Made Up in Boston

"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction." -Oscar Wilde

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kate Middleton DIY(!) Royal Wedding Makeup

I know I've mentioned my admiration for Kate Middleton before, but the more I hear about her, the more I like her. As an American, I don't really understand the hype behind the royal family. Frankly, they're stiff, boring, and generally very unattractive - to turn a phrase, they aren't my cup of tea. But the new Duchess of Cambridge is a bit more interesting, especially because unlike so many other members of the royal family, she's seemingly very down to earth and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.

Case in point: Ms. Thing did her own wedding makeup. She's about to become a princess, one of the richest women on the planet, and she decides, 'Hell with it, I'm doin' it myself!'

As someone who also chose to do her own bridal makeup, I seriously respect that, because that shit can be nerve-wracking. And I only had to sit through pictures, not an entire televised event!

(I look so dour here, but I assure you, I was very, very EXCITED that day! :) )


But enough about me: let's get back to Ms. Middleton, er, I mean Duchess Catherine.

The rumor mill is abuzz with all the little details about why Kate did her own makeup: she's practical, she's cost-efficient (which is a very good thing to be when the taxpayers are paying for your wedding), she hates looking "too done up", she wanted to look like herself. All valid reasons. However, if you're about to become the most famous bride on the planet, you'd better well do your homework and know a thing or two about professional makeup (because HD powder alone isn't going to cut it when billions of people are watching you on T.V.).

And Kate definitely did her homework. She reportedly took private lessons with Arabella Preston, a world-renouned English MUA who specializes in "natural wedding makeup." By the time her wedding came around, Kate herself probably qualified as a professional.

When it comes to wedding makeup, I think it's a common for many brides to try something new because they think they're supposed to look a certain way on their wedding day. Unfortunately, this can result in makeup that isn't true to the bride's self. The best advice I got on my wedding day was to be sure I looked and felt like myself: keep it routine. I didn't want to look back at my wedding pictures in twenty years and wonder why in the hell I was wearing blue eyeshadow or red lips! So I stuck to my normal makeup routine, just applied with a slightly heavier hand so that it would stand out in photographs. I felt fabulous, and most importantly, my husband recognized me once he finally saw me.

I think Kate understood that exact idea loud and clear. She is known her for understated, simplistic makeup, and it seemed that she didn't want to stray too far from her norm. Nothing she applied to her face looked out of place. She just played up her everyday face. She defined her best features a little more prominently and ended up looking like a million bucks (which is funny, because she's worth a hell of a lot more).

Image from Reuters

For those of you wondering what products she's reported to have used, look no further than Google and Bobbi Brown. Kate was spotted at the BB counter in Harvey Nichols buying a boat load of products a few days before the wedding. A few days after the wedding, Bobbi Brown confirmed their association with the royal wedding party and even released a face chart detailing which products you yourself can use to look like Kate Middleton.

How to look like a princess 101:

So off with you if you're in a rush to emulate this look. Chances are good that these products will probably be in short supply for the next few weeks, seeing as everything Kate Middleton touches seemingly turns to gold. All hail the Kate Middleton Effect.

I leave you with this, because, well, it's pretty much true:
Image source: Lols here


  1. I had no idea she did her own makeup. That IS ballzy ;)

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