Today, January 9, the Duchess of Cambridge turns 39 years old. While we wait in anticipation for pictures to flood in of the Duchess enjoying her birthday celebrations behind Palace walls, during Britain's third national lockdown, one thing is for certain, Kate will be coiffed and preened to subtle perfection.
During the past year when the world was (and still is) in disarray, the Duchess of Cambridge has made some significant style strides during her numerous public appearances, whether it's behind a floral face mask in public or looking luminous from the other side of a computer screen for one of her video meet and greets.
In a series of subtle tweaks to her hair and face, from her natural Zoom make-up to her polished waves, groomed eyebrows and outdoorsy glow, at 39, the Duchess of Cambridge is the face of optimism we all need now.
These are the four key beauty secrets that make Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, a modern beauty icon of our times.
Her polished, caramel hair
While Kate switches between deep brunette and a right-for-now blondette shade, the recent addition of youth enhancing caramel and cinnamon tones give the Duchess of Cambridge's hair a light-reflecting radiance that boosts her porcelain complexion. While brunettes tend to shine more than blondes, a few highlights around the hair line will warm up a flat winter complexion. In Kate's case, it's likely that she has gone for a warm semi-permanent gloss that adds a richness to her hair colour without looking streaky - a smart way to add shine and depth to dark hair without the commitment of a permanent colour change that could damage condition.
Her warm, winter glow
A commitment to fresh, outdoorsy make-up gives the Duchess a warm glow, even throughout winter. A new modern touch of bronzer beneath her cheekbones and swept into her temples warms up her complexion in a way that traditional pink blusher cannot. Teamed with nothing more than groomed eyebrows that lift her facial features, Kate's understated bronzed look works perfectly with her signature half-up, half-down hairstyle.
Her radiant skin
2021 is all about skin as we scale back on make-up to concentrate on our skincare regimes, and Kate's natural radiance is what we are all after now, according to the latest polls. Known for her rosy glow, luminosity is top of Kate's skincare goals which is best achieved with a luxurious cleansing regime and vitamin C serum that evens out skin tone and reduces pigmentation, while boosting collagen to firm and plump the skin to reflect light. An ageless combination, Kate's healthy glow sets off her naturally white smile.
New soft eye make-up
Eye make-up has had a resurgence since face coverings became the new normal. The Duchess of Cambridge's soft brown eyeshadow is a subtle upgrade from her former black eye pencil that she traditionally wore inside her water line. The ideal way to emphasise eyes, without appearing old fashioned or creating hard lines, Kate's new soft brown look sets off her dark eyes, while the tone on tone balance of bronzed eyes, cheeks and glossy brown hair, creates an air of modernity and approachability.