The lipstick and foundation Arsema Thomas nabbed from the 'Queen Charlotte' set

Young Lady Danbury's makeup bag held only must-haves

Editor / May 16 2023

If you’ve watched Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, you’ll know that young Lady Danbury certainly found herself in some, er, less than ideal scenarios throughout the show’s first few episodes. Let’s just say a lot of scalding baths were taken, and for very good reason…

What was ideal for Arsema Thomas, the actress behind the character’s younger iteration, however, was the makeup haul she picked up onset.

While she may have left the corsets (and spoiler alert, her painful onscreen husband) behind, Thomas simply had to take Danbury's signature lipstick and go-to foundation with her. Here's everything you need to know...


Lady Danbury's foundation in 'Queen Charlotte'

Danbury's base always looked flawless (like, even mid-bath), so Thomas is really doing the makeup lord's work by dropping the foundation name. “I start [my personal makeup rotuine] with a NARS [foundation]. This is actually the same foundation that I used on set,” she shared in a Vogue video. Which of the brand's many majestic bases, you ask? The NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation ($66 at MECCA).

“They let me take it, or I stole it, but we’ll keep that between us," Thomas quipped. Okay, sure, between us and every other Queen Charlotte/makeup fan on the planet!

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation

Lady Danbury's lipstick in 'Queen Charlotte'

Wondering which lipstick stayed strong through so many eloquent speeches? Danbury favoured a Bobbi Brown formula, and now so does Thomas herself.

“[I use the] same [lipstick as I wore in character], the Bobbi Brown [Crushed Lip Colour in] ‘Rich Cocoa’ ($53 at Bobbi Brown)," she explained. "You’ll always see me with this in my purse.”

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in ‘Rich Cocoa’

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story really is proving to be our favourite kind of show: a stunning period piece with modern makeup recommendations aplenty! Shoutout to Thomas (and her on-set makeup team) for blessing Lady Danbury with such stellar products.

Main image credit: Netflix

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Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.