How to Get Kate Middleton’s New Summer-Perfect Locks

The Duchess has had a style update and we’re taking tips. 

“Have you done something to your hair?”

When someone compliments you, but can’t quite put a finger on what you’ve updated, it’s a sure sign your stylist has nailed a subtle seasonal style update.

So when Kate Middleton spoke from her @Kensingtonroyal Instagram recently, we listened attentively to the details of her 5 Big Questions initiative, revealing insights around the early years of childhood, and how they might inform support and education going forward. 

But afterwards, the office chat also involved pondering, “Has Kate lightened her hair? And how do we get those flicks?!” 

“It’s nice to see Kate has updated her hair, she has lightened it slightly and added a beautiful golden finish,” confirms Gene ‘Ed’ Edwards, Creative Director at Auckland’s Oscar & Co salon. “Adding more layers to her hair cut has given her hair more bounce and accentuated her new colour.”

Ed has a few tips but most importantly, he advised if you want to achieve a particular colour, rather than trying to stumble around descriptions, take the particular image you like to your stylist and say “I want this”. Hair type and texture allowing, it means you’re both likely to understand the end goal much better. 

To copy Kate’s look, he suggests going for a double pronged approach with highlights toned a caramel colour and slightly deeper roots that give beautiful dimension and shape. To keep hair in healthy shape and make the most of those waves, a bonding treatment used concurrently with the lightning process is a good idea. 

“Ask for a full head of highlights, making sure to ask for a treatment like Redken pH Bonder to maintain the health of your hair. Then, ask for it to be toned using a gloss colour like Redken Shades EQ, with a chocolate brown root smudge and deep golden caramel medium blonde.”

To get the turned out waves Ed recommends starting with a good foundation by using a volumising shampoo and conditioner like Redken High Rise. 

“Add a mousse like Redken Full Effect 04 throughout towel dried hair, focusing on your roots to hold the volume. Then blow dry making sure to add lots of lift at the roots, and smooth out with a natural bristle brush.

“Using a large-barrel curling tong, curl your hair holding the tong vertically, making sure all the curls roll away from the face. Leave curls to cool before giving it a thorough brush. Finally, add some shine spray like Redken Shine Flash to finish.”

GHD Curve Plus Soft Curl Tong, $290, Redken Shine Flash, $38, Redken Full Frame Mousse, $38

Get the Look: Jennifer Lopez’s American Music Awards Beauty Breakdown

Jennifer Lopez wowed at last week’s American Music Awards, first in a shimmering silver Balmain top and skirt on the red carpet, and then a sheer LaQuan Smith bodystocking for her performance with Maluma.

Mary Phillips was the woman behind her make-up, and she’s talked us through exactly how she created the 51-year-old’s stunning look with Pat McGrath Labs products.

“The inspiration for the 2020 American Music Awards, we went with a sultry graphic liner with a modern ‘60s twist,” she shared.


Blend LuxeTrance Lipstick in LaBeija onto the cheeks for a hint of colour finish. Press Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo in Golden onto the high planes of the face to create an iconic glow. The Skin Fetish: Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio accentuates cheekbones, the centre of the nose and cupid’s bow.

Make-up swaps: Glossier Haloscope dew effect highlighter and Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up the Light Skin-Centric Highlighting Palette.


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Blend PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in Xtreme Black into the crease and on the upper and lower lash line to create the shape of the look and add depth. Sweep Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette in Entrapment as the base mixed with EYEdols in Statuesque on the lid. Use Disobedient in the crease and lower lash line to add structure and depth. Use Astral Ghost Orchid shadow in the inner corners and under the brow for shine on the lid. Finish with the Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner on the upper lash line for definition and Dark Star Mascara on the lashes.

Make-up swaps: MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner, Bobbi Brown The Essential Multicolor Eye Shadow Palette in Burnished Bronze, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Cosmic, Smashbox Always On Liquid Eye Liner, and bareMinerals Lashtopia Mega Volume Mascara.


Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour shapes and defines lips with precision. Use MatteTrance Lipstick in Christy for the perfect nude lip and top it off with Lust: Gloss in Gold Allure for added shimmer.

Make-up swaps: Pixi Lip Contour Liner in Bare Buff, Ciate Smile On Lipstick- Be Kind, and Jouer Cosmetics Shimmer Lip Gloss.