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July 7, 2011 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.)

xxxo,
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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415 Responses to An Open Letter To Kate Middleton And Her Makeup

  1. Guest July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      “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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      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…

  2. Guest July 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    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!

  3. Guest July 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      Fingers crossed!

  4. Guest July 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    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!

  5. moja31 July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    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 9:30 pm #

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

  6. Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks Elaine!

  7. justine r July 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    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 9:23 pm #

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

  8. Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

      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.

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

      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?

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

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

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      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”.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      LOL love this Luisa!

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

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

    • Guest July 8, 2011 at 2:40 am #

      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.

  9. Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    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?

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      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!

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

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

  10. Jenny July 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    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?

  11. Tatiana July 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    AMEN, SISTER!

    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 4:52 pm #

      LOL!

  12. Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    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!

  13. D July 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

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

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      Such a shame, isn’t it?

    • elena July 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

      Yes she defenetly does!!!

  14. Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    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 😉

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      Awwwwww thank you!

  15. Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      Work for that YAAASSSSSSSSS!

  16. june July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    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 4:36 pm #

      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…

  17. perfumeorpoison July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    i agree on the lower eyeliner.

  18. Lily July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    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 4:39 pm #

      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 5:49 pm #

        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 10:57 pm #

        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 11:14 pm #

          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 9:34 pm #

          AGREED!!

    • mikeijames July 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

      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 9:25 pm #

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

  19. mon July 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

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

  20. Marina July 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    totally agree! her makeup is always a mess!

  21. Betty Brandenburg July 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    That made my chuckle. Cruel but fair.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

      My sentiments exactly!

  22. Sandie July 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

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

    Really, guys???

    • GGG July 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

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

      • Yasmine July 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

        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 7:39 pm #

          Would you like me to remove the post?

        • Sonia Shaban Ali July 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

          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 9:19 pm #

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

        • Yasmine July 8, 2011 at 8:23 am #

          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 9:16 pm #

        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!

  23. Vidhya July 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    that made me ROFL.. 🙂

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

      😉

  24. mm July 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    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.

  25. Raquel July 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    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 4:20 pm #

      This was written by beauty expert India-Jewel

      • Bethany July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

        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 4:55 pm #

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

      • Jen July 8, 2011 at 3:42 am #

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

  26. Lori July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

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

    • Manja July 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      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 4:58 pm #

        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 6:53 pm #

          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 10:48 pm #

          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 11:19 pm #

          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 11:54 pm #

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

        • manja July 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

          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 8:49 am #

        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.

  27. Elizabeth July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

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

    Epic fail.

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      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 11:52 pm #

        +1

        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 9:48 am #

        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 4:27 pm #

      Royalist much?

      Her make-up is an Epic Fail

    • justme July 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

      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.

  28. SSolo July 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    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 4:27 pm #

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

  29. Leti July 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    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 9:02 pm #

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

      • Lee Ann July 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

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

  30. Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

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

  31. HM July 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

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

    • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

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

    • anamika July 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

      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?
      nude?
      ordinary?
      stupid?
      Am dying for you debate that with me.
      regards

      • India-Jewel July 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

        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 12:11 am #

          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 6:40 pm #

      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 6:06 am #

      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.

  32. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

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

  33. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    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. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    AMEN, SISTER!

    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?)

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      LOL!

  35. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      Such a shame, isn’t it?

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      Yes she defenetly does!!!

  36. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    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?)

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      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. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    i agree on the lower eyeliner.

  38. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

      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.

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

      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.

    • Guest June 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

      AGREED!!

  39. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

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

  40. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    totally agree! her makeup is always a mess!

  41. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    That made my chuckle. Cruel but fair.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      My sentiments exactly!

  42. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

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

    Really, guys???

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

      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.

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      Would you like me to remove the post?

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

      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!

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

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

    • Guest July 8, 2011 at 7:23 am #

      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.

  43. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    that made me ROFL.. 🙂

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

      😉

  44. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    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. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    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!

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      This was written by beauty expert India-Jewel

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

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

    • Guest July 8, 2011 at 2:42 am #

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

  46. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      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.

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      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….

    • Catherine Kallon July 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

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

    • Guest July 8, 2011 at 7:49 am #

      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.

    • Guest July 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      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.

  47. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

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

    Epic fail.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

      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.)

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

      Royalist much?

      Her make-up is an Epic Fail

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

      +1

      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.

    • Guest July 10, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      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

  48. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

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

  49. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    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.

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

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

  50. Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      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?
      nude?
      ordinary?
      stupid?
      Am dying for you debate that with me.
      regards

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

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

    • Guest July 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      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.

    • Guest August 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

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

    • Guest August 9, 2011 at 5:06 am #

      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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