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