The Meghan effect
From fresh-faced freckles to a dewy glow, has the Duchess of Sussex been influencing your look without you even realising? By Sonia Haria
WHEN THE DUKE and Duchess of Sussex married earlier this year, one of the biggest talking points was Meghan’s pared-back approach to make-up. Bar what looked like a few individual false eyelashes, a soft blush on her cheeks and a coral-nude lipstick, she let her glowing skin take centre stage. And it’s a look that has subtly been influencing our make-up bags ever since.
If last year was all about heavy contouring à la Kardashian, the Meghan effect means that we’re no longer covering up. Her smattering of freckles sparked a naturalcomplexion frenzy: Pinterest, for instance, has seen a 35 per cent increase in searches for ‘freckles’ since the royal wedding.
At the recent fashion shows, there was a healthy serving of faux freckles (most beautifully at Paul & Joe and Brandon Maxwell, pictured above). While we’re not suggesting you draw them on, it’s good news for the naturally freckly among us – in 2018, you need only a sheer CC cream.
For that natural lit-from-within glow that is Meghan’s trademark, there are lots of new sheer coveragefoundation formulas on the market. Chanel’s CC cream imparts enough gutsy coverage to even out your complexion, but isn’t cakey.
There’s also been a resurgence in the use of individual lashes since Meghan’s been on the scene. No longer a naff necessity for D-listers on reality shows, if done well they can instantly make you look more pulled-together. If you book in for semi-permanent lashes, don’t be tempted to go too curly or too long – ask for the most natural-looking fit for your eye shape. In London, Daxita Vaghela at the Atherton Cox salon is the most reliable pair of hands (and she’s rumoured to have applied lashes for Meghan, too).
If that’s not your thing, try the LVL treatment, which lifts your own lashes from the root and tints them. It lasts about six weeks and you can book a treatment at home through Blow Ltd. It’d be a good service for the Duchess to try, in fact, as she jets off tomorrow for her much anticipated two-week tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.