We say it too much, but she looked stunning! That Givenchy dress was a show stopper, but my favourite was her evening gown by Stella McCartney. Everything about her screamed elegance and sophistication. But she had also stayed so true to herself and her style. I think it’s fair to say every woman watching looked on longingly, with the little girl inside secretly wishing she could channel her inner Meghan Markle.
So here’s my two cents worth and top tips on the products you could get to recreate that look.
Let’s start with that skin…
What a refreshing change to see freckles and skin that looked so much like skin! Let’s not kid ourselves here though. Meghan has access to best of the best. That means she’ll have had way more than a handful of the latest facials to get herself ready for the day. And to be honest, I don’t blame her. If I was going truly global and my mush was being beamed into pretty much every home on the planet, I think I would too! That goes for nutrition, exercise and what she’s drinking. On that score though, none of us have an excuse. Tap water is free! So start there. Drink loads of water. (Thank me later).
But as far as products go I raided my kit and this is what I’d be using to create such a natural and beautifully glowing base:
- Moisturise with Embryolisee Lait-Creme Concentre. If you’re really dehydrated, I’d give the face mist a spritz beforehand aswell.
- Get yourself a couple of pumps of Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm. And at this point, massage it across the whole of your face. This stuff is divine. It smells amazing and looks fantastic on bare skin or under your base.
- Really, it’s about the tool here rather than the foundation. But I’d pick Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder and a small fluffy concealer brush. The reason I wouldn’t bother with a flat-head or buffing foundation brush is because it tempts you into using too much. Only put your foundation where you need it, so get a good foundation match. And take your time!
- Assess those problem areas with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. And focus on concealing any blueness under your eyes. That’ll make you look far more fresh than anything else.
- Couple of options as far as powder is concerned. Skip it if you want, but on a big occasion I’d still be tempted to set at least through the T-zone. I might also take a dry Beauty Blender to help play down any product shine and help buff out any brush lines. At this point I’d bring back the Illuminating Moisture Balm and pat a little of it on the high points of my face like the cheek bone or brow bone.
- Lastly, I’d take Estee Lauder Set and Refresh Perfecting Makeup Mist and give it a little spritz just to set and hydrate.
Her dark eyes were a focal point without being unnatural or heavy. I’d definitely consider a Classic set of lash extensions and a couple of slicks of mascara on top. But otherwise I’d take a Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeshadow stick in something like Golden Bronze to prime the eye and create most of the colour. Following that I’d take Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘The Sopsiticate’ shadow quad and taking the darkest brown line the lash line. Over the top of that I’d take Bobbi Brown’s Black Ink Liner Gel and not so perfectly line the eye across the lashline. Depending on depth I might go back and line again with the dark brown shade to completely set and buff the line. With the finest brush I’d dot a little dark eyeshadow into the lower lash line to give it some prominence. But overall the eye was top heavy.
In an age where everywhere you turn you see a Kardashian clone, this makeup was poignant and well timed. Hopefully a turning point. Let’s go back the way we came. Let’s ditch the dirty contour, fake tan, extreme lashes, Insta-brows, layers of heavy coverage foundation and overly lined lips. And let’s embrace who we are and what we actually look like. True beauty lies there in our differences.