The Beauty Regimen of Marie Antoinette


Recently, Vogue Magazine did a feature on the [in]famous Marie Antoinette’s beauty secrets in honor of what would have been her 262nd birthday were she still alive.


However, since times have changed, we have to ask ourselves – have Marie’s tips withstood the test of time?  Or have they perished along with the fashion and beauty trends of the time period?

Let’s find out just how hit or miss the French queen was when it came to beauty.

Marie says to handle your skincare routine on your own instead of leaving it to the creations of others. 

That’s brilliant advice.  Although Marie’s routine was a little bit out there (she used actual pigeon parts), the central concept behind it is terrific – natural, home items are the best ways to keep your skin beautiful and fresh.

There’s really no need to resort to chemicals when you already have everything you need in the beautiful world around you.


Marie says to bathe frequently and exfoliate. 


Marie is right – while bathing excessively strips your skin and hair of natural oils, bathing daily or every other day (this depends on the person) is great for any beauty routine.

Of course, how often you wash your hair really varies from person to person – some people wash their hair every day, and some wash their hair every other day.  Others scrub theirs down once a week, and many even rinse their mane on a near-monthly basis.  The variations of hair washing frequency go on, but the basic concept is to bathe frequently enough to stay clean without depleting your skin and hair of their nutrients.

Furthermore, don’t forget to exfoliate your skin to get rid of the stuff that needs to go; Marie was all about it.


Marie says to nourish your hair-color in a natural manner. 


Yet again, she’s too clever..  Why use harmful chemicals on your mane when you can use natural products similar to your hair color to optimize its vibrancy?

Since Marie’s real hair was strawberry-blonde, she actually used similarly-hued plants to embellish her natural color.  Ginger and sandalwood were apparently members of that mix, so her hair probably smelled amazing.


Marie says to fake a beauty mark. 

This is where Marie and I finally disagree on something; I say not to fake something if it’s not what you’re all about.  Regardless, Marie had her [very well-thought out] reasons, even if they don’t especially pertain to us in a modern-world setting. She did have a nation to rule, after all. Who am I to question her ways?

Back then, smallpox was an epidemic that left scarring behind on its victims’ skin – faking beauty marks were a great way to cover these up.  Furthermore, these marks could also be used by women back then as symbols of societal and social status, as well as personality, based on where on their face they applied their fake beauty marks.

But times are different now, and neither of these reasons are particularly applicable to present-day society – so if faking a beauty mark isn’t you, then you can pass up on this piece of beauty advice without worrying about betraying Marie.


Marie says not to underestimate fragrance.

The Queen is right yet again – her tendency to keep flowers around her and essential oils applied to her skin was sheer genius.


You see, the Palace of Versailles, where Marie lived, was gorgeous and luxurious, but not particularly delightful in its smell.  This is because of a bathroom shortage that left a pretty repulsive reek in the quarters.

Marie overcame this by staying around strongly scented flowers [and probably having some of that scent rub off on her], applying strong essences to her body in oil form, and even having fragrances made especially for her.

According to Vogue Magazine, Marie was so dedicated to her love of beautiful smells that she even kept her perfumes with her when she was held as a prisoner in the Tower of Paris.

That’s so fabulous.


In conclusion, Marie Antoinette was a beauty genius.  Furthermore, her beauty wisdom, which definitely shone through in her daily, all-too-remarkable appearance, has yet to fail the test time.  A true queen, she was French and fashion royalty.

And so, in honor of that, we’ll leave off with a quick toast to Marie Antoinette:

Long live the stunning, cunning queen, and the legend of her outstanding beauty regimen.





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