DANIEL MARTIN ON Own­ing Your Beauty

LONG BE­FORE THE ROYAL WED­DING, THE BELOVED MAKEUP ARTIST WAS HELP­ING WOMEN EM­BRACE THEIR PER­SONAL STYLES

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WHEN PRINCE HARRY LIFTED Meghan Markle’s wed­ding veil, you could prac­ti­cally hear a col­lec­tive gasp from women the world over: You can see her freck­les! It was a piv­otal mo­ment for brides ev­ery­where. “The last thing you want [is] to look at your wed­ding pic­tures and go, ‘ Re­mem­ber when high­light­ing was the rage?’ ” says Markle’s makeup artist Daniel Martin. “At the end of the day, you want to look like your best self.”

While he’s had many defin­ing points in his ca­reer and be­come the go-to for loyal clients like Elis­a­beth Moss and Olivia Palermo, cre­at­ing an in­stantly iconic au na­turel look for his friend Meghan—aka Her Royal High­ness, the Duchess of Sus­sex—might have taken the prover­bial (wed­ding) cake. “I know ex­actly what she does and doesn’t like,” says Martin. “After the cer­e­mony Harry kept say­ing thank you. He was thank­ing me for mak­ing her look like her­self.”

A vet­eran ed­i­to­rial artist and prod­uct de­vel­oper, Martin is a brand am­bas­sador for Dior Beauty and the cre­ative color con­sul­tant for Hon­est Beauty, which was founded by his long­time client Jes­sica Alba. “Whether it’s a full-glam mo­ment or the no-makeup makeup look, he does it with a del­i­cate hand and pre­ci­sion,” says Alba. “He knows how to flaw­lessly en­hance your nat­u­ral beauty with­out trans­form­ing you into some­thing you’re not.”

But it’s more than makeup artistry that helps him main­tain such mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships. As Alba puts it, “In an in­dus­try where the diva per­sona is cel­e­brated—and his tal­ents give him ev­ery right to be just that—he is the com­plete an­tithe­sis: con­sid­er­ate, car­ing, and real.”

“After the cer­e­mony, Harry kept say­ing thank you. He was thank­ing me for mak­ing her look like her­self.” —ANGELIQUE SERRANO

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