Kate Middleton’s Monochrome Make-Up: How This Cost-Effective Hack Can Update Your Look In Seconds

The Princess of Wales has upped the make-up ante yet again

Kate Middleton make-up

by Annie Vischer |
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It only ever takes one outing from Kate Middleton, or rather, the Princess of Wales, for a new beauty trend to take root. Last month was no different. Kate attended the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Coach Core at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. She wore a pre-owned blue Chanel double-breasted blazer and a pretty game-changing beauty look.

At first glance, nothing much is different, but to a trained eye Kate is quite clearly dipping her toe in the monochrome make-up trend.

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What is monochrome make-up?

Monochrome make-up involves wearing one colour on most areas of your face. In Kate's case, you can see she is wearing the same colour on her lips as she is on her cheeks. Monochrome make-up is most wearable when you choose to hero a cream blusher shade.


Pros in the know like to wash a bendable cream blusher across cheeks and the bridge of your nose, before painting onto your lips with either fingertips or a brush, and even washing it across your eyelids - either to warm up a bare base, or add a glow to the eyeshadow already in place. Kate quite often sports a flush of rosy blusher, but normally pairs it with a subtle hint of lip liner in a more neutral shade, a sheer slick of gloss and a brown smoky eye. Here, Kate's lip matches the shade of her blusher and the result? A warm, flushed flow that defies the dulling onset of winter.

Keen to make like Kate and try out the monochrome make-up look? Make a play for the cream blush options in Grazia's edit of the best blushers to buy now.

Shop: The Best Blushers To Buy Now


Best Blushers On The Market - Grazia 2022

Best Blushers On The Market 20221 of 16

Huda Beauty, Cheeky Tint Blush Stick, £21

A creamy, and easy to apply stick, swipe these candy coloured balms onto the apples of cheeks for a healthy glow with a dewy finish.

Best Blushers On The Market 20222 of 16

r.e.m Beauty, Cheek and Lip Stick, £18

There's a reason that this 2 in 1 stick blush and lip colour sold out almost immediately. Available in 10 shades of pinks, browns, and burgundies to cater to dark skin tones, these are highly pigmented cheek colours with guaranteed long wear. We're praying for a swift restock..

Best Blushers On The Market 20223 of 16

Rare Beauty, Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, £19

Selena Gomez' Rare Beauty is steadily becoming a firm favourite on social media for its high quality formulations and shelfie-ready packaging. Use a little of this liquid blush for a soft focus, blended out flush or build up for head turning colour.

Best Blushers On The Market 20224 of 16

Morphe, Blush Balm Soft-Focus Cream Blush, £12

For a natural, soft finish this cream blush melts into cheeks for velvet smooth, sheer, matte colour infused with moisturising murumuru and cupuacu butters.

Best Blushers On The Market 20225 of 16

Vieve Sunset Blush, £23

Jamie Genevieve knows good make up, and the Vieve Sunset Blusher is an indicator of her prowess. Vegan and cruelty-free but not compromising on colour, this punchy blush is a makeup artists dream.

Best Blushers On The Market 20226 of 16

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Blusher in Pillow Talk, £30

This two-toned powder blush in dusky pink and champagne shimmer lends skin a rosy glow that is super flattering.

Best Blushers On The Market 20227 of 16

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, £46

Looking to bolster your complexion on the go? Try this nifty blusher stick blended with nourishing Grape Extract and Ayurvedic oils to boost skins hydration, too.

Best Blushers On The Market 20228 of 16

Patrick Ta, Major Headlines Double Take Creme and Powder Blush, £30

Celebrity make-up artist Patrick Ta clearly thought about all skin types and tones when designing the Major Headlines Double Take Crème & Powder Blush Duo. With two formulas that you can even pair together, one is a creamy balm, the other a soft powder for your healthiest, life-like glow.

Best Blushers On The Market 20229 of 16

Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm, £15

You can't go wrong with this creamy, dreamy blusher. A little goes a long way and you can just dab it in with finger tips for a flushed-from-within glow and a dewy finish.

Best Blushers On The Market 202210 of 16

Honest Beauty Creme Cheek Blush, £16

We were beyond excited when Jessica Alba dropped her natural beauty collection last year. And it does not disappoint. The standout? This lightweight, buildable cream blush.

Best Blushers On The Market 202211 of 16

Nars Orgasm Blush, £25

Ask any beauty junkie what their favourite blush is and we can guarantee Nars Orgasm Blush will rank very high. In fact, in 2017 it was reported that one blush sold every two minutes. And we're not surprised - it's the perfect peachy pink that gives a sun-kissed flush.

Best Blushers On The Market 202212 of 16

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Blush, £30

So beautiful, this ombre blush of sunset hues adds a pop of colour to cheeks in one fell sweep. Coral is especially flattering on warm, olive skin-tones.

Best Blushers On The Market 202213 of 16

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks, £22.50

This multi-tasking cream colour compact can be used on cheeks, lips and even eyes. Simply press on with fingertips and blend in.

Hourglass ABest Blushers On The Market 2022mbient Lighting Blush, £3514 of 16

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, £35

Swirl this hybrid of blush and highlighter atop cheekbones for a luminous flush.

Best Blushers On The Market 202215 of 16

Chantecaille Cheek Gelée, £39

Add a pop of colour to your makeup look with this lightweight gel formula. It's great for a natural, sheer finish.

Florence By Best Blushers On The Market 2022 Cheek Me Later Cream Blush, £1416 of 16

Florence By Mills Cheek Me Later Cream Blush, £14

If you prefer a matte finish over dewy, opt for this cream blush that dries down to a powder finish. Blended with kaolin clay, the formula absorbs oil and will stay put all day/night long.

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