The Duchess of Cambridge's make-up and skincare products

Ever wondered what Kate Middleton's make-up and skincare routine looks like? You're in the right place...

Kate Middleton
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The Duchess of Cambridge's make-up always looks stunning. With her signature glossy hair, flawless complexion, rosy cheeks and flattering smoky eye, Catherine has really perfected her beauty look.

  • The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her elegant and timeless approach to beauty
  • Brands like Bobbi Brown, Lancôme and Kérastase are all reportedly some of her favourites
  • In other royal news (opens in new tab), these are the beauty brands that hold a Royal Warrant (opens in new tab), official recognition from the Queen

While she does have some help from time to time, Catherine 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. A whole host of skincare products, make-up buys and haircare tricks help to create her flawless look everyday – something that the Duchess even admits herself!

During a 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 the Duchess of Cambridge's make-up? 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're in the know so you can start building your own royal make-up bag today.

Ready to discover Kate Middleton's make-up secrets? Keep reading to discover how to look like a royal beauty...

Does Kate Middleton do her own make-up?

It's well known that Duchess Catherine often does her own make-up for public appearances. She even did so for her wedding day with a little assistance from then Bobbi Brown artist Hannah Martin, according to PEOPLE. Clearly she's a natural!

What make-up does the Duchess of Cambridge wear?

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, £43

The Duchess of Cambridge (opens in new tab) is famed for doing her own make-up before important royal events and, like many of us, loves an Urban Decay Naked palette. Containing 12 interchangeable matte and shimmering pigments, these sleek, portable palettes offer looks for any occasion – which explains why one is sold every five seconds in the United States. Although the original palette has been discontinued, the Naked 3 edition will still help you to recreate Kate Middleton's eye make-up (opens in new tab).

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Foundation, £34, Lookfantastic

Kate's fresh and glowing skin isn't all down to good genes. Harper's Bazaar Australia reports that the Duchess chose Bobbi Brown's Skin Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation to give her skin a boost on her wedding day, and has been a fan ever since. The exact formula has since been discontinued, but the newer Long Wear Weightless foundation is equally as good. The lovely texture ensures skin skips the shine and stays on the right side of dewy all day.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day in 2011

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Bobbi Brown Dark Brow Kit

Bobbi Brown Brow Kit, £35, Lookfantastic

Bold eyebrows are big news this year and Kate knows how to enhance her natural beauty to keep up with the trend. Using the Bobbi Brown Dark Brow Kit, the Duchess subtly fills in her own brows to improve their appearance for a flawless look that lasts all day.

Lancôme Hypnose Mascara

Lancôme Hypnose Mascara, £27, Lookfantastic

This is rumoured to be Kate Middleton's favourite mascara (opens in new tab), according to Good Housekeeping. Lancôme Hypnose Mascara's incredibly volumising brush means just a few coats of this lash builder will help enhance the Duchess's trademark smokey eyes.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, £21

Kate reportedly 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.

Lancôme Artliner

Lancôme Artliner, £24, Lookfantastic

Along with the mascara, this addition to Kate's make-up bag, the Lancôme Artliner makes sure her bold eyeliner stays in place all day. Quick drying and smudge-resistant, this liquid liner means the Duchess can enjoy whatever event she's attending that day – all without worrying about regular make-up touch-ups.

What skincare does the Duchess of Cambridge use?

Trilogy Certified Organic Facial Oil

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Trilogy Rosehip Oil, £19.50, Lookfantastic

The Duchess of Cambridge's skin rarely falls short of flawless and it has been reported that Trilogy Rosehip Oil is one product responsible for her glowing complexion. Rich in fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9, this all-natural formula seeps beneath the skin's surface delivering optimum hydration whilst smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Catherine's mother Carole is also said to be a fan of the product.

Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel

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Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel, £41, Amazon

When smoothed over the face this hydrating complex boasts visible results within an hour that 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 and has Duchess Catherine's approval, according to HELLO!.

It has also been revealed that Michelle Obama also uses the miracle gel. Her make-up artist Carl Ray confirmed, "Michelle Obama has been using this organic Botox gel regularly on the recommendation of Kate Middleton."

Lancôme Genifique Serum

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Lancôme Genifique Serum, £59.50, Lookfantastic

Lancôme Genifique contains potent skin 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, according to the Daily Mail. A few drops of this silky serum and a youthful radiance is restored to tired and worn-out skin.

Heaven Bee Venom Mask

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Bee Venom Mask

Kate always has dewy, flawless skin – and we know her secret! Hailed as the non-surgical facelift, the Heaven Bee Venom Mask is the product Camilla recommended Kate use in the run up to her wedding day, according to the Daily Mail.

The Duchess of Cambridge's hair care

Tangle Angel Hair Brush

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Tangle Angel Hair Brush, £12.95, Amazon

Richard Ward, the celebrity hairdresser who was on hand at the royal wedding, has revealed his go-to tool when styling Catherine's hair. This hairbrush, which is said to maximise shine and prevent breakage, is a favourite for many A-listers and often spotted backstage at big events. Designed to be used on both wet and dry hair, the Tangle Angel is crafted with flexible teeth that bend and glide through tresses to prevent snapping delicate strands. 

Richard Ward Cleanse and Condition Shampoo

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Richard Ward Chelsea Cleanse & Condition, £3, Waitrose

Everyone needs the best shampoo for their hair type in their beauty arsenal, and Duchess Catherine is no exception. “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! Sulphate-free and rich in natural plant extracts, this 2-in1 wonder product has a unique non-lather formula that deeply cleanses and moisturises. The results are obvious – just look at Kate’s shiny, lustrous hair.