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