'Very grown-up and serious' Kate deploys 'classic trick' to own 'striking' new look

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'Very grown-up and serious' Kate deploys 'classic trick' to own 'striking' new look

Kate debuted a new, more “reserved” look for her first engagement of 2022. The Duchess, who recently celebrated her 40th birthday, arrived in a sma

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Kate debuted a new, more “reserved” look for her first engagement of 2022. The Duchess, who recently celebrated her 40th birthday, arrived in a smart navy coat, black polo neck and her favourite pair of Jigsaw trousers at the Foundling Museum in central London on Wednesday for a joint visit with her husband Prince William, 39.

The mother-of-three, who has been a patron of the museum since 2019, complimented her clothing choice with new darker coloured hair and toned-down makeup.

According to Laura Kay, makeup expert and founder of Laura Kay London, Kate’s appearance created an overall “professional” look.

She says this contrasts with the “Christmas glamour” seen utilised by the Duchess in recent months.

In the run-up to the festive period, Kate’s makeup was characterised by a bronzed glow and dewy skin, while earlier this week she opted for a more natural look with just a touch of blush on her cheeks and a coat of lipstick.

Laura Kay said Kate’s new hair colour appeared “very grown-up and serious” when compared to her former hair colouring.

She added that the overall look for the Duchess was “striking” despite being “more reserved” than her previous make-up and hair choices.

Ms Kay told the Daily Mail’s FEMAIL column: “To kick off the New Year Kate has emerged with a completely toned-down appearance

“Her make-up is clean and fresh with a natural pink lip. Her matt foundation is quite powdery which contrasts against her new hair which is a dark brown block colour.

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The beauty expert described this as “a classic trick” which is used to reflect the light and help flatter the face, and this was complemented by a small amount of pink powdered blusher which makes her cheekbones look “fresh and rosy”.

She also explained that the Duchess may have opted for a low-key make-up look due to it being a daytime occasion.

However, she added that Kate’s choices may have also been influenced by another factor.

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

Both Kate and William wore face masks as they walked inside the building in accordance with the museum’s policy, which asks those visiting to wear a face covering.

For her visit to the Foundling Museum, Kate re-wore a coat she first donned two years ago for a visit to the Stockwell Gardens Nursery and preschool.

Her hair was styled in a loose curly blow-dry, and the Duchess accessorised with an affordable high street buy – a pair of £7 earrings from Accessorize.

The museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity established in 1739, as a home for children whose mothers could not care for them.

While there, Kate and William spoke with charity bosses about the topics of homelessness, mental health impact and helping young people in care who fail or slip through the cracks.



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