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Making Cents of Kate Middleton’s Beauty Routine

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(LONDON) -- She has the glossy hair, the flawless makeup and the perfectly manicured nails that always steal the show. Whether she’s courtside at Wimbledon, enjoying a royal concert or on the sidelines at a polo match, Kate Middleton always achieves the impeccable look worthy of the duchess title she claims.

So how does she do it?

While Middleton, 30, is known for mixing high-end designer fashions with frugal fashion picks from mass retailers like Zara and even recycling her clothes – wearing her favorite L.K. Bennett pumps down to the sole, literally – her clothing budget still rang in at $54,000 in just the first six months of 2012 alone.

When it comes to her beauty routine, Middleton’s mix of high and low doesn’t come cheap either.

First, there’s the hair.  At her favorite salon, the Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa in London, Middleton is said to make thrice-weekly visits for $75 blowouts.  Three visits per week for 52 weeks of the year comes out to a cool $11,700 for just straightening out her long, dark hair.  Add in the cost of cuts, color and treatment and the total for Middleton’s hair “do” reaches upwards of $18,000.

One thing not hidden behind Middleton’s shiny hair is her made-up face.  While the duchess favors a natural look, she doesn’t wake up looking flawless.

“She wears a long-lasting foundation with a little bit of powder,” makeup artist Arabella Preston, who helped style the duchess on her wedding day in April of last year told ABC News.  “She has a defined eye, black eyeliner, mascara and a relatively nude lip.”

“Always very polished,” Preston said of Middleton’s go-to look.

Assuming she refreshes her makeup essentials – concealer, tinted foundation, blush, mascara, lip gloss, eyeliner, moisturizer, eyeshadow and lipstick – three times per year,  that polished look costs Middleton a pricey $1,200, at least.

Beneath Middleton’s polished makeup is her flawless skin that she takes care of by using products from the Swiss brand Karin Herzog, the company’s managing director told  The duchess has also, according to the Daily Mail, tagged along with her mother-in-law, Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles, to try the Bee Sting Facial from Deborah Mitchell that, if done monthly, would cost $3,120 per year.

Add in the costs of keeping her nails maintained for handshakes during all of her royal meet-and-greets – an estimated $3,500 per year –  and the cost of maintaining her literal royal glow – $2,800 per year on spray tans, according to Yahoo! Shine – and Middleton’s annual  beauty budget rises to nearly $30,000.

But a duchess can’t be expected to pose for royal portraits and be the subject of countless paparazzi photos without a perfect set of pearly white teeth.

For that, Middleton reportedly turned to British orthodontist Dr. Didier Fillion who closed the gap between her two front teeth using 3-D technology that, according to the Daily Mail, may have cost around $7,157 total.

So, when all is said and done, the price of being a duchess isn’t cheap.  The grand total is a whopping $36,300 to achieve the Kate Middleton royal glow.

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6-Year-Old Beauty Queen Eden Wood Retires

6-year-old beauty queen, Eden Wood. (TLC)(NEW YORK) -- At just 6 years old, Eden Wood is a pioneer of the pageant world with 300 wins, but she is hanging up her crown, at least for now, and just made her final appearance on the hit show Toddlers and Tiaras.

"I think she's following in the footsteps of some pretty big people who have done pageants, like Oprah Winfrey," said Micki Wood, Eden's mom.

But Eden and her manager-mother aren't finished with show business, they're just trading in pageants for a bigger piece of the pie, hoping to build a mini Eden empire, from the Eden Wood Princess Canopy Bed Collection to her own showgirl action figure to a memoir, From Cradle to Crown. All of this is from a girl who hasn't even learned cursive yet.

But her mother insists she's not teaching Eden that what's important in life is to be famous.

"No, because so much of her life has nothing to do with that," Wood said. "As long as she enjoys what we're doing, Mama's going to keep doing it. If it leads to the Miley Cyrus status or Selena Gomez, so be it. If it doesn't, that's fine, too."

"I would like to think that Micki and I have created a manual that people would want to emulate in the future," said Heather Ryan, Eden's agent. "It's like nothing else anybody has ever done. So I hope that we haven't messed it up so much that people go, 'Oh my gosh, I would love to do that for my child.' It's astounding how far she's come in such little time."

Eden did a Midwest mall tour, "Eden Wood and the Glamour Girls," a variety show with her former competitors, pageant queens Jasmine Webb and Dianely Noesi. The tour is a chance for Eden to perform new songs off her upcoming album after making almost $1,000 from her first single, "Cutie Patootie."

So does Wood think all of her pushing will have paid off if Eden makes it big?

"Why not see if we can't have a Hollywood contract, a reality show, a spot on a Disney program. It's the American dream. It's her destiny," Wood said.

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