Insider information on her signature glossy blow-dry, glowing skin and subtle smokey eye are so sought after, that whenever a favourite product is even whispered, it’s guaranteed to fly off the shelves.
And while we know the Duchess is partial to face oil and natural skincare, when it comes to Kate Middleton’s makeup, the secrets are tightly sealed. In fact, a lot of reports insist she does her own makeup, including on her wedding day.
However, makeup artist Hannah Martin is also known to have helped the Duchess on numerous occasions, offering ‘artistry assistance’ for the nuptials. And having worked closely with makeup brand Bobbi Brown at the time, a lot of the products Martin recommended have remained staples in Kate’s routine today.
Along with top-ups at the tennis, and reported recommendations to Michelle Obama, we’ve pieced together the top makeup products that contribute to Kate’s classic look.
Lancôme’s Hypnôse Mascara
$56 at lancome.com.au
A favourite mascara of many, Kate chose to wear Hypnôse for her wedding day. With no runs or panda eyes in sight, we can safely assume it earned an everyday place.
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in ‘Sandwash Pink’
$47 at bobbibrown.com.au
Never without a classic nude lip, the pink-beige tone of this particular shade flatters Kate’s rosy-cheeked complexion perfectly.
Bobbi Brown Blush in ‘Pale Pink’
$49 at bobbibrown.com.au
Speaking of cheeks, the Duchess keeps her flush as natural-looking as possible by opting for a velvety matte finish. It’s said the shade ‘Pale Pink’ is her go-to.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in ‘Bronze’
$78 at bobbibrown.com.au
On days when serious glow is called for (say, a wedding in front of 2 billion people), only the shimmer brick will do.
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
$32 at clarins.com.au
When Kate pulled this product from her handbag while attending the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 2019, the pink tube was instantly recognisable. The sheer lip gloss can be paired with colour or worn on its own, the latter being Kate’s preferred option. She uses the shade ‘Rose Shimmer’.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation
$72 at bobbibrown.com.au
Looking for a foundation with zero flashback? It’s safe to say Kate’s favourite is pretty paparazzi proof.
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette
$69 at mecca.com.au
There were reports Kate recommended Urban Decay’s original ‘Naked Smoky’ palette to Michelle Obama. And if anyone could get their hands on the discontinued product, it would be the Duchess, but the rest of us will have to settle for the ‘Reloaded’ version.
Bobbi Brown Brow Kit in ‘Dark’
$75 at bobbibrown.com.au
Kate’s full, yet soft face framers are most definitely the result of brow powder.
Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner
$40 at bobbibrown.com.au
Not one to have her eyeliner smudge, the Duchess relies on the lasting power of this gel formula, applied precisely with an angle brush.
YSL Touche Éclat
$70 at mecca.com.au
Despite having three kids, Kate hardly looks tired. It appears the luminosity of this cult classic is worth every penny.