We’re sure most of you were mesmerized by new princess, Meghan Markle’s wedding day makeup. To the untrained eye it would appear she had no makeup on at all with all freckles on show and a genuine glow that not even the most expensive highlighter can replicate. Daniel Martin, a long term friend of Meghan’s was the makeup artist on the day but here’s how can you recreate this timeless look at home.
The main focus of the look was undoubtedly the skin, ironically as it was so minimal. Of course, all of her freckles were on show, so we suggest opting for a lighter coverage foundation to perfect the base whilst letting your natural skin shine through. Something like the Mac Face and Body foundation (£24.50) which is water based is perfect for this and with no SPF it was come up beautifully in photographs. This foundation also has a formula which can easily be built up to a higher coverage in areas which need that extra bit of help. Alongside this a glowy concealer with a decent coverage a couple of shades lighter than your foundation can be used under the eyes and throughout the centre of the face to create a brighter, perfected complexion. For this I would use the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer (£24).
TIP: Use a a damp Beauty Blender for EVERYTHING. It sheers out everything and ensures everything sinks into the skin as opposed to sitting on top and appearing heavy.
For cheeks I can imagine that strictly cream products were used to maintain a fresh face and to ensure nothing looks too heavy. To bronze and add some subtle structure to the face I can not think of a more product than the Chanel Soleil Tan De Bronze £36 which can be used underneath makeup for a bronzey base or on top of makeup buffed into the skin where you would usually apply bronzer. For blush again it was almost undetectable however there is definitely a subtle flush, for this the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushes £16.50 are perfect, they’re a thin liquid formula and blend seamlessly into the skin to create that blushing bride illusion. Now, to really boost the radiance a liquid illuminator that isn’t glittery or shimmery but just provides an almost wet look glow to the skin. A good choice would the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand £29 . The makeup needs to be set so it can last but we don’t want to diminish the glow we’ve created so a powder such as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder £40 will set the makeup in but further illuminate the skin. Daniel Martin himself states that Meghan used blotting papers throughout the day to ensure she didn’t overstep the line from glowy to shiny.
The Eyes and Brows
The eyes appeared to a be a brown subtle smokey eye. For this the eyeshadows you use don’t need to be specific but I would start with a brown cream shadow as a base and smudge a variety of brown shades over the eyes to keep it looking relatively undone and natural. For lashes add a couple of coats of your favourite mascara and then add some subtle corner lashes to elongate the eye and add a tiny bit of drama. Brows in line with the rest of the face are relatively natural so I’d fill in with a powder as opposed to a pencil as it is less harsh. For her hair shade Mac’s Espresso eye shadow £14 would work well. Finish them off with some Glossier Boy Brow £14 to define the hairs and keep them from smearing.
Finally for the lips, what is a girl to wear when she’s about to kiss Prince Harry in front of the world. I actually think she used a tinted lip balm as opposed to a lipstick or gloss. This will plump the lips add a subtle flush of colour and also ensure no awkward lipstick residue after the monumental kiss. This is also a low maintenance product to use that would not have to be touched up often and doesn’t have the potential of getting on your teeth etc.
Personally I found Meghan’s makeup to be utter perfection and complimented her also minimal dress to create a beautiful modern bride look that is timeless and classic. Even better, the look can easily be recreated at home to give us all that royal feel just without the Prince and the palace unfortunately.