I'd love to get that polished look like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kim Sears et al

(104 Posts)
CambridgeBlue Wed 24-Jul-13 14:23:23

I hate the fake nails/hair/tan look that a lot of celebs go for but I'd love to pull off the sleek swishy look that these ladies do so well. I know they have the best hairdressers and make-up artists at their disposal plus generous budgets, and clearly that's not an option for most of us, but there must be other things I could do to make myself look a bit more polished and classy.

I don't suit dresses and heels (nor does my lifestyle) but I don't live in jeans either. I buy quite nice stuff but seem to either look too 'done' and a bit frumpy or casual and slightly scruffy. When I was reading up on colour and style analysis I worked out that I might be a 'natural' type - could that be why I am destined to look like a student or my mother-in-law instead of a classy bird? smile

yummymumtobe Wed 24-Jul-13 14:27:16

It's a great look but hard to pull off. I know a few people like it and some ideas are this - blow dry hair so it looks groomed. Wear quite classic clothes and avoid loads of accessories. Keep nails clean and filed with clear polish. You don't need a big wardrobe - invest in some classic staples and avoid big fashion statements.

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 24-Jul-13 14:30:00

Try googling pics of Jennifer Anniston - she does the natural style very well.

Bear in mind that looking that healthy and polished is pretty much a full time job for those women and adjust expectations accordingly!

<whispers> and get your colours done (vested interest). grin

ZolaBuddleia Wed 24-Jul-13 14:39:43

A huge swishy barnet is a must, no curls or short hair allowed.

crypes Wed 24-Jul-13 14:43:03

So many celebs have fake hair and fake tan because they can't pull off the Duchess of Cambridge look. She is naturally pretty.

Keztrel Wed 24-Jul-13 14:51:03

I think it's all about maintenance - which takes a lot of time! You need to keep your eyebrows tidy and in a good shape, flawless skin, very regular haircuts and hair treatments to keep your hair shiny, good nails with no dry ragged cuticles... I can't even remember to put concealer under my eyes in the morning! And you need to perfect the art of dressing casually whilst still looking smart and pulled together.

CambridgeBlue Wed 24-Jul-13 14:56:31

I'm on a loser straight away then Zola - I've got very short cropped hair! I have grown the top longer recently though, as I don't think i can pull it off as short as I used to, so it does swish a bit! I also had tawny highlights put in to try and look a bit more classy and invested in a new hairdryer to give what hair I have got a bit more oomph.

MadAboutHotChoc I love Jennifer Aniston's style actually, she's quite casual but always looks immaculate.

Do you think it's a size and shape thing too? I've lost weight recently and am about a size 12 but at 5'2 I am never going to be a leggy beauty - I don't mind being short but I do think a bit of height helps.

I think a lot of it is diet and exercise regime too. Again, time and money.

101handbags Wed 24-Jul-13 15:15:00

And waxing. I really want to know how people like the Duchess of Cambridge never have that 'need a wax' hair regrowth - how do they keep their legs smooth and bronzed day in day out?

higgle Wed 24-Jul-13 15:18:04

Ironing - well ironed clothes always look better.

CambridgeBlue Wed 24-Jul-13 15:24:30

Travelin - I'm not sure if I'd want my colours done (I'm in 2 minds - sometimes I think it'd be great) but I would like the style analysis part. Is it possible to do one without the other?

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 24-Jul-13 15:28:35

As well as being naturally beautiful, the duchess of Cambridge is fit. You don't get that shape, and that tone without doing some physical work/exercise, surely?

Not possible with House of Colour. The capsule wardrobe thing only really works if the colours of the clothes all tone - Finding out clothing personality is the next step from colour.

Feel free to PM me if you have questions - don't want to hijack the thread.

Keztrel Wed 24-Jul-13 15:34:41

Hmm...I think the reason the Duchess of Cambridge looks so polished is all to do with maintenance - hairdressers for the long chocolatey hair, great and rather heavy makeup, smart smart clothes all the time. Take away all that and she'd look average IMO. Her long legs are great though I will concede!

RonaldMcDonald Wed 24-Jul-13 15:39:31

Kate Wales looks really overdone to me and very frumpy

Keztrel Wed 24-Jul-13 15:45:52

I didn't know who Kim Sears was but just googled - I think to get that look you need to 1) Have masses of long, thick, well cared for hair and 2) be 21 years old!

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 15:48:34

I looked that polished ONCE! On my wedding day, when I had a hairdresser, make up artist, professional photographer and the whole thing took about 5 hours. Not doable everyday on your own without shed loads of money and assistants.

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 15:49:44

I think KM looks great these days although it's certainly not a look I personally aspire to. But I still wouldn't call her naturally beautiful. If you look at pictures of her from a few years ago she looked like your average girl next door, pretty but by no means jaw dropping.

Her glossy look is all down to grooming, grooming, grooming. That hair takes a lot of maintenance and I'm not convinced it's all hers either.

She does have great legs though.

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 15:53:51

If she had to do her own hair she definitely wouldn't look as groomed.

missbopeep Wed 24-Jul-13 15:54:18

Having lots of access to good hairdressers, dentists and any clothes you want makes a difference.
But don't forget Kim is very young- there are zillions of 25 -31 yr olds out there who look good and would look as good or better if they had access to all of the money she has for grooming.

And it does come down to effort- not least exercise, diet, etc.

BadSkiingMum Wed 24-Jul-13 15:55:44

Duchess of Cambridge always looks good, but I do notice that she is quite heavily made-up.

I think that colour has a lot to do with looking well-groomed. Lots of harmonising, well-coordinated colours. Plus good bag/shoes etc.
Regular hair, eyebrow and beauty treatments.

DontmindifIdo Wed 24-Jul-13 16:09:07

Actually, not sure it's all a natural beauty with Katy Cambridge, photos from her uni days show a relatively pretty but not stunning, very ordinary girl. If anything, back then her hair looked pretty dull and not as thick or well conditioned.

so good conditioning treatment and blow drying your hair daily. Make up that's not OTT but also done with care daily, and dress like you're off to a wedding daily... She also has good posture, something I'm working on, it does make a difference.

PostBellumBugsy Wed 24-Jul-13 16:13:31

I have friends that manage to pull off that polished look and I would say the following about them:

1. They have thickish, straightish long hair in good condition
2. They are slim (either naturally or because they work hard at it)
3. They wear classic items of clothing with a nod to current trends
4. They don't wear much make up but what they do wear is well applied
5. They are good at layering, so always seem appropriately dressed
6. They are all Mums and none of them spend hours on their appearance.

I think you have to be slimish for the Kate Middleton / Jennifer look to work well.

I am hour glass & I just cannot pull off this look - I end up looking frumpy. I am groomed, hopefully not overtly, but always end up looking more glam than I intended because of the shape I am.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 24-Jul-13 16:14:34

they both look VERY high maintenance - TBH i think more work goes into creating a "natural look" rather than a made-up look.
I reckon they must, as a minimum, have haircuts every 4 weeks, and blow-dries twice weekly. natural nails need lots of maintenance and no washing up by hand!

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 16:15:57

She is also incredibly thin which always helps to make you look good in photos.

Remember the engagement photos? She went from girl next door to sleek stunner who had lost a lot of weight.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 24-Jul-13 16:22:30

It also would help you if you could become famous as well as polished. Look at Princess Diana, nowhere near being stunningly beautiful but all the Daily Express readers everyone thought she was because she had that auro of fame.

Navy blazers always seem to help too.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 24-Jul-13 16:22:51


noddyholder Wed 24-Jul-13 16:25:04

I do that look on occasion it takes the most work of all! If you have good basics hair skin clothes bag etc its then a matter of styling and grooming. You need a light tan and defined lashes and brows plus you n=may all shoot me but need to be slim (ish)

badkitty Wed 24-Jul-13 16:28:27

Is there any way of acheiving anything like the swishy hair look without a professional blowdry though? I have thick long hair which hairdressers love, on the rare occasion I visit one, and when they blowdry it it looks great- but that lasts 2 days max and then I am back to tying it in a ponytail all the time as when I dry it it just looks like shite. Do people have lessons or something to learn to blowdry it like a hairdresser? I just have no clue. And that makes probably more difference than anything I think.

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 16:28:30

Oh yes, you definitely need to be the skinnier side of slim for this look.

Kate's face shape has changed so much, she used to have (almost) chubby cheeks.

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 16:32:29

And look how normal her hair looks too!

mrspaddy Wed 24-Jul-13 16:33:11

Lazer treatment for hair removal.. know lot of girls who have had this done... no more razors!!!

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 16:33:23

I think she's had some cutting edge teflon coating added to her hair. It's the only explanation!

Keztrel Wed 24-Jul-13 16:34:38

I like her hair in that 'before' picture a lot more than her usual blowdried-to-hell style! But totally understand why she wants/needs to look so groomed.

MarshaBrady Wed 24-Jul-13 16:34:39

The hair is the thing isn't it. Kate M must get hers done every day.

Then everything pressed and good quality stuff and almost there.

RedPencils Wed 24-Jul-13 16:37:01

The hair takes a lot of maintenance, blow dry every day probably.
Both wear very 'classic' understated clothes, not too much cleavage or legs. I think the look ages both of them tbh.

I see one mum on the school run who always looks immaculate, even when's she's on her way to the gym. I aspire to be so well put together.

cocolepew Wed 24-Jul-13 16:46:41

It's all in the hair and expensive well cut clothes.
Does anyone think KM has extensions in? She seems to have a lot more hair than before ,or is it all in the blow dry?

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 16:47:36

Yes, I think she has extensions!

PostBellumBugsy Wed 24-Jul-13 16:48:31

I think she has very thick hair. If you look at the pics of her when she did the runway thing back at uni, she has loads of hair there too.

Keztrel Wed 24-Jul-13 16:52:30

I've never thought she looks like she has extensions (but am no expert on these things as always have shortish hair). As long as your hair is long and reasonably thick the right blowdry can make it huge! BBH gives me a helmet head of huge hair, and mine is quite fine and bob length.

Fairylea Wed 24-Jul-13 16:57:02

Wow I love that before and after link of km! She's relatively normal looking... there's hope for me! smile haha

justgivemeareason Wed 24-Jul-13 17:01:23

I think Jennifer Aniston's look is too casual, simple and underdone. And Kate looks stunning but older than her age.

Everyone is right about the hair. They must have extensions to make it look thicker. And let's face it, they don't blowdry it themselves.

missbopeep Wed 24-Jul-13 17:03:35

I wouldn't rush to look like Kim! IMO she looks older than she is- she could pass for 35 easily. She's got a pretty face, good teeth, good hair and a nice figure. But whenever I see her I think she looks as if she knows all of this and is trying too hard- and if I didn't know she had a degree I'd think she was a bit of a WAG and an airhead. My DD is within a year of Kim's age and looks much fresher and youthful! IMO again she looks like someone who tries too hard to look 'sophisticated' at too young an age.

FrillyMilly Wed 24-Jul-13 17:07:12

If you want that look you need money but I think KM is ages by her look. She needs to lay off the eyeliner first of all. The pictures of her without her blow dry when she was on a tour of Asia make her look much younger.

MarshaBrady Wed 24-Jul-13 17:08:27

She looked great in the just out of hospital interview. A bit more natural, she looked very pretty.

missbopeep Wed 24-Jul-13 17:10:58

Don't forget that what we see is what they both want us to see. We rarely see them in their old clothes or on a 'bad hair' day- it's all done for an audience and many women could look that good with the money, effort and a team of people to help.
They have an advantage in that they are both pretty and have very regular neat features, long hair, and are slim ( though they work on that.)
No one can look or should try to look like anyone else - but you can make the most of what you have.

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 17:11:08

The clothes she wears are pretty interchangeable with the clothes her Mum wears, just quite middle aged. I know that she has to toe quite a conservative line fashion wise but it would be great to see her hint at something a teeny bit edgier and younger.

merrymouse Wed 24-Jul-13 17:13:21

I think the hair is quite expensive to pull off BUT I think it's poss to pull off that glowing look IF you run everywhere AND always have access to a shower.

Chocolateteabag Wed 24-Jul-13 17:28:29

Getting a Brazilian blow dry (the keratin one which is flat ironed in) does make frizzy hair a hell of a lot easier to manage for 3 months or so.

Kim Sears Looked lovely in the Nady Murray interview where they were walking the dogs. She knew she'd be on camera throughout Wimbledon and be getting judged in the DM - I would have hired an entire crew to do daily makeovers if that was me! And she mainly wore high street stuff except for the final (and if I was offered a free £1k dress I'd wear it too!)

merrymouse Wed 24-Jul-13 17:32:03

I think Kim sears should have had a little prize for her hair at the final - in that heat too! (or is there aircon on centre court?). It was so swishy.

noddyholder Wed 24-Jul-13 17:55:22

I think hair like that is something you are born with I have it and am a lazy moo Sadly the rest of me has gone to pot

MrsPercyPig Wed 24-Jul-13 17:56:40

I think it's to do with the LK Bennett wedges and similar style shoes and a pretty (just above knee) dress.

I think she looks great too.

hermioneweasley Wed 24-Jul-13 17:57:21

A friend of mine goes to same salon as KM. <cough....extensions...cough>

Iatemyskinnyperson Wed 24-Jul-13 17:57:53

You've got to give KM prizes for being photogenic though. I've never seen a bad pic of her. I quite like her style. Especially her maternity wear- she was really elegant & not at all tent-like.

How to achieve her look? Be blessed with good genes, good taste and lots of money I'd say...

noddyholder Wed 24-Jul-13 17:59:19

They both look older than they are That is not something to aspire to. You can see that polished look any day of the week in Chelsea but with a cool edge which is more youthful The dresses are hideous!

merrymouse Wed 24-Jul-13 18:06:04

You have to pay for a good hair colourist as well to get those flattering 'In my spare time I'm a beach lifeguard' highlights.

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 18:06:07

I KNEW she had extensions.

Gossip is proof in my book wink

bookishandblondish Wed 24-Jul-13 18:15:06

The other thing about the clothes is they will fit properly - I used to know two very well groomed women and both got up two hours earlier to do their hair. But also, both admitted to buying clothes too big and getting them taken in by dressmakers so top shop wasn't only a top shop dress.

MrsPercyPig Wed 24-Jul-13 18:15:13

Do people really think KM looks older than 30?

I don't know, I think she looks very appropriate for her age and position.

What does 30 look like anyway?!

bigkidsdidit Wed 24-Jul-13 18:16:21

I'd love this look but I have very curly hair and will never look sleek.

You need good legs for this look too

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 18:19:37

Yeah,I think she looks a very polished 33. Her make up is really ageing.

merrymouse Wed 24-Jul-13 18:21:08

She is older than 30

MrsPercyPig Wed 24-Jul-13 18:22:42

So only a few years then? I thought you were going to say 40 odd!

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 18:25:38

How old is she?

MrsPercyPig Wed 24-Jul-13 18:26:32


valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 18:28:32

I thought she was only about 26 but looked 33. Just googled she's 31.

She looks just right then imogrin

cocolepew Wed 24-Jul-13 18:34:34

I knew she had extensions! Her hair looks like Cheryl Coles.
Gossip is proof for me too.

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 18:41:18

My friend has extensions-they cost a bomb and are EXACTLY the same colour as her hair, put them underneath and you really can't tell.

Gossip is proofgrin

auldspinster Wed 24-Jul-13 18:49:58

I've got fine hair but masses of it, my hair looks like that when it's blow dried, not convinced she has extensions.

PaulSmenis Wed 24-Jul-13 18:56:23

Looking good is expensive unless you're young. I try to look polished but fail miserably. After getting my hair cut and roots touched every 8 weeks and getting my legs and my nether regions done every 8 weeks, I'm basically skint.

I try to buy classic clothes but always end up with something that catches my eye and is a bit vintage. Need more self restraint and grownupness!

Layl77 Wed 24-Jul-13 18:57:26

She has a lot of fake tan on for someone who had just given birth. Looks fab but she's very brown! Chocolate brown blow dried hair and lots of eyeliner.
Conservative, well fitting clothes too. She didn't look big pregnant as she wore skimming clothes rather than baggy or tight.

ivykaty44 Wed 24-Jul-13 19:01:50

I sat about 6 months before the olympics and watched kerry-An Payne giving a swim demo - she was amazingly stunning in a swim suit without make-up on - it is the radiance of being slim, well cared for hair and good food along with the best way to treat your body is to regular exercise.

ivykaty44 Wed 24-Jul-13 19:03:23
CambridgeBlue Wed 24-Jul-13 19:27:34

So why is it that someone like Cheryl Cole doesn't look as - using this word again - polished? Or Luisa from The Apprentice? Or Amy Childs? Both have good figures, both wear the slim fitting dress and heels with big hair look and yet neither of them have that classy edge - that's what I want!

(But I haven't got big hair or good legs and I'm short with an hourglass figure so I think it's likely to be impossible!)

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 19:36:28

Cheryl and Luisa's looks are too blingy and non conservative to be similar to the Posh Rich Girl with Tumbly Hair look.

Kate doesn't do lycra. Also no mega boob job. Everything is reserved and a tad prematurely middle aged.

MrsPercyPig Wed 24-Jul-13 19:37:43

Cheryl Cole et al favour a 'sexy' look, with the apprentice lady going for the corporate tart look- they are all about cleavage, fake eyelashes and tight body con outfits with KM would not wear!

mrscog Wed 24-Jul-13 19:50:29

I thought Luisa did look quite polished in a 'young' way (she is only 25). Unfortunately some of the skyscraper heels took away from the polish, anything over 4 inches just looks silly (IMHO)

ProphetOfDoom Wed 24-Jul-13 20:01:18

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FaddyPeony Wed 24-Jul-13 20:17:19

I think that Kate does really have good genes. Not sure if there's much in comparing her to her former pre-polished self - people's faces change a lot between teenagerhood and womanhood - mine certainly did; it's become much less round and babyish, although my weight has been more or less the same for years.

The question about C.Cole et al not looking as glowingly polished is interesting. I have been thinking about this and here's what I've come up with: Kate wears blusher really well. It's the right shade of baby pink -- it makes her look cute and healthy and attractive. It makes her eyes and teeth glow. It enhances her natural air of supressed merriment (does anyone else notice that or is it just me?!). Whereas other more made-up women often choose a more contoured look to make them look glam, Kate's blusher makes her look healthy and pretty. (BTW I really do NOT agree that she looks older than 31 - at all!)

I've a friend who looks effortlessly healthy and polished in this way. Lots of it is down to genes, being slim, and looking great with a (real?) tan. But my friend also spends up to an hour blowdrying her hair every day. I am not kidding. It's insanely beautiful hair - we are talking a long thick gleaming sheet of loveliness - but OMG.

bamboostalks Wed 24-Jul-13 20:21:11

Kate looks amazing, am full of admiration. Hope William knows how lucky he is.

merrymouse Wed 24-Jul-13 20:32:33

I think Cheryl cole's looks suits what she does - something would be wrong if she dressed like Kate.

However, apprentice finalists looked a bit odd because they did heels AND boobs AND legs AND tan AND hair etc etc.

You can't flaunt everything and look polished.

cheerfulweather Wed 24-Jul-13 20:34:35

I too think she looks overdone and frumpy, and years older than her actual age.

ivykaty44 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:46:12

Cheryl and Luisa's fake tan

oohdaddypig Wed 24-Jul-13 20:47:30

I really think its down to being willing to brow dry your [long and thick] hair every day. Who can be arsed with that?

I do think Kate and Kim look gorgeous. They are naturally pretty and make the best of themselves but not in a tarty or frumpy way. Which to me means well fitting but not clinging.

I would love to look like Jen A though - she looks casual yet stunning AND her hair isn't always down...

Paintyourbox Wed 24-Jul-13 20:52:19

Reading with interest, I would love to have that naturally polished look.

However I don't hold out much hope as I am sitting in my PJs eating fried chicken blush

missbopeep Wed 24-Jul-13 21:04:52

Evidently the blusher is Bobbi Brown- my money is on 'Slopes'.

I think she has a very line to tread with her formal clothes- she looks great in jeans and a jumper but her 'outfits' have to show Britain in a certain light- it's almost a costume she wears for her role. When you look back at- dare I say it- Diana- her outfits at times were ghastly and very ageing. I think it must be very hard for someone like the Duchess to choose outfits that are youthful yet respectful to the monarchy because she is part of the 'Firm'. Off duty she looks much younger.

CambridgeBlue Wed 24-Jul-13 21:58:27

I definitely see that about her Faddy, she's actually got quite a cheeky face!

I'm off to buy a new blusher and get hair extensions and a boob reduction.

WholeLottaRosie Wed 24-Jul-13 22:02:28

They aren't necessarily having a blow dry every day though are they? Just the days they know they'll be seen in public.
I bet if Kate is staying in for the next few weeks it'll be hair in a pony tail and no make-up. Can't quite see her in jogging pants and a stained t-shirt though, wonder what her chill-out clothes are like?

valiumredhead Wed 24-Jul-13 22:28:09

Arf @jamas and chickengrin

Scarletohello Wed 24-Jul-13 23:03:30

Er, marry a prince...? smile

PlatinumStart Thu 25-Jul-13 07:18:43

She's the ultimate package girl.

Without intervention she'd be just another reasonable looking woman with good genes however she clearly works hard at the look.

As a minimum she will:

Permenantly diet
Work out
Professional blow dries
Fake tan
Brows lashes tinted
Excellent dental care

Additionally she quite possibly has:
Regular facials
Subtle lash extensions
Hair extensions
Other "beauty" treatments

All this on a pretty much unlimited budget.

I'm not adverse to any of these things, in fact I quite like to indulge but her look is hard work,mime consuming and expensive.

Jemster Thu 25-Jul-13 07:52:29

What tan do you reckon KM uses to get that colour? I've been searching for years to find one to give that effect and still haven't! In particular her face, looks so healthy due to the tan. I spent a fortune on a clarins face tan but it's barely noticeable!

Kate Wales wears a bit too much make up to look fresh faced, but her hair, legs and generally very slim, toned figure give her a very groomed look, IMO.

Housewife2010 Thu 25-Jul-13 08:10:14

I reckon she has a natural tan at the moment. She's a known sun worshipper & has probably been enjoying the recent heatwave in the gardens of Middleton Manor & KP.

missbopeep Thu 25-Jul-13 08:34:27

Not sure about her tan- according to Jan Moir D Mail, she was wearing tights outside the hospital. Her arms aren't that tanned. She also has a very lined forehead in the close up pics, as does Pippa, and she appears to have some holes in her forehead from previous spots. Having said that she is very pretty, I'm just disputing that she's had loads of treatments because she'd have this stuff fixed if she had!

Bumblequeen Thu 25-Jul-13 08:38:33

I do not think KM is beautiful. Pretty, yes. She has striking eyes but her lips are almost non existent when she smiles.

She has an athletic shape and wears classic clothes. Some ageing, others not. Her maternity wardrobe was nice. I would not have said no to any of those outfits!

I agree with the poster who stated that slim women wear day dresses effortlessly while the more curvier look like they are trying too hard.

Daily, I admire slim women, 10 and under who wear day dresses to work. I am a 12 and could not pull it off so easily.

CambridgeBlue Thu 25-Jul-13 09:18:44

I think that is a lot of my problem Bumblequeen - I am slimmish but with a curvy hourglass figure - in the sort of dresses the D of C wears I either look frumpy or like Barbara Windsor!

Thanks for all the replies, this is really interesting reading. I think PlatinumStart's list is about right but not sure I've got the time, budget or inclination for that lot! Definitely picked up a few tips for ditching my inner student though smile

ZolaBuddleia Thu 25-Jul-13 10:26:10

I wear Bobbi Brown Slopes blusher.

<waits for you all to curtsey>

mummiebummie Thu 25-Jul-13 20:15:02

Extensions, yes. It would almost be more of a surprise if KM didn't have them, imo.
I agree that she is nice looking rather than beautiful, but definitely has the polished look. A combination of her style personality (which her mum seems to share) and a mega budget.
Being extremely thin also helps but there are lots of skinny girls who don't look polished too so it really does depend.

Matsikula Thu 25-Jul-13 21:14:42

I actually don't like her hair. It is the hair of someone with too much time on their hands, and makes her look like princess barbie. Groomed is one thing, but her 'do' is often pretty much identical to Cheryl Cole's.

I agree about the power of blusher. On me I think it even makes more difference than mascara, and the bobbie brown counters are good at matching you with the right colour.

I liked her post-birth outfit. It was nice that she wasn't too trussed up, and it's really refreshing to see someone high profile with a post-natal bump.

TSSDNCOP Fri 26-Jul-13 08:24:33

It's all about eyebrows to start with. google any "before" shots of Jen Anniston, Kate Wales et al and they change radically once their brows are defined. Threading is the way to go, Asian women have brows down pat.

Then it's hair that's manageable be it short or long, and again it's all in the cut. Buy the best you can afford, have it done every 6 weeks. Ditto colour. Certain things just do not look as good if done yourself: pay peanuts, get monkies

Water and fruit for clear skin. Excercise is why Cameron Diaz always looks so bloody good.

Bobbi cosmetics, lightly done.

Heed your mums advice: legs or boobs, eyes or lips but never both at the same time. Buy fewer, better quality clothes.

Smile. Nothing says try to hard like a rictus face like really, really good looking people

PlatinumStart Fri 26-Jul-13 08:57:03

Definitely agree re brows - after years of having them "averagely" threaded I have started seeing a "brow stylist" and the change is phenomenal. I thought they were good before but not I actually get complimented specifically on my brows, I've been told I look years younger and friends are always asking what it is I've had "done"

Paintyourbox Fri 26-Jul-13 10:48:03

There's defo something about good brows. The few days before I get mine threaded I always look crap, regardless of how polished the rest of me is. Since threading them people have started to say how well shaped they are instead of the dodgy plucked look

Off to get my nails done today too- nothing flash, just a shape and tidy up but every little bit helps right?!

Just don't mention ditching the fried chicken

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