Kate Middleton's DIY Makeup Routine and Essie Manicure (She's Just Like Us!)

After reports surfaced yesterday that Kate Middleton would--gasp!--do her own makeup for the wedding, the bride’s beauty look was unsurprisingly understated and natural-looking. Apparently before the wedding Kate took lessons from makeup artist Arabella Preston--whose website states she is “particularly adept at natural bridal makeup”--and, according to People, the princess felt so comfortable with the techniques Preston showed her, that she opted to go DIY on the big day. It’s a risky move for any bride, let alone one that’s got millions, wait scratch that, billions of people tuned in to watch, but we have to say that Kate pulled it off. The softly smoky eye, slightly blushed cheeks and nude lips were not only beautiful, they were distinctly Kate--and that’s how every bride should look on her big day: like herself, of course.
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After reports surfaced yesterday that Kate Middleton would--gasp!--do her own makeup for the wedding, the bride’s beauty look was unsurprisingly understated and natural-looking. Apparently before the wedding Kate took lessons from makeup artist Arabella Preston--whose website states she is “particularly adept at natural bridal makeup”--and, according to People, the princess felt so comfortable with the techniques Preston showed her, that she opted to go DIY on the big day. It’s a risky move for any bride, let alone one that’s got millions, wait scratch that, billions of people tuned in to watch, but we have to say that Kate pulled it off. The softly smoky eye, slightly blushed cheeks and nude lips were not only beautiful, they were distinctly Kate--and that’s how every bride should look on her big day: like herself, of course.
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After reports surfaced yesterday that Kate Middleton would--gasp!--do her own makeup for the wedding, the bride’s beauty look was unsurprisingly understated and natural-looking. Apparently before the wedding Kate took lessons from makeup artist Arabella Preston--whose website states she is “particularly adept at natural bridal makeup”--and, according to People, the princess felt so comfortable with the techniques Preston showed her, that she opted to go DIY on the big day. It’s a risky move for any bride, let alone one that’s got millions, wait scratch that, billions of people tuned in to watch, but we have to say that Kate pulled it off. The softly smoky eye, slightly blushed cheeks and nude lips were not only beautiful, they were distinctly Kate--and that’s how every bride should look on her big day: like herself, of course.

Along those lines, Kate’s hairstyle, created by stylist Richard Ward, was equally unfussy. And we have to say, we’re happy she eschewed the traditional, more formal updo--we think the veil and crown are enough to get the Princess-point across. In fact the only part of Kate’s beauty look that was remotely diva-ish, as far as we can tell, were her nails (which you probably noticed as Prince William struggled to get the wedding band on her finger): Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, as she can now officially referred to, had her polish custom-blend by Marina Sandoval from the Jo Hansford Salon in Mayfair, who reportedly mixed Bourjois's no. 28 Rose Lounge and Essie's 423 Allure for a pale, bridal color that was 100% Kate Middleton.

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Essie Weingarten, who was obvs thrilled that Kate chose Essie for her big day, has released a statement: "The world watched as Prince William slipped that gorgeous gold band on Kate's finger and her manicure was the perfect complement...Nothing is more classic or elegant than a perfectly flawless pale pink manicure, it truly suited her perfectly." Maybe she'll rename that color Kate Middleton Pink?

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