Last night Kate Middleton dazzled at her first official engagement since the birth of her son, Prince George. Sparkling in Jenny Packham, Kate left countless women wondering how she did it! Not one to be satisfied with guesswork, we turned the question over to makeup expert, Jessica Scantlin of Blushington makeup and beauty lounge (http://www.blushington.com). Best known for her work on A-listers like Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad and Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Scantlin sounded off on the “Kate Effect” and shared her insider tips for replicating the look.
“To get Kate's natural glow, I recommend starting with a light, mousse foundation that will resemble real skin, and provide that natural dewy effect. I prefer to use Stila's Perfect and Correct foundation. For additional luminescence, try adding in a drop of liquid highlighter, like Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector, in with the foundation to give it a more radiant natural appearance. Next, apply a pink cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. I like Kevin Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Isadore, a soft pink with a cream base, which gives it a more natural flushed look. I recommend using your fingertips to apply and then buff out with a translucent powder for the most natural finish.”
“Before you start the eyes, add some warmth to your face around your forehead and along your cheekbone. I use the Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunset for a subtle more natural bronze glow. To recreate Kate's silvery smoky eye, take a grey shimmer shadow and buff onto the eyelid and up into the crease. Next, take a lighter shadow and add to the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop. I like Julie Hewett's Eye Shadow Pan in Vita, a greyish, purple hue. Using this shadow, really blend that into the grey to warm up the look, as you'll want to tone down the harsh monochrome grey.”
“Kate's look is smokey but subtle, so just be sure to keep that the main focus. Apply eyeliner in a smudged line on top of the eye and blend into lash line for an ultra smokey effect. Line the bottom waterline with the same black liner and blend into lower lash line with a soft grey shadow. I like the Stila Stay All Day Liner as it will not move and is perfect for a smoky eye. Top it off with mascara that won't budge! I use the Kevin Aucoin Curling Mascara. Finish the look by adding a "just bitten" lip color such as the Biba Lipstick from Julie Hewett.”