5 Things Kate Middleton Always Does — & Nobody Has Noticed

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There's a royal phenomenon that's been dissected and discussed for years known as the "Kate Middleton effect." That is, the Duchess of Cambridge's unique ability to instill retail fever in adoring fans around the globe. It's been almost two decades since Middleton stepped into the public eye and she's continued to sell out dozens of items, from the Reiss dress she wore to meet the Obamas to the Zara coat she wore out and about in London.
"The Kate Effect may be worth £1 billion to the U.K. fashion industry," Newsweek reported back in 2012. Clearly, the international public wants a slice of the royal pie — or at least the look. However, while all eyes have been on the Duchess' wardrobe, we've turned to analyzing her beauty signatures.
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After all, Middleton has been known to accessorize everything from gowns to casual riding ensembles with the same glam: barrel curls, nude lip color, and heavily-rouged cheeks, but it goes a lot deeper than that. For one, she never wears a sharp hair part, always has her bottom lashes lined, and we've yet to find a picture of her signature bun positioned above her ears. It's calculated, to say the least.
Middleton takes this look — which reminds some of classic pageant beauty — and adds her own flair. We've rounded up five things she always does so that you, too, can get that royal glow.
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First, watch one woman try on three iconic Kate Middleton looks in this transformation video.
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1. The Princess Mullet

What's sleek up top and barrel curled on the bottom? Middleton's perfectly polished blowout. (In the best way, of course!) Middleton doesn't subscribe to the hair trends sweeping the celeb world. Instead, she opts for styles that are always smooth above her ears, but voluminous below.
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Sadly, getting Middleton's sleek barrel curls isn't as easy as rolling out of bed and misting your hair with salt or shine spray. If you have long hair like Middleton's, start by blowing out damp hair using a blow dryer and a round brush — and don't forget to prep your strands with a heat protector suited for your texture. Once your hair is sufficiently sleek, use a 1.5-inch iron (we like this one) to create curls through the bottom ends of your hair. And whatever you do, don't brush them out!
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2. Diffused Bottom Liner

Rather than reach for bold colors or sharp lines, Middleton always opts for makeup that softly defines her eyes — and always wears liner on the bottom. A diffused wash of color tends to adorn her top lid while a thick, yet smudged, line of classic black color always lines her bottom lashes. The result? A soft, daytime appropriate smoky eye that flatters any ensemble.
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Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage.
This part of Middleton's beauty look couldn't be easier to do at home. In fact, all you need is a trusty black eyeliner pencil and a dense smudge brush.
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3. Soft Hair Parts

Seriously, just try to find an image of Middleton with a crisp hair part. Go ahead — we'll wait. Now you see what we're talking about. Middleton isn't a fan of crisp lines, whether they're on her eyes or in her hair. To complement her bouncy curls, Middleton employs soft hair parts that are just jagged enough to make the hair look casual and soft.
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The shape of one's part doesn't seem like it would make a big difference to an overall look, but having a sharp part has a tendency to give hair looks additional structure. Luckily, you can score the effortless look pretty easily: put down the brush, flip your head over, and part hair with your fingers for an imperfect finish.
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4. Low Buns, Chignons, & Ponytails

When Middleton isn't wearing her hair in her standard barrel curls, she's usually wearing it in a sleek, low chignon or classic ponytail. You've probably spotted the Duchess rocking this 'do at countless events — usually when she's wearing a fascinator or other hair accessory. But look closer and you'll learn that all her looks — no matter how her hair is pulled back — are positioned below the top of her ears. Perhaps it's just what she likes, or it's what some secret royal council has decided is best, but she rarely strays.
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Photo: Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage.
Middleton's classic chignon is an incredibly versatile hairstyle (read: you can wear it to the office, parties, drinks, and the like). Want to create the chignon of your dreams? All you'll need is a comb, hair elastics, bobby pins, and this handy guide.
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5. A Healthy Dose Of Blush

Heavy contouring and mega-watt highlighter aren't exactly Middleton's cup of tea. Instead, Middleton uses blush to subtly lift her cheekbones and brighten her complexion. Her go to hues? Variations of rose and pink.
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Middleton tends to concentrate her blush on the apple of her cheek, sweeping the color outward toward her hairline. We like tapping cream blush (we love this one) onto our cheeks with fingers or a brush to create a natural glow that looks like it's coming from within the skin, rather than sitting on top of it.
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