With her glowy skin, artfully smoky eyes, and immaculate dusting of bronzer, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Duchess of Sussex had a professional makeup artist on call 24/7. However, the newlywed royal’s flawless beauty look is often her own work, her makeup artist friend has revealed. Daniel Martin, who created the American star’s bridal look for her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, opened up on Instagram this week, confirming he isn’t always the mastermind behind her makeup for royal engagements.
Asked by a fan if he had created HRH’s look for her appearance at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, for a service marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force, Martin revealed it had been done by the duchess’s own hand. “I didn’t [do the make-up] but she’s so good herself, right!?” commented the makeup artist. “She did her make-up herself for this.”
The former actress seems to favor a natural touch, often letting her freckles peek through a sheer, dewy base, with just a touch of contour and blush to warm her complexion. Nude balms and glosses are her lip shades of choice, while a swipe of liner and mascara helps her eyes stand out. Meghan also embraced her signature no-makeup makeup on her wedding day, with Martin creating a look comprised of strong brows, defined eyes, and a romantic, soft pink lip.
Martin, who is also a Dior Brand Ambassador, told Good Morning America following the wedding that the look “wasn’t about a trendy makeup”. “It wasn’t about a lot of eye, or a lot of lip. It was about her, and her being confident,” he said, adding that he “spot-treated” with concealer and foundation to let her natural skin shine through. “So instead of using it all over her face, I used it only where I needed to balance out any redness or uneven skin tone. And that was when you’re able to see her freckles come through.”
The duchess is not believed to have included a makeup artist on her official visit to Ireland this week, where she was accompanied by a team including celebrity hairdresser George Northwood, her private secretary Amy Pickerill, and Kensington Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf, meaning those looks are likely her own work too. The two-day visit marked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first overseas trip since tying the knot.