Discover which products the Duchess uses to ensure she looks flawless every day...
The Duchess of Cambridge always looks stunning. With her signature glossy hair, flawless complexion, rosy cheeks and flattering smoky eye, Catherine has really got the natural beauty look perfected. And while she does have some help from her team, Kate is known for choosing and doing much of her make-up herself (including for her own wedding day!)
Luckily for us, Catherine’s stunning look isn’t all down to great genes. There is a whole host of skincare products, make-up buys and haircare tricks that she uses to create her flawless look everyday – something that the Duchess even admits herself!
On a recent royal visit to Poland, the Duchess of Cambridge humbly brushed off a compliment about her ‘perfect’ appearance from a group of admirers by claiming that the secret to her polished look was make-up.
“We were telling her that she is beautiful and perfect,” 21-year-old Magda Mordaka told the press after meeting Kate in Warsaw, Poland.
“But she said it’s not true – it’s just the make-up.”
Curious about what’s in Kate Middleton’s make-up bag? We’ve discovered some of the Duchess’ favourite beauty buys – making it easier than ever for you to copy her gorgeous look!
From her favourite shampoo and conditioner, to her skincare routine and even the products she uses to create those statement brows and smokey eyes, we have all the Duchess’ top beauty buys, so you can start building your own royal make-up bag today.
And the best part is that you don’t have to be a royal to afford Kate Middleton’s make-up, our round-up of her favourite beauty products starts from just £2.50!
Ready to discover Kate Middleton’s make-up secrets? Keep reading to discover how to look like a royal beauty…
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The royal protocol dictates that nails should look natural and neat for all official occasions – so sorry Kate, no nail art or jazzy colours. Kate therefore chooses a nude-coloured nail polish from Kure Bazaar, a non-toxic varnish formulated with up to 85% natural ingredients. The result is a healthy, shiny, strong nail that looks modern and fit for every occasion.
“The secret of her shiny hair is a glow booster,” says the Duchess' make-up artist Arabella Preston. And it costs just £3 from Waitrose! Rich in natural plant extracts, this 2-in1 wonder product has a unique non-lather formula that deep cleanses and moisturises without the need for conditioner – perfect for busy women who are short on time but still want to look good. The results are obvious – just look at Kate’s shiny, lustrous hair.
Royals are expected to grow old gracefully which means cosmetic fillers and injectables are a big no-no. But, when you're one of the most photographed women in the world there's a certain pressure to look good at all times. We discovered that Catherine uses Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel, an organic formula that relaxes muscles in a similar way to Botox - without the harmful ingredients and large needles. Smoothed over the face the hydrating complex boasts visible results within an hour which can last a full day - ideal for an instant youthful boost before public appearances or special occasions.
This dreamy product is said to dissolve wrinkles and tighten skin.
It was revealed that Michelle Obama also uses the miracle anti-ageing gel too. Her make-up artist, Carl Ray confirmed, 'Michelle Obama has been using this organic Botox gel regularly on the recommendation of Kate Middleton.'
The Duchess of Cambridge's skin rarely falls short of flawless and it was recently reported that Trilogy Rosehip Oil is the product responsible for her glowing complexion. Rich in fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9, this all natural formula seeps beneath the skins surface delivering optimum hydration whilst smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Simply massage 2-3 drops into your face morning and night or extend to your body to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Catherine's mother Carole is also said to be a fan of the product.
The Duchess of Cambridge's favourite beauty buy is already proving popular with those in the know. So you'll have to move fast if you fancy trying Catherine's skin secret yourself!
The Duchess of Cambridge is famed for doing her own make-up before important royal events - including her own wedding in 2011 and it has been reported that Urban Decay's Naked is her eyeshadow palette of choice.
Containing 12 interchangeable matte and shimmering pigments, this sleek portable palette has a combination for every occasion. Which explains why one is sold every 5 seconds in the United States. The brand new palette released today in the UK today, features nine never-before-seen shades and three limited edition exclusives. Blendable and flattering, each eyeshadow combination crafts the perfect smoky eye.
To recreate Kate Middleton's smoky eye make-up, coat your lids in 'toasted' (from the original Naked palette) - Catherine's all-time favourite shade and sprinkle a small dusting of 'hustle' along the upper and lower lash-line. No doubt the duchess will be at the top of the delivery list for this new buy and we expect her favourite shades to be Armour and Whiskey. You heard it here first.
Top Tip: Always remember to press the shadow onto the eyelid before sweeping across, this stops pigments from scattering onto your cheeks.
Richard Ward, the celebrity hairdresser who was on hand at the Royal
Wedding, has revealed his go-to tool when styling Catherine's hair.
An £11 hairbrush, which is said to maximise shine and prevent breakages is
a favourite for many A-listers and is often spotted backstage at big
events. Designed to be used on wet and dry hair, the Tangle Angel, £14.95 is crafted with flexible teeth that bend and glide through tresses to prevent snapping delicate strands.
Arabelle Preston, the woman who taught the Duchess to do her own make-up for her wedding, has launched her own all-natural skincare range. Now available in both the UK and US, the line includes three facial oils, a toning serum and a cleansing oil. The ingredients list comprises natural plant oils (grape seed, sunflower seed, apricot kernel, avocado and rosewood), so you know you'll be putting quality onto your skin.
For a great way to remove makeup and cleanse at the end of the day, massage Votary's Cleansing Oil into your skin and follow with a hot flannel. Preston promises your skin will feel 'clean, soft and plump'.
Lancôme Genifique contains potent anti-ageing benefits, so the Duchess carries a bottle in her tour make-up bag to combat the signs of late nights, long flights and big events. A few drops of this silky serum and a youthful radiance is restored to tired and worn-out skin.
Kate's fresh and glowing skin isn't all down to good genes. The Duchess has chosen the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation to give her skin a boost. The lovely matte texture ensures Kate' skin skips the shine and stays on the right side of dewy all day.
Kate never has a bad hair day - even before the blow-dry, she takes care of her glossy mane with regular treatments. She's rumoured to be a fan of Kérastase's in-salon treatments, which can cost from £50 upwards. If you don't have time to hit the salon every day, treat your hair to Kérastase's Masque Force Architecte once a week to repair damaged ends and get hair back to its glossy best.
Kate wore this long-lasting gel eyeliner by Bobbi Brown on her wedding day. Kate plays up to her features and draws attention to her eyes and is known for her love of black eyeliner. Create her dramatic look with this gel pot, which you will find easier to apply than liquid liner.
Another addition to Kate's make-up bag, the Lancôme Artliner makes sure the Duchess's bold eyeliner stays in place all day. Quick drying and smudge-resistant, this liquid liner means Kate can enjoy whatever event she's attending that day - all without worrying about regular make-up touch-ups.
To complement her smokey eye, Kate always keeps her lip nude. In fact, the recent resurgence in nude lipsticks is most probably down to our very own Duchess. To enhance her natural hue, Kate layers Bobbi Brown's Sheer Colour Lip Gloss over a nude Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour.