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Kate Moss' Iconic Hair and Makeup

Updated on November 22, 2013

Kate Moss is the ultimate style icon. Aside from designing sell-out collaborations with Topshop and Longchamp, and working as the face of brands like St Tropez and Burberry, she’s spent the last 20 years dictating what everyone else wants to wear. Whatever she’s spotted in, it seems to become the next big thing. Take skinny jeans, for example – Kate started wearing them in 2005, back when everyone else was in boot cuts, and 8 years later they still swamp the high street, a wardrobe staple that we can’t imagine life without. Or hunter boots with denim shorts at festivals, gladiator sandals and floral tea dresses – all looks that we have Kate the Great to thank for.

But for all her sartorial switch-ups, there’s one thing that never changes: Kate anchors her look with classically rock chic hair and makeup. Tousled blonde hair, smoky eyeliner and an English rose complexion have become her style signature, so I’ve decided to take a closer look at her beauty secrets. We’ll be taking advice from people who have worked with Kate, to discover exactly what it takes to steal her iconic style.


Kate’s hair is effortlessly cool, just like the model herself, and has a lovely, low-maintenance feel to it. She might have rocked a pixie crop at one point, but for most of her career she’s favoured those boho waves, and had it coloured a soft, golden blonde.

Hairstylist Ilham Mestour, recommends using mousse to get Kate’s perfectly volumnised look: her hair always has body to it, but she never veers into bouffant territory. She says “the biggest secret is the way you use it. Most of the time you’re just using about a golf-ball size in wet hair, but the secret is to put it in dry hair – to avoid it getting diluted by the water. So on dry hair, use two tennis ball-sized squirts and apply it through sections of the hair, until it actually it becomes wet from the mousse. And then you start drying, loosely, and then you’ll already get an amazing texture and volume.”

Then simply use a curling iron, if you want soft boho waves, and tease strands with a product that will add gloss and shine. I like Paul Mitchell Gloss Drops for smooth hair without frizz. Don’t be tempted to wash it every day, or style it too perfectly; the appeal of this look lies in its natural, undone feel.


Turn to A-list makeup artist Charlotte Tilsbury if you want to master Kate’s feline flick. In this video she talks through everything you need to know before attempting the perfect smoky eye – try a slim, subtle flick for day, and make it thicker and more glamorous after dark. Then add highlighter to the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye, before finishing with a thick coat (or two) of black mascara.


Kate Moss has a quintessentially English complexion, and keeps it glowing even when she’s backstage at notoriously hectic London Fashion Week.

She’s been known to turn to Anastasia Achilleos for facials, but at £345 a pop those sessions aren’t for everyone. Look after your skin at home instead by investing in a good quality cleanser and moisturiser, and massaging in an exfoliating treatment once a week. Aveda and The Body Shop are both famous for favouring natural ingredients that are kind to both your skin and the environment – try Aveda’s tourmaline charged radiant skin refiner, a creamy clay-based scrub that will help skin glow all year round.

And if pale and interesting just isn’t for you? Try St Tropez’s self-tan products to copy Kate’s look in their latest ad campaign, which went viral thanks to her sultry appearance


When she’s working her signature smoky eye, Kate tends to keep things balanced by complimenting the kohl with a natural, nude lip. But she’s been known to rock a red shade when the moment calls for it – check out this shot of her at a Rimmel photo call, lifting her dove grey outfit with a shot of cherry red.

Look for a lipstick with a matte finish, rather than a shiny gloss, to get the same effect. Kate’s own Lasting Finish collection for Rimmel is perfect, and you can rest assured that every shade has been preapproved by her. 01 has been a favourite with beauty bloggers since the collection launched, while 03 is a suit-all shade that you can’t go wrong with.


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