With her perennially polished look, impeccable sense of style and lit-from-within glow, Meghan Markle is our ultimate beauty crush.
And, of course, she looked her absolute best on her wedding day, with husband Prince Harry famously whispering “you look amazing” as he greeted her at the end of the aisle.
Now, the man who preened Meghan on her big day, Daniel Martin, has revealed exactly what Prince Harry said to him following the wedding – and you might want to grab your tissues.
Daniel told InStyle that Harry was a huge fan of the understated beauty look Meghan plumped for – and absolutely LOVED her freckles on show.
“After the ceremony Harry kept saying thank you,” he said. “He was thanking me for making her look like herself.”
What a man!
“The last thing you want [is] to look at your wedding pictures and go, ‘Remember when highlighting was the rage?’ ” he added. “At the end of the day, you want to look like your best self.”
And we’re sure the whole world can confirm, Meghan certainly looked like her best self.
Read on to discover the secrets behind Meghan’s royal glow…
Meghan’s genius hair hack
The insight into her skincare regime comes after we discovered a clever hairstyling hack she swears by.
Eagle-eyed Markle fans may well have noticed that the new royal has a penchant for a low chignon hairstyle – and for very good reason.
According to Byrdie, Meghan favours a low bun look due its versatility. The website reports: “With a full schedule of day and night events, there can’t be much time for Meghan to perform a full hair wash and restyle in between. So, unlike a hair-denting ponytail or root-ruffling topknot, a low bun is like a form of damage control. Markle can wear one all day and then quickly unwind it — letting her loose waves fall beyond her shoulders, ready for the evening’s function.”
Meghan the makeup artist
We also recently discovered that Meghan has been doing her makeup herself.
Despite having the world’s best makeup artists on speed dial, Meghan has been opting to beautify herself… and this is why she’s quickly become our new favourite royal.
Speaking about her beauty look on her recent royal tour, her go-to makeup artist, Daniel Martin, said: “I didn’t [do the makeup] but she’s so good herself, right?” He also added: “She did her makeup herself for this.”
We couldn’t agree more.
So what ARE the secrets behind her royal glow? Read on…
Meghan’s facialist spills her skincare secrets
We already know how she gets her pre-wedding skin glow thanks to her facialist, Sarah Chapman, and now we’ve got an insight into how Meghan Markle banishes her blackheads.
Sarah, founder of Sarah Chapman Skinesis, is the woman behind Meghan’s glowing skin – and she’s shared an insight into the skincare regime that keeps Megan looking glowy and youthful.
Speaking to Hello! magazine, she shared the simple regime that she follows when treating her client’s skin.
She said: “First wash your hands. Then begin by using a facial steamer to open the pores and prepare the skin – or have a bath or shower. Apply a balm cleanser like my Ultimate Cleanse to the whole face, using massage techniques to work it deeper into the skin, and then circle the blemish with the pads of your fingers to soften the blockage further.
“Apply a warm flannel to the affected area and start to apply gentle pressure with a wiggle to either side of the blemish, stopping immediately if you see any blood. It is important to always use your fingers and to avoid using your nails, as this can cause trauma to the skin.”
We will definitely be trying this at-home spa treatment to get rid of blackheads, beat large pores and give our skin that lit-from-within glow.
What’s in Meghan’s makeup bag?
As well as discovering her skincare secrets, we were also given an insight into her makeup regime. For anyone hoping to get the glow, we have good news. According to fan site, Meghansfashion.com, Meghan used the £30 Becca Cosmetics’ Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter to get the look.
According to Cult Beauty, this creamy powder luminiser is like ‘crushed gemstones in a compact’ – ultra fine and virtually weightless, to blur imperfections and grant skin an enviable, lit-from-within glow.
You can use it to highlight the high points of your face, or as a ‘setting’ powder – dusted lightly on top of foundation to fix things in place and grant your complexion a subtle, ‘your skin but better’ effect.
If it’s good enough for Meghan…
Meghan Markle’s former makeup artist revealed a few tidbits about her regime – and it’s shockingly simple.
Lydia F. Sellers, who was responsible for beautifying the royal for two years before she moved to the UK, divulged that the Suits star swears by one crucial beauty ritual.
The secret behind Meghan’s flawless look? The Armani Luminous Silk Foundation applied with a beauty blender.
Speaking to Refinery 29 about working with Prince Harry’s future wife, Lydia said: “Every time I’d do her makeup, she’d say, ‘Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation’.
“It was more about the amount of product that went on her skin and keeping it really fresh and dewy, rather than caking it on.”
As well as the cult foundation, which has an army of celebrity fans, Meghan swears by Touche Eclat by Yves St Laurent, which she claims makes her look “alive”, Diorshow Iconic mascara and Nars Orgasm blusher.
We all know that Kate, 36, is a fan of the £42 Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir and now MailOnline is reporting that Meghan’s been slathering it on her skin, too.
With its 14 precious plant oils, the Beauty Sleep Elixir apparently supports the skin’s barrier function.
The miracle oil, which is made with Caribbean coral, can be worn under makeup to even skin tone, on top of spots to reduce swelling or simply on its own to brighten the complexion for no makeup days.
*Adds ten bottles to cart*
The secrets behind Meghan’s perfect brows
We also recently discovered how Meghan keeps her brows in check, according to her brow stylist.
Sherrille Riley, of Nails & Brows Mayfair, has been looking after Meghan’s brows since last year, according to Mail Online. Luckily for us, she’s shared her top tips for on fleek eyebrows; the same tips she swears by for keeping Meghan’s brows looking fly.
First off, stop obsessing over symmetry. “It’s completely normal to have one arch higher than the other,” says Sherrille. “They’re not supposed to be the same; they’re sisters, not twins.”
Instead of trying to aim for something Mother Nature didn’t give you, Sherrille instead recommends following your natural shape and just adding a bit more colour and depth.
She then revealed Meghan’s preferred celebrity eyebrow inspired look – the Audrey brow, named after Audrey Hepburn.
“With the Audrey, I try to reduce the arch and create a straight look but make sure the ends are quite lifted and gradual all the way through, rather than a tick,” says Sherrille.
We can definitely see the resemblance!
Furthermore, about shapes, Sherrille believes that a high arch can make women look ‘angry’, so she encourages them to grow their brows in as they’re actually less high maintenance.
Lastly, a piece of advice we can all use – don’t overpluck them.
“Sometimes with over-plucking, the follicle gets disturbed or the hair doesn’t grow back as well. When I was 13 years old, I shaved my brows because I wanted them shaped but I didn’t know what I was doing. Eventually, I ended up with two half brows and they didn’t grow back properly also the hairs created shadow. That’s really where my obsession with brows came from because my own ones were a mess. Now, my mission is to educate women on what can be achieved and how.”
Meghan’s brows are definitely #goals, so it looks like Sherrille’s advice and treatment have paid off.
Meghan’s budget beauty secret for firm skin
Another thing that Meghan is renowned for in the beauty world is her gorgeous skin – and she actually swears by a budget beauty hero.
According to The Sun, Meghan can’t get enough of Nivea’s Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion (also known as Nivea Q10 Plus Skin Firming Lotion in the UK).
Speaking to Beauty Banter, she said: “I use this religiously. It’s honestly my favorite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing.
“I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it.”
So what’s all the fuss about? The brand say the lotion has been developed with CoEnzyme Q10, a natural component of your skin which actively works to keep it firm. The brand’s formulation apparently helps you enrich your skin’s natural level of CoEnzyme Q10, helping to revive and strengthen your skin’s ability to remain toned and supple. Well, if it’s good enough for Meghan…
Ever wanted to see Meghan doing her makeup in the back of a cab? Of course you have! A video went viral earlier this year which which according to GLAMOUR US is a partnership between Bobbi Brown Uber, and stars the former Suits actress as she effortlessly applies products from the Retouching range. Meghan explains that she’s on her way to a meeting about a new film as Suits is on hiatus.
Given that rumours about Harry and Meghan’s relationship began circulating at the end of 2016, it’s likely that she may have been dating, or about to start dating, the prince at the time.
Sat back in the seat of her Uber, Megan gushes over the dreamy products. And the finished look? This royal-to-be absolutely slays.
With the royal wedding coming up later this year and word on the street being that Meghan will be going for a ‘natural look’, I think we can safely say she can cancel the makeup artist!