Kate Middleton's Wedding Day Beauty Secrets

It's the royal wedding beauty scoop!
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It's the royal wedding beauty scoop!
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Did you get up at the crack of dawn to watch the royal wedding? Le sigh... even if you're not a "wedding person," you have to admit that Kate looked absolutely beautiful in her Sarah Burton dress. (OH at Westminster Abbey: William telling her those exact words as well!) I'm a huge fan of lace, as well as sleeves, so seeing the lacey sleeves made me very, very happy. (Can we PLEASE make this a trend instead of all those heavy-on-the-cleavage, nightclub-appropriate wedding gowns that were popular in the '00s?)

Keeping with the understated theme, of course, were Kate's rather excellent choices in hair, makeup and nails. Setting an example for brides everywhere, she hasn't gone for anything outrageous—like an elaborate updo or heavier-than-usual makeup—she just looks like herself, only better.

Let's take a closer look, shall we? Here are five fun facts to know about Kate's big day:

1. She did her own makeup.

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That's right! I'd heard before that she was a bit of an artiste, and had actually done it for her engagement announcement as well (after washing off the makeup artist's first attempt). Gurrrrl, I so identify—with maybe a handful of exceptions, I rarely am happy with professional makeup jobs, so I tend to do my own as well. After all, you know your own face best.

There's speculation that the prodz are Bobbi Brown, since Kate was spotted just days before the wedding purchasing eye makeup and other basics. I LOVE her defined brows, rosy cheeks (so important for that English rose look!) and soft pink lips. What I might have done differently: lighten up on the under-eye pencil. I liked it for the engagement, but prefer my wedding makeup a tad more subtle. I would've probably just kept the liner to the upper lash line. But, you know, that's just me being nit-picky—she still looks amazing!

2. Her hairstyle is called a "demi-chignon."

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I think I had a dream last night where I was really worried that Kate would wear her hair up. I'm serious. So what a relief it was to see her with it worn long and loose, which is her signature. (I don't think we've ever seen her with it up—have we?) I really wish more brides would consider their day-to-day hairstyle, because not only are most bridal updos quite cringey (see here), but they might not even be the bride's most flattering look. Then you end up with photos that don't even look like YOU.

This style—a "demi-chignon"—was fashioned by hairstylists James Pryce and Richard Ward of the Richard Ward salon in London, designed specifically to complement the diamond Cartier tiara (!!). It's the perfect upgrade from her usual style: long with soft waves, but pulled back around the face. Gorge!

PS: Kate's also a big fan of Kérastase in-salon hair treatments—I'm guessing she likes this one.

3. Oxygen is the secret to her radiant skin.

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And oh, maybe some good genetics as well. But rumour has it, Kate had an oxygen facial prior to her big day. If you've never tried one, they are an incredible treat—Madonna apparently loves the Intraceuticals treatments so much that she bought several machines for her personal use. Although the results only last a few days, having your skin infused with oxygen makes it look supremely plump, hydrated and glowy. (If you want to learn more, check out this ELLE Canada story I wrote about the trend a few years back.) Lots of derms and medispas offer them, so definitely keep that trick up your sleeve if you've got an upcoming wedding or special event of your own.

You can also use oxygen skincare: Kate apparently uses the Karin Herzog line, specifically the Professional Cleanser, the Vita-A-Kombi 1, the Vita-A-Kombi 3 Spot Zapper and the Oxygen Face Cream. I'm a fan of the Ling Oxygen Plasma Potion—it's great for all skin types.

4. She wore Bourjois Paris and Essie polishes on her nails.

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No surprises here that Kate went for an understated, almost-nude nail. (Can you imagine if she wore an actual colour? It would be shocking. The Queen would probably faint.) This non-colour is actually a blend of two polishes: Essie's Allure, a sheer, beige-pink...

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...and Bourjois Paris Rose Lounge, a light, milky pink:

All the better to show off that ring, right? (Was it just me or was he really struggling to get it on?)

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5. We can get in on the royal beauty action!

As you may have noticed, tons and tons of royal-themed beauty prodz have recently arrived—and they're a MUCH better way to celebrate than investing in a boring old mug or plate with their faces on it, yes?

Here are a few of my faves:

Butter London's No More Waity, Katey nail polish:

Vera Wang Preppy Princess fragrance:

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Bath & Body Works Royal Lip Glosses:

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Did you watch the royal wedding?
What did you think of Kate's wedding-day beauty look?
Would you do (or have you done) your own makeup on your wedding day?