The Best Beauty Lessons We've Picked Up From Kate Middleton

Megan Decker

When you're a member of the royal family, your every move is careful, calculated, and perfectly choreographed. And the people surrounding you? They're sworn to secrecy with binding NDAs — and a whole lot of loyalty.

That's why when any sliver of information comes out, it's big news. And when it's related to something us regular folks can purchase, well, consider that dress and those candles sold out.

Luckily, the Duchess and her glam team aren't so tight-lipped about how her hair stays so shiny and bouncy, and her skin so glowing. Ahead, the best tips and tricks from the royal's beauty routine.

Bring Back The Washcloth

Raise your hand if you actually wash your face with a cloth? Anyone? Most of us just use our hands and gentle cleanser, but turns out, Middleton swears by cloth wipes. In fact, her go-to makeup artist Arabella Preston told The Cut that washcloths are great for wiping away stuck-on dirt and makeup, and when used gently, can double as an effective exfoliator.

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Oil Up

The skin-soothing effects of rose-hip oil are well-known — it comes as no surprise that the radiant Middleton uses the stuff to keep her skin looking so healthy. Her favourite organic variety by Trilogy sells a bottle every 20 seconds. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

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Go Halfsies

In a hair rut? Take a page from the Duchess' playbook and try her signature half-up style. You can have your cake and eat it, too, showing your length while sweeping the hair out of your face. Need more half-up inspo? Check out the best styles of this summer.

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Bounce Doesn't Come Cheap

Good hair is probably going to cost you. And if you've got $18,000 (£14,000)a lying around, you can probably get hair almost as luscious as Kate Middleton's. Back in 2012, we reported on the royal beauty budget and estimated that the Duchess of Cambridge spends around that amount per year on Kératase and keratin treatments, along with regular cuts and colours.

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Give Your Skin Some Oxygen

AOL reported that the duchess has been a devout consumer of the Swiss-made skin-care line Karen Herzog for years. The brand is known for its oxygen-infused products, which help to hydrate, smooth, and flush out all the gunk that accumulates after a day in the city. And while the line isn't cheap, we could potentially splurge on a £70 face cream. I mean, if it's Kate Middleton-approved...

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Treat Yourself To A Buzzy Facial

One thing Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton have in common, aside from really good genetics, is that they're down to try an experimental facial as an alternative to Botox. The Huffington Post reported that Middleton has experimented with the bee venom facial for a needle-less facelift. We've researched venom's effectiveness, and as if the royal's flawless complexion isn't reason enough to give it a go, the pros say it works.

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Find Your Scent

Kate's a big fan of Jo Malone — and how could she not be? The London-based fragrance brand makes perfumes that can be best described as bottled-up elegance. Apparently, the Duchess even lit Orange Blossom candles on her wedding day. In case you were wondering how the royal wedding smelled, it was crisp, fresh, and utterly lovely. No surprise there.

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Schedule A Summer Trim

Recently, Kate showed off her shorter summer cut at Wimbledon and inspired us to go in for a seasonal tune-up, too. It doesn't need to be a major change — she didn't cut more than a few inches — but a trim will always make you feel a bit more put together.

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You Can't Go Wrong With Nude

According to The Daily Mail, the duchess favors a natural, neutral nail. Her manicurist, Marina Sandoval, revealed that some of her favourite polish picks for Middleton are Essie 's Allure and Bourjois ' So Laque.

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Perfection Doesn't Exist

We love the Duchess of Cambridge because she isn't afraid to keep it real. Case in point: She recently said that she's not perfect — it's just makeup. Modesty is always a good look.


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