We just could not believe how amazing Kate Middleton looked merely hours after giving birth. The Duchess of Cambridge, 33, looked positively radiant as she stood on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital on Saturday afternoon where she showed her little girl off to the world, and her appearance was flawless.
Having given birth at 8.34am Kate emerged only 10 hours later wearing a buttercup yellow and white Jenny Packham dress (she also wore a dress by the same designer after the birth of Prince George) which she paired with nude heels.
As usual Kate went for a natural look when it came to her makeup with a flattering shade of brown for her eye shadow, a hint of blusher and nude lipstick.
To get the same look:
Apply foundation or tinted moisturiser to even out your skin tone. Highlight your cheekbones with a light, rose pink blusher before focusing on your eyes. If necessary fill in your eyebrows with a matching shade of eye shadow but remember that you are trying to create a natural look. For your eye makeup select a mid brown eye shadow and blend this from your lash line up to your brow bone, it should appear lighter as you blend upwards. Line your eyes with dark brown eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line and a coat of mascara completes your eye makeup. Slick on some nude lipstick for a dewy finish.
It is said that Kate always does her own makeup for any public appearance but when it comes to her hair clearly only a professional will do as hairstylist Mrs Cook Tucker was seen entering the hospital. Kate’s locks were blow dried to perfection giving her a bouncy blowout that framed her face nicely. If you would like to recreate Kate’s flowing waves then there is no need to worry if you don’t have your own stylist to hand. We have previously provided you with a step by step guide on how you can get the same effect in the comfort of your own home. You can take a look here.
Like makeup, hair has been given an overhaul and moves towards a more grown up, luxurious look. After months of loose waves and a relaxed style we will now be rocking fresh takes on the up do for a sophisticated, expensive style.
Here are our top five hair trends to watch
This may seem a little strange but it is in fact a trend. Those little flyaway hairs that we try so hard to slick down and conceal are now being embraced by designers and celebs alike. On the runway at Stella McCartney the models appeared to have damp strands stuck to their faces in a sporty style. This look is easy to recreate using a touch or gel or serum.
The New Up ‘Do
AW15 is all about wearing your hair up in a proper up do. We love the elegant French twists seen at Chanel. Accessories will also be big next season so try wrapping ribbons around your hair or adorning with jewelled clips.
The luxurious theme continues with glamorous and expensive looking blow drys heading down the runway at Balmain. There is no need to book repeat appointments at your salon; you can create a professional looking blowdry in the comfort of your own home.
We are pleased to see that top knots are popular next season as you can get away with them on nights out, at the office, or when there is simply not enough time to wash your hair. A messy bun is ideal for day wear while a gravity defying top knot, as seen at Marc Jacobs, is ideal for that festival or party look.
If you are after a more relaxed style then this outdoorsy look is for you. Go for windswept hair texturised with salt spray paired with flushed cheeks for that post hike glow.
Why is it that you can never get your hair looking as good as it does when you first leave the salon? A good blow dry can last you several days and it is possible to achieve that professional finish yourself; here, we tell you how:
1. Wash your hair as normal, making sure that you rinse thoroughly. Towel dry by blotting rather than rubbing hair to get rid of any excess moisture.
2. Apply volumising spray or mousse, making sure that hair is evenly covered.
3. Now you can pre-dry your hair. You can either do this by leaving your hair to dry naturally so that it is 70-80% dry or you can use your hairdryer to remove moisture before you begin your proper blow dry. If you have a fringe now is the time to dry it properly rather than let it air dry as it will sit much better.
4. Separate hair into sections and secure with clips, leaving one section out. When you start the blow dry pull your fingers through the hair beginning at the roots. Pull hair taut to reduce frizz, focusing air on the roots.
5. Now that your roots are dry you can move on to using a round mixed bristle brush. Pull the brush through your hair making sure that you point the hairdryer down the hair. Start with the ends of your hair as these dry the quickest. Make sure that you still keep the hair taut as you dry.
6. Seal the style with the cool setting on your dryer while hair is still taut. If your hair is long enough you can also roll each dry section up in a Velcro roller.
7. Work your way through each section until all your hair is dry.
8. Finish off by applying serum to tame any flyaways.
Gigi Hadid arrived at the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue celebration in New York City earlier this month rocking a super slick style. Her hairstylist took inspiration from Gigi’s outfit which was sporty yet feminine, so they chose hair which looks tight on the sides giving a clean look, yet it still had volume on the top.
Get the look
Take freshly washed hair and divide hair into sections. Start at the nape of the neck and apply mousse, making sure that you focus on the roots so they have extra grip to hold the style. Now you can blow dry your hair trying to keep it flat to your head shape.
Next, you can repeat step one but with another section until you reach the front of the head. With the front sections apply twice as much mousse, mainly on the sides, and blow dry using a flat brush.
When your reach the top of your head blow dry your hair with a round brush as you want to create volume here. Now apply a small amount of heat protection product from the mid shaft of your air to the ends and then use hair straighteners on this area so that hair lays smooth.
Now that the ends are smooth spray strong hairspray to the sides of your hair, doing one side at a time. Use the flat brush to smooth hair backwards and follow the shape of your head. Do the same with the other side.
Next, spray the top of your head lightly but do not brush it as you want to keep as much volume in as possible.
If you are preparing this look for a night out then you can use large clips with little pieces of paper towel underneath them to hold the sides of your hair in place until you are ready to go out. Just remember to remove them when you leave!
Allison Williams has been popping up more and more this season, providing us with some of the hottest red carpet looks. One of our favourites has to be when she arrives at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards on 11th January sporting a stylish, retro look. Allison exuded old Hollywood glamour and definitely stood out from the crowd with her nostalgic look which consisted of a faux bob and smokey eye shadow. While her makeup and skin looked absolutely beautiful, it is her faux bob that we are particularly keen on emulating, so read on for our step by step guide to creating this retro look.
Get the look
Shampoo and condition your hair as normal before applying a small amount of volumiser. Make sure that when you apply it that you evenly distribute it throughout your hair.
Now you can take some curl enhancing mousse and work this through your hair from the roots to the tips. Create a deep side parting, making the line as straight and clean as possible before blow drying your hair using a fine tooth comb.
Start with the top of your head and take medium sections of hair, curling them towards your face.
With bobbypins you can fix each individual curl flat on your head and then mist over with a touch of finishing spray.
When your hair has cooled you can remove all of the pins and gently brush out the lengths.
Next, you can shape the waves using some finishing spray and a little shine pomade which will stop any flyaways.
Now with your bobbypins curl the bottom of your hair up and under to create the bob shape. This can then be fixed in place.
Finish off by spritzing over hair with some light hold hairspray and some shine spray so that you look red carpet ready.
Freida Pinto is another celeb to give the bob a try and we have to say that she is absolutely rocking it. She had her hair cut at the end of last year and showed off her new look at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where she looked stunning. Her cute bob was styled to give a modern twist to a retro favourite.
Here is how to get the look
Wash and condition your hair with moisturising shampoo and conditioner before towel drying a lot of the wetness off. Next, apply some smoothing cream throughout the hair.
Now you can blow dry your hair using a small round brush. After you have completely dried a section you can then pin curl it before moving on to the next section. If parts of your bob are too short you can curl these under rather than pin them up.
Leave your hair to cool before touching it as you don’t want the curls to drop out. Then spray over your head lightly with some extra strong hold hairspray.
Next, unpin all of the curls and gently brush your hair using a paddle brush.
Take a one inch curling tong and wrap a section of hair towards your face so that you will create a retro Hollywood wave. Freida has a slight side parting so the front of her hair was curled away from her face and then pinned so that it would create an ‘s’ shape once released.
Allow the curls to cool and gently brush through again. Mist over with extra strong hold hairspray.
If you would like to create extra shine then you can spray all over with some serum spray.