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How To Get Kate Middleton’s New Low-fuss Lockdown Look

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s new straight hair look is quickly gaining fans for its low-fuss, easily achievable style.  

She’s previously stuck steadfastly to her trademark bouncy blow dry and glossy waves for periodic appearances via video messages, despite being stuck at home like the rest of the UK. 

But it seems the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has finally decided to fall instep with much of the rest of the country that hasn’t seen their hairdresser for months, and go with a more relaxed, low-fuss approach to her hair for her latest appearances. 

During two video call messages posted on @Kensingtonroyal in the past couple of days. Kate has worn her locks relatively straight and smooth for the first time in recent memory, her longer length hair another relatable nod to the extra time spent at home in recent months while the UK grapples with a high number of COVID-19 cases. 

In the most recent video call alongside her husband Prince William, Kate thanked Scottish NHS staff for their work during the pandemic and gifted them a haggis dinner in acknowledgement of Burns night, an annual Scottish celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems.

Dressed in a tartan Emilia Wickstead dress she first wore during the Queen’s 2019 Christmas lunch, Kate completed the look with understated makeup and a remarkably shiny but low fuss hair look. It’s likely all the time spent at home without excess heat styling has contributed to the healthy state of her hair.

While as usual, there will be no detailed breakdown of her hair styling approach from insiders, there are a few easy steps to follow when aiming to recreate the same smooth style. 

 

Step one: Although the actual steps required are simple and fairly quick, if you want to keep hair smooth with few flyaways, prep starts in the shower. Choose a good quality hydrating shampoo and conditioner like Joico’s Moisture Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner, $38 each, for your hair type, applying a treatment mask once a week to keep strands strong and shiny.  

Step two: Towel dry gently without roughing up hair by squeezing or patting rather than rubbing.

Step Three: Before you blow dry, apply a small amount of smoothing serum or styling creme like Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Lotion, $44, to fingers and run through the lengths of hair, making sure it’s evening distributed. Look for one with heat protectant that will provide nourishment and help keep the cuticles of each strand flat and smooth while warding off any damage from the heat of a hair dryer and flat irons. 

Step Four: Use a blow dryer to dry your hair by angling it down from the  roots of each length toward the ends of strands, gently tousling locks with your fingers to encourage drying but without causing too much movement that will contribute to frizz. Using a flat densely- bristled paddle brush to smooth out locks while drying can help with a straighter finish. 

Step Five: Heated flat irons are helpful for maintaining a straight finish that lasts all day but overly pin-straight hair can look slightly lifeless. The key is not to squeeze them too tightly, nor leave them in one place too long. Instead, take wide sections and run a straightener smoothly from root to tip and then let each section fall and cool. A good quality straightener like Dyson’s Corrale Straightener, $749, will not get overly hot and will distribute heat evenly so you don’t have to do more than one pass on each section, something that can contribute to dryness and damage. For layered styles, you can try turning the ends under slightly by twisting your wrist inwards as you get to the ends so hair retains slightly more shape. 

The most exciting new beauty arrivals in January 2021

The new year has ushered in a load of exciting new beauty arrivals.

From skin solutions to revive your body and face after a season in the sun, to swoon-worthy lipstick, if you’re seeking a little beauty pick-me-up there’s plenty of newness on shelves to indulge in.

Dior’s new Cica Recover Balm, $95 uses Centella Asiatica, a herb famed for quickly repairing and strengthening skin as well as camomile and other botanical extracts to soothe and limit water loss. Fragrance free and formulated to be very close to the skin’s natural PH, it’s the perfect do-it-all balm to have on hand over summer for cuts, bites, grazes, sunburn and very dry skin.

The bold red bottle is a huge departure from Jo Malone’s usual cream and black aesthetic palette, but it’s fair to say the scent inside is too. Jo Malone’s Scarlett Poppy Cologne Intense, $297 comes off more of a soft warm gourmand that anything overwhelmingly floral with initial elements of Fig and tonka bean giving way to soft barley and poppy.

Pure Fiji has made great skincare strides in recent months, shoring up its beloved body range infused with the island’s best botanical ingredients, with some equally worthy additions to your face routine. The newest arrivals hero brightening Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich Kakadu Plum to deliver more resilient, radiant skin. The Brightening Serum, $105, has the most divine gel serum consistency and disappears quickly into skin leaving it beautifully hydrated making it easy to apply makeup over the top.

 

Particulate matter is known to cause free-radical damage that can weaken the skin’s barrier, triggering inflammation, pigmentation and clog pores. Environ’s Anti-Pollution Spritz, $75, provides a lightweight invisible shield loaded with antioxidants for protection and can be applied over makeup throughout the day.

Radiant, dewy, hydrated skin will be major in 2021, and one of the best new releases to meet the trend is Urban Decay’s Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator, $53. A great example of a hybrid makeup/skincare item, it gives skin a decent dose of moisture, is easily applied with fingers and has medium blendable coverage.

While the skincare for the face has hogged the limelight for far too long, it’s like someone just remembered the rest of our body deserves as effective and considered care. Dr Dennis Gross’ new Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment,$102 for 8, comes as a pre-soaked towelette that quickly nixes dry skin, adds moisture and makes the perfect prep prior to applying fake tan.

 

Bondi Sands has introduced an entire new line with a focus on sustainable, recyclable packaging made from post-consumer plastics, easy-to understand ingredients with a skin-health focus and new application options as well. The Self Tanning Sleep Mask, $26.99, is a rich, deeply nourishing cream that can be applied before you sleep as your night cream and is even suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Novices will love how easy it is to dab Maybelline’s Color Strike Shadow pens, $25, on to eyelids to deliver a touch of soft shimmer or matte colour. They last really well and can be gently blended with your finger – no brushes required.

Bobbi Brown’s famous Vitamin Enriched Face Base cream has long been known as the perfect moisturiser to use pre-foundation to make sure your skin stays hydrated and keeps your makeup looking fresh for hours. Now there’s a dedicated version just for the eye area – Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Eye base, $95 – that plumps out fine lines so makeup wont settle in them and holds onto concealer so it won’t slide around or disappear.

Actress Zoe Kravitz and face of French beauty house YSL has put her own spin on YSL’s iconic Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks, $76 each,  for a new mini collection inspired by the general vibe and sparkling lights of her four favourite cities: London, Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles.

As awareness around ‘tech-neck’, or wrinkles exacerbated by looking down at our devices, increases, so too do solutions to treat it, like Dermalogica’s roll-on Neck Fit Contour Serum, $159, with peptides and plant antioxidants as well as polymers said to visibly smooth, firm tighten and tone skin.