It is safe to say that Kate Middleton, now officially Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, was right on the mark with her Sarah Burton designed Alexander McQueen gown. Striking the perfect balance between majestic and modern, it was the perfect selection for the queen-to-be. But what about her beauty look? Kate stayed true to her understated down-to-earth roots and shocked aides earlier this month when she announced that she would walk down the aisle without any professional help—with her makeup that is. The bride-to-be insisted on doing her own makeup for the grand occasion, stating that she ‘knows her own face’ and didn’t think a professional could do a better job than her. Although, it was rumoured that she had a series of private lessons prior to the wedding from London-based make-up artist Arabella Preston.
So how did the 29-year-old do? Keeping in line with the understated feel of her gown, her beauty look was kept very simplistic. The bride chose to create a smoky eye—using liner all the way around—and pale lip combination, while beautifully enhancing the apples of her cheeks with a pink blush colour that matched her lipstick shade.
Middleton also enjoyed a bridal pampering session at Clarance House the day before the nuptials courtesy of her new step-mother-in-law Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. Manicurist Marina Sandoval from the Jo Hansford hair salon created a custom-blend nail polish fit for a princess by blending together a special mixture of colours including Bourjois no 28 Rose Lounge and Essie 423 Allure. The result was a very natural looking off-white bridal polish that beautifully matched her skin tone.
For her hair, Kate relied on longtime stylist James Pryce, from the Richard Ward salon, to create elegant cascading curls. In lieu of a formal updo, the bride opted for a ‘demi-chignon,’ which the salon defined as “an up-do style that combines a classic bridal look with a regal, couture finish.”