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|Introduction: Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo on how to be a Princess||p. xi|
|Beauty: Paolo of Chez Paolo on the proper royal coiffure, manicure, cosmetic application, and skin care||p. 1|
|Etiquette: Dowager Princess Clarisse Renaldo on dining, comportment, being the perfect hostess, and the proper address of nobility||p. 17|
|Fashion: Acclaimed couture designer Sebastiano Grimaldi and Dowager Princess Clarisse Renaldo reveal the essential wardrobe of a princess||p. 55|
|Character: Princess Mia and her friends explore how to flourish royally in today's complex societal hierarchies||p. 73|
|Education: Princess Mia's royal advisers reflect on the various aspects of high school--both in the classroom and out of it||p. 91|
|The Mysterious World of Guys: Tina Hakim Baba dishes about dating, kissing, love, and the hazards of stalking (and being stalked by) a princess. Also: an exclusive interview with royal consort Michael Moscovitz||p. 105|
|Conclusion: Princess Mia's final thoughts||p. 122|
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Real princesses always try to look their best -- but, um, my best is probably totally different from yours. There are lots of different kinds of beauty. Like those models we see on magazine covers? A lot of people might hold them up as, like, the epitome of perfection and all of that, but just remember, in France it's considered beautiful not to shave under your arms.
So you see, beauty is really relative.
Princesses, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no one look that is right for everyone. Having a healthy body is way more important than having a body that looks good in low-rise jeans. And of course being a nice person is the most important thing of all. Throughout history, princesses have been remembered not for the waist size of their 501s, but for the good deeds they performed while they were on the throne.
There's one thing that looks good on everyone, though: confidence. Have confidence in yourself and your looks, and others will see your outer beauty as well as the inner.
That's what everybody keeps telling me, anyway.
owner and proprietor of Chez Paolo, New York City
I, Paolo, am the one who turned the Principessa Amelia from Ugly Duckling into Swan. You, too, can look like a princess, if you follow Paolo's simple rules.
Beauty is molto importante, but so often overdone! A princess's look is bella, healthy, and well groomed. Fresh is the goal, and mascara, blush, and gloss are the tools that will get you there.
Everyone -- especially I, Paolo -- loves to play with makeup. But remember, a mask works only at Halloween! Do not slather on foundation or eyeshadow unless you want to scare your populace (also, your parents won't like it so much, no?). Natural and bella is the way Paolo urges all you little principessas to go. If you want the dramatic look of black kohl and scarlet lipstick, join your school drama club (I spit on kohl). And do not come crying to Paolo if all the little princes, they run from you in horror. Only if you follow Paolo's way can you be assured molto perfetto!
What every principessa should have in her handbag (besides cab fare, breath mints, emergency tiara, and hairbrush):
3 Lipstick or gloss
3 Pressed powder compact (to get rid of shiny nose)
3 Concealer (for dark circles under eyes due to that late-night romantic tryst, no? Also for blemishes)
3 Eye pencil
What every principessa should have in her bathroom (besides a phone and small television so she can keep abreast of world events even while bathing the royal body):
3Facial cleanser, exfoliator (or use a washcloth, but gently!), and moisturizer
3 Astringent, toner, acne medication, beauty masks
3 Foundation, concealer (for dark circles/blemishes)
3 Eye shadow, liner (no kohl -- Paolo spits on kohl!)
3 Blush (natural color -- unless you want to look like a clown principessa)
3 Manicure set (nail polish, nail file, nail cutter)
3 Hair products (shampoo, conditioner, styling products, etc.)
The look for royals? Fresh and clean! To get it, follow the beauty routine I designed for the Principessa Amelia:
And please, for Paolo, if you have hair growing from your upper lip or chin, pluck or bleach it (follow the instructions carefully on facial bleach packages). Never shave your face. No principessa should have razor burn over the lip!
Everyone is coming to Paolo, crying like a baby: "Oh, my hair is curly! Make it straight! Principessas have the straight hair!"
Well, I, Paolo, would like to say something:
Principessas can have curly hair. Principessas can have straight hair. Principessas can have dark hair. Principessas can have blond hair. Principessas may have cornrows, extensions, crew cuts, and dreads. The key to having the hair of a true principessa is:
A principessa's hair must be clean
A principessa's hair must not be in her eyes
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