More often seen au natural for day or rocking her signature smokey-eyed/nude-lipped look for evening, Kate took me by surprise with her cherry reds as she treated her mum Linda to a pub lunch near her house in the Cotswolds.
Less surprising was the way she pulled this look off: to a tee, of course. The stained, patted-on effect (as opposed to heavily built up or glossed) was exactly the look Pat McGrath used at several of the a/w09 shows earlier this month, while the matte texture and slightly pinky-orange hue are bang on-trend.
Theres an almost exact match for this shade in Revlons new matte range, which hits counters the week after Easter. Its called Strawberry Suede (£7.13) and, like all the fabulous new colours and formulations in the range, was developed by leading make-up artist and Revlons new Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman. (Shes so good, Madonna used to fly her around the world to do her make-up until one day Gucci was so busy she had to say no.)
The way to wear it yourself? Keep skin very natural but polished (at the moment, my naked skin mantra is: loads of moisturiser; skip the foundation; concealer to even things out; a pale bronzer under cheekbones and jaw to give definition; a little, little clear balm dabbed along cheekbones up to the temples and on brow bones for extra dewiness).
Pat a little illuminating concealer along the top of your upper lip to make it look fuller and rub the excess over the rest of your lips to provide a base for the lipstick. If youve got very pigmented lips like mine, then lipstick wont sit true unless youve neutralised their colour a little.
Then with your middle finger (its the one McGrath uses), press your lipstick directly from the bullet onto your lips. Dont be too precise the reason Kates look so right is that its not too laboured but do build up a couple of layers to get create even-ness and intensity. Theres nothing worse than half-hearted red lipstick.
If you cant wait for Strawberry Suede, Dior have a great range of matte, 1940s-style lipsticks in their Rouge Dior Replenishing Lipcolour range, £19.
Or you could borrow some from the waitress, like Kate did before leaving dinner at the Dorchester on Saturday. A decade of sporting nude lips, and suddenly the girl feels naked without it