On 19 May 2018, the world watched as beautiful bride Meghan Markle walked up the steps of Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel to marry Prince Harry. The Duchess looked incredible in her custom-made gown by Clare Waight Kelly of fashion house Givenchy, surprising royal fans with her natural makeup look and simple-yet-chic hairstyle. Whereas many women choose a heavier, glamorous beauty look on their wedding day, Meghan went for a more subtle approach with her makeup: perfectly groomed brows, a slight smoky eye with full lashes, on-trend nude lip and a sweep of blush on her cheeks with her pretty freckles on show.
Now, as the royal couple celebrate their first wedding anniversary, and wedding season kicks into full swing in 2019, we’re taking a look back at Meghan’s stunning bridal beauty to see what we can learn…
The man behind her look was makeup artist Daniel Martin, who told Harper’s Bazaar: “I knew she just wanted to be radiant, glowy, and polished with nothing too done. There was so much structure in the dress that I believe if she had any more make-up on, you wouldn’t even look at the dress, and that wasn’t the intention.”
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Daniel also revealed that Meghan favours a shimmery look so he used the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette with a powder blush and highlighter to finish. On top of this, he applied Beauty Magic Balm to her cheeks which accentuates the highlighter. We’re fascinated by another tip of Daniels: to apply blusher before foundation to achieve a softer glow.
Meghan’s wedding beauty prep started well before the big day, focussing on maintaining great skin. She is known to be a fan of facial exercises, having previously revealed: “I do facial exercises from one of my favourite aestheticians, Nicola Joss, who basically sculpts your face from the inside out. I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are waaaay more sculpted. There’s a reason she is in high demand around awards season when every actress wants to look A-plus.”
Celebrity facialist Nichola has created a facial that is perfect for getting your skin picture-perfect for your wedding day – and she uses a Lumity’s Anti-Ageing Skin Nutrients Facial Oil, containing a blend of 32 botanical oils and extracts. Nichola has said: “It’s versatile and easy to use and absorbs fully into the skin leaving no stickiness or residue – just bouncy fresh skin, so they can apply makeup or go makeup free with nude skin!” Nichola says it’s simple to use Lumity’s oil at home too, massaging it into your skin to help tone the skin, reduce tension and remove puffiness.
Meghan’s hair also looked beautiful on her wedding day, styled by celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant who decided on a controlled messy bun for her bridal look. He said: “I always have little ’60s inspirations in my head but I didn’t want to do anything set in a time frame. I didn’t want too much volume. I wanted something very loose and easy which is why we chose a very loose bun.” The style was so elegant with Meghan’s diamond headpiece, the Queen Mary Filigree tiara.
I think we’d all agree Meghan was mesmerising on her wedding day and proved that you don’t have to go over the top with makeup to be a radiant bride. The royal has certainly reinvented wedding beauty for the new generation.