Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is known for her consistently great hair. It’s thick, glossy, bouncy and curly at the ends – really, all I’ve ever wanted in my hair. My hair, while thick, shiny and slightly shorter than hers, just can’t compare. Of course, I don’t get my hair blown out three times a week (it’s more like twice a year, when I’m getting my hair cut). And it’s not just the hair, it’s the makeup as well. It looks very natural, although sometimes she does overdo the brows a little.
So what products does she use and how does she get that hair? Read on to find out.
According to the Daily Mail, she gets her hair blow-dried and cut at the Richard Ward salon in London, which costs around £200 a cut and £280 for highlights, which she also allegedly gets to cover up gray hairs.
I reckon I could get her hair with significant effort on my part – but yes I think it’s do-able. Tips from The Examiner and Allure magazine indicate that I should wash my hair with Kérastase Nutritive Bain Oléo-Relax Smoothing Shampoo (which she apparently is a fan of), then coat my damp hair with anti-frizz serum. Then I should air-dry my hair until it’s 50% dry, then blow it out in sections with a hairdryer and round brush. Flat iron the top part of the hair, then use a curling iron to curl the ends. Sounds easy, but since I have no skill when it comes to hairstyling, I’m pretty sure it’ll take me more than 2 hours to do.
Now for the makeup. Daily Mail also says she’s a fan of Karin Herzog skincare, a Swiss brand that is apparently well-known in the UK but I have never heard of it. They do however, have an Australian site here.
- Vit-A-Kombi 2 moisturiser (strange name!)
- Mild Scrub Exfoliator
- Professional Cleanser
- Vit-A-Kombi 3 spot zapper
Apart from Karin Herzog, she also uses Heaven Bee Venom Face Mask from her stepmother-in-law Camilla’s facialist Deborah Mitchell.
As for actual makeup, she uses Bobbi Brown for skincare/eye cream/eyeshadow/brow shadow, Lancome for eyeliner and mascara, and Laura Mercier for its tinted moisturiser. I can’t say I’m surprised she’s a fan of Bobbi, just because her look is so radiant and natural, which is very Bobbi.
But I think you can easily get a drugstore look with lower end cosmetics. My picks would be:
- Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum for that flawless, slightly dewy look.
- Face powder: Milani Multitasker on the t-zone
- Eyeshadow: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights quad in Vibrant Browns or Natio Mineral Eyeshadow Trio in Soft Day
- Cheeks: NYC Bronzer in Sunny dusted lightly over the face and Bourjois Blush in Rose D’Or or Rose Frisson (any rose pink)
- Eyeliner: Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever (rimmed on both upper and lower lashlines; I’m a huge fan of this eyeliner)
- Mascara: CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume or any mascara that voluminises lashes.
- Lips: They’re usually a natural pink nude colour, such as Face of Australia in First Kiss or Maybelline Colour Sensational in Pink Sand.