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Old 03-18-2012, 10:24 AM
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It looks like Kate left off the bottom eyeliner or she had a lighter hand with it:

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Yeah! No eye-liner!
So they weren't tattooed on, thank goodness!
She still wears a bit of eye-shadow underneath, but very well blended in. Definitely a better look than the usual panda eyes she's so fond of. Now, if she could soften the upper eyeliner as well, or ditch it in favour of softer eye-shadow line, it would be just fantastic. And if it were possible to go just a bit lighter with the blusher...
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Baby steps, baby steps...... I guess we can't expect her to do a 180 turnaround immediately!
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:40 AM
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She's been much, much lighter with the eye liner for the last several months. I can't believe people are only noticing it now. The heavy eye makeup is standard for young women in the UK.

What we all have to remember is that unlike Mary, Maxima, Letizia etc. Kate is doing her own make up, she's not got any stylists or dressers on hand to transform her into a model every day. Given the austerity we're all suffering at the moment, I admire her determination to do all these things herself, which keeps costs down. I think she's doing really well all told.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:41 AM
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As someone who has had long hair most of her life,I empathize with everyone telling Kate to change it up. Ive dealt with that myself, and usually it is the people with short hair who are constantly telling me to wear it differently. I feel they live vicariously through my hair. I have options each morning, where theirs are limited. However,I can only speak for me.... But I wear my hair the way I think my hair looks best and the way I like it,and the way the man in my life likes it. While occasionally I may wear it back with clips, barrette or combs...90% of the time it is down long and curled, because that is how I like it. On dress up occasions, I've toyed with wearing it up,but it is so far out of my comfort zone,I just feel awkward and not as if I'm looking my best. What Kate has to do at these appearances is a confidence game, I'm not sure I could do it any differently. Just offering another perspective.

I totally agree. I too has long hair and have never wear it up in front of my friends for the past 20 years. I only bun it up when I am at home - I do not like the 'emptiness' around my neck when I am outside of my house. If I want to bun it up constantly, I will just cut my hair short, why bother with keeping long hair??
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:53 AM
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She's been much, much lighter with the eye liner for the last several months. I can't believe people are only noticing it now. The heavy eye makeup is standard for young women in the UK.
She certainly didn't seem to wear lighter makeup just days earlier, on March 15 event.
Heavy eye makeup may be the standard for young women in the UK, but that doesn't mean we should all like it. This is a fashion thread, after all; we're bound to like or loath what Kate wears from time to time, be it cloths or makeup.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:10 AM
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This has got to be the most redundant tread on the TRF. Rinse, wash and repeat
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:12 PM
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It looks like Kate left off the bottom eyeliner or she had a lighter hand with it:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jmPqJwEnnD...cks-day-06.jpg
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Thank you, Marg, I thought Kate looked fresher and younger myself. Here's another series of closeups that show how nice that makeup now looks:

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I caught that - but wasn't sure - was going to wait for another outing to be sure. It opens up her eyes. She's still heavily vested in dark eye make-up, though.

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The heavy eye makeup is standard for young women in the UK.
Oh - surprising. I wonder why - is it a Goth thing? That's what it reminds me of.

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I admire her determination to do all these things herself, which keeps costs down. I think she's doing really well all told.
Unfortunately she has a waxy, doll-like appearance - very unnatural. If she could soften things up she would look tons better.

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Yeah! No eye-liner!
So they weren't tattooed on, thank goodness!
She still wears a bit of eye-shadow underneath, but very well blended in. Definitely a better look than the usual panda eyes she's so fond of. Now, if she could soften the upper eyeliner as well, or ditch it in favour of softer eye-shadow line, it would be just fantastic. And if it were possible to go just a bit lighter with the blusher...
Agree about the tattoo - Whew!

Kate needs to break down and get some professional input - or even hire someone to work on her. Its one thing to be self-reliant and thrifty - but her 'work' entails public appearances - she should get professional advice. Hire a good make-up artist for film stars - or surely there is someone like Sophie with good contacts. She needs to move away from the 'doll-like' appearance her current make-up conjures up.
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she has been attacked for a lot of things; however I see this as petty & a wasted opportunity to give this young woman a shout out for all she has weathered.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:42 PM
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This is a fashion thread - there is no 'attacking' happening here. Everyone has their ideas on what looks good, what doesn't. Its a place to give one's opinion on fashion.
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She certainly didn't seem to wear lighter makeup just days earlier, on March 15 event.
Heavy eye makeup may be the standard for young women in the UK, but that doesn't mean we should all like it. This is a fashion thread, after all; we're bound to like or loath what Kate wears from time to time, be it cloths or makeup.
For the first several months after the wedding Kate was using a liquid eyeliner on her lower lid as well as the top. Over the last few months she has stopped doing so, which has softened her eyes considerably.

I didn't say you had to like heavy eye makeup. All I said was it is completely normal in the UK; in fact women of Kate's and my generation wouldn't consider Kate's eye makeup to be 'heavy' at all.

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This is a fashion thread - there is no 'attacking' happening here. Everyone has their ideas on what looks good, what doesn't. Its a place to give one's opinion on fashion.
I think saying someone looks 'waxy' and 'doll-like' is not far off. If you don't think there's been any attacking here then I can only assume you haven't spent much time on this thread. Kate's been compared to a clown, a panda, she's been called trashy, vulgar, cheap and ridiculous. That's before we get to the posters who believe that it's Kate's fault that photographers try to take pictures up her skirt.
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She has looked great the last 2 engagements and yes she clearly has been online on this forum reading our helpful comments re the eyeliner situation and our advice has had a positive effect. At least that is how I like to view it so well done Cathy you look much better .. now about the hair .....
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I never got the "insert famous woman her" read this forum "every forum claim this" and are taken commenter advice
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I think saying someone looks 'waxy' and 'doll-like' is not far off. If you don't think there's been any attacking here then I can only assume you haven't spent much time on this thread. Kate's been compared to a clown, a panda, she's been called trashy, vulgar, cheap and ridiculous. That's before we get to the posters who believe that it's Kate's fault that photographers try to take pictures up her skirt.
I think she looks lovely. What I DON'T understand is that Zara, Beatrice and Eugenie ALL wear heavy eye makeup and yet for some reason do not come in for the same criticism as Catherine. It's a puzzle, have to wonder just why that is.
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I think she looks lovely. What I DON'T understand is that Zara, Beatrice and Eugenie ALL wear heavy eye makeup and yet for some reason do not come in for the same criticism as Catherine. It's a puzzle, have to wonder just why that is.
That's a good point, Kate gets criticized for things that other royal ladies do as well yet they get no comment. I have seen Maxima, Mary, and Letizia wear either eyeliner or skirts shorter than Kate's yet it is the latter who gets the snarky comments.
As for the criticisms Kate gets for her hair; at this point I am just tired of hearing them. It's the same thing all the time usually from the same people. I have short hair, but I don't feel the need to make Kate my imaginary barbie doll; possibly because I get my hair fix through Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
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She certainly didn't seem to wear lighter makeup just days earlier, on March 15 event.
The contrast is quite startling. It opens her eyes and makes her look so much more natural

Duchess Kate: St. Paddy's Day Parade! | duchess kate saint patricks day 06 - Photo Gallery | Just Jared

She also seems to have a lighter hand with the blush. It's all good.

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. . . . .What we all have to remember is that unlike Mary, Maxima, Letizia etc. Kate is doing her own make up . . . . .
Can you give a reference for the above not doing their own makeup?
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The contrast is quite startling. It opens her eyes and makes her look so much more natural

Duchess Kate: St. Paddy's Day Parade! | duchess kate saint patricks day 06 - Photo Gallery | Just Jared

She also seems to have a lighter hand with the blush. It's all good.

Can you give a reference for the above not doing their own makeup?
The contrast that Marg points out (thank you, Marg) is why I believe that she does use a makeup artist for certain events. Her appearance at the National Portrait Gallery in February and the Military Awards in December also showed a much more refined makeup job IMO....her base makeup is a tad lighter and more diffused-looking as well as more professional, blended eye makeup and completely different blush tone and application. However, I don't have a problem with how she wears her makeup anyway (anymore, that is, I've given up on her changing the heavy eyeliner as it IS her prerogative); it just looks quite different to me at some events than others.
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The contrast is quite startling. It opens her eyes and makes her look so much more natural

Duchess Kate: St. Paddy's Day Parade! | duchess kate saint patricks day 06 - Photo Gallery | Just Jared

She also seems to have a lighter hand with the blush. It's all good.

Can you give a reference for the above not doing their own makeup?
Princess Mary's personal stylist has been mentioned on numerous ocassions. Anja Camilla Alajdi

Princess Mary's twins meet siblings | thetelegraph.com.au (quoted after the birth of the twins near bottom)

and one of her favorite makeup artists

Princess Mary's beauty secrets: make-up tips

The other Cp's I haven't found any specific mention of any of them having a stylist, peronal makeup artist or hairdresser.
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CP Letizia also uses a professional make-up artist, the same she used when she was at the TV.

About the other CP I do not know.
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Kate wore a lovely blue dress with black belt, matching clutch and court shoes for opening a children's hospice in Ipswich today.
Her hair was styled in typical Kate fashion; loose, natural looking curls. The makeup was again a bit too heavy for my taste.

According to Daily Mail, Kate borrowed the dress from her mother who had worn the same dress for Ascot 2010. The dress does look similar, but not necessarily the same; I think there is some difference, especially in the collar. Then again, why not borrow a dress from your mother if you like it and its appropriate for the occasion?

One of our members, Andrew Goodchild, shared that Royal Blue is the colour of Ipswich local sports teams, so it's a nice gesture Kate chose that particular colour.
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