Kate’s masterclass in black tie beauty! Glowing Duchess opted for smoothing BB cream, tan-enhancing eyeshadow and a red carpet-worthy updo for the glitzy dinner – and made sure her hair was sleeked back to beat the frizz
- Duchess of Cambridge channelled a fairytale princess at the black tie bash
- Her brunette locks were swept up into an ornate, sleek updo to beat the humidity
- Kate’s make up was dazzling and bronzed to complement her glowing tan
The Duchess of Cambridge delivered a masterclass in black tie beauty as she joined Prince William for a lavish dinner at the Governor General’s residence in Jamaica last night.
Kate, 40, dazzled in a custom green frock by favourite designer Jenny Packham, which she teamed with a glittering emerald and diamond necklace and earring set borrowed from the Queen.
She continued the glamorous display in her choice of hair and makeup, which was perfectly calculated to complement her outfit without being overpowering.
Hollywood glamour: The Duchess of Cambridge delivered a masterclass in black tie beauty as she joined Prince William for a lavish dinner at the Governor General’s residence in Jamaica
Chic updo: The Duchess wore her brunette locks twisted in a complicated updo that complemented the folds of her dress – and crucially meant there were no unsightly flyaways
Radiant: Kate dazzled in a custom green frock by favourite designer Jenny Packham, which she teamed with a glittering emerald and diamond necklace and earring set from the Queen
Speaking to FEMAIL, makeup artist Laura Kay, founder of Laura Kay London, explained her skincare and makeup was ‘all about dazzle and sparkle’ and made the most of the natural tan the Duchess has picked up during her week in the sun.
Meanwhile hairstylist Tom Smith noted Kate’s hairstyle was reminiscent of the complicated updo she sported to the premiere of James Bond No Time To Die, but with extra humidity-beating techniques.
FAIRYTALE HAIR THAT BEATS THE HEAT
Timeless: The Duchess of Cambridge opted for an ornate updo for the black tie dinner
Red carpet inspiration: Hairstylist Tom Smith oted Kate’s hairstyle was reminiscent of the complicated updo she sported to the premiere of James Bond No Time To Die (pictured)
Tom Smith, creative director of Evo, says: ‘Kate looks like she has stepped out of a fairytale, with an ornate and regal vibe about her.
‘There is a lot of attention to detail and care to her hair. It really goes above and beyond.
‘Being Royal, there is not as much pressure to tie into current trends and there is always a timeless and traditional quality about all of Kate’s looks. But what is starkly different this time is the practicality element of the hair on the head itself being much sleeker.
‘You can see a definite heavier use of product. Usually with Kate’s evening looks, she still retains a softer and fluffier style, even when hair is sleek or smooth.
‘But on this occasion, she has opted for an ultra-sleek style around the face due to the practicality of being in a warmer climate. And all the detail is at the back of the head.
‘There is a contrast of volume and texture in the dress. She has a really cinched in waist and then over exaggerated ruffles on her arms/shoulders.
‘We also have the same contract in the hair, a very sleek head hugging smooth grained, swept back away from the face with the body of the hair, and then there is all that volume, curl, and texture through the back. The contrast of sleek and head hugging to volume is mirrored in the hair as it is in the dress.
Staying in place: Tom said product was used to create a sleek finish to the front of the head in order to avoid flyaway strands and frizz on a hot and humid night
Hair piece? Tom questions whether the back of the head might have been created using a hair piece, with the Duchess’ natural hair tucked under the curls seen at the back of the head
‘There is a very thought-out point of view when it comes to her choice of dress and hair style. The lines in the dress mirror the grains in her hair as they are combed away from the face. The ruffles are mirrored in the back of the hair. Therefore, making the hair and the dress work in one cohesive look.
‘It might be product but there is a slight shine that has characteristics to a hair piece, particularly synthetic hair seen in the strands of her ornate bun which has been carefully pinned to create beautiful detailing.
‘A hair piece could have been used to bulk out her hair as there is a lot of volume in the curls. As well as helping create volume, synthetic hair is also less prone to humidity and my guess is her natural hair is tucked under those curls.
‘This would have saved precious time as it would have been prepped in advance.’
DAZZLING MAKEUP FIT FOR A FUTURE QUEEN
Bronzed: Laura noted Kate’s complexion is glowing and her skin looks youthful, perhaps as a result of an exfoliating treatment before her night out in Jamaica
‘This is undeniably a fashion moment for Kate,’ Kate says. ‘Her make up is all about dazzle and sparkle. Her make up is surprisingly similar to her wedding look with the different make up elements almost matching.
‘The only differences are she has opted for more shine and shimmer on the face and has used more bronze tones and a mid brown eyeliner instead of her almost black signature favourite to define the eyes this time.
‘Kate’s complexion is glowing and her skin looks youthful and dewier than ever. Perhaps she has prepped with a facial and exfoliated to help her look brighter and improve the appearance of her skin.
‘Kate has topped up her tan with bb cream for maximum coverage – it is lighter than foundation which helps avoid a ‘heavy caked on’ look. The benefit to bb cream it is smooths out any blemishes and imperfections making it perfect for this occasion.
Light and dewy: The makeup artist said bb cream would create a smooth, dewy finish
Making a statement: Kate likes very defined brows but softened her look with bronzed eye make up. A slick of pink lipstick proved the perfect counterpoint to the emerald dress
‘In addition, she has delicately applied a striking cream highlighter on her cheekbones and temples, sweeping right up to the inside of her brow line, which reflects the light perfectly and helps to define.
‘A touch of pink blush toned bronzer has also swept across has cheekbones which helps stay youthful and fresh.
‘For her eyes she has smudged a cooper bronze eye shadow almost as high as her brow line with helps to contrast and also compliment her tan. She has opted for her signature eyeliner and mascara which is applied tightly all over her inner eyes.
‘Her brows make a statement, and she has used a brow groomer to brush up and fill in any gaps.
‘Finally, Kate has applied a bright pink gloss on her lips to finish off the look. Kate looks carefree and relaxed on her trip. This look really suits her and a beautiful nod to her becoming future Queen one day.’
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