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This is who did Meghan Markle’s bridal hair and make-up

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Viola Levy
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Meghan Markle enlisted some of the top names in the industry to ensure her bridal beauty look was picture-perfect. And their handiwork didn’t disappoint.

The royal wedding went hand-in-hand with what we can safely call the biggest beauty unveiling of the year. As Meghan Markle emerged from her carriage, newsfeeds all over the land were swiftly saturated with images of her hair and make-up, which can safely be described as simple, classic and incredibly chic.

Being a fan of the natural look, the Duchess of Sussex was applauded for not caking her face in foundation and letting her freckles show through, while her pretty up-do perfectly complemented her tiara and veil. But who were the ‘glam squad’ responsible?

Hair

Meghan’s daytime hair look was the creation of leading French hairstylist Serge Normant, whose clients include Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gisele Bündchen. 

Normant looked to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration: rather than tightly lacquered and sculpted, Meghan’s hair was parted at the centre and swept back into a loose chignon, with the front tendrils tucked behind her ears. Speaking to the Press Association, Normant described the look as “messy in a controlled way”, and said it took only 45 minutes to achieve.

“For me, I always think of icons I love, like Audrey Hepburn, all those styles that I still look at a picture of today and still love,” he said. “I always have little Sixties inspirations in my head but I didn’t want to do anything set in a time frame.

Normant continued: “I didn’t want too much volume. I wanted something very loose and easy which is why we chose a very loose bun… It wasn’t about reinvention.”

For her evening reception, the newly-appointed Duchess of Sussex went even more casual, enlisting the talents of stalwart British hairdresser George Northwood (the brains and scissors behind Alexa Chung’s iconic ‘bedhead bob’).

Northwood brought two front strands out from behind Meghan’s ears to frame her face, creating a laid-back luxe effect that complemented her demure Stella McCartney dress.

Make-up

While Meghan’s rumoured facialist Sarah Chapman was thought to have prepped her skin, her make-up look was the creation of Dior Ambassador Daniel Martin, whose other clients have included Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Moss and Chrissy Teigen.

A long-time friend of Meghan’s, the pair worked together on Suits back in 2011. Martin didn’t deviate too much from traditional bridal make-up, enhancing Meghan’s natural glowing skin (and those famous freckles) while making the eyes centre stage, with bold lashes and smoky grey eyeshadow – together with immaculate brows and a nude lip.

Without confirming which products were actually used, Dior swiftly released a ‘get the look’ list, which included their new Backstage Face and Body Foundation, £29, Contour Palette, £34, and Eye Palette in Warm Neutrals 001, £38. 

The brand also recommends its On Stage Liner in Matte Black, £36, Iconic Mascara, £27, and Lip Glow balm, £26.

Nails

For her glossy pink talons, Meghan is thought to have chosen Ballet Slippers by Essie, a classic neutral which happens to be Her Majesty the Queen’s favourite nail polish too

Feeling inspired? Shop our round-up of the best Meghan-esque nude nail polishes here.