From Cinderella’s magical blue gown to Snow White’s sensible yet snappy black ballet flats, Disney Princesses epitomize style and fashion.
There is much to be learned from studying the eleven official Disney Princesses. They encourage us to to take risks, not just in life, but in fashion. Their bold choices – from capes to crowns – inspire us to do more with what we’ve got in our closets and make more daring selections during future shopping hauls.
With nearly 75 years of Disney Princess images, the number of Disney Princess beauty tips to be discovered is virtually infinite. To get us started, here are my favorite 16 beauty tips from Disney Princesses.
16 Beauty Tips from Disney Princesses 1 of 17
From Ariel's hair fork to Cinderella's found beads, behold, 16 beauty tips from Disney Princesses...
Use the Proper Tools 2 of 17
Sometimes getting the look you're after is all about using the right tools. No one knows that better than Ariel, who always uses a fork, I mean, a dinglehopper to comb her hair into its prince-nabbing style.
Gender Bend 3 of 17
Don't be afraid to embrace the style of the opposite gender. Mulan shows us how fetching it can be to dress in male-inspired — or in her case, warrior-inspired — attire.
Shop Your Closet 4 of 17
Before you head out to the stores and break the bank, shop your closet. This look from Cinderella is a mix of frocks she already owned plus cast-offs from her step-sisters, including that stunning statement necklace in perfect-for-the-fall teal.
Embrace Change 5 of 17
Tired of your look? It may be time to start fresh and dive into a huge change. Go from brunette to blonde, long to short. Sword optional.
Mix Styles and Patterns 6 of 17
Don't be afraid to mix things up! Try stripes on top, a bold print on the bottom. Notice how Ariel is able to mix shells and scales while pulling off this classic mermaid-inspired look.
Wear a Bold Shoe 7 of 17
Even if you're afraid to break out of your little black dress habit, always go for a bold shoe. Perhaps the boldest choice of all Disney Princesses, Cinderella throws caution to the wind and tries on a breakable, glass slipper. Additional tip: Always buy a snug fitting shoe so as to not lose your shoes while running down palace steps.
Break Convention 8 of 17
While it's nice to have the old standards to fall back on, don't be afraid to break beauty conventions. Aurora shows us how beautiful it can be to add a twist to your wardrobe, such as her famous bodice-on-the-outside ensemble.
Don’t Overstyle 9 of 17
Perhaps no Disney Princess knows more about natural beauty than Merida, the most recent addition to the Disney Princess family. Her gorgeous wild, red mane reminds us that there's no need to overstyle.
Coordinated Couples 10 of 17
Sure, it's important to pay attention to your look, but don't forget that man on your arm. Whether a princess or an amphibian, Tiana knows how put together a couple can look when they coordinate.
Simple is Sexy 11 of 17
Simple can be sexy. Belle embodies the incredibly simple "peasant girl" look, reminding us that simple can still attract admirers.
Look for Versatility 12 of 17
With the hectic pace of modern life, you've got to find fashion that fits your lifestyle. Look for versatile pieces, like Jasmine's favorites, that can quickly go from day to night, magic carpet to pajamas.
Boldly Accessorize 13 of 17
When's the last time your accessorizing went beyond the standard necklace-earrings-bracelet? Think that oversized neon ring you're rocking is bold?
Try a cape.
Snow White, I bow down to you.
Nature’s Beauty 14 of 17
Venture away from those poly-blends from time to time. A stone necklace or leftover deerskin may be just what you need for everything from a hot date with an invading explorer to a cruise down the river with your raccoon bestie.
Form and Function 15 of 17
Beauty should be about more than looks. Whenever possible, try to match form and function. No one does this better than Rapunzel whose golden locks stand in as a rope, ladder, weapon, or means to bring a dead boyfriend back to life in a pinch.
Color Blocking 16 of 17
Color blocking is still alive and well! Snow White shows us how to embrace color blocking with her famous dress. Primary color blocking, that is. You rock that red-yellow-blue, girlfriend.
Be Bold with Gold 17 of 17
Probably the most famous of all of the Disney Princess looks, Belle is a fantastic reminder to take chances, like the night she went bold with gold and found beastly love.
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