The Catherine of Aragon collection (Part 1 of the Six Wives of Henry VIII series) will be here soon!

aragon-1150x-templateCheck it out! The Catherine of Aragon collection (Part 1 of the Six Wives of Henry VIII series) will be here soon! I am shooting for the 20th of September for release date.

Contains 7 eyeshadows (2 matte (Devote, Dowager Princess), 2 metallic (Banished, Fidei Defensatrix), 2 lustre (Leviticus, Trastamara), 1 sparkly (Queen Regent)), 2 cheek/rouge colors (Ordained, Defiant), and 2 highlighters (Sir Loyal Heart, Humble & LOyal). Also a nourishing color creme for lips (Catalina) in a beautiful pomegramate/berry shade (not yet pictured in final swatches). All full sizes will have custom label art.

Queen Catherine was not the boring, dowdy woman she is oft portrayed as on programs such as The Tudors. For starters, she had pale ivory skin, blue eyes and long strawberry/auburn hair- not dark hair or a typical “Spanish” look. From her Wiki, “In her youth she was described as “the most beautiful creature in the world” and that there was “nothing lacking in her that the most beautiful girl should have.” Thomas More and Lord Herbert would reflect later in her lifetime that in regard to her appearance “there were few women who could compete with the Queen [Catherine] in her prime.”

She and Henry VIII were very much in love when they married, and he jousted wearing her colors under the name “Sir Loyal Heart”. He respected her and involved her in matters of state, as both Queen Regent, and Defender of the Faith. During their 19 year marriage, Catherine was pregnant six times, regrettably only bearing healthy issue once- in Princess Mary.

These colors are inspired by a range of visual and literary sources, as well as my own interpretations. Never one to deliver you predictable, I’ve taken some creative liberty in my own personal perception of Catherine and the palette of colors that portray her the best, in my creative capacity. I’ve watched and rewatched The Tudors and pretty much every movie and documentary on the topic. I’ve also formed a lot of visuals from reading “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory and other books in her series, which I love.

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The Catherine of Aragon collection (Part 1 of the Six Wives of Henry VIII series) will be here soon!