She’s smart, warm-natured, a talented actress, and absolutely stunning – it’s little wonder Meghan Markle managed to woo long-time bachelor Prince Harry and is now capturing hearts across the globe. It’s been just under two years since Meghan Markle became an overnight household name, when rumours of her romance with Prince Harry first hit the press. And safe to say, we’re all in love with Meghan’s natural, polished look. In anticipation of the #RoyalWedding on May 19, we’ve dissected every aspect of Meghan’s grooming routine and brought you a beauty cheat sheet to winning over your very own prince.
Luckily for us, Meghan has been very open over the years about the contents of her beauty bag (with Beauty Banter, Allure and Birchbox), unlike most members of the Royal Family, who are famously tight-lipped about personal matters. From her drugstore favourites to the cult classics she can’t live without, the future Duchess has provided us with a wealth of information to help us nail a Meghan-inspired look. And who knows, she may even use some of these products before walking down the aisle…
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS HAIRCARE
One of Meghan’s calling cards is her glossy brunette blow-out – much like her soon-to-be sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. Here are the products to get duchess-worthy locks.
Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense Thick Mask: Meghan says she uses her Kérastase products religiously. This mask is ideal for nourishing sensitised, dry hair.
Kérastase Bain Oléo-Relax line: This range smooths frizzy hair into glossy tresses, like Meghan’s.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: Meghan waxes lyrical about this cult product, saying, “When my hair is feeling a little weighted, Suanne, my hair artist…has me bend forward and she sprays a little Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray…and then has me ‘flip back hard’ to give my hair a little extra bounce.”
DUCHESS INSPIRED MAKEUP
Meghan’s Bambi eyes and flawless skin are partly down to genetics, but there are still a few products she reaches for to get her understated but perfected makeup look.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: According to her former makeup artist, Lydia Sellers, this cult classic product is Meghan’s go-to base. Meghan’s foundation philosophy? “Only apply foundation to the spots you need it and spread it with a beautyblender,” she says, “I never want to cover my freckles, so we just do a ‘wash’ of foundation in certain sections instead of over the entire face.”
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer: As Meghan says, “This is what I put on everyday after moisturiser to give my skin a dewy glow.”
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder: “It lets your skin look shiny and fresh, but not greasy-shiny,” Meghan says of this celebrated product.
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl: “A really beautiful brown that has some gold in it”, Meghan uses this eyeliner to dial up her eyes for a sultrier night makeup.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers: Another makeup artist staple, Meghan says, “It makes you look instantly awake.”
Chanel Cassis Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner: When asked for a beauty secret, Meghan said to pop “the smallest touch of shimmer to the inner corner of the eye after they’re lined” to make weary eyes look more awake. Her go-to product is Chanel Cassis Eyeliner, a deep plum that beautifully complements her brown eyes.
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment: The very best lip balm, in Meghan’s opinion. “I swear by it,” she says. Enough said.
NARS Orgasm Blush: In Meghan’s own words: “I use it on and off camera because it gives you a nice glow from within.”
YSL Touche Éclat: The one product Meghan reaches for to look “relatively alive” after a gruelling 17-hour workday.
GLOW LIKE MEGAN
We’re perennially jealous of Meghan’s perfect, glowing skin, so when Meghan chats her fave skincare products, we listen.
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder: This enzyme exfoliating powder is gentle to sensitive skins, and may be the key to Meghan’s signature glow.
Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum: Meghan has been visiting Kate’s clinic for years. This serum is ideal for keeping her skin plump and hydrated on long-haul flights (maybe when visiting Prince Harry in the UK?)
Jan Marini C-Esta Serum: Meghan says this product “makes your skin really glow-y.” Sounds like Meghan is just as obsessed with getting that glow as we are.
Bioré Daily Deep Pore Cleansing Wipes: What Meghan grabs on “those horribly lazy nights (where) the thought of getting up to actually wash your face seems unbearable.”
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap: This product claims it can be used in 18 separate ways, but Meghan is a fan of using the relaxing lavender scent as a body wash.
Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion: Meghan’s favourite body lotion is surprisingly inexpensive (you can get it for less than ten bucks at Priceline). Turns out, not all princess-worthy beauty products have to break the bank.
Story by Tess Schlink