Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Kate Middleton has a budget beauty trick that's “quite necessary”

kate middleton may 2017.jpg

There’s no denying, Kate Middleton gives good face. Clear, smooth skin has been her thing since she first came to our attention in her uni days and her subtle, rosy glow still grabs the attention of beauty editors.

‘Well, she’s a bloomin’ duchess’, you may cry (the more cynical adding, ‘we’re probably paying for her to get bathed in Creme de la Mer’). But apparently, that’s not the case.


Read more: “Easygoing” Kate Middleton is camera shy and “surprisingly lacking in vanity”, says former fashion editor


Remember how Kate did her own bridal make-up? The woman who taught her how to apply that smoky eyeliner, Arabella Preston, has indicated that our future queen’s expensive-looking visage is not the result of a super-premium skincare routine - but a nan’s favourite.

And the surprising secret behind Kate’s flawless complexion is … a basic flannel. Yes, she likely scrubs up using square towel off-cuts that cost about a quid in the likes of Wilko and Poundland, or £4.95 if you want to splash out on the Harrods branded variety.

kate middleton

Flannel fan? Kate Middleton on her wedding day in 2011

One of the few beauty cupboard relics the luxury skincare industry hasn’t bothered to rebrand, just the word “flannel” conjures up images of rock hard soap on a rope, pungent Vosene bottles and mud coloured bathroom suites - complete with bidet. Flannels belong in a yesteryear world of dishcloths, peg bags and ornaments that require Brasso cleaner.

That’s all assuming you were born before 1990 – do young millenials even know what a flannel is?

We now have the option of “professional cleansing cloths” made from muslin and coming in at 15 times the price of the good old flannel - but that’s not what our Kate’s all about.

Kathleen Hou, a beauty journalist who interviewed Kate’s make-up artist for US website The Cut, declares flannels, or washcloths as they are known across the pond, are “not really an American thing”. She goes on to explain to readers that they are “a towel with firm but soft fibres”.

 

A post shared by Arabella Preston (@arabellapreston) on

Kate Middleton's make-up artist Arabella Preston says flannels are "quite necessary"

“I associate face towels with bacteria and gross little brothers,” she tells Preston. “I’ve used muslin clothes, thanks to the Eve Lom cleanser, but not a washcloth.”

“Oh, but it’s quite necessary,” Preston told her.

Why? Essentially it washes your face “properly” by removing make-up and dirt, while gently exfoliating at the same time.

After two weeks flanneling, Hou is a convert. She declared her skin “looks clearer and better than ever” and said people have even complimented her on her regal glow.

Images: Rex Features, Instagram

Related

armpit ink.JPG

Armpit tattoo designs are here to inspire you

iStock-647036194.jpg

This dad had the best reason for banning his daughter from waxing

courtney cox.jpg

Courteney Cox thanks friends for helping her embrace “natural” face

More

Sign up to our weekly beauty email

24 Sep 2017

Rihanna's releasing a dazzling Fenty Beauty collection for Christmas

And it includes the one thing her original collection was missing…

by Susan Devaney
22 Sep 2017

Get prepped for Christmas with this Disney advent calendar

Be the Belle of the festive season

by Nicola Colyer
21 Sep 2017

The unusual £3.50 beauty product that ASOS shoppers are obsessing over

Disney fans, prepare to lose your minds

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Sep 2017

This Charlotte Tilbury product is only on sale for 24 hours

Take all of our money

by Susan Devaney
20 Sep 2017

The A-list stars who experimented with dramatic hair makeovers

The ultimate celebrity hair transformations

19 Sep 2017

Why you’ve been applying deodorant all wrong, according to a doctor

And two easy steps to getting it right

by Megan Murray
18 Sep 2017

These Fenty Beauty foundation shades have already sold out in the UK

Putting paid to the myth that make-up for darker skin tones won’t sell as well

by Moya Crockett
18 Sep 2017

Beyoncé’s make-up artist just shared his top tip for shaping eyebrows

Hold up, this is a beauty game-changer…

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Sep 2017

Five-minute tutorials for a plaited ballet bun

A whimsical and easy-to-style updo

18 Sep 2017