The Duchess of Cambridge looked ‘younger and more stylish’ at the Royal Variety Performance last night thanks to a new, curly hairstyle and ‘English rose’ makeup look, experts have revealed.
Kate, 39, dazzled in a green sequin gown by Jenny Packham that she first wore on a 2019 tour of Pakistan as she joined Prince William at the the 94th annual performance, held at the Royal Albert Hall.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Laura Kay, Makeup Artist and Founder of Laura Kay London, explained she let her natural beauty shine through with ‘peachy fresh’ make-up enhanced with cream blush contour which left her complexion looking the ‘healthiest it has ever looked’.
Celebrity hairdresser and brand consultant Tom Smith added Kate’s ‘casual’ curls swept over one shoulder make her look ‘younger and more stylish’.
Style experts say the Duchess of Cambridge was a ‘true English rose’ at the Royal Variety Show last night as she let her natural beauty shine through with ‘peachy fresh’ make-up enhanced with cream blush contour which left her complexion looking the ‘healthiest it has ever looked’
Thrifty Kate, 39, cut a chic figure in a recycled custom floor-length green gown by Jenny Packham teamed with towering suede stiletto heels as she arrived at the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday evening
Her look certainly made an impression on royal fans, with hoards of excited social media users insisting Kate was looking ‘absolutely gorgeous’ and hailing her new hairstyle ‘stunning’.
The mother of-three, who looked positively glowing, donned a pair of £125 gold dangling earrings by Missoma, wearing no other jewellery than her engagement and wedding rings, and carried a simple green custom Jenny Packham clutch bag which complemented her outfit.
Laura explained that the Duchess used a warm cream blush and light bb cream with soft sheer coverage to create a stunning natural look while covering any minor blemishes.
‘Kate is dazzling. She looks like a true English rose with her natural beauty shining through’, she said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stood in the royal box as they sang the national anthem during the Royal Variety Performance
The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she was handed a beautiful posy during the star-studded event (pictured)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after watching the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall
Prince William speaks with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran after the Royal Variety Performance
Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London
‘Kate’s complexion is the healthiest it has ever looked in my opinion and her skin is flawless. Her skin is peachy fresh likely from the cold crisp air and enhanced with a cream blush contour across her cheekbones.
‘She has kept her makeup fresh with a bb cream (beauty balm) which gives a soft sheer coverage but is great for concealing any minor blemishes.’
Kate opted for a deep brown eyeliner which she smudged and defined her lashes with to create a dramatic eye look which perfectly complimented her dazzling emerald gown.
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After a couple of years of ghastly news, last night brought a joyous moment when the nation sat up and cried: ‘Wowsers, what a curl!’
The Duchess of Cambridge stepped forth at the Royal Variety Performance with a fabulous new side parting and lavish waterfall of curls.
Think Rita Hayworth meets a late ’80s/early ’90s supermodel – plus a massive dose of post-pandemic chic.
Oh, Kate, you pulled a blinder – and thousands of us will be seeking out the heated curlers in her wake. It is a moment she has been rehearsing for across a slow and steady ten years, only now to rise spectacularly to the occasion.
Now the old, safe, sensible Kate has vanished. In her place: Kate the sensation, the switch up in iconography marking a switch up in the seriousness with which she takes her job.
Waity Katie is no more. In her place, Weighty Kate, a global player with the epically glam do to go with it.
‘Overall, it is a very ‘undone’ look Kate is opting for’, she explained. ‘Her eyes are defined with a deep brown eyeliner and the corners are smudged in an outward flick to open them up and to perfectly compliment her evening look.
‘She also has a light silver/white eye shadow above her eyelid which reflects the light and her brows are filled in for high definition.
‘Her eye lashes have defined eyeliner especially underneath as you can see each individual hair is lightly coated in mascara. Kate opted for a glossy red lip to finish the look’.
When it came to her hair, stylist and brand consultant Tom says the Duchess eschewed her usual bouncy blow dry for a more casual and stylish side swept look, making her appear ‘more warm and lighthearted’.
‘This is a completely different hair look for Kate than we have ever seen her wear before, he said. ‘Not only is her hair swept over one shoulder in a clear statement but the texture of her hair is miles away from the traditional glossy blowdry we are used to seeing.’
He explained that the textured look had been carefully constructed to appear natural, giving a ‘much younger, more playful energy’ and that there’s been a ‘shift’ in how Kate’s image.
‘The texture of her curls have been carefully styled in, but has been designed to look almost like it could be her naturally curly hair’, he explained. ‘Her stylist will have used a smaller curling iron, taking fine sections and alternating the direction of the curl.
‘This gives more volume and a softer more natural look. The result gives off a much younger, more playful energy.
‘It’s interesting that the side swept style does not appear to be ‘pinned’ or secured over her shoulder — which would appear more regal and stiff, but instead Kate has simply swept her curls over her shoulder in a much more casual way than we have seen before.
‘There’s been a real shift in how Kate is being presented to us recently, she appears much more warm and lighthearted and looks younger, more stylish and more free. It definitely feels more authentic’.
Kate’s look certainly hit the right note for comedian Alan Carr who joked with Prince William that he was ‘not hitting on his wife’ after complimenting Kate.
Kate Middleton seen leaving the Royal Variety Performance 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Kate Middleton seen leaving the Royal Variety Performance 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall in London
The Duchess of Cambridge speaking to Anne-Marie after the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall
The royal couple were joined by Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, along with her brother James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet
The Duke of Cambridge speaking to Rod Stewart after the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall
The Duchess of Cambridge was given a flowers by 10-year-old Poppy Clee and Rowan Clarke on her arrival
The royal could be seen bending down and shaking hands with 10 year old Poppy Clee after she handed of a stunning bouquet of flowers
The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) could be seen singing the national anthem as she attended the annual star-studded show, which this year is hosted by Alan Carr
The event is in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (centre) arrive for the Royal Variety Performance
The Duchess of Cambridge speaking to Alan Carr after the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall
Greeting the Royals to the 94th annual performance, which this year was held at the Royal Albert Hall, host Carr said to the duchess: ‘You look absolutely beautiful.’
Addressing the duke, who looked smart in a classic navy suede tuxedo, the comedian added: ‘Sir, I am sure you do not know who I am but I am not hitting on your wife.’
Before the performance, a posy of flowers was presented to the duchess by ten-year-old Poppy Clee and the show programme was given to the duke by ten-year-old Rowan Clarke, who was asked what music he liked by William.
Last year, the charity event was held at the Blackpool Opera House in front of a virtual audience due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Duke of Cambridge speaking to Gregory Porter after the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall
The mother of-three sported a bolder make-up look than usual, opting for smoky eye-shadow which she set off with pink lipstick
The royal donned a pair of gold dangling earrings (pictured, left and right), wearing no other jewellery than her engagement and wedding rings, and carried a simple green clutch bag which complemented her outfit
Thrifty Kate cut a chic figure in a glamorous green gown by Jenny Packham which she first wore during an official tour of Pakistan in October 2019
Kate first wore the gown during an official royal tour of Pakistan in October 2019 (pictured, left) and right, at the Royal Variety Performance
The mother-of-three appeared to be in high spirits as she walked the red carpet on Thursday evening (pictured)
Life-President of the Royal Variety charity Laurie Mansfield said after last night’s show: ‘It is fabulous that it is back, doing entertainment for a full audience of 5,000 people. It is just remarkable in these times for the charity, it is a godsend.’ The duke and duchess watched performances by many famous faces including music from Years & Years, James Blunt, Elvis Costello, Gregory Porter and Anne-Marie.
The cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical, who are celebrating ten years in the West End, also performed at the charity event, as did the cast of Moulin Rouge The Musical and Cirque du Soleil.
Celebrating 100 years of Royal patronage, the Queen wrote a letter to the Royal Variety Charity sending her best wishes for the evening. The event is staged to raise money to help those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.
Kate’s embellished green gown (pictured, left and right) featured long sleeves, structured shoulders and crystal detailing around the neckline and waist
The mother-of-three who looked positively glowing carried a simple green clutch bag which complemented her outfit
Kate, who sported £125 Zenyu Chandelier Hoop Earrings by Missoma, was seen waving to wellwishers as she arrived in London
The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she spoke to guests at the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London
The mother of-three, who looked positively glowing, sported a bolder make-up look than usual, opting for smoky eye-shadow which she set off with pink lipstick.
She donned a pair of £125 gold dangling earrings by Missoma, wearing no other jewellery than her engagement and wedding rings, and carried a simple green custom Jenny Packham clutch bag which complemented her outfit.
The event is in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron.
The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who need help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. This year sees the centenary of the reigning Monarch being Patron, commencing with King George V in 1921.
The evening will be hosted by Alan Carr and will include performances from Ed Sheeran, Sir Rod Stewart and the cast of Matilda The Musical. Pictured, the royal couple
The Duchess of Cambridge smiled as she arrived alongside her husband Prince William this evening (pictured, left and right), before being joined by her parents and brother once inside
Prince William shook hands as his wife Kate watched on as the royal couple arrived for an evening of entertainment (pictured)
The royal couple were all smiles as they arrived at the event which takes place every year, either in London or in a theatre around the United Kingdom
Kate looked the picture of elegance and accessorised with a simple gold bag and pair of matching earrings
Kate looked the picture of elegance as she arrived in the embellished custom green gown (pictured)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William put on a very stylish display for the annual star-studded event (pictured)
The evening will be hosted by Alan Carr and will include performances from Ed Sheeran, Sir Rod Stewart, the cast of Matilda The Musical, Anne Marie, Years and Years, the cast of Cirque du Soleil, James Blunt, the cast of Moulin Rouge The Musical and Germany’s The Messoudi Brothers.
It will also feature performances from Gregory Porter and Elvis Costello, as well as a special collaboration by actress Keala Settle and the Some Voices choir.
In 2021, the Royal Variety Charity has continued to support members of the entertainment industry with its own nationwide grants scheme, assisting many people who have found this past year a particularly difficult one.
The Royal Variety Charity also continues to manage its own care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham.
The nursing and care staff have ensured that the home remains a place of safety, peace, and happiness for retired members of the entertainment industry.
The residents are now back showing off their own theatrical skills and even producing and performing their own stage shows.
On the night, Their Royal Highnesses will meet a number of performers as well as Royal Variety Charity and ITV executives, both before and after the show.