January 24, 2012

Look Like Royalty with London's Must-Have Beauty Products

Nothing captivated the world in 2011 like the exuberance surrounding London's royalty. Middleton-mania has swept throughout Europe and into the U.S., where young women in big cities like New York and Chicago are tripping over each other to replicate the demure and sophisticated London look. Whether you are looking for a way to spruce up your look for your next big Chicago holiday, or you just want to add a little European class to your everyday appearance, we are offering up our top picks for recreating that famous London look.
 

The Hair  
Middleton's hair has a way of reminding you of the girl next door with a hint of glamor. Although her hair is never unkempt, it has a way of falling naturally with just enough movement to appear youthful, yet elegant. To get the look, skip the chunky highlights, contrasting hair colors and hard-lined haircuts that have been so popular in the states. Instead, opt for a natural color with gentle layers that make it easy to construct a half-up, half-down look, as the Princess donned in her wedding, or the classic blow-out that is synonymous with her everyday casual. Spritz it with a light, brushable hairspray such as Tresemme Naturals Finishing Spray.  

Teeth 
Kate's natural beauty is only enhanced by her bright, white smile. Although it is suspected the Princess has had some cosmetic dental work done in the past, it's no doubt that she works hard to keep her pearly whites in tip-top shape. To get the look, you could visit a dentist for a costly whitening treatment or some porcelain veneers. Or, you could take the more affordable route and opt for an at-home whitening kit, such as the Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit, followed by daily use of whitening toothpaste, such as the new Crest 3D White Vivid Radiant Mint Toothpaste.
 

Make Up  
The classic London look – and also that adopted by the Duchess of Cambridge – requires a strong look on the eyes without looking unnatural. London makeup enhances natural beauty, unlike some of the glittery shadows, false eyelashes and overly smoky eyes that have appeared on celebrity faces in recent years. Start with a long-lasting eyeliner in black or brown, such as the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink. Rumor has it the Princess enjoys Bobbi Brown cosmetics, so continue the trend with a rosy pink blush and a nude or slightly pink, glossy lip. Finish off the look with a dusting of Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder for a look that works for both day and night.

Complexion
Even with great hair, white teeth and perfect makeup, a poor complexion has a way of detracting from your natural beauty. Stay on-trend with even, blemish-free skin that will make the Princess herself jealous. To start, zap your zits with salicylic acid, such as Noxzema's anti-blemish pads. Next, pick a gentle facial cleanser to cleanse with nightly, and be sure to exfoliate one to two times per week with a facial exfoliator. We like Yves St. Laurent 'Top Secrets' Natural Action Exfoliator. With these beauty and grooming tips, you'll be as radiant as the U.K.'s most famous gal!

(Guest Post by Ashley)



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