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The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a new, more ‘serious’ look for her first engagement of 2022, a beauty expert has explained.



Kate, 40, joined Prince William, 39, at the Foundling Museum in London yesterday, as they returned to in-person royal duties following a few weeks off over the festive season.


The mother-of-three, who has been patron of the museum since 2019, complimented her clothing choice of wide-leg black trousers, black polo neck jumper and a long-line navy coat, with a darker hair colour and toned-down makeup to create an overall ‘professional’ look, in contrast to the ‘Christmas glamour‘ of recent months.



While her makeup in the weeks leading up to Christmas was characterised by a bronzed glow and dewy skin, yesterday Kate enhanced her natural English rose complexion with just a touch of pink on the cheeks and a slick of lipstick.



Speaking to FEMAIL, Laura Kay, makeup expert and founder of Laura Kay London, added that she has swapped her richer, chestnut autumn locks for a single darker brown shade that reflects the sombre mood at the start of the year.



‘To kick off the New Year Kate has emerged with a completely toneddown appearance,’ Laura said. Her make-up is clean and fresh with a natural pink lip. Her matt foundation is quite powdery which contrasts against her new hair which is a dark brown block colour.



‘Her new hair colour looks very grown up and serious in comparison to her recent richer tones, but the soft waves make her look youthful.



‘Kate’s overall look is quite striking even though separate elements seem more reserved than we have seen lately
‘The powdered foundation might be to hide the appearance of dark circles under her eyes. The only heavy part of Kate’s look is the application of eye make-up.




‘Black or very dark brown eyeliner and eye shadow has been applied heavily with subtle blending to soften out. Kate is wearing thick mascara and her brows are brushed up and coloured in for effect.



‘To help her brows and eyes stand out she has applied white or lighter eye make-up above the folds of the eyes. This is a classic trick to reflect the light and helps flatter the face.
‘Kate is only wearing a small amount of pink powdered blusher and her cheek bones look fresh and rosy.

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‘Kate’s choices might be down to the daytime occasion as she may want to appear professional and natural looking – not too drastic or ‘overdone’ for the meeting.



‘Kate is wearing a face mask in some photos which could also be the reasoning behind her make-up choices as she doesn’t want too much transfer or smudging to occur.’

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a favourite pair of Jigsaw trousers for yesterday’s engagement with a blue coat from her wardrobe.


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