June 26, 2012

Kate's Scouse brows secret: £15 powder makes them look heavier

The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured last month, has been sporting the eyebrow style made popular by the women on reality show Desperate Scousewives

Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge faced the world with more defined eyebrows, rumours about their transformation have abounded.

Had they been tinted? Tattooed? Threaded, tweezed and tidied to perfection?

In fact, it can be revealed that the secret of Kate’s face-framing look is rather more modest – a £15.50 eye shadow powder from a department store make-up counter.

The Duchess has learnt to use the product, from a range by make-up artist Bobbi Brown, to create the impression of thicker, darker, more luxuriant brows. 

Kate, who has apparently long been concerned about her fair and slightly patchy eyebrows, is a frequent visitor to the Bobbi Brown counter at the Peter Jones store in London’s Sloane Square.

It is understood that staff taught her to apply a deep brown shadow in a shade called ‘saddle’ with a slanted make-up brush to ‘fill-in’ her ‘thinning’ brows.

Her secret: The £15.50 eye shadow the Duchess of Cambridge uses to get her brows so 'Scouse'

She is, by all accounts, delighted with her new look, feeling that the darker brows frame her face and make her eyes stand out.

The public reaction has been more mixed, however. The Mail’s Liz Jones described it as ‘a terrible metamorphosis’, and some critics asked whether her brows had been tattooed on to emulate the infamous dark, bold ‘Scouse brow’ sported by the likes of Coleen Rooney and the stars of reality series The Only Way Is Essex. 

Others suggested the makeover has left her brows too heavy for her face.

But while Kate may have changed her look, it seems she has retained her down-to-earth approach. 

Raising an eyebrow: Kate's eyebrow style has been described by The Mail's Liz Jones as 'terrible'
Although she could simply summon the country’s top make-up artists to Kensington Palace, she picked up the eyebrow technique during a highly public – and free – make-up lesson on the shop floor.

Sitting on a stool at the bustling make-up counter, she listened intently while a beauty adviser gave her a step-by-step lesson. Other shoppers walked by oblivious as the pair chatted about everything from eye cream to facial corrector and a creamy concealer she has become a fan of.

Kate, 30, confided that she worries about lines and dark shadows making her look old.

To make sure she looks her best at high-profile events, she invested in a top secret ‘three step’ anti-wrinkle set, which includes a £28 eye cream, a £17 facial corrector and a pot of concealer for £23.

And like most women, she couldn’t resist picking up a few extra goodies while she was there – a £15 lip liner pencil in ‘brownie pink’ which she was told to apply all over her lips, rather than just on the edges, as a base for her lipstick. 

She also bought a pinky £18 lipstick called ‘sandwash tulle’ from the same range. 

Her cache came to £116.50.

An insider said: ‘In her position she has to look good and can’t be seen at posh events touching up her make-up.

‘She said she has a lot of events coming up and wanted to look her best during a big tour of the South Pacific she has later this year.

‘What was most remarkable, though, was that none of the other shoppers recognised the Duchess as she sat there having her make-up lessons. 

‘Her bodyguards were very discreet and she looked just like any other young woman popping in to pick up a few free tips.’

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