Kate Middleton voted No1 beauty icon for 2011

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The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton have been voted the UK’s consecutive number one and two choice as  beauty icons for 2011.

In a Beauty Icons poll led by high street store Superdrug the Middleton sisters out-ranked other celebrities including Cheryl Cole (who came 3rd) and TV presenter Holly Willoughby and pop princess Rihanna – whom all came in the top 5, whilst X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos just missed out coming in at 6th place.

It was in fact Kate who beat Pippa by just 10 per cent of the vote due to her steady application of black eyeliner and fresh dewy skin. The eyeliner has now become a staple for most women’s make up bags raking up sales of black kohl eyeliner by a further 20 per cent this year alone.

Noting that within the top 5, four of the women were brunettes, Sara Wolverson, Superdrug Director of beauty, who commissioned the research said: “What is fascinating is the four of the five celebrity women to appear in the top five are brunettes, which would indicate that while blondes may have more fun, brunettes are seen to be more beautiful.”

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Whilst the top 6 all seemed to be under 30 years of age the rest of the top ten included megastar and mum-to-be Beyonce, Harry Potter actress and Burberry muse Emma Watson, Amercian singer Katy Perry and fashion designer/ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.

Other stars who were noted on the list were TOWIE’s star Amy Childs, Lady Gaga and singer Adele. Shockingly celebrities which appeared in last year’s top 20 Beauty Icons, such as Kylie Minogue, Fearne Cotton, Leona Lewis, Michelle Obama and Gemma Arterton, have all been dropped from this year’s list.

Sara Wolverson added: “As always our Beauty Icons survey gives a snapshot of the changing face of British beauty.”


1.       Kate Middleton

2.       Pippa Middleton

3.       Cheryl Cole

4.       Rhianna

5.       Holly Willoughby

6.       Tulisa Contostavlos

7.       Beyonce

8.       Emma Watson

9.       Katy Perry

10.   Victoria Beckham

11.   Kelly Rowland

12.   Lady GaGa

13.   Amy Childs

14.   Katherine Jenkins

15.   Nicole Sherzinger

16.   Adele

17.   Pixie Lott

18.   Angelina Jolie

19.   Keira Knightley

20.   Scarlett Johannson




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