When Kate walked down the aisle on her April 29, 2011, wedding day, she turned to British makeup artist Arabella Preston for lessons on how to look impossibly regal. (Remember, she did the final look herself!)
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Now the London-based Preston, who counts designer Stella McCartney and actress Olivia Colman as clients, has launched Votary, a line of natural facial oils.
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"As a makeup artist, I was being sent every beauty product under the sun, and my friends all wanted to know what they should be using on their skin," Preston tells PEOPLE. "In quite an annoying way I said, 'To be honest, I've only really used an oil to take off my makeup and then an oil to moisturize for the last two years – and my skin has never been happier.' "
After telling her friend and former employee Charlotte Semler (co-founder of luxury lingerie line Myla), the two became business partners and last September the range of oils which include a cleansing oil, toner and three facial oils launched in Liberty London. Now the range has just launched at Anthropologie in the U.S.
The company started jus one year ago – in Preston's kitchen. "Now it's more of a little kitchen lab and a bit less haphazard, but I'm still in my kitchen!" says Preston, who is currently working on a new oil blend.
The cleansing oil, which contains rose, geranium and apricot and costs $72, "is my desert island product," says Preston. "Most of the cleansing oils out there have a mineral oil base, or they've had things added to them to make them emulsify, so they're not 100 percent natural plant oils. I thought it should be possible to have that is pure and it is!"