You’ve asked (in comments, texts, tweets, Facebook messages) how to replicate Kate Middleton‘s engagement look and for information on her beauty secrets, so here we go!
Kate visits Richard Ward salon just off Sloane Square in London, as she has done for years (since at least 2006).
On the day of the engagement, her hair was done by a stylist named James Pryce from Richard Ward, as the salon confirmed in a statement. I suspect he came to her (either at Clarence House or at St. James Palace), rather than the other way ’round!
According to an article on her beauty secrets from June 2006, Kate spends £105 every six weeks on her hair.
Tom Bradby, the reporter who sat down with William and Kate during their engagement interview, and who has known Prince William for years, says that Kate is a fan of Richard Ward’s Infusion Blow Dry “that combines conditioning and speed drying in one step.”
She has Kerastase conditioning treatments at the salon, and reportedly uses Kerastase Nutritive shampoos and conditioners for dry hair, plus Kerastase protein treatments.
As far as getting the engagement look, I recommend washing and conditioning hair with smoothing/moisturizing products, then applying mousse or volumizing spray to damp hair. This will help anchor the hair, assist in holding curl, and give extra body.
Part hair on the side and blow-dry using a round brush, spending extra time to get hair bone dry. Once hair is dry, take a 1″ barrel curling iron and–taking pieces only from below the chin, so that all hair above the chin remains straight–wrap hair out and away from the face. Let curls cool, brush them out so they settle into soft waves, then spritz hair in place with hairspray. Finish with a light mist of shine spray on the lower-half of hair.
Kate is confirmed to use Karin Herzog Oxygen Face Cream, which is paraben- and preservative-free, not tested on animals, and developed by Karin Herzog’s husband Dr. Paul Herzog, a Nobel-recognised scientist. Oxygen Face Cream contains 2% oxygen to help fight bacteria and costs £35. Meanwhile, Karin Herzog Vita-Kombi Day and Night Cream, which Kate reportedly also uses, is £53.
Kate visits Tipa Kaewhin at Richard Ward Metrospa for her regular manicures and pedicures, which she reportedly spends £55 – £70 on.
Yep, Richard Ward Metrospa again. (Clearly, once a relationship is established, there’s no need to stray!) Kate spends £30 per appointment on waxing/tweezing at Richard Ward.
According to the Mirror, Kate had her teeth professionally whitened several years ago by Dr. Didier Fillion on Harley Street.
Tom Bradby reports that Kate doesn’t like wearing much makeup day-to-day. For her events, however, it’s been rumored that she employs makeup artist Komal Singh.
Kate has been athletic her entire life and currently stays in shape by working out in the Clarence House gym (no embarrassing Princess Diana-style paparazzi pictures for her!).
She is rumored to be a devotee (like her mother Carole Middleton) of the protein-heavy, low-carb Dukan Diet.
In her youth, she played tennis, ran, and was on the hockey and swim teams of her boarding school Marlborough College. In 2007, Kate trained three-days-a-week as part of a dragon boat paddling team called The Sisterhood to race across the English Channel (although she later had to drop out because of media attention).
She reportedly uses St. Tropez tanning products.