Last Updated on 1st May 2011
This week no one shone in the beauty stakes more than the stunning future Queen of England, Kate Middleton.
Being watched by billions of people around the world on her big day, you may have expected the princess to hire a team of the most talented makeup artists on the planet to get her looking picture perfect, but not so – the newly-elevated Duchess of Cambridge chose to do her own make up (a girl after our own hearts), after receiving a few lessons from makeup artist Arabella Preston.
And we reckon she did a pretty brilliant job. Although we would have opted for a little less eyeliner (she simply doesn’t need it), the natural rosy pallette of soft greys and pink blush was a perfect wedding look, but we’d happily rock it any summer day.
Here’s how to DIY at home, just like Princess Catherine did…
Kate’s opted for a matte finish foundation to leave her skin looking flawless all day. To get a similar look, choose a longlasting foundation that will wear well through all weathers. We love Estee Lauder’s Double Wear stay-in-place makeup.
Loose powder is a must-have in any bridal makeup bag – it will seal your foundation to keep it looking as fresh as possible and remove any unflattering shine on your T-zone. Press Bobbi Brown’s loose powder onto your face with a puff or dust onto your t-zone with a brush for a lighter finish.
Kate’s blusher was the perfect choice. In a classic rose shade, it made her look fresh and subtly flushed all day, and according to makeup artist Kay Montano, Kate used Chanel’s ‘Rose Temptation’ to achieve that look. Dust onto the apples of your cheeks for a subtle finish or sweep across your cheekbones for a slightly more dramatic look like Kate.
Kate is known for her black eyeliner that she’s rarely seen without, and the royal wedding was no exception. Line your eyes along the top and bottom lashes with a kohl pencil for a subtle smoky eye – we love Lancome’s Le Crayon kohl eyeliner in black. Finish with a few coats of mascara to define your eyes with drama.
Kate’s subtle nude pink lip colour was the perfect finishing touch. Complimenting her blush colour without looking like a solid match (which can look dated), it stayed put all day with a subtle shine. Get a similar look by slicking on Clinique’s Long Lasting lipstick in Soft Bloom.