Kate's Wedding Day Makeup: Get the Look!

05/05/2011 at 01:30 PM ET

Kate Middleton Wedding Makeup
Courtesy Bobbi Brown; Inset: Abaca

Last week, it was rumored that the Duchess of Cambridge said ‘no thanks’ to professional makeup help, instead choosing to do her own eyes, cheeks and lips on her wedding day. So was it true? A friend of Kate’s tells PEOPLE that she did indeed go at it alone for her Friday nuptials. “She’s really confident when it comes to her makeup,” the source shares. However, it wasn’t without a little help. Bobbi Brown confirmed this week that members of the royal wedding party received “makeup artistry assistance” from company makeup artist Hannah Martin. And Brown, who’s been in the makeup business for more than 20 years, thinks the newlywed was the perfect picture of a blushing bride. “Catherine looked absolutely stunning,” she said in a statement. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing about her makeup. She looked beautiful, fresh and most importantly, happy.” To help Kate and Pippa wannabes get the girls’ gorgeous looks, the company released face charts with suggestions of products and colors you can use at home to get your own royal wedding face. To emulate Kate’s look, the brand recommends items like ivory, metallic and slate eye shadow, black ink gel liner and three shades of pink blush, plus a pink lip color topped with gloss. Pippa-like directions include bone and ash shadows, black ink gel liner, a bronze blush and pretty pink lip gloss. Check out the face charts for specific product names and placement. Tell us: Would you attempt to do your own makeup on your wedding day? –Reporting by Dimi Gaidatzi

Kate Middleton Wedding Makeup
Courtesy Bobbi Brown; Inset: Thierry Orban/Abaca

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Lianne on

They both looked gorgeous!!!!! Impressed if it was done by herself (Kate’s).
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Jennifer on

There is no question that Kate looked lovely. My only criticisms: Kate should have eased up on the black eyeliner (she seems to love it but doesn’t blend it well) and Pippa should have eased up on the self-tanner.

Jen on

I did my own makeup for my wedding day and I looked amazing. It was a good thing that I did my own because the makeup artists usually put more makeup on than they should. The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister looked so beautiful!

Jon on

I like The PHOTOS! If I were a Girl, it’d be interesting to do my own make-up on my Wedding Day, but I’d also rather have other people do it as well, etc.

Jon on

I had no idea Courteney Cox and Brad Pitt had been friendly at all since he Split with her BFF, Jen Aniston, back in January of 2005! Also, I like The Fancy Details behind Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris’s Wedding Invitations, they look nice!

Mary on

I agree with Jennifer–the eyeliner was a little too heavy. Maybe a brown would have looked more natural? Regardless, Kate still looked very beautiful.

Wabbit on

They are truly in love and I hope they can enjoy each other without the intrustion of the news people, they will live happily ever after….let the love grow….

Wabbit on

We want lots of babies…..hurry up with the grandkids….your ready….

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Jon on

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Jill on

So are these the actual shades and colors that she wore or just something like it? Just curious!

Asha on

For a non-professional Kate did a good job but it has a very amateur feel to it. There are ways to achieve a natural look that better highlight ones features and facial bone structure – that a professional makeup artist (like myself) would know how to execute.
I would have liked to see some highlighting of the brow bone, inner corners of the eye and the top of her cheek bones. The eyeliner under her eyes should have been blended more as it looked a little too harsh.
Oh well! Done and over now lol

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carol doyon on

REALLY??? THIS IS WHERE WE ARE AT????EYE SHADOW???YOU COULD NOT LEFT IT AT WHERE IT WAS..SAD.. THEY GOT MARRIED… AND I DO BELEIVE THEY WANT ME AND THE PRESS TO LEAVE THEM ALONE FOR A WHILE…BUT THE PRESS CANNOT DO THAT RIGHT??? SO…LETS KEEP ON HOUNDING THEM…ISNT WHAT THEY WANT?…SO THE NEXT THING I HAVE TO ASK IS THIS…WHY OR WHERE DID THE NEED TO LOOK UPON THOSE PEOPLE AND MADE THEM MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU AND I…DONT TAKE TAKE ME WRONG I LOVE WILLIAM I GREW UP WITH HIM..GREW UP WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY…ON THE NEWS..LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD…the thing is this…..why are they so specials??? where do they come from,that we should GET DOWN ON OUR KNEES AND KISS THE RING???? yep this is the family,left… to keep it alive…????but have to tell you this…I.. even if i dont agree, they are exactely like you and me…but,there is always… a BUTT..

Tamara on

I paid to have mine done. Makeup photographs so differently than it looks in person, so I wanted to make sure it looked as good as possible both in-person and in my phhotos. I think I would have probably spent more if I’d had to buy all of the individual products my artist used (primers, etc). The bonus is that aside for anti-shine sheets and lipstick, I didn’t have to worry about touching up at all. It stayed put. My artist also made the valid point that even if you buy makeup, you may not have the products you need to say, counteract redness should you be red on your wedding day and require something with a yellow base to cover it. Those are eventualities I didn’t want to leave to chance. Hiring a pro was well worth the extra cost – even my uncle, a man of few words, complimented me on it.

megan on

she’s gorgeous, her dress and hair were gorgeous, but I thought the makeup was BAD! I mean the bright pink blush with the bright pink lips and then topped off by dark “I’m going out to the clubs” eye makeup!? It did not go with the look of her dress and hair and the whole wedding at all! she had a very elogent classy dress and hair and there was these barbie cheeks and lips and the eyes are by far the worst for the look of her dress & hair, way to dark and going to a clubish. IMO

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Emily on

Kate is gorgeous, but the brows are a bit overpowering. I think the dark, heavy brows take away from her look because they’re too noticeable. Her pink cheeks and lips are nice but could have been done better. If she was going for a simple, wholesome look, she hit the nail on the head. I agree that her liner is a little too dark as well. Personally I don’t love pink on brunettes so I’m probably being a little too critical. Overall she looked stunning.

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maya on

They looked gorgeous. Who cares if they did their own makeup or not? Jealous cows will always nitpick and PEOPLE seems to have a thing for building celebs up and then tearing them down. Pathetic. Most women I know do their own makeup for all occasions and look fabulous. We’re not a bunch of blooming idiots, we know how to change our look to suit the occasion.

Terri L. on

There was a time when women went to the cosmetics department at their local stores to learn how to apply makeup for day and special events. Now they have “makeup artists”. The difference is laziness. Women who learned how to apply their own makeup did so for decades. Having someone else do the work for you means you have to hire someone again when the next big event comes up (and most girls do not look like themselves, they look like they are made up for a special occasion). Doesn’t make much sense to me.

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jill on

I totally understand where Kate is coming from!!

I did my own wedding day make-up even though I was offered a free makeover from my neighbor who was a make-up artist. I just felt more comfortable doing it myself and it was very natural and felt like me!

Lola on

She had to slap it on heavier than normal so it would show in the pictures, camera, etc. I doubt she piles it on that heavy for every day. She looked great and it was brave to apply it herself for an event viewed by millions.

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I won’t get the look no matter what you do with makeup. I’m not willing to shave.

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The process to getting married was very open and sometimes intrusive, therefore it’s time to give this fine couple some private moments, although they are pulic figure; Who isn’t ?

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Sarah S. on

I am super impressed that Kate did her own makeup (and saved some serious money as well!) I would have eased up a bit on the darkness of her brows and eyeliner, but other than that she was an absolutely gorgeous bride!

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Kala Dwarakanath on

The only problem with doing one’s own makeup for a major occasion is that it’s hard to achieve the exact same look on both eyes and cheeks. I rather liked Kate’s dark eye makeup. I think that’s what made her look stunning! I am really curious as to how her lipstick stayed put the whole time, even after the kiss! I liked the muted look on her lips. In my experience, even the so-called long-wearing lipsticks disappear after some time. Any advice?
I thought her hair looked a bit darker and shorter, and that contributed to her stunning looks that day. In fact, I feel she must wear it a bit darker and shorter every day—say, a slightly darker shade of brown and hair hitting just below her shoulders.
I didn’t much care for Pippa, though. She should go easy on the tan.

kmom on

Too heavy on the eyeliner! Gave her a harsher look. Should be maybe smokey gray or brown and definitely smudged out a little.

Her face was done beautifullyt, though.

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marissa on

She needs a make over. Her hair , eyebrows and skin always look great. However, she often ruins her look by making the lower lash-line look harsh. All she needs to do say goodbye to eyeliners for the lower lash-line and dip an angle brush in a contour eye shadow. This will give her a more natural, stunning look. The only harsh line should be on the upper lash-line, although that one can also be more subtle if smudged. by an angle brush.
She could use a few make up lessons from make up artist Carmindi

marissa on

She needs a make over. Her hair always look great and so does her skin. However, she often ruins her look by making the lower lash-line look harsh. All she needs to do say goodbye to eyeliners and dip an angle brush in a contour eye shadow. This will give her a more natural, stunning look. The only harsh line should be on the upper lash-line, although that one can also be more subtle if smudged.
She could use a few make up lessons from make up artist Carmindi.

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