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
Secrets from the good, great and well-groomed in our look at some of the world’s most pretty and powerful women.
HER SIGNATURE LOOK
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.
HER SIGNATURE LOOK
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.”
MICHELLE’S TOP TIP
“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