Not for the primary time, my interior green-eyed monster reared up final week on the sight of the Duchess of Cambridge.
That ever-bouncy blow-dry. That dreamy shade of brunette, oh so elegantly highlighted. And pores and skin as easy as gold-top Duchy milk (does Kate even have pores?), with smoulderingly smokey make-up.
Why doesn’t my brown hair look that means, I discovered myself muttering. And the way does she get her pores and skin — the identical shade as mine — to look not sallow, however dewy?
Kate Middleton revealed her new look lighter hair look which is the envy of many whereas filming within the Hintze Corridor on the Pure Historical past Museum in London forward of the digital awards ceremony for the Wildlife Photographer of the Yr
Earlier than her expertise on the standard salon, Claire’s hair was quick and darkish (left) and after (proper)she seemed the spitting picture of the Duchess of Cambridge. Claire’s blazer, £250, trousers, £120, reiss.com; high, £20.30, karenmillen.com; earrings, £145, aureejewellery.com.
The reality, in fact, is that Kate has a crack squad of trusted professionals who can have ready her when she introduced the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Yr on the Pure Historical past Museum final week.
However there’s one man who is probably extra related to Kate’s fabulous look than some other: hairdresser Richard Ward. He’s been accountable for Kate’s locks since earlier than her marriage to Prince William (he additionally kinds the remainder of the Middleton household) and it’s he who masterminded her much-imitated blow-dry.
So may Richard’s workforce work their magic and provides me the last word Kate-Over …
ROLLERS GALORE AND 15 FEET OF EXTENSIONS
One can solely marvel what Kate, her sister Pippa and their mom Carole have chatted about whereas getting their hair washed on the Richard Ward salon, simply off London’s King’s Street. If shampoo bottles may speak, I discover myself considering …
The salon is, understandably, protecting of their most well-known shopper, at instances positively coy concerning the darkish arts they make use of to create that well-known follicular va va voom.
As she sat within the chair having the total works carried out to good the Kate Middleton ‘do, Claire considered the conversations the Duchess, her sister Pippa and mom Carole could have after they go to the identical salon. Pictured, Claire having her highlights utilized
First up, the hair stylists tackled Claire’s darker hair, making use of a number of color to take away the darker tones and infuse a wealthy lighter color just like Kate’s (pictured)
It appears, although, that Richard advises all his shoppers to make use of vitamin dietary supplements to present hair an ‘interior’ glow and energy, in addition to going simple on the hair straighteners.
‘The important thing to an awesome lengthy hair look is ensuring it’s in optimum situation. When hair is wholesome its cuticles lie flat and it displays gentle and shines,’ Richard tells me.
‘I counsel all my shoppers to take vitamin dietary supplements and use styling gear that creates minimal injury. Consider the way you’d deal with your favorite cashmere jumper, then deal with your hair the identical.’
As for Kate’s barely blonder replace, it’s clear Richard just isn’t afraid to make adjustments to even essentially the most beloved of hair-dos.
‘Mixing it up is essential. Folks suppose lengthy hair can’t be versatile, however a delicate seasonal change of tone can actually make an impression. And experimenting with layers and lengthy/aspect fringes means you generally is a “lengthy hair lady” at coronary heart, however nonetheless have a nod to the catwalks.’
To realize a correct Kate-Over, I need to first tackle my color. Again in 2011, when she married Prince William, we shared equally darkish brown hair. Immediately, although, she’s up to date her look, softening and lightening in a flattering means; plumping for a lighter brown with virtually golden streaks via it — a shade some name ‘bronde’.
When talking to Richard Ward, the hairdresser who created Kate’s enviable coiffure, he advised Claire he advises all his shoppers to take dietary supplements to assist their hair and to make use of styling merchandise which create minimal injury
As a part of the lengthy course of, Claire had a number of massive rollers on the highest of her head to create the bouncy wave look whereas a number of folks labored round her to create the perfect model (pictured)
So how can I’m going lighter with out trying brassy? Richard and colourist Thomas Simons examine my brown do, which appears quite flat beside Kate’s. ‘Your hair color isn’t truly that dissimilar from hers,’ Thomas tells me.
‘She’s undoubtedly had it taken a bit lighter lately, so we’ll simply do the identical for you. Some lighter highlights via the highest of the hair, which is able to give a little bit of variation and brighten it up. Simply one thing mild and smooth, no harsh bleach. Don’t fear, we’re not turning you blonde!’
He makes use of this lighter shade to scatter highlights via my hair, then wraps every part in foil. Lastly, he takes a darker shade that’s just like my pure color and provides the roots a little bit of a contact as much as eliminate the odd gray that’s peeking via.
With my color sorted, it’s time to work on the size and quantity.
For that, Richard units his extensions technician Danielle Modlock to work, utilizing Nice Lengths actual hair extensions to present me that Kate bounce.
Does the Duchess use them? They couldn’t probably remark, sadly — and as I’m to find, you’d want a microscope to determine whether or not she does, as Richard ensures Danielle dyes my extensions to completely match the color of my newly colored hair.
After they perfected her hair color, 15ft-worth of extensions (pictured being utilized) have been utilized to her hair and have been precisely matched to the tones the color specialist had utilized to her pure hair
To create the signature Kate bounce, Richard requested his extensions technician Danielle Modlock to work on Claire’s hair, utilizing Nice Lengths actual hair extensions (pictured)
‘These extensions use a strip of medical grade adhesive to bond them to your pure hair,’ explains Danielle. ‘We take two extensions at a time and sandwich a piece of your pure hair between them. They put minimal stress by yourself hair and sit completely flat in opposition to your head.
‘The hair itself might be reused for as much as a yr however, as your pure hair grows out and, over time, the adhesive wants changing, we propose they’re eliminated and moved up the hair each six weeks or so.’
In complete, Danielle makes use of 15 of the inch-wide extensions. Every is 12 in lengthy. A complete of 180 in — a unprecedented 15 ft! — of latest hair take me to Kate’s under shoulder size.
I’ve bought the color and the amount. Now, vitally, I want the bounce.
Richard guides stylist Tommy Cracknell, who first sprays my complete head with volumising spray: ‘In addition to giving additional quantity, it prevents static, and provides the model a little bit of grip,’ he explains.
Then, he units your complete centre part of my hair round massive velcro rollers, giving me a type of mohican of rollers from again to entrance — which, it appears, is the key to Kate’s bouncy castle-esque curls.
‘This may give quantity to the crown and that sweeping curve she has on the entrance,’ he guarantees.
The extensions they used to create the bounce are bonded to the pure locks and put minimal stress on the hair to scale back injury and sit completely flat in opposition to the top. Pictured, a lighter spotlight is added to Claire’s darkish hair
To create a little bit of variation via the hair and brighten it, the colourist provides some lighter highlights via the highest, withno harsh bleach. Pictured, Claire’s lighter highlights drying
Whereas the hair is setting across the rollers, Tommy blow dries the remainder of my hair, operating the nozzle of the hair dryer alongside the size from root to tip in order that the pure hair and the extensions sit completely collectively and have a stunning shiny shine.
Lastly, he takes a heated tong and works via my hair a piece at a time, spritzing it with hair lacquer earlier than winding it across the tong, in order that the big waves roll away from my face.
In order that’s how she does it.
NINE EYESHADOWS FOR A SMOKING HOT LOOK
Kate’s make-up is at all times all concerning the eyes — however her look on Monday was smokier and sexier than we’ve ever seen her.
Whereas Kate is understood for doing her personal make-up, there’s one man who definitely is aware of what it takes to get that Royal polish. Superstar make-up artist Desmond Grundy takes care of Zara Phillips, in addition to celebrities resembling Monica Bellucci and Helena Christensen.
So can he make me dazzle like a Duchess? Desmond gathers collectively 18 completely different merchandise — together with 9 eyeshadows — to proceed my Kate-Over.
‘That is very undoubtedly a extra refined search for Kate,’ Desmond tells me. ‘It’s an actual step up from her normal pure, outdoorsy look.
A complete of 180 extensions, that are 15 inch-wide and 12in lengthy, have been used to assist recreate the much-loved look Kate sported earlier within the week. Pictured, Claire will get her hair washed earlier than all of the therapies
‘Whereas she’s caught to the identical type of palette that fits her colouring — bronzes and browns — and the darkish liner that she’s at all times worn to emphasize her eyes, it’s been amped up, with a smoky, smudgy eye that’s complemented by a berry shade on the lips.’
To recreate Kate’s look on me, he began with the bottom — a mix of Naked Minerals Complexion Rescue and Pixi Magnificence Balm. ‘Kate’s bought nice pores and skin, so she doesn’t want a heavy basis, and so I think about she makes use of these type of lighter, extra sheer bases,’ says Desmond.
For the eyes, he used the Mac Semi Candy Instances 9 palette, a set of 9 eyeshadows that span pale neutrals to darkish browns and a black.
‘I wouldn’t be stunned if Kate used the identical one, the colors are so related,’ Desmond suggests.
Then, a smudge of black eyeliner across the high and backside lids, and lashings of black mascara.
After a little bit of skilfully-applied bronzer, blusher and highlighter ‘to emphasize these cheekbones’, and a mixture of berry-shaded lip stains and glosses to present me the proper royal pout, I’m virtually full …
THE FINAL TOUCH — A CHIC TUXEDO
Natasha Archer has been Kate’s stylist since 2014. So valued is she that she was awarded a Royal Victorian Order final yr for her providers to the Royal Household. Sometimes, Natasha will assess forthcoming traits and focus on any potential kinds or prints with Kate, earlier than approaching designers.
Final, however definitely not least, Claire paired her new hair with an elegant tuxedo, similar to that worn by the Duchess earlier this week (pictured)
So when Kate wears a tuxedo for the primary time, as she did on Monday when she wore one by Alexander McQueen, there’s a very good probability that Natasha was concerned.
And it’s a pitch good alternative, says the Mail’s assistant model editor, Amy Kester: ‘This was a very stylish outfit for her. Tailor-made to perfection, this go well with labored wonders.
‘The tuxedo jacket is a traditional model and the marginally puffed shoulders, a rising pattern this yr, gave it a slight edge and flattered her slender body.’
My model is from Reiss, with satin trims. The shoulder element helps to make my waist look dainty — though, admittedly, not fairly as dainty as Kate’s.
CLAIRE’S blazer, £250, trousers, £120, reiss.com; high, £20.30, karenmillen.com; earrings, £145, aureejewellery.com.