Meghan Markle’s wed­ding-day makeup artist Daniel Martin gives us the scoop on cre­at­ing her now fa­mous no-makeup makeup look.

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Meghan Markle’s wed­ding-day makeup artist Daniel Martin gives us the scoop on cre­at­ing her fa­mous no-makeup makeup look.

ON HER WED­DING DAY, the Duchess of Sus­sex didn’t just ig­nite a trend in bridal style with her el­e­gant and min­i­mal­ist Givenchy gown, she also made a ma­jor beauty state­ment with her fresh, lu­mi­nous and un­fussy makeup. Her glow­ing skin (with freck­les on full dis­play), softly smoky eyes and flaw­less pink­ish nude lip be­came the new stan­dard for bridal beauty.

Meghan’s long-time friend and makeup artist Daniel Martin— a Dior brand am­bas­sador and Hon­est Beauty cre­ative colour con­sul­tant—was the ar­chi­tect be­hind her now-iconic wed­ding-day look. We scored some face time with him (and can we just say he’s amaz­ing!) to chat about how he and the Duchess chose her bridal vibe, and how you can eas­ily em­u­late her gor­geous no-makeup beauty look for your wed­ding day.

Can you de­scribe Meghan’s wed­ding makeup? What was im­por­tant about the wed­ding look for the bride and for you?

“Meghan’s look was about pulling back and show­ing the world what her in­ter­nal beauty rep­re­sents: a con­fi­dent woman com­fort­able in her own skin.”

Meghan’s wed­ding look has been de­scribed as “no-makeup wed­ding makeup.” As the ar­chi­tect of this now-renowned look, did you know when you were cre­at­ing it that it would be­come so iconic? “The only con­cern I had about her makeup was that she feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in it. When you’re com­fort­able in your own skin, wear­ing makeup you feel beau­ti­ful in, that con­fi­dence shines through and that’s what res­onated with so many peo­ple around the world. Her makeup was ef­fort­less but truly cap­tured the essence of who she is rather than a mask cov­er­ing up what’s un­der­neath.”

Can you de­scribe the tech­niques for the look? How did you cre­ate glow­ing skin? Lush lashes? The per­fect nude lip?

“For Meghan’s look I fo­cused on se­lec­tively buff­ing-in her foun­da­tion, al­low­ing her nat­u­ral skin to come through. Cheeks were flushed with a wash of cream blush, as was the high­light­ing to achieve her glow. Outer-cor­ner lashes were added to cre­ate the depth in her eyes and her lip was a sheer lip­stick.”

For brides (and makeup artists) who want to mimic the look, what are the key con­sid­er­a­tions?

“Fo­cus on un­der­stand­ing the skin and find­ing the bride’s favourite fea­ture to ac­cen­tu­ate. By do­ing this, it cre­ates a ‘safe zone’ for the makeup wearer, build­ing their own con­fi­dence around your work.”

How im­por­tant is it that the bride has a re­la­tion­ship with her beauty team be­fore the wed­ding?

“It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant for the bride and her glam team to un­der­stand one an­other, and her needs and wants. This is a mo­ment in time you will al­ways re­mem­ber and you want to look back at your wed­ding pho­tos with pride, rather than be ashamed of a trend that dates you.”

Fin­ish this sen­tence: “A bride’s per­fect wed­ding-day makeup needs to…

“… rep­re­sent her true self!”


By Al­i­sOn McGill.

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