Kate Middleton's 'age-defying' make-up at the Earthshot Prize Awards

Kate’s ‘age-defying’ make-up: Radiant Duchess of Cambridge looked ‘ethereal’ by opting for smokey eyes, rose blush and microbladed eyebrows for Earthshot Prize Awards, beauty expert reveals

  • Duchess of Cambridge, 39, opted for ‘go-to’ smokey eyes at last night’s event 
  • She added a rose blush and ‘dark statement brows’ as she joined Prince William 
  • For the London-based awards, Kate recycled a dress she first wore ten years ago 

Not only did Kate Middleton prove her fashion prowess yesterday when appearing at the Earthshot Prize’s first awards ceremony in a recycled £4,290 Alexander McQueen dress – but she also nailed her makeup look, according to an expert.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, opted for ‘go-to’ smokey eyes, a rose blush and ‘dark statement brows’ as she joined Prince William, also 39, on the green carpet at Alexandra Palace in London.

To match the event’s ethos, the mother-of-three recycled a dress she first wore ten years ago in 2011, at a Bafta reception in Los Angeles while she and Prince William were touring America as newlyweds.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Laura Kay, make-up expert and brow guru from Laura Kay London, suggested Kate appeared ‘truly ethereal’ thanks to her ‘age-defying’ make-up look. 

She also claimed the royal had possibly enhanced her appearance through ‘microblading’ – a semi-permanent eyebrow treatment where pigment is implanted under the skin. 

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), 39, opted for ‘go-to’ smokey eyes, a rose blush and ‘dark statement brows’ as she joined Prince William, also 39, on the green carpet at Alexandra Palace in London

To match the event’s ethos, the mother-of-three (pictured) recycled a dress she first wore ten years ago in 2011, at a Bafta reception in Los Angeles while she and Prince William were touring America as newlyweds

Laura said: ‘Kate is a showstopper. She is truly ethereal at her latest red carpet appearance. She oozes confidence and will be self aware of the direct comparisons people will be making about her Alexander McQueen dress which she wore a decade ago.

‘She looks amazing both times she wore the McQueen dress and is defying the laws of ageing. With a classic yet modern twist, Kate has given her latest look edge by incorporating subtle hints of sparkles and autumnal tones to her hair and make up.

What is microblading and how does it work 

What is microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow treatment where pigment is implanted under the skin.

With a needle-like tool, the surface of the skin is delicately scratched to mimic natural brow hairs.

Microblading works on the second layer of skin, unlike tattooing, which works on the third layer of skin.

How does it work? 

‘Kate’s make-up is fresh with a pink rosy blush to contour her cheekbones. She again has opted for deep smokey eyes that is recently becoming her “go-to” look when she makes a public appearance.’

She added: ‘What is more noticeable is her dark statement brows. Kate’s brows are full and bushy and you can see fine hair strokes to the outer edges of her brows.

‘Kate’s eyebrows are naturally thin so in my opinion she could have had microblading to enhance them.

‘She looks to have filled out the brows more on the night further by smudging a pencil through the centre of her brows in an outward motion to give an ombre effect. This really helps give brows high definition and is fast becoming Kate’s signature style.’

The expert continued: ‘Besides Kate’s defined eyes, her make-up is natural, apart from her lips where Kate has opted for a silver metallic sparkle that helps her earrings and belt dazzle for the cameras.

‘She has used an oil free matte foundation for a soft glam make -up look that also balances perfectly with her autumnal toned silky hair.’

Kate proved her environmental chops at yesterday’s Earthshot Prize green carpet as she stunned in a gorgeous powder purple dress she first wore in 2011. 

The Alexander McQueen gown was cinched at the waist with a dazzling golden belt and boasted delicate pleating to perfectly complement the duchess’ slender frame. 

Known for her effortless style and poised looks, the royal wore her hair in her signature bouncy blow-dry with a light curl. 

Kate has a close afflation with Alexander McQueen having worn the British fashion house’s designs on notable occasions, most famously to her wedding in 2011. 

Making sure they kept up with the sustainability, William and Kate arrived in their new Audi car after installing electric charging points at Kensington Palace.

Ditching his usual black tuxedo for a trendy polo neck and green velvet jacket, William, who created the Earthshot Prize with the Royal Foundation, looked like the picture of 007 while Kate sported classic Hollywood glamour. 

Kate stunned in a gorgeous powder purple dress as she joined Prince William at Alexandra Palace in London on the green carpet for the first ever Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony

She hasn’t aged a day! Kate first wore the dress to the BAFTAs in 2011 (left) and looked almost identical yesterday (right) in the Alexander McQueen number

Effortless style: The Duchess opted for a glamorous make-up look with foundation and blusher as well as a dramatic smokey eye

The outfit had echoes of Daniel Craig’s pink velvet tuxedo that he wore to the No Time to Die premiere in London earlier this month.  

No stars have flown to London for the ceremony and guests were asked by organisers to ‘consider the environment when choosing their outfit’. 

Most guests followed William and Kate by re-using an outfit they had previously worn. William wore the same bottle green jacket at Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary two years ago.  

Emma Watson, 31, wowed in a backless white dress and trouser combo with rubber boots

Beautiful in blue! Emma Thompson, 62, sported a navy suit for the green carpet. The British actress showed off her effortless style in the double breasted jacket

TV royalty: Dermot O’Leary was joined by Clara Amfo on the carpet. Dermot sported a black tuxedo while Clara wore a white suit with patchwork detail


The Earthshot Prize Winners for 2021 are:

Protect and Restore Nature

The Republic of Costa Rica 

With an innovative policy paying citizens to protect the rainforests and restore local ecosystems, the people of Costa Rica and their Ministry for Environment have reversed decades of deforestation. 

Since the programme launched, Costa Rica’s forests have doubled in size, leading to a boom in ecotourism and contributing 4 billion to the economy Through winning The Earthshot Prize, Costa Rica will expand their work to protect the ocean and support the replication of their approach in other countries, especially in the Global South. 

Clean our Air

Takachar, India 

New Delhi-based Takachar has developed pioneering technology to help end the burning of agricultural waste, which causes severe air pollution. Their cheap, small-scale, portable technology attaches to tractors and converts crop residues into sellable products like fuel and fertilizer and helps reduce smoke emissions by up to 98%. 

By winning The Earthshot Prize, Takachar will expand its operations to more rural communities around the world with a goal to cut a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. 

Revive our Oceans

Coral Vita, Bahamas 

Coral Vita’s innovative approach to coral farming of growing coral on land then replanting it in the ocean can grow coral up to 50 times faster than traditional methods and improves coral resilience to the impact of climate change. 

Winning The Earthshot Prize will accelerate Coral Vita’s goal to establish a global network of coral farms to grow a billion corals each year. 

Build a Waste-free World

The City of Milan Food Waste Hubs, Italy 

As the first major city to enforce a city-wide food waste policy, Milan’s Food Waste Hub programme recovers food from local supermarkets and restaurants and distributes it to citizens in need, recovering about 130 tonnes of food per year, an estimated 260,000 meals equivalent. 

Through winning The Earthshot Prize, the city of Milan’s model can be scaled to other cities. 

Fix our Climate

AEM Electrolyser, Thailand/Germany/Italy 

The AEM Electrolyser from Enapter turns renewable electricity into emission-free hydrogen gas with a technology that has been developed quicker and cheaper than ever before and can transform how we power our homes and buildings and fuel transport. Funding from The Earthshot Prize will help scale mass production, making it universally easy to buy and install AEM Electrolysers wherever activities have high energy demand.

Following a performance by Coldplay and Korean boy band BTS, powered by 60 people pedalling bicycles, William gave a stark warning that ‘time is running out’ to tackle climate change.

He said: ‘The actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand. 

‘The future is ours to determine, and if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible. I want to say something to all the young people watching tonight.

‘For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future. But Earthshot is for you. 

‘In the next ten years we are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet. ‘ 

William closed the event by announcing that the following year’s Earthshot event would be held in the United States – where his brother Prince Harry lives with Meghan Markle. 

The first-ever five winners were revealed yesterday at a glittering ceremony held in London. 

Each winner will receive £1million prize money and a global network of support to scale their cutting-edge environmental solutions to repair our planet. 

The five winners, which span the globe from Costa Rica to India, include transformative technologists, innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city and were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.

The first award to be handed out went to Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher of Coral Vita – a project which grows coral on land to replenish life in dying ocean ecosystems. 

Its methods grow coral up to 50 times faster than typical methods and improves resilience to the impact of climate change. 

They beat competitors Pristine Seas and Living Sea Walls.

Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo joined Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in handing out the awards at Alexandra Palace in north London.  

Emma Watson presented the second award, which went to AEM Electrolyser, which turns renewable electricity into emission-free hydrogen gas. 

Vidyut Mohan of Takachar, which converts leftover crops in fuel, won the following prize. 

Takachar developed a cheap, small-scale, portable technology that attaches to tractors in remote farms, converting crop residues into bio-products like fuel and fertilizer.

Emma Thompson presented the fourth Earthshot award to the city of Milan, whose Food Waste Hubs aim to halve waste by 2030. 

Each hub recovers food, primarily from supermarkets and companies’ canteens, and gives it to NGOs who distribute it to citizens. 

And presenting the fifth and final award, The Duchess of Cambridge said: ‘Nature is vital to us all… But for too long we’ve neglected our wild spaces and now w’ere facing a number of tipping points. 

‘If we don’t act now we will permanently destabilise our planet and rob our children of the future they deserve.’ 

The award went to the Republic of Costa Rica, whose Ministry for Environment paid citizens to protect forests, plant trees, and restore ecosystems, leading to the country’s forests doubling in size.  

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