If we were styling Kate Middleton
Makeup artist Clare Bryce and hair stylist Chris Fordham
share their beauty vision for the forthcoming Royal Wedding
eyes will be on the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate
Middleton this coming spring and the fashion world is waiting
with bated breath to see how the beautiful young 'princess
to be' will be wearing her hair and makeup for this special
Kate is blessed with stunning rich brunette locks that she
wears in a loose casual style, even for the official engagement
interview. With fabulous skin and beautiful hazel eyes, Kate
wears a number of different eye shadows and loves her black
As bridal styling specialists we're very aware of brides not
wanting to be too different from their usual look whilst creating
something special enough for the occasion. For hair, Chris
suggests that Kate has a softly curled up do with some volume
around the crown area to give it a vintage feel that is very
popular at the moment. Large informal soft curls casually
styled loosely into the nape of the neck would create a fabulous
For makeup, Clare suggests creating a classic eye with a touch
of smokiness, using soft green as a base colour, which will
bring out the greens within her hazel eyes. Mid brown to deep
grey brown would finish the smoky effect. Clare would use
a fairly strong eyeliner with a slight flick for a vintage
feel to finish off her eyes. Clare would keep the rest of
Kate's makeup soft with coral cheeks and nude lips, so when
William first sees her, he'll be drawn into her beautiful
has it that the Queen has offered Kate Princess Diana's tiara
and this would certainly add the perfect finishing touch to
Kate's final look.
Thanks to Clare Bryce and Chris Fordham for their comments.
Clare is a Gloucester based make-up artist who specialises
in bridal and photographic styling www.PurePampering.co.uk
Chris is an experienced mobile bridal and session hairdresser
footnote: A step too far... Kate says no
Kate is likely to accept Diana's tiara (one doesn't say no
to the Queen.) The priceless pearl and diamond Cambridge Lover's
Knot Tiara, originally made for Queen Mary in 1913, was passed
down to Diana by the Queen. It has been kept in a Buckingham
Palace safe since her death in 1997.
Is there a pattern forming here? There already seems to be
three people involved in this forthcoming marriage. While
Princess Diana always referred to Camilla as the third person
in her marriage to Prince Charles; Prince William and Kate
appear to have the shadow of Diana inextricably linked to
It would have been such a romantic and gallant gesture if
William had commissioned a new, special engagement ring for
his fiancée, but he chose to give her his mother's ring with
all that it symbolises.
The Wedding Dress
It has also been claimed that William wanted Kate to wear
his mother's wedding dress; which even Kate has reputedly
refused as a step too far.
Recently it has been revealed that Diana had a second, secret
wedding dress which was never completed, but was created in
case the first one was revealed to the public or damaged before
her marriage to Prince Charles.
second dress (below right), bears a striking resemblance to
the first. It has the same ruffled neckline only without the
lace and puff sleeves. In general, the ivory silk taffeta
gown is a much simpler, more pared down version of the elaborate
gown Diana did wear. According to the designers, Diana never
tried it on, they never even mentioned its existence to her.
is it possible that this second dress of Diana's could be
remodelled for Kate?
Or perhaps the ivory silk taffeta might be used to create
a new, less elaborate dress for her..... something borrowed......
are a few wedding dress styles that would look lovely on Kate
here to help Kate Middleton make up her mind
Kate Middleton's hairdresser Richard Ward will no doubt be
entrusted with creating the ultimate wedding hairstyle for
her forthcoming marriage to HRH Prince William.
Kate is frequently seen with her thick, dark hair, falling
in loose waves around her shoulders. However, for the big
day, and it doesn't get much bigger than a Royal Wedding -
most royal watchers are expecting her hair to be swept up
and away from her face.
So will Kate choose a romantic classic look, with cascading
curls or opt for a more regal up do - dressed into a chignon
or fancy twist. Either style would lend itself to finishing
touches such as a glittering tiara and delicate flowers.
are some of the wedding hairstyle suggestions we have received,
lovely styles that would look fantastic for Kate's special
day..... with her glossy, long tresses beautifully styled.
Dressed up, cascading waves and curls, gorgeous falling across
High Society Princess
Sophisticated updo's - glamorous dressed hair, accentuates
the face, adds length and elegant lines to the neck.
what the experts have to say about Kate Middleton's big day...
"I think for her wedding day Kate will wear her hair half
up and half down. I think the front sections will be more
traditional and be taken off the face in order to hold an
heirloom accessory, but the back will be down and very relaxed
to show a break away from tradition and that she is still
very much her own woman."
Patrick Cameron Hair International
is her own person and while her style is very classic I think
she will go with a more romantic look. She should style her
hair into half up half down with some flowing waves creating
a soft texture while keeping it very elegant and close to
the style shown on her engagement."
Philip Bell, Ishoka
Style I think Kate will opt for a classic hair up for her
wedding day. She wears her hair down very regularly, so I
think she will want to make a statement with her style for
her big day. She will have her dress designed by a British
designer and so her hair will either be a classic plait with
added height at the crown or a low bun, both with soft areas
around the front hair line, e.g sweeping fringe, to carry
off that classic look.
Kate has very healthy and shiny hair, the envy of many women.
I think she should keep her shiny rich brown tones, but introduce
some caramel highlights to soften her features and add more
warmth to her skin tone. I would never advise a drastic change
just before your wedding as this could end up being a stress
if it does not turn out the way you would have liked.
With any updo style, preparing hair is the key to durability.
Adding mousse before setting the hair on hot rollers will
help to give volume. Also use hairspray for holding the style,
and a light shine spray to illuminate colour.
Tips for creating the perfect Bridal style
1. First back comb the roots of the hair and then place in
2. Take a horse shoe section from the area around the crown
and clip out of the way.
3. Comb the hair underneath over to one side and pin with
kirby grips making sure you cross over the top of the grips
4. Next, bring the other side back over the grips by rolling
the hair from the ends creating a plait.
5. Secure the pleat by pinning with grips working the pins
in and along the seam.
6. Mist the hair with hairspray.
Tina Farey, RUSH Hair
Article by Heather Bell