Vivienne Westwood hates Kate Middleton’s eyeliner

Vivienne Westwood, flame-haired fashion designer, has had a quick pop at Kate Middleton, Duchess, high-street shopper, this week, for having “a problem” with makeup.

“I think she’s got a problem with eye make-up,” said Westwood. “The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none.”

Westwood also thinks The Duchess of Cambridge is “ordinary”, and should take steps to be “extraordinary,” a bit like Dame Viv herself, presumably.

‘It seems to me, that her image is “ordinary woman”. Therefore, High Street shopper. And I just think that she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from.”

Oh, come on, Viv! Since when was “high street shopper” an insult? It’s where most women shop, after all: we can’t all afford Westwood (Although, we must admit, we’d like to: she is one of our own fashion icons.). And some would argue that it’s her very “ordinariness” which forms a large part of the Duchess of Cambridge’s appeal: we like the fact that she shops in the same places as us, and wears her clothes more than once before discarding them. Maybe we also like the fact that she does her own makeup, and continues with the lower-eyelid line, regardless of what people say about it?

Kate Middleton, of course, isn’t about to lower herself by responding to such barbs, but if she did have something to say on the subject of People Who Apply Makeup Badly, we’d imagine her response might possibly include the words “pot”, “kettle” and “black”.

Vivienne Westwood: more extraordinary than you

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Kate Middleton criticised for her habit of applying liner to her lower lids, though: does Viv have a point, do you think, or is Kate fine the way she is?

 

Kate Middleton: likes eyeliner

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20 Comments

  • August 10, 2011

    Regia Repeller

    I Love Kate’s style

    there are fashion icons for everyone’s taste

    She is not a super star, singer or celebrity in the artistico field; she is a leader, an example to follow, an her wardrobe has always been suitable for her activities.

    About her makeup, I would say that like almost all of us, she is traying to look natural and polished, and her eyeliner reflects that.

    In her case, extraordinary means aproachable, and that’s why I adore her style !

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  • August 10, 2011

    Bette

    Leaving aside the crimes of ordinariness and high street shopping for a minute, according to VW, smudged eyeliner is the only way to go? I guess my perfectly painted ‘wings’ and I are off Vivienne’s Christmas card list, then. I like a fairly definite line on the lower lid as well. Grungy ‘Rock chick’ make-up isn’t my thing. It doesn’t appear to be Kate Middleton’s thing either, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s just fine.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Lizzy

    Hmm, I am not a fan of Kate’s lower lid eyeliner, certainly in the photograph you’ve chosen it does look a little strange! But being a total idiot when it comes to eyeliner (I’ve poked myself in the eye more times then I would like to admit!), I don’t think I’m in any position to judge!

    I would like to see Kate be a bit more exciting with her fashion choices, but she’s not really in a position to be a fashion innovator. Can you imagine the outcry if she ditched the LK Bennet pumps in favour of a pair of Westwood pirate boots? If she can inspire people in her own, more demure way, then that’s fine by me.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Lili @ Relatable Style

    I like Kate for exactly that, being “ordinary”, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I’m happy that she doesn’t deck herself out in expensive designer duds or crazy experimental fashion. On the other hand, Viv is right about the eyeliner (but not the one to talk, apparently!). I know a thing or two about personal color analysis (meaning I engulfed myself in theory for months) and a color other than black (grey, i.e.) or smudging would really look better on her. Or, let’s say, I’d like to see how it looks and then say if it really looked better. But I’m quite sure it would ^^

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  • August 10, 2011

    Natalie M

    I like Kate’s ordinary looks…whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean.

    Although, as a makeup artist’s point of view, her lower eyeliner could be applied better.

    But smudged or not at all? Gimme a break.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Francoise

    For general style, I am all in favour of her conservative approach. As a member of the royal family, she is right to stay away from fashion “risks” (bet we wouldn’t see HER in her PJs!). But the lower lid eyeliner really isn’t necessary and does make her look older.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Viper

    Her makeup is fine, but I always saw Kate as very…plain looking. I respect that, because her looks don’t seem to be her main priority, but I think she could make herself look gorgeous. It has nothing to do with re-wearing clothing or outfits, but the way she coordinates and does her hair is very simple, and in the “plain” way, not the “less is more” way.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Nice Hat

    Vivienne might be… eccentric and not for everyone’s tastes, but at least we can look at her or her creations and say, hey that’s Vivienne. So I give her credit for that. She is an icon. She has style, whether for limited tastes or not. So if she says someone does not have this qualities, then that someone does not have those qualities, and that’s the end of that.

    Middleton is the epitome of boring and furthermore, her eyeliner the pits of lower class. Yes, that one that paints her face like a child would paint her drawings. WTF is wrong with Middleton and why hasn’t she learned to put eyeliner properly if she is so keen on using it?

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  • August 10, 2011

    Emily

    I took the ordinary woman comment to mean that Kate shouldn’t aim to define herself as ‘the ordinary woman’, but instead aim to be extraordinary regardless of where she buys her clothes from. I don’t necessarily agree, but that’s how I interpreted it.
    I don’t like Kate Middleton’s makeup, particularly, I think it ages her and makes her look very severe. If it makes her happy, though, that’s great. I don’t hold her up as a fashion or beauty icon.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Natasha

    We lack the context here, but I just find it a bit tasteless of VW to criticize anyone so openly. What was the point? I mean sure, Kate is in the public eye, but she is not a designer, or even a self-proclaimed fashionista. Why would VW pick on her? I personally am not a fan of Kate’s style, but she always looks appropriate, and that’s what’s important here. I understand that people like to discuss the way celebrities dress (we do it here every day), but VW has enough money and fame not to have to draw attention to herself by being mean about other people’s style.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Itzel

    I don’t think her style is particularly exciting but she looks comfortable and why should she change that to please all those people? And the eyeliner well she’s really pretty and can get away with many things, I don’t think it looks omg terrible but I know almost nothing about makeup. Maybe if someone modified a photo to show how it *has* to be done I could judge but my imagination isn’t that good.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Theresa

    I think she’s fine, but it is a little hard. I think if she switched to maybe brown it could soften the look without completely changing it.

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  • August 11, 2011

    Alys

    VW is an unusually iconic fashionista who pulls off bold looks that most of us would frankly cringe at or shy away from; we don’t have the balls, collectively, to all be trotting around in some of the styles her models and her fashion line produce. With that said, I don’t find it very fair that she criticizes Kate so much for it. Let’s be realistic; Kate favours conservative fashion and she belongs to the royal family, who excel at being even more conservative and avoid causing a stir visually.

    Kate could benefit from a less severe lower liner approach, Viv’s got that right. However, I am no expert with eyeliner (alas) so I can see where Kate might naturally make mistakes or choose less flattering looks than a makeup artist might suggest.

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  • August 11, 2011

    Couture Coco

    I think Catherine’s doing a great job sartorially and on the whole with her make up too. However, I do not think she needs the harsh line on the lower lids. It would be so much better and more flattering to have a pencil smudge there. I hope she’ll change as she gains even more confidence.
    She used to wear even less make up but she the run up to her engagement she obviously decided more coverage was needed and since she does her own make up – and why shouldn’t she? – it’s hard to change – I just hope it doesn’t become ‘security blanket’.
    Diana had to be weaned off the blue eyeshadow she was so very fond of in the beginning.

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  • August 11, 2011

    Arielle

    I think it might look nicer to leave the liner off the bottom, but I’d have to see a side-by-side comparison.

    In any event, Kate Middleton is a pretty woman that wears her clothing well, and these days, that DOES make her an extraordinary woman!

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  • August 12, 2011

    Eerena

    I think Kate is a beautiful woman and elegant dresser. Diana would have been been proud that her daughter in law is not a spenthrift who buys new clothes all the time just so that she can appear in a different outfit in public . And I m quite sorry to say this but VV looks hideous in that picture. It’s better to be remembered looking the way does than looking “special”‘ ( actually being “special”) for all the wrong reasons.

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  • August 12, 2011

    bec

    Calling the pot kettle black is defiantly the first thing that comes to my mind! But she is vivienne wesrwood, she can say what she wants! I disagree with her about the “ordinary” comments though, that’s part of her appeal. Women find it very easy to relate to her allowing her to more well liled. I love kate middletons style, to me she always looks effortless in her dresses and should keep doing what she’s doing. However, that eyeliner has to go!

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  • August 13, 2011

    Sally

    Lol. I think I know who Prince William prefers when it comes to Kate or Viv.

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  • August 16, 2011

    Amy

    vivienne has a point: kate’s makeup makes her look way older. About her style I think it’s ok , it’s not particularly exciting or great but she always looks good and appropriate which is all people can expect from a royal.

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  • August 18, 2011

    SJ

    I agree that KM wears too much eyeliner (I actually think she wears too much makeup in general). I think KM is stunning and naturally beautiful, but the eye makeup makes her look older.

    I like a lot of KM’s outfits – they’re always very classy and elegant. I did think her wedding dress was boring, but not everyone can be as crazy and original and iconic as VW.

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