Kate Middleton’s Big-Day Beauty

The experts on the royal bride's look

Kate Middleton’s Bridal Beauty

Catherine Middleton’s big-day hair and make-up have been revealed, and the expert opinions are in – here are our bridal-style gurus’ official verdicts…


The hair

Paul Edmonds, founder and director of the eponymous hairdresser, is a fan: “Although I always said her hair should be worn in a chignon as it’s a formal event, she has done it her way and has worn her hair half up and half down,” he says, “with the front worn back and away from her face, smoothly clipped back with a diamond tiara and curled softly at the back. She’s kept the curls far back so as not to clash with the neckline on her dress.

“Although it’s very simple, she looks truly like a princess in her Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen) dress,” he continues. “I have to say well done to all involved with the final look.”

Meanwhile Severin Hubert, hairstylist for the Hepburn Collection, is less impressed: “I was expecting more,” he says. “It’s a shame that the hair was flat on top, and I truly believed she could have had the length in the neck. I would have wanted a soft bun at the back – not too modern but full-on in volume, it would have been stunning with the dress.

“It was a massive opportunity to create ‘The Middleton’ – instead she went for a looks that countless other brides already have.”

The make-up

Make-up artist Katy Messer of Make-up by Katy is pleased with the royal bride’s play on her usual look: “Kate has fabulous skin, and I’m so happy to see that she kept her base light and luminous and a very good colour match to her body, thankfully!” she says. “She did veer slightly off her signature with the blusher, which I am pleased about – the colour was perfect. It was a very warm, rosy pink that I’d have liked to see a tad lighter and not so far up her temples. It is better than the usual bronzed look that she wears though, which wouldn’t have brightened her up enough for today – especially wearing the colour of gown that she did.

“Her eyes were a little smokier than usual – darkened at the lashes with a soft grey on the lid and some neutral contouring through the crease,” Katy goes on. “The lower liner was true to Kate’s style, and I would have liked to see it softened with a shadow and blended out a bit for a softer look. On her lips, Kate looks as though she opted for a lightly tinted gloss in a warm rosy shade – more flattering than a too-neutral beige look – and her brows, as always, looked good. She has never bowed to pressure to over-pluck or create a too-contrived arch. Today she seems to have groomed them a little more than usual, perhaps darkened them a tad – just enough to frame her eyes.”

Celebrity make-up artist Karen Mason also loves that au-naturel bridal look, but has some tips for the newly crowned Duchess of Cambridge: “This is very classic, natural wedding make-up that looks great under the cameras, and looks like it will last all day,” she says, “although I personally feel that her blush is a little strong, and her under-eye liner a little too defined. It’s all personal taste, though, and she looks amazing – radiant and beautiful!”


Check out our experts’ credentials: Paul Edmonds’ at pauledmonds.com; Severin Huberts’ at hepburncollection.com; Katy Messer’s at makeupbykaty.com; and Karen Mason’s at karenmason.co.uk, and keep up with their latest comments right here