Three professionals talk us through how to create Meghan Markle’s iconic beauty look at home.
Despite recent reports indicating that Meghan Markle will be following in the footsteps of her soon-to-be sister-in-law and eschewing an A-list makeup artist for her big day, our interest in Meghan’s bridal beauty choices have not been curtailed. In fact, we’re now even more intrigued to see what makeup she’ll walk down the aisle in.
Considering Meghan’s love of minimal makeup and her traditional nuptials, we can hazard a guess that she’ll play it safe and keep it classic bridal. Think glowy skin, a subtle smokey eye and a nude lip.
To get the lowdown on how Meghan creates that trademark look, we went straight to the horse’s mouth and quizzed three of her most trusted beauty experts. Because what’s a royal wedding without a bit of escapist speculation, eh?
Vincent Oquendo on Meghan Markle’s smokey eye
Celebrity makeup artist
“Meghan has naturally gorgeous features so when I worked with her the goal would always be to create an understated look with a focus on glowing skin, and a subtle emphasis on the eyes. To bring out her eyes I would tend to create a brown hued smokey look using a smudged coffee coloured liner and a bronze eye shadow.
I always start with a pencil to create the shape and then smudge it out with a brush or finger to blend the line. I love the Caviar Sticks from Laura Mercier for this because they’re super soft and blendable which makes them really easy to apply.
I then fill in the eyelid using a cream shadow; they offer more depth and shine than a powder formula. My favourites for Meghan are either Dolce & Gabbana Mono in Bronze or Shiseido’s Cream Shadows. I follow this up with a little cream highlight in the inner corner of the eye for added definition. I always set the finished look with a mist to ensure staying power - something that’s particularly important for a big event like a wedding. My favourite is the Laura Mercier Perfecting Water Moisture Mist.”
Lydia Sellers On Meghan Markle’s glowing base
Celebrity makeup artist
“Meghan has a pretty classic sense of style and she prefers a natural look: dewy skin that shows her freckles, a flushed cheek with a bit of a cream highlight, definition in the hollows of her cheeks to define the structure of her face and a subtle nude lip to balance out an earthy toned smokey eye.
To recreate Meghan’s base at home, you need to start with well prepped skin. My favourite product for this is the ICONIC LONDON Prep, Set, Glow. This multi-use spray can be added to your evening routine the night before a big event, or spritzed on the skin under foundation to add dewiness and increase your base’s staying power.
My favourite foundation for Meghan is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. An all-time favorite because of its luminosity, it looks and feels like skin when it goes on the face. For her lips I’m a big fan of using the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments in a nude or pink tone - they’re really nice for a natural hint of color while also providing moisture.”
Sherrille Riley on Meghan Markle’s brows
Brow expert and founder of Nails & Brows and Beauty Edit, Mayfair
“When Meghan comes in she has our most requested style, The Audrey Brow. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, this is a straight style with the tailend of the brow slanting up a little to lift the face.
For this I use a combination of threading, tweezing and waxing. Tweezing is good for overall shaping but waxing is better if you have very thick brows or a low pain threshold. My top tip for shaping your brows is to not over tweeze. Be particularly cautious at the beginning and the end of your brows as over-plucking will unbalance features.
I then use my three favourite Beauty Edit products: Brow Filler in Dark Dahlia, Mayfair Brow Styler, and Brow Setter. I prefer using pencils as they are easier to work with and the finish is buildable - from light to dramatic. The Brow Fillers have no brassiness or ashy undertones so they mimic natural brow hairs. I shade in using The Brow Fillers, brush upwards with the Brow Styler and then hold it all in place with the Brow Setter.”