After a lifetime in the public eye – and 70 years on the throne – the Queen is now so adept at reapplying her lipstick she doesn’t even require the aid of a mirror.

Below, six times the Queen couldn’t resist touching up her lipstick.

No mirror needed: Her Majesty touches up her lipstick at the annual Braemar Gathering and Highland Games on 3 September, 2011. Photo: Getty

She paused to reapply while watching A Gallop Through History, part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, at Windsor Castle on 15 May, 2022. Photo: Getty

Applying a fuchsia lipstick at the Commonwealth Games on 23 July, 2014. Photo: Getty

In the Royal Box at the Windsor Horse Show on 11 May, 1985. Photo: Getty

A quick touch-up during her royal tour of Fiji in 1977. Photo: Getty

At the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering in September, 2009. Photo: Getty

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