Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Makeup Breakdown

The press has been buzzing over the fact that Kate did her own makeup for this morning’s wedding. Although I thought it was a bit strange at first, I have to say that she knocked it out of the park. And the fact that she was able to apply such stunning makeup on her own just shows what nerves of steel she must have. Well done, Kate!

Since wedding season is coming up, I thought you guys might like a product breakdown for this look. Please note that this is how I would achieve this look, not necessarily including the products she herself used. I don’t think that information has been released.


The one thing I do know is that Kate was spotted yesterday buying Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer ($42). I think she may have used that today, or possibly the Oil-Free Foundation ($42) from the same line. I would have polished the skin using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer ($28) and Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($34). The flawless finish suggests that she pressed her foundation and powder into the skin rather than brushing it on. Good girl :)

Kate was smart and stuck to mostly matte products today. She allowed herself a hint of shimmer on the eyes, cheekbones, and lips, which is just enough to look glowing but not enough to look greasy. She knows that flash photography is not a sparkly girl’s friend. I would use MAC Strada ($19.50, Pro only) for contour, MAC Mocha ($19.50) for blush, and NARS Nico ($27) for highlighter. MAC Prism ($19.50) might work as a replacement for Strada. See this video for an excellent tutorial on contouring.

I know this picture is a little scary, but it does show the eye makeup details pretty well. She has definitely put something in her brows, and it looks like powder to me. I would use MAC Charcoal Brown eyeshadow ($14.50). Weddings are the perfect occasion to make use of an eye primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion ($19) to keep shadow in place all day. I see a light shimmery shade on the lid and browbone, something like MAC Dazzlelight eyeshadow ($14.50), and some brown in the crease, perhaps MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow ($14.50).

The most noticeable feature is her eyeliner, which looks a lot like the new gel/pencil hybrids we’ve been seeing lately. I would go with Avon Supershock Liner (£6) or Milani Liqui’fye Pencil ($6.49) in Black. Clearly she has lined all the way around her eyes, and I would also tightline the upper waterline to achieve the look of lush lashes. Again, looks scary in the close-up but stunning from normal viewing distance. I also see some white eyeliner on her lower waterline, maybe MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl ($14.50).

Finally we have the lips. Kate’s are on the small side, so she was wise to choose a lighter color and allow for some glossiness. I would have used MAC Subculture Lip Pencil ($13) and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy ($32).

So, what do you think? Did you love her makeup? Did you think the eyes were over the top? (I’ve seen this complaint repeatedly in the press). As I said above, I think she did an amazing job and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I’m proud of her for showing that even in the midst of the royal wedding extravaganza, brides don’t have to act like divas.

If you’re a panicking bride who wants a video tutorial for this type of look, I highly recommend Pixiwoo and Lisa Eldridge (just search for bridal).

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4 Responses to Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Makeup Breakdown

  1. Justine April 29, 2011 at 4.12 pm #

    I was up at 5am watching this on youtube.. got through to the part before the balcony, it looked it was taking too long. My browser kept crashing and it was driving me crazy because I kept missing parts, but it was a great time, and seeing everyone Twittering about it too, I felt like we were all connected watching the thing together. Thanks for the rundown on her look. :)

  2. Annabella Freeman April 29, 2011 at 4.47 pm #

    I think up close her makeup looks really full on but watching her on TV it looked perfect. I love the fact she played up her eyes and when lighter on the lips. I plan to do the same for my wedding(s) in September and I will also be doing my own makeup. I will be too nervous on the day to have someone else putting stuff on my face.

  3. sam smith May 1, 2011 at 6.16 am #

    thnks but ot enough imfo

  4. Evelyn May 1, 2011 at 8.47 pm #

    She looked lovely, everything went well together. Hey, you can do your own wedding makeup and still look great. I did mine myself after getting pointers from a Bobbi Brown makeup artist and I ended up looking great in the photos.

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