The Meghan Markle look

Sheer tex­tures and fresh fin­ishes are pop­u­lar again which means a fo­cus on skin­care, not makeup

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY -

Makeup min­i­mal­ism is back in a big way; par­tially as a re­ac­tion to the per­va­sive te­dium of heavy, full coverage matte tex­tures, and par­tially thanks to Meghan Markle, whose sim­ple, skin­care- first ap­proach to makeup has bucked trends. The min­i­mal­ist makeup she favours is not the sort of “nat­u­ral look” that in re­al­ity takes two hours and a makeup artist to achieve. Foun­da­tion is about se­lec­tive con­ceal­ment with­out ever min­imis­ing her sig­na­ture freck­les. Thanks to Markle, sheer tex­tures and fresh fin­ishes are pop­u­lar again. Thank good­ness for that – this ap­proach to makeup suits al­most ev­ery­one a lot bet­ter than a heavy mask, and it cel­e­brates makeup as an en­hancer, and not a crutch.

To em­u­late the look, fo­cus on skin­care rather than makeup – dou­ble cleanse nightly, in­cor­po­rate an acid toner into your rou­tine, and don’t for­get that oils work for ev­ery­one ( yes, even those with oily skin). With your skin in good con­di­tion, makeup has less work to do. Opt for a sheer foun­da­tion, or skip it al­to­gether and sim­ply use a con­cealer like 1. Laura Mercier Flaw­less Fu­sion Ul­tra- Long­wear Con­cealer (¤ 30 at Brown Thomas) to cover any­thing you would rather not draw the eye to. For that bit of ex­tra coverage, buff more con­cealer un­der the eyes, and around the nose a mouth where red­ness and dis­coloura­tion tend to be more ob­vi­ous.

A cream cheek prod­uct looks more nat­u­ral than a pow­der, and can be ap­plied more quickly and with fin­gers.

2. Chanel Hydrating Lip and Cheek Sheer Colour (¤ 1 at Arnotts) is creamy, sheer and em­i­nently wear­able. It works just as well on lips as cheeks, blends dream­ily, and is not at all dry­ing. I love it for lazy days and travel.

Cream shadow is just as con­ducive to a quick makeup ap­pli­ca­tion as cream blush. Pow­ders must be buffed and blended to prevent clumsy lines and un­even ap­pli­ca­tion. When I am less in the mood for hard work, and am feel­ing par­tic­u­larly rushed or in­com­pe­tent, 3. Trinny Lon­don Eye2Eye (¤ 21.50 at brown­thomas. com) is ideal. A cream shadow that ap­plies very eas­ily with fin­gers and gives a ‘ done’ but very ca­su­ally pretty Markle- style eye which is very fast and id­iot- proof.

Per­haps the fastest way to give life and struc­ture to the face is by very sub­tly fill­ing in the brows to give them full­ness and shape. 4. Kat Von D Brow Sig­na­ture Pre­ci­sion Brow Pen­cil (¤ 21 at Deben­hams) is small and solid enough to fill in in­di­vid­ual hairs and comes in a wide range of shades to en­sure that you get a per­fect match. Opt for a shade very slightly lighter than your own brow colour for a com­pletely nat­u­ral look­ing fin­ish.

To give the look a sense of be­ing com­plete, don’t for­get the lips. A balm or tint will do. Markle tends to favour soft cream or al­most ( but never quite) matte fin­ish for a more nat­u­ral ap­pear­ance. 5. Glossier Birth­day Balm Dot­com (¤ 12 at glossier. com) is a beau­ti­ful rich balm with a soft sheen and a touch of glitter shot through. The glitter is not at all ob­vi­ous, but gives the balm a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra.

The min­i­mal­ist makeup Meghan Markle favours is not the sort of ‘ nat­u­ral look’ that in re­al­ity takes two hours and a makeup artist to achieve


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