The cost of Kate Middleton’s beauty

Friday, 6 July 2012

The cost of Kate Middleton's beautyWho doesn’t want to look like a duchess? But you need to ask yourself, at what cost?

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, always looks lovely and put together. So it’s no surprise that many women are clamoring to mimic her style. Obviously, her good looks were handed down from her parents, but constantly being so well groomed requires a serious beauty regimen. While nobody but Kate knows her exact routine, we’ve uncovered a few products and treatments that are said to be her favorites – and added up the costs. As you can imagine, looking princess-perfect costs a pretty penny.


Kate Middleton’s hair is envied around the world. At the Richard Ward salon in London, where her stylist James Pryce used to work, cuts run about R2 000 and styling comes in just under around R815. Kate is also said to be a fan of Kérastase in-salon treatments, which can range from about R160 to R240.
Total cost: Assuming one trim, a couple of blowouts, the cost of a few hair care products, and one conditioning treatment per month, you could spend upward of R46 300 on your hair every year.


To get her glowing complexion, Kate uses Karin Herzog skin care. ‘Ms. Middleton uses the Professional Cleanser (about R400), the Vita-A-Kombi 1 about R620), the Vita-A-Kombi 3 Spot Zapper (about R260), and the Oxygen Face Cream (about R440),’ according to the brand’s UK managing director, Julie Cichocki. Kate is also a fan of facials and is said to enjoy the occasional Bee Sting Facial from Deborah Mitchell (about 2 170).

Total cost: If a woman were to restock her products every three months and go for a monthly facial, she could be spending over R33 300 a year.


Kate may have done her own make-up for the wedding, but she reportedly took lessons with bridal artist Arabella Preston, who is said to charge more than R800 per hour for consultations. As for products Kate uses regularly, it’s not known, but she was once spotted stocking up on Bobbi Brown products, including eye make-up and ‘basics’.
Total cost: Most of Bobbi Brown’s foundations run between about R300 – R400, blush is about R200, and her eyeliners and eye shadows are around R160. With several hours of lessons and new make-up every few months, even a fan of the natural look like Kate could be spending more than R7 300 on make-up in a year’s time.


Before the wedding, mother-in-law Camilla treated Kate’s nails to services at the Jo Hansford Salon, where manicures run from R470 up and pedicures cost about R620.

Total cost: If you were to have a manicure and pedicure every two weeks, you’d be spending almost R28 400.

Teeth and tanning

Kate has long been rumored to get sunless tans, which run around R960 a session at her usual salon. And she’s supposedly also had dental work and whitening by Dr. Didier Fillion, which could have cost over R8 100.
Total cost: If both of these are true, Kate might have spent about R28 400 in the past year.

Grand total

For her first year of hair, skin, make-up, and grooming as princess, Kate could have spent about R143 900. Now that’s a regimen fit for a queen-to-be!

This article originally appeared on BellaSugar


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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. AndreaM

    I’m speechless, if only we all could afford such treatment.

    5 years ago •

  1. Gardner

    Anyone know where I can purchase the Karin Herzog products in the sandton/Randburg area?

    5 years ago •

  1. karis

    if the princess really uses those skin care products, thats very reasonably skincare range even for those of us that are not princesses as thats the price of most creams locally.

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    All I can afford is the Kerastase treatments!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    The cost of beauty! Well she is a princess now

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I guess she has to live up to the title and spend everything that is necessary to look great with so much attention on her.

    6 years ago •

  1. Ting

    She always looks so presentable and well-groomed, so I guess you can’t put a price on that, plus she has to look fab if she’s the future queen! She has the money to spend on looking good so at least she does a good job of it unlike some celebs who have so much cash but still end up looking like trash…how does that happen? LOL.. Anyways, the Duchess is gorgeous – love her style and elegance!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Anyone can look like her for so much money.

    6 years ago •

  1. GREEN


    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    She is so gorgeous and naturally so! She doesn’t need much make up to look her best.

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    She is radiant and her beauty expenses are not so extravagent like other celebs! She is a natural beauty and she enchances what she has.

    6 years ago •

  1. Judy

    Yowzers! That’s pricey – I hope she gives the equivalent to worthy causes so we know that she’s not just about external beauty

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Well money well spent on her she does look lovely , don’t we all wish to be royalty :))

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Kate is a beauty icon, but for the average woman that is a price range nearly impossible to compete with. It would be great if could list the lesser equivalents of the beauty products Kate uses to get more or less the same results!

    6 years ago •

  1. Odette Johaar

    Makes my beauty budget look like small change.

    6 years ago •

  1. K@t

    Yikes! Too much for the ordinary person.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    It’s insane, but I would kill for her hair and some of the products, clothes and shoes she has. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    wow thats a lot of money, more than my annual salary. she looks stunning but not sure if its worth that money.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    If you’ve got the cash to splurge, why not?

    6 years ago •

  1. Charne

    It goes without saying… There are NO ugly women, only poor ones. Would love to be in her shoes.

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Good thing she married a prince!

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Looking awsome does not come cheap!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    If that’s her grooming allowance,imagine her shoes,bags and clothes allowance…joys of being a royal wife!she’s always fab I must say

    6 years ago •

  1. landman

    Phew wish i had the money to look this great, but thank you beauty u run amazing competitions for us to win beauty products, so we can at least pamper ourselves for free if we win, have to say i love Kate she’s a good example to every woman regarding beauty and fashion.

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    A lot of money for beauty regimen, why not! Shes yhe future queen!

    6 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    She is really beautiful! Love her hair.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Wow that is a lot of money! No wonder she looks so fab

    6 years ago •

  1. Steenkamp

    That is a lot of money, but it is money well spent. She always looks so lovely!

    6 years ago •

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