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Kate Middleton's secret hair and beauty makeover revealed - have you noticed?

The Duchess of Cambridge's beauty overhaul is subtle - but effective

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Laura Sutcliffe
Laura SutcliffeFashion and Beauty News Editor
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Let's get one thing straight; the Duchess of Cambridge always looks incredible from head to toe. Prince William's wife always dresses impeccably, and has arguably the most famous, lusted after hairstyle ever. And don't get us started on her flawless skin!

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Lately though, we've noticed she has looked even more radiant than usual. It all started at the Bond premiere last week, where the mother-of-three wore the most jaw-dropping gold dress by Jenny Packham. But her hair and makeup was much more daring than usual, did you spot it?

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Sara Sordillo, makeup artist for Eylure, noticed Kate's defined lashes. She said: "Kate's red carpet eyes were just dazzling. Her smokey eye makeup was definitely accentuated using false lashes."

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Kate's lashes looked incredible at the Bond premiere

The talented professional explains how to create the look at home. "Using the Eylure Lash Illusion lash (which has the thinnest band and is clear, like Kate's) it can sit undetected by your natural lash line which can help create this look easily. The fluffy and fluttery nature of Lash Illusion can add to the smokey eye effect, which if you struggle to create, is an easy, simple way to achieve it. The lashes get denser towards the end which creates the soft darker blend.The false lashes have a lifted appearance which helps to open up the eyes and give a youthful appearance."

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Eylure Lash Illusion NO 303, £10, Boots


She added: "When we apply mascara, we can see our lashes well, as we are applying it looking at a mirror closely. However at events like the Bond premiere, when one has photos taken from further away, our lashes can look thin or spidery."

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False lashes can prevent this and really help the eyelashes appear fuller. Like Kate, you don't have to pick large dramatic lashes, instead opt for soft fluttery lashes like Eylure Lash Illusion No. 303 which have a soft flick of the lashes at the end.”


A day after the premiere, Kate had her next royal appearance in Northern Ireland and fans were obsessed with her dewy skin. Abbi Ingram, Skin Specialist at Blush + Blow explains: "Kate's skin has been glowing better than ever before and although there can be many remedies to achieve her radiant complexion, here's some key things that you can do to achieve that youthful glow:" 

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Kate's skin glowed in Northern Ireland

"Using Vitamin C serum this time of year is great for that post holiday tightness to give your skin that revived radiance. Using this kind of serum in both the morning and evening will give you that added protection from skin issues such as uneven tone."

sunday riley serum

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow, £34.00, Cult Beauty


She added: "As we approach the festive season, ensure you give your skin a thorough double, deep cleanse when removing your makeup and apply a hydrating night time moisturiser that is suitable for the winter months to avoid any dryness and keep your skin dewy and radiant."

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TLC is essential if you want skin like Kate's. Abbi also quips: "Monthly facials are essential for healthy, clear skin that glows all year round. Having a specialist treatment plan will help to regulate your skin cells and penetrate the vitamins within the skin that may be deficient."

liz earle cleanse and polish

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Starter Pack 100ml, £17,00, Look Fantastic



Hairstylist Tom Smith thinks Kate's recent ponytail in Northern Ireland is pretty directional. 

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Check out Kate's power pony!

"Kate is showing off her gorgeous thick bouncy hair once again, but this time in a modern preppy ponytail. This is a much more directional, modern look for Kate who has typically been seen with a simple and classic blow-dry at the vast majority of public appearances. A ponytail is a little more girlish and playful than we are used to seeing from Kate but it's modernised and made more fashion forward by the sharp colour blocking outfit."

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Kate loves:

charles worthington sprayp

Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray, £6.99, Boots


"Her hair tells the story of health and luxury while being more playful and youthful. She may have chosen this style for this event to appear more approachable and friendly to ensure a warm reception by the public. She has had a few consecutive appearances recently where her look has definitely become more elevated and fashion conscious."


Kate's beautiful brows looked extra fluffy, full and healthy, as if they had been laminated and brushed upwards. We spoke to REFY - the brand founded by Jess Hunt, who gave us the lowdown on how to get brows like Duchess Kate.

kate middleton brows

"To create the perfect brushed up brow that lasts all day, REFY suggests a three stage process.

Start by creating your perfect lifted brow shape with a fixing product. REFY’s Brow Sculpt includes two additional applicators to shape hairs and set them into place, allowing you to create a dramatic lift or a more subtle, feathered look. Apply a small amount of product onto your brows with the applicator wand. Use the comb to straighten out the hairs and sculpt them. Then use the brush to gently press down to set hair into place.

refy brow kit

REFY Brow Collection gift set, £40.00, Selfridges


Once the hairs are brushed up and set into place, you’ll see areas that are more sparse with fewer hairs. Fill in any gaps with a brow pomade. REFY’s Brow Pomade is buildable and comes with a specially designed angular brush, allowing you to create the desired shade to match your natural hairs and add depth for a fuller-looking brow. 

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Add a small amount of product to the tip of the brush and apply to your brow to shade any gaps between hairs.

To finish off the laminated look, use a brow pencil to create hair strokes and add definition. REFY’s Brow Pencil has an ultra fine tip for ultimate 3D definition and features a brush to softly blend all products together and finish the perfect brushed-up brow. Add natural-looking fine hair strokes to areas that need added definition with a quick flicking motion."

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