We’re still astonished by Kate Middleton’s incredible Saturday Coronation beauty look. The skin, the make-up, the hair – it was all *chef’s kiss*. If Kate was just a normal famous person, we’d be able to do a quick Instagram to get all of the product details behind her look, but, with Kate being a princess and all, exactly what she used is all very hush-hush.

However, we do have to wonder if the Princess of Wales follows a similar skin-prep system to other A-list stars who are keen to look their best for a big night. If you think about it, Kate faces even more flash photography, up-close imagery and scrutiny than a typical star would when stepping out onto the red carpet of a major awards show or premiere. Surely that must mean our princess takes skin preparation seriously?

We can but speculate, but, in our (semi) expert opinion, we’d imagine months of good skincare and perhaps a few expert facials helped give Kate the smooth, blemish-free and perfectly sculpted complexion she showed off yesterday.

Kate showed off a radiant skin look yesterday

Here, Kate Kerr, aesthetic facialist and director of Kate Kerr London clinic, explains how long it takes the average A-lister to skin prep for a big event – spoiler, it’s a little longer than just a few days – and the typical types of products you’d likely see them using.

Tell us, how far in advance does the skin preparation process begin?

“If their [celebrities’] skin is in good condition and they’re using good cosmeceutical or medical grade skin care, they just might need a few facials. I’d say it would take around two skin cycles (12 weeks) to target any minor concerns and really brighten the skin, even out any discolouration and ensure optimal hydration for the day,” explains Kate.

And what about if there were larger skincare concerns?

“If someone’s skin isn’t functioning well and they’re not looking after it – but they’ve decided they want to correct the issues before a red carpet – we always say to prepare at least 4-6 months ahead of the event. This is because we don’t know how long it will take to break the skin out, repair any damage or if they’ll get any adverse effects in the beginning due to the change of regime,” she adds.

“If you’re looking to treat skin scarring or really change the texture of the skin, you’d need to do collagen stimulating treatments and you’d need to look at that at least six months before. For rosacea or acne-prone skin, we might want to work on the skin for much longer.”

Kate never fails when it comes to her skin

What does a good, pre-event skincare regime look like?

“Leading up to the event, this would typically include a course of facial to target any pigmentation and help to really brighten and plump the skin,” Kate says. “At the Kate Kerr London Clinic, we’d do some radio frequency treatments to help tighten and lift. This would typically take place once a week for six weeks. We’d finish with the Instant FX Skin Perfector Facial the day before when we’d also do radio frequency.”

Kate’s last-minute skin-smoothing secret: “I suggest the ZO Enzymatic Peel mask [£70 from skin clinics nationwide] for use overnight, which features lactic acid to exfoliate, hydrate and plump the skin. They’d wake up in the morning, wash it off and finish their skin prep by applying a sheet mask to plump skin up.”

So, did Princess Kate follow any of these steps? We’ll never know for sure, but one thing is certain: she has better skin than any A-lister we’ve seen!


By Editor