It’s been four days and there seems to be no decline of interest in the Kate Middleton-turned-Princess Catherine extravaganza – especially where her sleek, romantic, English Rose looks are concerned. It’s incredible that she pulled off such a tough makeup act – walking down the sheer, overwhelming expanse of Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 über-glam royals, being watched by 16 billion viewers worldwide – is by no means an easy feat, especially when the bride had another top priority: “William must recognise me by the time I get to the altar.”
The result? As we all know, Kate wielded the makeup brushes herself, creating a canvas that perfectly complemented the simple romanticism of her Alexander McQueen wedding gown, while neither fading into obscurity nor making her seem like an unrecognizable, overblown caricature of herself (a mistake that most brides tend to make!).
And, of course, as the world’s most inspiring royals, the newly titled Princess Catherine gave us all hope that we don’t need ultra-celeb makeup artistes to look good… just a practised hand, some prior planning and good quality products (Kate, it is rumoured, stocked up on Bobbi Brown cosmetics and Lancôme mascara a few days before the wedding). Want to achieve the same kind of look? Follow the steps below and who knows, maybe you will come by your own Prince Charming (or the one you already have will sit up take fresh notice all over again!!)?
Skin, skin, skin, skin: Remember, the key to Kate’s signature look has always been her fresh, clear, dewy skin and this is not achieved out of a pot – so invest some time in your complexion with regular exercise to increase circulation and flush out the toxins, drinking plenty of water to hydrate the pores and a strict cleansing regime. Add in a couple of professional facials and you should see an improvement in about four weeks (that’s how much time skin takes to renew itself).
Foundation: It’s called “foundation” for a reason – because it serves as a base on which to apply the rest of your look and not as a cure-all for all ills. Kate well realizes this, sticking to an illuminating base under sheer foundation and a very fine dusting of loose powder to make sure it stays on through the ceremonies.
Cheeks: Like always, Kate’s cheeks looked radiantly rosy (though that could just have been the Prince William effect) enhanced with a soft pink blush crème (its believed that she used Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose) for a sheer, long lasting finish.
Eyes: Smokey, smokey, smokey with just the right intensity of smudged pencil (remember this look is about pretty sophistication and not in-your-face dramatics) and watertight mascara complemented by her signature bold eyebrows. Bets are that Kate used Bobbi Brown’s Smoldering Eye Palette and Kohl Black Creamy Eye Pencil.
Lips: Top contender on the list of probables is Bobbi Brown’s Lipstick in Soft Rose – the perfect nudish pink in a soft, matte finish that stands out without becoming overwhelming.
Nails: Here’s where even the princess had to turn to the professionals – she opted for a manicure by Marina Sandoval who created a custom-blend for Kate’s nails – blending Bourjois’s Rose Lounge with Essie’s Allure, to create an off-white bridal shade that perfectly offset the sapphire sparkler.