Sharp intake of breath everyone, because word has reached Grazia Daily that Mario Testino’s official engagement photographs of Kate Middleton and Prince William have been RETOUCHED. Now, obviously we’re not talking about a Ralph Lauren style photoshop drama here, but ALLEGEDLY, the light and tone of the pics has been altered (as well as William’s hairline, perhaps? Just putting it out there.)
Washington Post reported that Prince William’s office stated on Tuesday that minimal ‘adjustments made were to light balance and contrast because "the final portraits are works of art," like the painted portraits made of previous royal generations.’ A-HEM.
In other behind-the-scenes news from the photoshoot, Miss Middleton is reported to have done her own makeup for the pictures, though one of Testino’s makeup artists was on hand for touch-ups, apparentlement. (Incidentally, whilst we’re not hell-bent on drawing comparisons between Kate and Diana, it’s interesting to remember that the late Princess of Wales often did her own makeup before engagements as well, the famous sweep of blue eyeliner being her own idea.)
Hair wise, those painfully shiny tresses were given some professional attention. Kate’s usual stylist, James Pryce of the Richard Ward Salon, teased them into the voluminous soft waves that Kate has become known for and which Grazia Daily predicts is about to take the world by storm.
Makeup suremo Bobbi Brown spoke to Stylelist about Kate’s look, desribing it as ‘pretty, modern and fresh, and so close to what I would have chosen to apply’. She also suggests using her own Ivory and Caviar eye shadows, along with Extreme Party Mascara and a Sandwash Tulle lip colour to complete the look, which should ideally be accessorized with a hulking great sapphire and a Prince. So go on! What are you waiting for?
- Alex ButtAlex Butt is Grazia Daily's self-appointed Royal Correspondent. In coming months, Alex will be reporting on all matters pertaining to the forthcoming nuptials in excruciating detail right here on the site. Should you have any burning questions, style musings or historical facts you would like investigating, Alex would be delighted to hear from you. Please post your thoughts below and Alex will try and pick up on as many as possible in his reports.