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Discover Kate Middleton’s top 20 beauty buys, from classic makeup to cult skincare

Here are the beauty products that the Princess of Wales buys on repeat

Photography by Paolo Roversi

 

The Princess of Wales is photographed the world over in an array of outfits by leading fashion designers, but one thing remains a constant: her flawless, classic beauty. Wherever she is and whatever she’s wearing, Kate Middleton’s skin is always radiant and her makeup perfectly applied. Here are some of the Princess of Wales’ favourite beauty and skincare products that she reportedly uses to create her signature look.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys:
Makeup Must-Haves

Bobbi Brown
Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, £37.50

On her wedding day, Kate Middleton used Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation for a flawless, glowing complexion that would withstand the flashes of thousands of paparazzi cameras. While that foundation has since been discontinued, the Long-Wear Weightless version offers near identical coverage.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Laura Mercier
Tinted Moisturiser, £37

A brilliant foundation and skincare hybrid, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturiser is a go-to if you’re looking for a no make-up make-up dewy glow. The Princess of Wales certainly seems to think so and has been spotted buying the brand’s most iconic product at Peter Jones in Sloane Square.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Lancôme
Hypnôse Mascara, £28.50

This buildable mascara has developed a loyal following – not least from the Princess of Wales – for its ability to create both subtle daytime and dramatic evening looks. Enriched with ProVitamin B5, the formula is designed to soften lashes, too. 

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Bobbi Brown
Longwear Gel Eyeliner, £24

With a schedule typically packed with events to attend, the Princess of Wales needs her eyeliner to be long-lasting. This award-winning, best-selling gel formula from Bobbi Brown gives precise, liquid-like results without the risk of smudges.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Lancôme
Hypnôse Artliner Eyeliner, £25.50

Another reported go-to eyeliner for the royal is this richly pigmented liquid eyeliner. The foam tip, much like that of a felt tip pen, allows for easy application of a strong formula that promises to create a long-lasting look.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Bobbi Brown
Brow Kit in Dark, £36

The Princess of Wales’s strong brows are defined by this on-the-go set that features two complementary shades of powder for shaping and filling in. The soft powders allow for a subtle build of definition to help frame the face, with the mini brushes perfectly shaped for application.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

YSL
Touche Éclat, £28

This cult classic helps the Princess of Wales look fresh faced, no matter how demanding her schedule. The illuminating concealer pen has long been a favourite for its ability to brighten the face and give a luminous finish.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Urban Decay
Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette, £39.50

It’s been rumoured that the Princess of Wales was such a fan of the original Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette that she even recommended it to Michelle Obama. While that line has since been discontinued, the Reloaded version features a near identical selection of shimmery neutral tones.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Clarins
Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, £20.50

Royal fans spotted this award-winning lip balm in Rose Shimmer shade being pulled out of Kate Middleton’s handbag during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 2019. With Shea Butter and Vitamin F, this treatment smoothes and plumps lips and can be worn as a base or on its own.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Bobbi Brown
Lip Colour in Sandwash Pink, £28

The Princess of Wales is known for opting for a nude lip, and this is reportedly her go-to — in fact, she is thought to have worn it on her wedding day. A creamy, semi-matte lipstick that offers full coverage and a polished look, it’s a soft formula that never dries out lips.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Bobbi Brown
Blush in Pale Pink, £22.50

To compliment the nude lip, the Princess of Wales prefers a matte finish blush in pale pink. A silky powder that blends easily on skin, this blush is known for creating a natural flushed look, warming the skin tone without sitting on top of it.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Bobbi Brown
Shimmer Brick in Bronze, £39

For days and evenings that call for extra glamour, including her wedding day, the Princess of Wales reportedly uses this bronzing compact. The best-selling bronzing powder uses superfine pigments to create a rosy, light reflecting glow.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Essie
Allure Nail Polish, £8

For her wedding, the soon-to-be-royal had her nails done by manicurist Marina Sandoval, who created a subtle colour with a mix of Essie Nail Polish in Allure and Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in Rose Lounge. While the latter has since been discontinued, Essie’s classic colour is still available.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Kate Middleton Beauty: Skincare Saviours

Beuti Skincare
Beauty Sleep Elixir, £47

When it comes to skincare, the Princess of Wales has used the British beauty brand’s rich face oil since 2016. A blend of 14 plant-based oils, this multi-purpose oil is designed to combat inflammation and soothe skin.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Trilogy
Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (20ml), £17.40

During her second pregnancy, it was reported that the Princess of Wales used this rosehip oil to hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation, which in turn can help prevent stretch marks. With 80% essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants it is renowned for promoting skin rejuvenation and repair.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Biotulin
Supreme Skin Gel, €37.49

When a princess recommends a beauty product to a FLOTUS, it’s got to be good. According to Michelle Obama’s makeup artist Carl Ray, Kate Middleton revealed that one of her must-have anti-ageing skincare products was Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel. The fragrance-free formula, which contains skin-boosting hyaluronic acid, smooths away wrinkles and is often dubbed ‘natural botox in a bottle’.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Karin Herzog
Oxygen Face cream, £48

It’s long been said that the Princess of Wales is a fan of the Swiss skincare brand Karin Herzog, so much so that she incorporated it into her pre-wedding beauty regime. In particular, she’s said to have favoured the gentle-yet-effective Oxygen Face Cream – the brand currently offers an iteration for problematic skin. 

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Lancôme
Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream, £46

Whatever stress she may be feeling, the Princess of Wales’s skin is always flawless, and Lancôme’s Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream is said to be one of Kate’s go-to skincare saviours. The nourishing formula contains the brand’s proprietary Neurocalm complex with natural plant extracts to combat free radicals, soothe and hydrate sensitive skin.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Emma Hardie
Moringa Cleansing Balm, £47

The Princess of Wales is a fan of this cult beauty classic – and for good reason. The multi-tasking balm-to-oil cleanser not only removes makeup and deep cleanses, but Vitamin E, wild sea fennel work and moringa seed work to minimise the appearance of open pores, while rose and jasmine extracts rehydrate and rejuvenate the skin. 

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare

Dr. Hauschka
Quince Day Cream, £25

The Princess of Wales once revealed in an interview that the Quince Day Cream from natural, organic skincare brand Dr. Hauschka had a calming effect on her skin. The lightweight daily moisturiser is formulated with quince wax to protect the skin’s hydration and quince seeds to regulate moisture, leaving it soft and supple.

Kate Middleton Beauty Buys: Her Go-To Makeup and Skincare
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