Besides a Cartier tiara and pave diamond jewels, the best wedding-day accessories for Kate Middleton were her picture-perfect hair and makeup.
After much speculation as to which coiffure would do the royal 'do, the 29-year-old bride did in fact stick with her tried-and-true hairstylist, James Pryce of the Richard Ward Salon and Metrospa.
Middleton has been going to the Sloane Square salon for over eight years. According to the Daily Mail, "Kate wanted to look like herself on her wedding day. She told salon owner Richard Ward, 'William must recognize me by the time I get to the altar.'"
A source tells Us Weekly, "Kate had around four or five tryouts. She brought along photos of the styles she liked and showed them to James. Hairstyle tests were then done in a top-secret location. Kate was very pleased with the result."
There's no doubt that the classic half-up, half-down coif (her brunette tresses done in cascading ringlets) paid homage to her everyday easy, breezy blowout. Sources say Pryce will be on hand with Middleton throughout the day to ensure that not a strand falls out of place.
As for Middleton's flawless makeup, rumors are buzzing that she did it herself — possibly using cosmetic brand Bobbi Brown. Just last week, the bride-to-be was spotted making a purchase that included "eye makeup and basics that were a shade darker than she usually uses in the winter" at the brand's cosmetic counter at London's Peter Jones department store last week, a source at the company tells Us.
Regardless of what the Middleton used, experts agree that she looked absolutely radiant.
"Her complexion was perfect and her makeup completed the fluidly femininity of her soft look," beauty specialist Sarah Chapman tells Us. "She carried off the English rose look well with fresh rosy cheeks and nude lips that were balanced by her strong eyes and glossy dark hair. You can tell she looks after her skin very well, which allows her to pull off a natural look."
And with a sparkler like the 18-carat sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to the late Princess Diana, a flawless manicure is necessary. The bride's nails were done by the Duchess of Cornwall's manicurist, Marina Sandoval from the Jo Hansford Salon in Mayfair, who used a combination of Essie Allure (a sheer, beige pink) and Bourjois Rose Lounge (a light, milky pink).
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