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Kate Middleton debuts with ‘serious’ dark brown hair color and ‘toned down’ makeup

The Duchess of Cambridge debuted with a new, more 'serious' look for her first engagement in 2022, a beauty expert has explained.

Kate, 40, joined Prince William, 39, at the Foundling Museum in London yesterday as they returned to personal royal duties after a few weeks off during the festive season.

The mother of three, who has been the patron of the museum since 2019, complimented her choice of black trousers with wide legs, black sweater with polo neck and a long-sleeved navy blue coat, with a darker hair color and toned-down makeup to create an overall 'professional' look. as opposed to the 'Christmas glamor' of recent months.

While her makeup in the weeks leading up to Christmas was characterized by a bronzed glow and mist-free skin, Kate yesterday enhanced her natural English rose color with just a touch of pink on her cheeks and a whiff of lipstick.

In a talk with FEMAIL, Laura Kay, makeup expert and founder of Laura Kay London, added that she has replaced her richer, auburn autumn locks with a single darker brown hue that reflects the gloomy mood at the start of the year.

"To kick off the new year, Kate has come up with a completely toned-down look," Laura said.

New year, new Kate!  The Duchess of Cambridge debuted with a new, more 'serious' look for her first engagement in 2022, a beauty expert has explained.  Kate showed off a darker hair color and a 'toned down' makeup look at the Foundling Museum in London yesterday (above)

New year, new Kate! The Duchess of Cambridge debuted with a new, more 'serious' look for her first engagement in 2022, a beauty expert has explained. Kate showed off a darker hair color and a 'toned down' makeup look at the Foundling Museum in London yesterday (above)

Festive glamor: Kate's hair was a warmer, richer brown tone on an outing to a London school in November (above).  She also opted for a more dewy makeup base and darker eyes

Festive glamor: Kate's hair was a warmer, richer brown tone on an outing to a London school in November (above). She also opted for a more dewy makeup base and darker eyes

'Her make-up is clean and fresh with a natural pink lip. Her matte foundation is quite powdery, which contrasts with her new hair, which is a dark brown block color.

'Her new hair color looks very grown up and serious compared to her latest richer tones, but the soft waves make her look youthful.

'Kate's overall look is quite striking, although separate elements seem more reserved than we've seen lately.

'The powdered foundation may be to hide the appearance of dark circles under her eyes. The only heavy part of Kate's look is the application of eye make-up.

'Black or very dark brown eyeliner and eye shadow have been heavily applied with subtle blend to soften out. Kate is wearing thick mascara and her eyebrows are brushed up and dyed for effect.

'To help her eyebrows and eyes stand out, she has put white or lighter eye make-up over the eye folds. This is a classic trick to reflect light and helps flatter the face.

Back to business: The Duchess of Cambridge's hair was a single, darker brown shade yesterday (seen above).  Her skin was 'fresh and rosy' with just a touch of pink powder

Back to business: The Duchess of Cambridge's hair was a single, darker brown shade yesterday (seen above). Her skin was 'fresh and rosy' with just a touch of pink powder

Glamor Girl: Kate, pictured in December, had preferred more bronze, glowing makeup in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  Now she is ready for a new year with a new look

Glamor Girl: Kate, pictured in December, had preferred more bronze, glowing makeup in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Now she is ready for a new year with a new look

'Kate only wears a small amount of pink powdered blusher and her cheekbones look fresh and rosy.

'Kate's choices may be down in the daytime, as she may appear professional and natural - not too drastic or' exaggerated 'for the meeting.

"Kate wears a face mask on some photos, which may also be the reason behind her make-up choice, as she does not want too much transfer or smearing to happen."

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a favorite pair of Jigsaw Pants for yesterday's engagement with a blue coat from her wardrobe.

Kate Middleton seemed to be happy to be on guard with Prince William when they undertook their first engagement in 2022 during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London this morning

Kate Middleton seemed to be happy to be on guard with Prince William when they undertook their first engagement in 2022 during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London this morning

A rare sign on the PDA!  Prince William and Kate giggled as they left the engagement earlier this morning (pictured together)

A rare sign on the PDA! Prince William and Kate giggled as they left the engagement earlier this morning (pictured together)

The Duke and Duchess attended a therapy session with people who have experienced the care system during a visit to the Foundling Museum

The Duke and Duchess attended a therapy session with people who have experienced the care system during a visit to the Foundling Museum

The royal, who wore his brown locks down in a loose curly hair dryer, added a touch of glam to his outfit with a dazzling pair of £ 7 earrings from Accessorize.

She and William wore face masks as they entered the building in accordance with the museum's policy, which asks visitors to wear a face mask.

The Duke and Duchess listened to the stories of those who have experienced life in care today, but William could not avoid the drama of his own family when a TV crew asked him 'do you support Prince Andrew?' when the couple left the museum.

William leaned closer to hear, but then walked past without comment.

Earlier, the couple met adults who grew up without permanent homes, but who had managed to turn their lives around at the London Museum, which tells the story of Foundling Hospital, Britain's first children's charity, founded in 1739 as a home for children whose mothers could not. keep or care for them.

The couple laughed as they spoke to Britain's former athlete Kriss Akabusi about his experience in the care sector (pictured)

The couple laughed as they spoke to Britain's former athlete Kriss Akabusi about his experience in the care sector (pictured)

Kate, who set up her early childhood center last year, and William spoke to charity leaders who discussed homelessness, mental health and helping young people in care who fail or slip through the cracks.

Kate took their seats and asked the experts, 'From your experience, what makes the difference between a young person who succeeds after leaving the foster family and when they do not.'

They heard about 'challenges for young people' when they regularly move home and are sometimes exploited by the criminal world.

William added: "If you keep moving around a child when it's an adult, their relationship is so short and superficial."

Kate said she was concerned that without providing stable homes for children, they risk being moved around and having to "tell their story over and over again."

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-colored lips and light layers of mascara (pictured)

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-colored lips and light layers of mascara (pictured)

William said: 'It can get emotionally exhausting to tell the story over and over again. We have had that in the mental health side of things, people end up on the streets, go through hangers and obstacles, tell so many people with authority, and nothing changes.

'You have to get to them much earlier so they do not have to keep doing this.'

The couple were told they were also concerned about the 'consistency of care:'

Olympic athlete Kris Akabusi, poet Lemn Sissay and Allan Jenkins, editor of Observer Food Monthly, recounted the Duke and Duchess's experiences growing up in care.

Akabusi said: 'I enjoyed the stability. It was a lifesaver for me. "

He said it was "very traumatic" to leave care at the age of 16.

Kate replied: 'You are petrified to leave for independence'. She asked the 400m hurdles runner if it had affected his relationship.

The royal couple wore masks as they walked through the Foundling Museum earlier today ahead of their roundtable conversation with those who have experience living in nursing

The royal couple wore masks as they walked through the Foundling Museum earlier today ahead of their roundtable conversation with those who have experience living in nursing

As the couple took their seats in the roundtable discussion, they could be seen sharing a laugh with other participants at the engagement

As the couple took their seats in the roundtable discussion, they could be seen sharing a laugh with other participants at the engagement

Kris replied with his characteristic laugh: 'Yes, but I'm a loner.'

He added: "Now at the age of 63 there is no stigma attached when I say I was brought up in care but there was a stigma when I was 16."

Women who had previously been in care then joined the couple in an 'icebreaker' armed with three-foot-long pencils.

They drew on a canvas what they could see in front of them without looking down at the floor.

Kate - who took a master's degree in art history at St. Andrews University - laughed out loud as she struggled with the artwork that looked like a big doodle when it's done.

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