They have brains, beauty and a bound­less de­sire to im­prove the lives of oth­ers, but how do these in­flu­en­tial women look so spec­tac­u­lar? Lucy Wild­man reveals the beauty se­crets of three lovely lead­ing ladies

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Se­crets from the good, great and well-groomed in our look at some of the world’s most pretty and pow­er­ful women.


The Duchess of Cam­bridge’s clas­sic look is typ­i­cally ‘girl next door’ – a soft, smoky eye with a slick of liner and a pop of nat­u­ral blush, topped off with a pinky nude lip colour. But it’s her im­pec­ca­bly blown-out tresses that launched a world­wide ob­ses­sion – shiny, slightly wavy, and with the per­fect amount of vol­ume at the root.


Kate has strong, neat brows. Keep them look­ing full but shapely with reg­u­lar thread­ing, and bol­ster thread­bare brows by draw­ing soft, feath­ered strokes with a brow pen­cil in the same colour, or one shade darker than your nat­u­ral brow.


Kate is said to count on prod­ucts from fa­cial­ists Karin Her­zog and Deb­o­rah Mitchell to main­tain her flaw­less, glow­ing skin. Af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced by her moth­erin-law Camilla, The Duchess of Corn­wall, 31-year-old Kate in­dulges in reg­u­lar Deb­o­rah Mitchell fa­cials, her favourite be­ing the Bee Venom fa­cial, which uses spe­cial lymph drainage mas­sage tech­niques to boost skin re­newal, col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and ra­di­ance, and is dubbed the nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tive to Bo­tox.


Kate wears very lit­tle in the way of foun­da­tion as her skin is nat­u­rally ra­di­ant. Keep it sim­i­larly pared­down with a tinted mois­turiser or BB cream, which of­fers a lit­tle more in the way of cov­er­age while boast­ing skin-per­fect­ing prop­er­ties. If you need more cov­er­age, a lightre­flect­ing liq­uid foun­da­tion fol­lowed by a few dots of an il­lu­mi­nat­ing liq­uid con­cealer pen un­der the eyes is ex­cel­lent for cheat­ing your way to lu­mi­nous skin – we like to get the look with a splash of YSL’s clas­sic Touche Eclat con­cealer. Then, to get her English-rose glow, ap­ply a pink blush to the ap­ples of the cheek, blend­ing gen­tly along the cheek­bone.


Kate is fa­mous for her love of a clas­sic smoky eye. Pat a shim­mer­ing eye­shadow

in a rich brown or dark grey all over the lid, tak­ing it up to the crease and blend­ing care­fully into the socket. Then add a touch of a lighter metal­lic shade to the in­ner cor­ner of the eye. Ap­ply a black liq­uid eye­liner along the up­per lash line and fin­ish the looks with a cou­ple of coats of false-lash-effect mas­cara.


Kate sticks to nat­u­ral toned lip­sticks and glosses over vi­brant shades – a look that works for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. Line lips with a neu­tral pink lip liner, then fill them in with the pen­cil, topped off with a rosy-toned lip­stick.


Kate’s glossy chest­nut mane is cut into long lay­ers that al­low for lots of vol­ume and move­ment by May­fair-based hair stylist Ros­sano Fer­retti. Re­spon­si­ble for tend­ing to the tresses of both Kate’s sis­ter Pippa and mum Ca­role, as well as An­gelina Jolie and Jen­nifer Lawrence, Ros­sano is known for a spe­cial hair­cut­ting tech­nique that al­lows hair to have a “nat­u­ral flow“– the ex­act style that Kate loves so much. Get her gor­geous waves 1Blow- your­self with these sim­ple steps:

dry your hair straight, but with move­ment, us­ing a vo­lu­mis­ing prod­uct and a large2Clip bar­relled round brush to give vol­ume at the root.

up the top sec­tion of the hair, so you can deal with the un­der­side first. Di­vide into 5cm sec­tions, then, us­ing a curl­ing wand, wrap hair around the wand, twist­ing it up­wards to­wards your scalp. Pin the curl to your head, and re­peat the process 3Once on the rest of the hair.

the hair has cooled, un­wind each curl and spray with a lit­tle hair­spray. Gen­tly comb through the curl with your fin­gers, then tou­sle slightly for soft, bouncy waves.


Kate’s al­ways been an out­doorsy girl, reg­u­larly run­ning, row­ing, swim­ming and ski­ing to help main­tain her slen­der physique. And while the nat­u­rally sleek brunette has never been any­thing but in great shape, in the lead up to her 2011 wed­ding, the soon-to-be Duchess of Cam­bridge fol­lowed the Dukan Diet, a pro­tein-rich diet plan rec­om­mended to her by mum Ca­role, which helped her drop 5kg. While the Duchess wasn’t fol­low­ing any re­stric­tive eat­ing plan dur­ing her preg­nancy, sources claim she‘s been fol­low­ing a su­per-healthy diet regime to help shift her baby weight since lit­tle Ge­orge was born in July, as well as con­tin­u­ing the yoga classes she did while ex­pect­ing. Aside from reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, a qual­ity grad­ual fake tan will help you recre­ate her sig­na­ture bronzed pins. And, like her trade­mark nude heels, Kate keeps it sub­tle and clas­sic when it comes to ma­ni­pedis, stick­ing to a fem­i­nine pale pink pol­ish.


The First Lady’s strik­ing good looks, im­mac­u­late make-up and im­pec­ca­ble style has won her an army of ad­mir­ers across the globe. Us­ing a care­fully re­fined choice of clas­sic make-up and oc­ca­sional tweaks to a time­less hair­style, Michelle’s barely-there beauty is built on a foun­da­tion of brows, lashes and lips, and is per­fect for her multi-task­ing role as wife, mother and global cam­paigner for poverty aware­ness, nutri­tion and healthy eat­ing.


The First Lady en­hances her oval-shaped face with a softly arched brow. Michelle’s long-time make-up artist In­grid Grimes-Myles sug­gests shap­ing your eye­brows so they start at the be­gin­ning of the eye and arch at the end of the iris. Then, us­ing an eye­brow brush, brush them in the nat­u­ral di­rec­tion of growth (usu­ally up­wards), and fill in any sparse

sec­tions with a brow pen­cil or pow­der.


Michelle’s in­cred­i­ble skin be­lies her 49 years, and it has re­cently been cred­ited to New York skin­care brand 3Lab’s mois­turis­ers and serums, which in­cor­po­rate ap­ple stem cells to com­bat wrin­kles and pro­tect skin from free rad­i­cals. How­ever, the First Lady doesn’t think that ex­pen­sive skin­care is nec­es­sar­ily the best, and In­grid Grimes-Myles agrees. “Your skin is your body’s largest or­gan and you have to take care of it. Eat right, ex­er­cise so you can sweat out tox­ins, drink plenty of wa­ter, and fi­nally, clean those make-up brushes!”


“I use a cream foun­da­tion and a pow­der; that com­bi­na­tion helps her make-up last longer,” says In­grid of Michelle’s per­fect, shine-free base. “The rest is about tech­nique. I blend very well! When you’re talk­ing about foun­da­tion, you should never be able to tell when the foun­da­tion stops on a per­son’s skin.” With dark skin like Michelle’s, red or pink cheeks can look un­nat­u­ral, says In­grid. “So I tend to go for a very min­i­mal­ist look on blush un­less I’m do­ing some­thing for a magazine shoot, and just need a pop of colour.” In­stead, the First Lady uses a con­tour pow­der 1.5 shades darker than her face pow­der to give her face added def­i­ni­tion and pol­ish, em­pha­sis­ing her great cheek­bones.


Michelle high­lights her eyes with a neu­tral, softly smoky eye in earth-toned shades, adding fake lashes for ex­tra drama at gala events. To get her wide-eyed, nat­u­ral look, curl your lashes, ap­ply a few coats of mas­cara, then curl again to in­stantly wake up your look. To re­ally get your eyes to pop, add winged-out liner close to the top lash line.


Michelle loves to use MAC’s lip pen­cils and lip­sticks in a nat­u­ral, nude shade, fin­ished with a touch of gloss for a fuller-look­ing lip and a more youth­ful ap­pear­ance. For a more dramatic style, In­grid likes to blend a lighter and darker shade of two lip pen­cils to­gether for a cus­tom look.


Michelle’s ex­ec­u­tive hair­styl­ist Johnny Wright knows ev­ery­thing there is to know about main­tain­ing the First Lady’s flaw­less hair­style, specif­i­cally her sig­na­ture shiny bob. “Peo­ple al­ways think glossy hair is top­i­cal, but true lu­mi­nous shine is achieved at the root,” says Chicago na­tive Wright. “You should be deep con­di­tion­ing to soften and nour­ish the hair shaft ev­ery time you sham­poo. There is no such thing as too much deep con­di­tion­ing.”

“When it comes to tex­tured hair, a ce­ramic round brush is key for keep­ing strands healthy and shiny, no mat­ter how much you style it,” says Johnny. For finer hair, Wright likes a rub­ber-based Den­man Brush. “It grips the hair a lit­tle and smooths the cu­ti­cle out,”

And since Michelle re­lies heav­ily upon blow-drys and straight­en­ers to keep her tresses look­ing tip-top, heat pro­tec­tion is an es­sen­tial part of the hair­care process. “Be sure you’re us­ing

pro­tec­tive guards on your hair. Ther­mal pro­tect­ing sprays create a bar­rier on the hair shaft, and keep the heat from pen­e­trat­ing into that in­ner core, which is what causes per­ma­nent dam­age,” says Wright.


Michelle’s body is scru­ti­nised al­most as much as her hus­band’s po­lit­i­cal move­ments, but af­ter show­ing off her su­per-toned up­per arms in the in­fa­mous one-shoul­dered Ja­son Wu gown for the in­au­gu­ra­tion, they achieved celebrity sta­tus, matched only by Madonna. Vary­ing her work­outs be­tween car­dio to burn fat and stretch-based ex­er­cises to main­tain flex­i­bil­ity, Michelle is a big be­liever in find­ing a fit­ness regime that works for you at ev­ery age.

“I al­ways want to be on the cusp of be­ing in the best shape I can be,” she re­cently re­vealed. “What I’m dis­cov­er­ing is, the older you get, the more work you have to do to stay there. When I was younger, I could eat what­ever I wanted, as long as I ex­er­cised, or, if I didn’t ex­er­cise and just watched what I ate, I’d main­tain. Well, now I have to do both.”


“I don’t think you have to spend a lot. My ad­vice is to go into a drug­store and look for a sim­ple cleanser and a very good mois­turiser for your skin that don’t have a lot of ad­di­tives in them. Then cleanse, moisturise with an SPF, have an oc­ca­sional der­mabra­sion and get lots of sleep.”

Kate Mid­dle­ton Bobbi Brown Blusher in Pale Pink Dh155

Ben­e­fit In­stant Brow Pen­cil Dh96, Sephora

Deb­o­rah Mitchell Bee Venom Mask Dh515, Nail Spa

St Tropez Grad­ual Tan 4 in 1 Dh149, Har­vey Ni­chols

YSL Touche Eclat Dh189, Har­vey Ni­chols

Smash­box Liq­uid Halo Foun­da­tion Dh215, Sephora Jane Iredale Chisel Pow­der Brush Dh165, Tips and Toes

3Lab Su­per H Cream Dh900, Har­vey Ni­chols

Dh145, Har­vey Ni­chols

Laura Mercier Matte Ra­di­ance Baked Pow­der

MAC Lip­stick in Feed the Senses Dh95 MAC Lip Pen­cil in Spice Dh85 Bour­jois Faux and Fab­u­lous Smokey Eye­lashes Dh49, Deben­hams

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