Kate middleton eye makeup

The Duchess of Cambridge is undoubtedly a style icon, with a fashion frenzy erupting every time she steps out in a fresh outfit or new hairstyle.

However, one aspect of Kate’s appearance that doesn’t often change is her makeup. In fact, in recent years, the Duchess has evidently struck a winning formula with her face, and doesn’t tend to vary her look very often.

Happily for Kate fans, the makeup style she favours is universally flattering – so how do we copy it?

Here are our top tips…


The Duchess tends to opt for dewy or matte foundations, avoiding anything too glossy, which is sensible given the amount of photographs she appears in! Her foundation will also be SPF-free, which means none of that dreaded ‘ghost face’ effect when photographers use the flash.


If you have good skin like Kate’s you don’t need to pile on full-coverage foundation – and in fact, even if you do have problem areas, it’s much better to simply build up foundation or concealer in certain spots, rather than paint on a thick, mask-like layer across your whole face.

The Duchess’s foundation is very natural and a great match to her natural skin tone – a good way to find your exact colour match is to test the foundation on your jawline in daylight, making sure it blends well with both your face and neck.

If in doubt, ask for a sample before buying – you don’t want to spend your hard-earned cash on anything that will sit unused in the back of your bathroom cabinet!



Kate always wears blusher – it highlights her amazing cheekbones and gives her a lovely, rosy glow.

Even if you don’t have killer cheekbones, blusher should be part of your beauty arsenal. Like Kate, use it to highlight the apples of your cheeks (you can find these by smiling), before sweeping gently upwards along the cheekbones towards your ears.

The Duchess tends to stick to a peachy shade (we love NARS Blush in Orgasm, £23), although occasionally she goes for a soft pink, like the one above (we love MAC Powder Blush in Dame, £19.50).


The Duchess likes to make her eyes the focal point of every makeup look, although in recent years she’s ditched the heavy under-eye eyeliner she used to wear in favour of something softer.

To recreate her eye makeup, you first need to sweep a neutral eyeshadow across the whole lid, right up to the brow – this will make the darker colours you’re about to add easier to blend.

Next take a pale brown or taupe colour and, using an eyeshadow brush, apply to the lid and smudge around the crease of your eye. The key here is to blend, blend, blend, so there’s no stark line where the colour begins and ends.


Next up, take a grey eyeshadow (or darker brown if you prefer) and use this for the eyelid itself. By now you should be building up a lovely smoky eye.

The final elements of Kate’s eye makeup are black liner along the upper lashes – which you can flick out to the sides – and black mascara, which should pull the whole look together.

Occasionally the Duchess also lines her lower lashes, but unlike the solid black liner she used to wear, she’ll now smudge this so it sits more softly on the face, which is altogether easier to pull off!

There are plenty of eyeshadow palettes to help you get Kate’s look – try the Urban Decay Naked Palette (£39.50), which features a great range of brown and grey shades.

In terms of eyeliner, Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner, £5.29 comes with a brush sturdy enough for easy application, and you can’t go wrong with Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Mascara, £10.99, which gives mega-watt lashes with just a couple of swipes.


The Duchess steers clear of bold lip shades, which means she avoids any embarrassing lipsticks smears or colour on her teeth while constantly being snapped by photographers.

To look immediately put together without too much maintenance, follow her lead and opt for natural-coloured shades, which happen to be a big trend at the moment.


When we tried out spring’s hottest lipsticks recently, Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipstick in Honey, £17.50, was a great neutral option, although obviously what suits you best will depend on your skin tone.

As a rule of thumb, try to find a colour that’s similar to your natural lip colour, but more vivid, and determine whether you’ll suit a warm or cool shade more based on whether you’re more suited to gold jewellery (warm) or silver (cool).

And voila – you have your Kate look!

(Images: Getty)

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THEY say never meet your heroes, and after a decade in celebrity journalism I thought they were wrong – A-listers didn’t faze me one bit.

Until I met Kate. I say met, but it would be more accurate to describe my reaction to seeing her at a farmers’ market in her hometown of Bucklebury as gawping.

6 Kate never fails to blow us away with her elegant and simple make-up looksCredit: GettyImages

I was utterly starstruck by her gorgeousness.

I’ve loved watching as her fashion choices have changed – goodbye skinny jeans, hello chic culottes – and even her trademark mane has undergone a subtle transformation, all in anticipation of her more senior role within the royal family.

Yet the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge knows what looks good on her – defined eyes, glowing skin and pretty pink lips never let her down.

Since that day shopping for organic apple juice at the farmers’ market in West Berkshire, I’ve been obsessed with HRH’s beauty secrets, and despite the details of her regime being as closely guarded as her grandmother-in-law’s Crown Jewels, I’ve managed to find out a thing or two…

6 Kate is rumoured to be a huge fan of the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette, which you can pick for £38 from Urban Decay

Royalty don’t officially disclose their fave products (so no hope of a Kate lip kit appearing any time soon, sob!) but if we spot it in their actual hands then we know it’s a winner.

That’s exactly what happened at this year’s Wimbledon when Kate whipped out this Clarins lip tint for a quick hit of moisture and subtle colour mid set.

Kate is rumoured to be such a huge fan of the iconic Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette that she even recommended it to Michelle Obama when the former first lady visited the UK in May 2011.

The original is no longer on sale, but the updated Reloaded collection features 12 Kate-approved tonal neutrals.

6 The L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for just £3.95 from Boots is the Duchess’ go-to hairspray

Kate’s new bronde-toned highlights might have mixed up her colour, but she remains faithful to the classic Chelsea-girl bouncy blow-out.

We got an unprecedented sneak peek into what goes into the Duchess’ overseas vanity case when her hairdresser Amanda Cook posted a pic on Insta of the hair essentials she brought on a royal tour.

She quickly took it down and later deleted her whole account, but not before we’d spied her go-to hairspray and barnet shiner nestled in there.

Frankly, if I were a princess I’d be smothering nothing but diamond dust and liquified platinum on my face but K-Mid proved she wasn’t above a bargain when she was spotted picking up a pot of this cream infused with bio argan oil and burdock fruit extract.

6 The Kiehl’s since 1851 Creme with Silk Groom for £20 will keep your hair as conditioned as Kate’s

Hands up who knows what both Kate and Meghan go to bed with? No points if you said a Mountbatten-Windsor.

Instead, it’s reportedly this blend of 14 plant-based oils, which combats redness and inflammation, and restores hydration.

Beuti Skincare founder Leila Aalam told glossy mag Harper’s Bazaar: “Our source at the palace confirms that they gave Kate the Beauty Sleep Elixir, which is regularly replenished on her dressing table. It was then reported that Kate has given the product to Meghan to use, too.”

As someone who hates having her make-up done (many’s the time I’ve squirmed in a MUA chair just knowing I’m going to come out looking like I’ve won third place in a Tonya Harding lookalike competition), I totally get Kate’s decision to do her own bridal make-up.

6 Kate proved she loves the basic bargains when she was spotted purchasing the Nivea Pure & Natural Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream – just £5.35 from Superdrug

She reportedly had lessons from a Bobbi Brown artist and used the brand’s semi-matte lippy and eyeliner on the day.

Latest royal bride Princess Eugenie also opted for the cult brand, employing Bobbi Brown’s former artistry manager Hannah Martin to create her wedding look.


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