07.07.11 Beauty, Makeup

An Open Letter To Kate Middleton And Her Makeup

Darling Duchess,

Ever since you became betrothed to your beloved, we’ve all paid quite close attention to your appearance. Fashion-wise, we loved the white ruffled Reiss number! But beauty? Le sigh.

We have four words for you: Cher. Amber. Monet. Clueless. Get it?

Yes, you tend to look flawless in full-length snapshots—but sadly the close-up headshots give away your dirty little secret: you’re heavy-handed. That blush! That eyeliner! The horror! (Shame no one has the heart—or balls—to tell you.)

Correct us if we’re wrong, but did you not take a series of makeup lessons soon after Big Willy got on bended knee? Perhaps you skipped the ‘less is more’ lecture—allow us to briefly take you back to basics.

1) Lay off the liner. Heavy kohl is appropriate on occasion (like Halloween), but for high-profile events and official appearances, like the Epsom Derby, or Wimbledon, or the Queen’s birthday dinner, or a world-televised Royal Wedding (much like your own)—ABSOLUTELY NOT. And is that white pencil we see lining your waterline? Epic fail. Of insurmountable proportions.

But we digress.

If eyeliner is a must, just tone it down. Toss the black pencil—way too harsh against your delicate features, as is rimming (and re-rimming) your lower lash line. Opt for liquid chestnut brown instead; a thin, precise line applied at the base of your eyelashes will add subtle warmth and slight depth to your gorgeous gaze. And if you’re feeling sassy, flick it out a bit, à la Lauren Conrad—definitely not Amy Winehouse.

2) Don’t swirl the brush in the blush more than twice. A dab on the apples of your cheeks will do just fine—you needn’t sweep it all the way into your hairline.

3) See number one. And number two should you have a little extra time.

All things considered, you’re a good-looking dame. You could actually forgo 90% of the slap, as it makes you look a bit dated and much older. Other than that, two thumbs up—way up. (Though you may want to rethink the shimmering flesh-tone dancer tights.)

Your friends at Red Carpet Fashion Awards

P.S.—What do you think about her look? Should Kate rethink her makeup M.O.?

Credit: Getty

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203 Responses to An Open Letter To Kate Middleton And Her Makeup

  1. harris July 7, 2011 at 22:35 #

    i completely disagree. while it might be a bit much for someone going to sit behind a desk all day in the corporate world, she is being constantly photographed all day. sure it looks heavy close up, but in photographs (which she is applying it for, i’m sure), she looks flawless

  2. Caswell July 7, 2011 at 22:14 #

    I would have never noticed this unless pointed out, great job India-Jewel.

    I also want to commend you on writing an honest, from love, blog post. I feel like you’re being attacked a bit for your post, as it may be considered too harsh, but I think that the different viewpoint and extra spice you give this site adds so much value. Keep doing you!

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 22:17 #

      Thank you so much—I really appreciate it. I had no idea the Duchess was such an inflammatory topic.

      • mari July 8, 2011 at 21:11 #

        I liked the post, FC and India-Jewel! Ithink it was funny and yes, I think that the duchess really could have had a tattoo job or something. I would doubt it, somehow. I d think it is eyeliner, and she doesn’t need that much.
        Yes, she wears make up to be seen by people asisting at events, and what we get to see are the close ups of pictures, but that does not mean she HAS to use such a harsh colour on her eyes/cheeks.
        A lot of celebs, politicians, etc. wear make up for many events and it does not need to be a thick eyeliner. She may look older than she is, but she’s pretty and delicate looking, and this style makes her look older and hardens her eyes.
        Again, congrats on your blog. I hope you keep up bringing beauty contributions, FC, I just love them and having a renewed interest in make up and fashion after a long withdrawal from them.

  3. India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:55 #

    It’s unfortunate that you think my comments are snarky and rude—we’re simply having a discussion in which you and I will never see eye to eye on this. However, we’re thankful for your opinions.

  4. Annabel July 7, 2011 at 21:49 #

    Looks like she has a permanent eyeliner because her eyes look the same in every picture.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:59 #

      If so, that’s a shame. Some tattoos are removable though…

  5. FFT July 7, 2011 at 21:46 #

    To FC’s and India-Jewel’s defense. A similar article was published in the Telegraph, which is usually pro-royalist. Is this woman wrong for saying what she said as well?

    Therefore, I really don’t think this article was/is harsh. She’s just being honest. I’ve read quite a few articles about the Duchess of Cambridge, and in my view, the general consensus has been that she needs to lay off the eye-liner. It’s too harsh and it’s aging her A LOT, IMO. No one’s attacking her character, no one is calling her ugly. I find it strange how the media and lots of commenters tend to worship the ground this woman walks on, when in reality she’s just an regular girl who happened to marry a prince. Like any ole regular person, what’s wrong with fashion advice? Should she be immune from it, becasue she’s now a Dutchess?

    I particularly am not a huge fan of her style (it’s not that I don’t like her clothes, I just don’t think they’re always figure flattering and redundant). But Kate has been with Prince William for years and at the end of the day fashion/makeup constructive criticism comes with the territory. I’m kinda thinking she might be insecure about the “natural bags” she has under her eyes. She’s always had them (look at her childhood pics)…why not embrace them?

    • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 21:50 #

      Thank you FFT.

      Unlike many bloggers or online journalists I do engage a lot with my readers.

      This post came about because I had read many comments about this subject within every Kate post. So I took it to India for her professional opinion.

      • Sandie July 7, 2011 at 22:34 #

        What do you think of the tone of the article?

        • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 22:58 #

          I think if you are truly passionate about your craft, you speak from the heart.

      • FFT July 8, 2011 at 14:02 #

        You’re very welcome *hugs*. While yesterday was my first time visiting your blog (it’s FABULOUS btw with a lot of class and character :)), it was not the first time I read a debate about her eyeliner. Actually when you google her name and eyeliner, you’ll find tons of articles from both blogs and magazine websites,lol.

        But girlfriend, it looks like a can of worms have been opened, LOL (j/k)! WOW, at the 150+ comments! Atm, she’s the media’s darling and while she appears very sweet and approachable, I just don’t understand the wipe-the-drool-off-my-mouth coverage of her. But it’s here to stay for some time, which is unfortunate because she has a great canvas and could turn fabuluously chic. If this is to happen, commenters, writers, bloggers, stylists, etc. should not be afraid to tell it like it is. It comes with the territory of being in the public eye<3 <3

        Last thing, completely love and admire that you engage with your readers so frequently! It's very refreshing *thumbs up*

        • Fashion Critic July 8, 2011 at 14:36 #

          Thank you.

          Without my readers my site would be nothing x

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 22:13 #

      FFT rocks my socks!

  6. Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 21:40 #

    No hard feelings. Bye.

  7. Hannah July 7, 2011 at 21:36 #

    I know people are callign it condescending and rude or whatever, but I agree with this letter. she is a duchess/rincess, take your pick, not a pane of glass. I believe, or hope, that she ca take criticism and I feel that sugarcoating it adn sayign ooh perhaps a littl ebit less eyelienr here or there would be a ncie idea is too wishy washy. Her makeup is an easily fixable problem, and a very unneccessary problem, she is very pretty, but is ruinign it with fourteen tonnes of white and black eyeliner, blush in abundance, very strong brows and probably unneccessary heavy foundation. I think this has been calle for for ages so i am thankyful fc wrote it, hopefully the duchess will listen.

  8. Carmen July 7, 2011 at 21:16 #

    I could not agree more! When pictures of Kate at her royal wedding became surfaced on the internet, I thought, “Oh, what a gorgeous gown!” and the I saw her make-up. TOO MUCH BLUSH! I was later told that she did her own make-up. Explains. Kate Middleton, you are a beautiful girl! Stop caking on the make-up, it makes you look years older than you actually are.

  9. JT July 7, 2011 at 21:04 #

    I first thought that popped into my head when I saw the engagement photos of her and Will was “Oh God, she’s put liquid eyeliner on the bottom of her eyes…WHY?!” And when everything else looked so polished, hair looked great, clothes. I was shocked, such a rookie mistake. I’ve been waiting for someone to say something…It’s such a shame to see that she did it on her wedding day!

  10. GGGGGGGG July 7, 2011 at 20:36 #

    Im sorry in what pictures does her makeup look bad. Because Im not seeing it. In every picture I’ve seen she looks pretty to me. A little plain yes, she could use some color, but she looks pretty none the less.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:05 #

      Good thing beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  11. Laura July 7, 2011 at 20:31 #

    Kim Kardashian is the same age, and wears a ton of makeup and kohl line, but her skin sparkles and glows. You would not call Kim a washed up old housewife, would you? Kate looks like that, and she was blown away by the beautiful, glowing South African Charlene of Monaco. Charlene looked like a movie star ( Charlize) Theron or Grace Kelly ) Kate looks like your average washed up soccer mum from Surrey.

    Kate is not blessed with great DNA, her skin is grey, ashy , washed out and wrinkly. That is why her makeup looks bad.

    • Emi July 7, 2011 at 23:11 #

      I quite agree, if we look at the Middleton women they all look older, Pippa looks almost 40 for me… I’m not a fan of K. Kardashian but at least she has a good make up artist.

    • Luci July 8, 2011 at 14:40 #

      are we comparing Kate M with the kardashians?!
      you have a point, yet I cannot bear to agree that KK is the standard to look up to for KM, lol

      yeah charlene looked FANTASTIC on her wedding day

      • Elaine2 July 8, 2011 at 15:43 #

        I guess I don’t see what you all are seeing…..gray and wrinkled? Where? I certainly agree about all the eye liner, I’ve thought that ever since she came into the limelight. It looks BAD.

        Although Charlene is a beauty, she doesn’t look happy like Kate. I bet she knows that Albert is a real toad and that’s why she was crying at her wedding………

  12. Luiza July 7, 2011 at 20:28 #

    It’s really sad that such a beautiful woman can’t have her own style. She doesn’t have to be perfect, she has to be herself. I believe that she likes her make up that way, and that should be enough…

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:03 #

      We never said she should be perfect—no one is. She should, however, do better with her makeup, in our opinion. She can do whatever she wants, and we assume that she will…

  13. Jar July 7, 2011 at 20:25 #

    FC, I recently found your site and check it now multiple times a day. I really love your non-judgmental tone which never judges a person by their weight or height. Even when you criticize you are really so judgmental. How about when having guest posters, putting a byline stating the author of the post, that way when there is a difference in tone people realize that it isn’t you.

    • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 20:47 #

      Thank you Jar. I will take you suggestion onboard

      • Jar July 7, 2011 at 20:51 #

        Thanks FC!
        also I meant “so non-judgmental” in the 3rd line

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 00:11 #

      I agree with your comment on FC’s non-judgmental writing style. It’s really refreshing from other fashion sites. It is one of the things that make this site three or four times daily blog reading for me.

      • Fashion Critic July 8, 2011 at 00:16 #

        thanks Linda

  14. Laura July 7, 2011 at 20:23 #

    Native British women do not have good glowing skin. Say what you want about Paris hIlton and Kim K, but they glow and there makeup looks much better than Kate, who looks ( makeup and skin wise ) like your average housewife from Surrey. I am from London, but live in LA, everyone glows out here, and it not just because of surgery. It is lifestyle: Great food; great sunshine; good quality of life; fantastic products.

    Her and her sister are my age, but I look 16 ( THanks to my West African DNA ) and they look 45 plus ….All grey and haggered.

  15. laura D July 7, 2011 at 19:45 #

    The reason she wears her makeup a bit heavy (I think) is right there in the opening of the letter – “Yes, you tend to look flawless in full-length snapshots”

    She is aware she is being constantly photographed, often with harsh flashbulbs going off, and observed from a distance. The look is a bit like stage makeup, designed to look good from a little distance.

    I do agree, however, that this is an outdated approach to high-profile celebrity makeup, with so many clever and more subtle makeups available which are better designed for high-definition images.

    I also agree, that I don’t come to this blog and expect snarky and rude.

    • Badaboum July 7, 2011 at 20:20 #


    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 20:59 #

      Cardinal rule #1: Expect anything. Remember, the devil was once an angel. —James de la Vega

  16. Lori July 7, 2011 at 19:29 #

    I agree 300% with the post. It is all I can talk about with my friend and fellow Kate-lover. She ‘s so pretty, and makes so many right moves, but as soon as I heard she was doing her own make-up for the wedding, I knew she was one of those people who is addicted to eyeliner and will not listen to reason. She feels naked without her eyeliner and will probably never give it up. But she should! She really really should! It’s aging her!

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 20:57 #

      She’s naturally pretty—she’d be even prettier if she toned it down.

      • Lori July 8, 2011 at 03:50 #

        holla! come visit any time India-Jewel.

  17. Jen C July 7, 2011 at 18:58 #

    love, love, LOVE this post! absolutely hilarious, couldn’t have put it better myself. she’s a pretty girl but way too heavy handed with the slap. hopefully we’ll see the chancellor include ‘make-up artist for princess catherine’ in next year’s budget xx

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 20:57 #


  18. Pearls July 7, 2011 at 18:56 #

    I am a little surprised by the tone and even the content of this post. I am big fan of the blog because it usually avoids this type of criticism. And I think it would be bad taste even if it were directed at Paris Hilton or any other celebrity.

    • anamika July 7, 2011 at 19:12 #


    • Luci July 8, 2011 at 14:43 #

      IMO, I think the tone of this post was very respectful.

  19. Nia July 7, 2011 at 18:50 #

    Aw come on, the commentary was not that mean – I have read so much worse on other blogs. Furthermore, I think what was said can be treated as an open letter to all women, (not just the Duchess), who are a bit heavy-handed with the liner, blush, etc. These are mistakes many women make and come from lack of experience about make-up and they might appreciate learning a tip or two.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 20:56 #

      I’m wondering what kind of fairytale, lollipop lands these people live in… This post is mean? Far from it.

  20. rj July 7, 2011 at 18:35 #

    I fully agree! And Since she takes her hirdresser with her-why not a makeup artist? She looks old beyond her years and the makeup doesnt help.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:17 #

      Ding, ding, ding!!!

  21. A July 7, 2011 at 18:24 #

    Agree with the content, but do not like the packaging. Criticism is perfectly fine, especially when it’s founded, but there’s no point in expressing it this way. These are mistakes that come from a lack of experience not from trashiness or vulgarity, therefore they should not be addressed in the same way.

    • Ines July 7, 2011 at 19:38 #

      “These are mistakes that come from a lack of experience”
      Untrue. If you’ve followed Middleton for 10 years you’d know that she has ALWAYS applied make up like that. That’s why I KNEW she did her wedding make up by herself. For her tour she didn’t want a stylist nor a make up artist she just took her hairstylist with her. Some of us even wondered if her and her sister had this eyeliner tatooed…. And now I am starting to believe it! I have NEVER seen her without.

      • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:09 #

        Excellent point! Could she have a bad tattoo job? Now that’s a good story!

      • anne July 7, 2011 at 22:03 #

        omg, that it’s a brilliant idea with the tattoo. I’ve just googled it and I couldn’t find one picture without that eyeliner…and it looks identical in every picture…

  22. hally July 7, 2011 at 18:16 #

    the makeup is not even an issue to me because i find it hard to get over how ridiculously tan all the middleton women are. they have surpassed the “healthy sun kissed glow” stage and all look like they’re burning to a crisp. they look ridiculous, especially because they live in england!!! not brazil, hawaii, or the caribbean. i live in california and the only people here who have any business being that dark are surfers. i shouldn’t even be able to think about comparing a royal to cast members of the jersey shore, but if this continues i can and will!

  23. ullis July 7, 2011 at 18:13 #

    THANK YOU! lets hope Catherine is an avid fan of yours and reads this and learns one thing or two

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 22:14 #

      Fingers crossed!

  24. noo July 7, 2011 at 18:12 #

    oh god, i thought i was the only one who hated the liner 😀 she of all people should know what a difference a beauty team makes, she should hire a make up artist to make her make up as flawless as james price makes her hair!

  25. Elaine July 7, 2011 at 17:58 #

    LOL…….I agree totally. That eyeliner is detracting from her beauty. Great article, as always!

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 22:05 #

      Thanks Elaine!

  26. GGG July 7, 2011 at 17:45 #

    This is mean. I love this site because it’s never snarky, just accurate. But this is too much sacrasm and nastiness… I much prefer the way FC writes. Whomever this person is who wrote this piece, your tone is way off for this site.

    The Duchess seems like a lovely, normal young woman who wears things more than once and does her own make-up. She’s not trying to be a model or celebrity or WAG so let’s not treat her like one.

    • Zarin July 7, 2011 at 18:18 #

      I agree with you. I don’t see why people keep saying that she should look a certain way and have all these makeup artists at her disposal. The fact that she appears quite ordinary is what I like the most. And if she wears a little too much eyeliner – and I won’t lie, sometimes it is quite heavy -, I don’t see why it has to become an international incident.

      • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 18:33 #

        But hasn’t everything she’s done, worn, said plus the misspelling in a letter, ALL become an international incident?

        • GGG July 7, 2011 at 19:45 #

          FC we love you and we love this site! If you want to include an open letter about make-up improvements, I get it. But this is just mean and the tone is so harsh. Doesn’t seem like you. Obviously I don’t know you personally, but it seems like you’re about the fashion and the art – not the anonymous sarcastic tone that comes on so many blogs. You know?

          • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 20:06 #

            It wasn’t me. It was written by India-Jewel

            I have no knowledge on beauty which is why I asked beauty expert India to share her opinions on this topic, since so many people had complained about Catherine’s makeup in the comment.

            Until then I hadn’t even noticed the heavy eyeliner to be honest.

            As you know I’m more into fashion.

            As me about fashion and I have a chance. As me about makeup and I wouldn’t have a clue.

            I rarely wear make-up myself unless it’s mascara to cover my white eyelashes.

    • Luisa July 7, 2011 at 20:04 #

      Hmm, she’s nothing if not a celebrity. What exactly is the point of Royalty? They live off your tax money, for the sole purpose of representing, being the face of you country, taking pictures and cutting ribbons.
      The face of England doesn’t need to be this heavy handed, tbh.

      • GGG July 7, 2011 at 20:12 #

        Um, if you have such an issue with the Royals, talk to your local politician and get politically active. Don’t be nasty on a fashion website.

      • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 22:12 #

        LOL love this Luisa!

    • Badaboum July 7, 2011 at 20:05 #

      I agree, this is disrespectful and condescending.
      I really don’t really see the point of this post…

      • Badaboum July 7, 2011 at 20:10 #

        I mean:
        I am not a big fan of her make up either, but the post is unnecessary: “She’s not trying to be a model or celebrity or WAG so let’s not treat her like one”.

        • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:36 #

          She is ABSOLUTELY a celebrity. What non-celebrity has a private plane and royal bodyguards?! We as individuals will treat her as we see fit—you can treat her like the second coming, and we’ll treat her like a Glamour Don’t.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:40 #

      Then by your own admission, you should love this post—it’s accurate. We’re merely pointing out the obvious. It’s fine that she does her own makeup, she should just aim to do it a bit BETTER.

      • Badaboum July 7, 2011 at 22:22 #

        What I dislike is the tone, just like in all your replies in this post: condescending. agressive, snarky, arrogant and uncalled for.

        • Angela July 8, 2011 at 03:40 #

          I wholeheartedly agree — while the points are quite valid, the tone of the writing is distasteful. There are far better ways to deliver the same message without coming across like a common trashy fashion column. India-Jewel: if you were to meet Kate face-to-face to advise her on her makeup, would you use the phrase “epic fail” in your conversation with her? This is not so much an open letter as it is an attempt to cheaply pull laughs.

          At the end of the day, you are free to write as you please, but you can do better than this bit of disappointment.

    • molly July 7, 2011 at 22:36 #

      I dont think that this was written to be snarky. Just helpful…heck, its making me think about how I wear my eyeliner 🙂

  27. Linda July 7, 2011 at 17:42 #

    I can’t imagine why someone in her position wouldn’t just try out a bunch of makeup artists until she finds one she likes and then go to town with them. These pics are not going to get lost in a drawer somewhere, they’re a part of history now. Why not use what’s at your disposal to look the best you can look?

    • Linda July 7, 2011 at 17:44 #

      Upon second glance, I suppose you could say it’s endearing that she’s just a regular kind of girl doing her own makeup thing. But I still think it’s a mistake.

      • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:50 #

        It is endearing that she does her own—I agree with that.

    • Barbara July 7, 2011 at 21:35 #

      So true. I always say that! You can be good in many things but not all and with her position she should find some help. Reaaaally can’t understand her :(((

      PS- Letizia from Spain always has an amazing makeup!

  28. Samantha July 7, 2011 at 17:40 #

    I don’t really like the way she does her bottom eyeliner but I don’t think it’s notably bad. I love the way she does her bronzer and blush. She definitely doesn’t wear as much make-up as a lot of people in Hollywood and I thought the tone of this article was harsh. To each their own though!

  29. Mario July 7, 2011 at 17:32 #

    India-Jewel. You’re my new idol. Full Stop.
    And big thanks from everyone to FC for letting this letter get posted, I’m sure it would change many things if Catty actually reads it 😉

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:28 #

      Awwwwww thank you!

  30. LizLemooooon July 7, 2011 at 17:29 #

    YASSSSS to the wonderful person who wrote this! I’m sure you’re going to catch some flack for being so straight talking but I don’t know why there’s a need to treat her deferentially it’s not like she’s your mother or something.
    Anyway I totally agree with everything you said and I cannot believe in 2011 a DUCHESS has make up like that. Man even the Kardashians have better make up than her.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:21 #

      Work for that YAAASSSSSSSSS!

  31. moja31 July 7, 2011 at 17:05 #

    A thousand times YES!! And if she’s no longer doing her own face, she needs to fire whoever is. As for the tone of the post, it’s blunt but fine; she may have married into royalty but she’s not a deity, and needn’t be treated as such.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:30 #

      Exactly! Kate Middleton is human and her questionable taste level and choices are absolutely up for debate.

  32. justine r July 7, 2011 at 16:56 #

    I like her make-up exept for this heavy eye-liner. And I have also noticed that Pippa has the same tendency

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:23 #

      Perhaps they get it from their mother? Carole has the same makeup M.O.—bronzer, liner, blush times 10.

  33. Jenny July 7, 2011 at 16:42 #

    THANK YOU. The makeup, whatevs. BUT THE SHIMMERY NUDE PANTYHOSE?????? So bad. So 70s. She also looks way too tan. Does she use a ton of bronzer?

  34. Tatiana July 7, 2011 at 16:41 #


    The black eyeliner, and especially the WHITE eyeliner drives me insane!!!! I know it’s used for brightening up tired eyes, but she could do the same with a nude eyeliner! Plus, the effect of “brightening up tired eyes” is lost on her because she’s so heavy handed with the non-smudged BLACK eyeliner!!!!. Sometimes she looks a bit like she fingerpainted her makeup on from how heavy it is!! Oh, and for the royal wedding, the makeup she wore aged her A LOT on t.v. if you ask me :S. I swear, even her mom wore better “blushing bride” make up than her that day! Up close, the girl looks like a hot mess from how fake looking and heavy her makeup is. MAAAAYBE she could keep it for night only, but for daytime it looks too cakey and not fresh or light at all (which would suit her better! For example, some subtle brown or gold eyeshadow and rosy pink blush & lips). That’s just my two cents, I hope people don’t take it so personally, but a woman in her position (being photographed a lot, meeting important people, etc.) should be put together from afar and especially from UP CLOSE!

    DITTO on the shimmery, fleshtone dancer tights too btw! Catherine darling, you’re NOT 60 years old yet, so quit dressing like one! (ladies who lunch anyone?)

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:52 #


  35. D July 7, 2011 at 16:36 #

    hum i just think she always looks a bit older than her real age…

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:52 #

      Such a shame, isn’t it?

    • elena July 7, 2011 at 17:28 #

      Yes she defenetly does!!!

  36. june July 7, 2011 at 16:29 #

    seriously, that’s a bit harsh. her eyeliner’s heavy, and should be softened (changing colour, smudged, etc), but her makeup’s usually pretty neutral and considering the kind of makeup we see around, she is way, way better at that stuff than a lot of celebrities.

    (also, when is lauren conrad considered good fashion advice?)

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:36 #

      LC does helm two considerably successful fashion lines, plus she penned a best-selling style book… But I digress—the LC reference above is about beauty. Not fashion…

  37. perfumeorpoison July 7, 2011 at 16:29 #

    i agree on the lower eyeliner.

  38. Lily July 7, 2011 at 16:28 #

    Let’s pick her apart more. Where should we start next?

    Her make-up is currently plastered on because she is having thousands of pictures of her being taken each and every day. She looks fabulous in the rain, while rowing a boat, etc. And it’s obvious to see why she highlights what she does…

    Let’s face it, unlike other famous people, Kate wasn’t picked up on the street as a fashion model. She’s not an actress whose job it is to look pretty. She’s a normal girl-next-door-pretty girl who fell in love with a prince at university. To suddenly expect her to be a gorgeous fashionista with perfect hair, nails, shoes, clothes, make-up is ridiculous. We’re just lucky William fell in love with someone halfway decent looking and classy. He didn’t have to.

    And long as she feels pretty and comfortable in her own skin, that’s what matters. Apparently, she re-did the make-up for her engagement photos done by the professional artist because she didn’t like it and didn’t feel like herself. That says something.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:39 #

      Just because it “says something” doesn’t mean it says the right thing… Let’s call a spade, a spade—she chose to step in the limelight, and marry a high-profile man. Her look should fit the bill, ESPECIALLY if she insists on going it alone and doing it all herself.

      • Roberta July 7, 2011 at 17:49 #

        India got it all right. The Duchess is a beautiful woman and it would be lovely if she learned how to make the best of her features. It is learn-on-the-job for the Duchess though and it might take a bit of time for her to really get it. It was very much the same with Diana.

      • Kristen July 7, 2011 at 22:57 #

        Really? She “chose” to step into the spotlight? Come on. She went to University and fell in love and she’s making a massive sacrifice to stick with him. The sacrifice includes nasty posts like this.

        Really, I think the sense of aggravation among beauty and fashion bloggers for this girl which has rapidly been approaching disdain and disgust has gone too far. They want her to be the perfect Hollywood starlet. Well, she’s not one.

        She’s also representing a centuries-old institution which still has rules – including wearing pantyhose, closed toed shoes and not being flashy. Look it up. She’s more akin to an executive in a company, than a Hollywood star.

        Yesterday she met people whose lives have been torn apart by a wild fire. She purposely repeated clothes so they weren’t the story, did her own make-up and guess what? She made those people happy. They cried. They were grateful someone cared. She brought attention to the area. THAT’S her job. Who cared about what her make-up looked like? Only fashion/beauty bloggers who are confused about her job.

        • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 23:14 #

          Thanks for your comment.

          So would you prefer it if I stopped writing about her altogether?

          When she repeated her looks, my title was Kate Loves J Brand.

          It wasn’t “Kate can’t be bothered to switch things up”…like us she wears things often and she’s known to repeat, like Anna Wintour, like Michelle Obama.

          Yes she’s under considerably pressure, but the bottom line is we WANT to see her looking her best. So where is the malice in that?

          I’ve moaned for years about Jennifer Aniston wearing black and she second she stepped out of her box and wore a printed dress for the first time, one of the comments was “Come to your senses, Fashion Critic.”

          Yes the dress was a tad frumpy, but if I had said that the backlash would’ve been, “she’s finally wearing colour, why are you complaining.”

          Damn if I do, damned if I don’t.

          One thing I’ve learnt in the 4 and a half years I’ve been blogging is that you can’t please everyone, no matter how hard you try, no matter how late you stay up covering the Oscars.

        • Mea June 18, 2014 at 21:34 #


    • mikeijames July 7, 2011 at 18:22 #

      at first, the post did take me aback a little as the duchess has done better than many other notables thrust into the limelight by virtue of marriage — athletes’ wives, the spouses of celebrities, the other halves of prominent politicians, et al — but i realize that the criticism does come from a place of love. or at least, i hope so. i believe the future queen’s beauty look holds up from a distance as noted in the post, but when captured up close, one can see areas that need improvement.

      i think her beauty regimen will improve with time just as her fashion choices have begun to do so.

      • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:25 #

        It absolutely came from love—thank you for realizing that.

  39. mon July 7, 2011 at 16:25 #

    Agree 2005. Thnx for tellin her!!! 😉 Now lets wait and see the change.. as im sure she reads this website!

  40. Marina July 7, 2011 at 16:20 #

    totally agree! her makeup is always a mess!

  41. Betty Brandenburg July 7, 2011 at 16:19 #

    That made my chuckle. Cruel but fair.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 20:34 #

      My sentiments exactly!

  42. Sandie July 7, 2011 at 16:14 #

    OMG…I can’t believe what I’ve just read….:((((

    Really, guys???

    • GGG July 7, 2011 at 17:46 #

      I agree. Way to snarky and nasty for this site. Go write for “The Cut.”

      • Yasmine July 7, 2011 at 19:37 #

        I love this blog

        but i have to agree about this post the tone is really off, and i don’t think its only because she is a Duchess and married to a prince. numerous times the posts are like this towards Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton but FC your tone is NEVER like this (and i understand its written by another expert beauty editor) but none the less i never felt it to be disrespectful. just my opinion.

        • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 19:39 #

          Would you like me to remove the post?

        • Sonia Shaban Ali July 7, 2011 at 21:15 #

          I know its your blog and you have every right to post whatever/whoever you like. However, this blog tends to be kind and directed only towards people’s fashion choices, not their personal appearance (or makeup). I personally thought it was offensive; something I’ve never felt while reading this website. It’s totally up to you whether if you want to keep it as it is YOUR website.

          • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 21:19 #

            Thank you. I will pass your comments onto the beauty editor

        • Yasmine July 8, 2011 at 08:23 #

          haha thats up to you. As a regular reader i would much rather fashion criticism the way its done in your other posts. (and by that i mean involving a bit of humour but mostly actual fashion content)

          for me this post serves as a reminder why i come here for fashion news instead of a fashion magazine, a magazine’s website, or another blog. One of the reason’s is precisely the lack of “snarky” or “cruel” humour, it adds a certain sophistication and credibility to you’re opinion.

      • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:16 #

        GGG, Perhaps one day I will—j’adore Ms. Amy Odell. Though having written for several American publications, such as InStyle, Cosmo, Shape, Seventeen, Ladies Home Journal, and many more, I’ve mastered the art of writing in several different voices and tones. Thanks for the career suggestion though!

  43. Vidhya July 7, 2011 at 16:14 #

    that made me ROFL.. 🙂

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:07 #


  44. mm July 7, 2011 at 16:14 #

    First read of this, i am like give the girl a break.
    looking closely she could forgo the lower liner. But I appreciate that her make up is pretty natural. She is a gorgeous girl.

  45. Raquel July 7, 2011 at 16:13 #

    Yes!! Thank you for that, FC. The eyeliner drives me completely crazy, because on the lower line/lashes it ages her A LOT and make her whole expression a tad harsh. Black eyeliner can be used, she just doesn’t know how – and it runs in the family because the same applies to Mamma Middleton and Pippa. If she just smoked the black eyeliner, the effect would be so much more modern and cool. And a beige eyliner in the waterliner would do wonders for her.

    All those royals, she could take a look at Maxima from the Netherleands. She *always* wear eyeliner – including black on som occasions -, is a good ten years older, and looks good wearing eyeliner!

    • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 16:20 #

      This was written by beauty expert India-Jewel

      • Bethany July 7, 2011 at 16:52 #

        Ha! Thanks for that explanation. I was wondering why you changed your name from Fashion Critic. Good to see you’ve kept FC because I am a huge fan.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:55 #

      You are right! All three of the Middleton women overdose on bronzer, blusher, and eyeliner. Damn shame.

      • Jen July 8, 2011 at 03:42 #

        I was surprised I didn’t see more remarks about how orange Pippa was for the wedding.

  46. Lori July 7, 2011 at 16:09 #

    The duchess could tone down for daytime, but you are being a bit harsh

    • Manja July 7, 2011 at 16:48 #

      agrre with Lori,it is a bit harsh,since FC usually do not use that tone on this blog I was surprised by this Letter.maybe it is all true,I never paid much att to her makeup,but maybe colude’ve been put in nicer words.

      • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 16:58 #

        Manja, this was written by Beauty Editor India-Jewel.

        She is very qualify to talk about this subject.

        Whilst it may appear harsh it comes from place of beauty know-how.

        Would you say this was harsh had it been directed to Britney Spears or Paris Hilton?

        The comments about the Duchess’ make-up have been echoed in many of comments which is why I asked for India’s advice as an expert to clarify if those comments were justified in her expert opinion.

        • kit July 7, 2011 at 18:53 #

          I totally agree with Lori & Manja, I read this blog without fail every day and what I love is that you never personally attack anyone. this post is so condescending.

        • justme July 7, 2011 at 22:48 #

          My thoughts exactly. If it was someone else, it would be fine and people would be laughing. But apparently, Jesus 2.0, I mean, Catherine is too precious for some advice who actually comes from a genuinely good place.

        • mol July 7, 2011 at 23:19 #

          I wonder if the defensive position of many here is coming more from the fact that the Duchess is someone new in her position and less because they want to defend ‘royalty’ per se. No one thinks twice about being rude about Paris Hilton or Britney Spears because they have consistently gone after a certain kind of media attention – they are surrounded by mean spirited remarks in great part because of their antics in public which seem to invite this approach. I’m not a royalty defender, but it does seem as if William and Kate are about something different than Paris and the like, and so perhaps people feel stung by the tone of India-Jewel’s somewhat flippant tone….she’s right on the mark but they don’t like the delivery…..Anyway, I think it’s good that there is controversy around this, makes people think a bit and perhaps differentiate amongst the various media watched personnas….

          • Fashion Critic July 7, 2011 at 23:54 #

            Thanks Mol, you make several great points so thank you for that x

        • manja July 8, 2011 at 17:27 #

          Dear FC I still think,and from other comments I see i am not the only one,that it was too harsh and so out of place on Your blog.I love your blog and read it on daily basis for years now,and the thing I like most is that your are never rude or condescending,and you never personally attack anyone,and I like your way,if you understand what I mean.Sorry for the bad english,not my native language.I too agree with Mol,good points.

      • Joy July 8, 2011 at 08:49 #

        I was a bit surprised by the harshness of this critical letter too. Yes, Catherine might be dated in her overall style but obviously William doesn’t see this as a fault. I think she is a gorgous girl. Face it, not everyone can be a risk taker fashion wise. If she was taking more risks we would be chastizing her for that as well. I think this is her style, deal with it and we can find MANY nice things to say about it. I guess if you were a makeup artist, Catherines mistakes might be a major issue. But for me, this letter was a bit mean.

  47. Elizabeth July 7, 2011 at 16:09 #

    ….did you just give the Duchess of Cambridge advice on how makeup ” à la Lauren Conrad”?

    Epic fail.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:25 #

      I’m merely suggesting that she should look to Lauren Conrad on how to expertly apply liquid eyeliner while still looking youthful—LC’s makeup always looks fantastic. Shame we can’t say the same about your Duchess. (And FYI, British royal titles mean absolutely nothing to Americans.)

      • Lisa July 7, 2011 at 23:52 #


        Will and Kate are simply celebrities here. I’m from Canada, a commonwealth country, and even here we’re kinda detached from the idea of “royalty”. We just love them and especially the whole love story.

      • Ahot July 10, 2011 at 09:48 #

        India, don’t let them get you! You are not supposed to sugar your opinion, & if they don’t like it… doesn’t matter :).
        I love it when FC invite experts to do a post on her blog. It’s refreshing, fun way to spice things up. I hope you’ll come again. By the way, i love your tone, it was not disrespectful at all. Right on point. lol

    • JessNess July 7, 2011 at 16:27 #

      Royalist much?

      Her make-up is an Epic Fail

    • justme July 7, 2011 at 22:44 #

      Say what you want about Lauren (I probably agree tbh lol) but the girl doesn’t walk around like Stevie Wonder did her make up. No disrespect to Kate but I’m saying.

  48. SSolo July 7, 2011 at 16:08 #

    Finally! I’ve been waiting for someone to call her out on this! Shes a lovely looking lady but she looks completely dated and much older than her years with all that badly applied slap. And dont even get me started on them tights, it seems to be a fad with ladies of a certain status, and its not doing them any favours. Some subtle, classic eyeliner, dewy tinted moisturiser and a slick of light pink gloss would be perfect.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:27 #

      That would be a fantastic day-to-day look for her.

  49. Leti July 7, 2011 at 16:07 #

    Amen. I whole-heartedly agree, especially as to the ever present heavy eyeliner. I have found it a distraction since day one, but most especially on her wedding day.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:02 #

      Sadly, those photos will live in infamy forever. Gorgeous gown though!

      • Lee Ann July 7, 2011 at 21:19 #

        I have been saying what you wrote from the get go. Well said

  50. HM July 7, 2011 at 16:00 #

    She might want to go easier on the brow pencil while she’s at it.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 16:26 #

      Roger that! Nothing’s worse than being over-blushed and under-plucked.

    • anamika July 7, 2011 at 17:32 #

      about the brown pencil….do you really this it would make her look at her best?
      Or wouldn’t her’s eyes look too much natural or as we say here in France “Nude”
      What’s so bad with the black eyeline or powder or pencil?
      does it look vulgar?
      Am dying for you debate that with me.

      • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 21:00 #

        Pipe down doll. So not that serious. Is the Duchess this invested in you as you are in her? Thought not.

        • Riri July 8, 2011 at 00:11 #

          Just like you have the right to post your opinions which I both agree (she sometimes tends to look aged) and disagree with (her makeup looks pretty average to me), others should feel they have the right to argue against it. There is no need to be so condescending and catty.

    • linda August 8, 2011 at 18:40 #

      Stay just as you are Kate. You are lovely, fresh and fit best with the rest of the world!

    • FORGOT PASSWORD August 9, 2011 at 06:06 #

      Response to *HM* – My sisters and I have been commmenting from the beginning about Catherine’s “eyebrowness”. Not so bad if she wants to keep brow mane, maybe use lighter brow color.

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