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Beauty Inspired by Kate Middleton


While the royal wedding may be over, Kate Middleton‘s reign as a beauty inspiration is long from over. With her classic yet fresh hair and makeup, Kate inspires some easy-to-achieve, go-to looks! Make sure to check out our post on Kate Middleton’s style to pair with these Kate-inspired beauty looks below.

Keep Your Makeup Neutral and Classic

Kate’s beauty style is a prime example of classic, simple makeup in a time when stars tend to “go weird or go home”. Skipping the prosthetic facial-horns (here’s to you, Lady Gaga) and color experimentation, Kate uses makeup to highlight her natural beauty rather than chasing a dramatic, theatrical look.

Kate Middleton
Sources: 1, 2, 3

While drawing inspiration from Kate, it’s important to keep makeup light and neutral.

Key Elements of Kate Middleton’s Makeup Look:

  • Blush that complements your skin tone
  • Black or brown eyeliner
  • Groomed and defined eyebrows
  • Lipgloss

How to Get Kate’s Beauty Look:

Start off by properly defining your eyebrows with a grooming kit, like Benefit’s Brow Zings. I’ve mentioned this kit in so many posts, but I really do love it! The soft, pigmented wax creates a naturally gorgeous look. An important thing to keep in mind is to pick a shade that suits your natural coloring. Some eyebrow pencils or gels can have a red tint to them, so unless you have naturally red or reddish hair, stick to brown.

Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, sweeping upward. Pick a shade that gives you a natural-looking flush. This can be harder to do with drugstore brands, so it pays to visit a makeup counter to get matched with a shade that works for you. Alternatively, while the color may look insane, Stila’s Custom Color Blush has been said to be a great one-shade-fits-all blush (it “changes” to fit your skin’s pH) and has received good reviews.

As for eye makeup, the key to Kate Middleton’s look is the use of black eyeliner. To capture her exact look, line all the way around your eyes, including the inner rims. Polish off the look with a swipe of taupe eyeshadow and some black mascara.

For the final touch to a Kate Middleton-inspired look, sweep on a pink or berry lipgloss. Luckily for those of us who aren’t royalty, you can pick up a lipgloss in a similar color to Kate’s on the cheap – there are tons of drugstore dupes for her favorite shades.

Easy, Do-It-Yourself Hairstyles

The common denominator in most of Kate Middleton’s hairstyles is curled ends. Using a wide-barrel curling iron, give some wave to your hair, starting at about 4 inches up from your ends. Add a little shine serum to finish the look.

Kate Middleton Hairstyles
Sources: 1, 2, 3

Curled ends add polish to every ‘do, even when you leave your hair down (as pictured in the middle, above). To recreate the half-up hairstyle on the right, check out the article over at BellaSugar for awesome tips on how to achieve the look!

I absolutely love Kate’s hairstyle on the far left – she rocks the feather accessory trend with class and polish. The feather piece skips the look of the big hats seen at the royal wedding and opts for a little accessorized fun. So make like Kate, and with your hair up (or down!), accessorize your ‘do with a headband or hair comb.

What Do You Think?

Do you have a favorite Kate Middleton look? Do you like her beauty style? Would you try any of her hairstyles for everyday looks? Who do you think is a good example of classic beauty? Let us know what you think in a comment!

Posted on on July 9, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , ,

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17 Responses to “Beauty Inspired by Kate Middleton”

  1. 1
    July 9th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I love, love, love Kate’s style! This article was great. And more Kate would be wonderful (and maybe an article about Pippa’s style too?)!

  2. 2
    July 9th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I love Kate! I’ve been obsessed with her look ever since I stumbled across the bobbi brown face templates that were done for her wedding look. She does an amazing job with her makeup!

  3. 3
    July 9th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I LOVE Kate. Maybe you guys could do another style on her since she became a royal. I loved everything she wore on their Canadian trip. Please don’t do one on Pippa, she looks overbaked from tanning and much older than Kate. Her style is not nearly as classic as Kate’s.

  4. 4
    July 9th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you sososososo much for this article! I have been obsessed with Kate’s simple, yet elegant, style for quite some time now.

  5. 5
    July 9th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I don’t have a specific favorite look but I think she is very stylish and pretty without wearing ridiculous things. Just very naturally beautiful. I definitely want to try her hairstyles out and plan to. Another good example of classic beauty is Reese Witherspoon.

  6. 6
    July 9th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    i love her style.

  7. 7
    July 9th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Her look is too simple for my taste so I wouldn’t try it for myself, but she’s gorgeous and she rocks it!

  8. 8
    July 9th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I love how she always looks polished, yet relaxed. She definitely looks like she was destined to be royalty. :)

  9. 9
    July 10th, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I love Kate’s looks! Her style is very classic and tasteful. Every single time a new picture of her surfaces she looks amazing.

    I hope you do an article on Pippa too! :)

  10. 10
    July 10th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    she kinda looks like lauren conrad in the top left picture!

  11. 11
    July 10th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    do you think you can do an entry on Miley’s Style in her Party in the USA video? I know it’s kind of late since it’s been released hahaha but I was just re watching it and I really love the style seen there. If you were to do so, do you think you could also mention the jewelry? I have a new found love for rings haha and she seems to be rocking really bold and interesting ones.


  12. 12
    July 10th, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Kate! I saw her a couple weeks ago and I was starstruck! o: She is just as gorgeous in person as she is in print. We were by the palace waiting for the changing of the guards and we saw these gates opening and an SUV came out and we looked to see who was inside while waving furiously and saw that it was her! She waved at us and blew us kisses, it was so sweet of her!

  13. 13
    July 13th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    kate does have style, lets just hope harry finds someone with as much style unlike some of the women he’s seen with lol

  14. 14
    July 31st, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I was really hoping to see an outfit inspired by Kate Middleton! It wouldn’t be too late to put it up now… :)

  15. 15
    October 13th, 2011 at 5:09 am

    She is so beautiful…Not even a single picture of her looks bad. A natural breauty…..

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