Kate Middleton hair/makeup envy

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.

Kate middleton hair 2 The Duchess of Cambridge Visits The Treehouse in Ipswich Kate middleton1

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.

She uses:

  • 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.

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