Long before Meghan Markle was revealed to be Prince Harry’s girlfriend (and became the most-Googled actress of 2016!), people have been wondering what the actress, humanitarian, and now soon-to-be royal does to look as gorgeous as she does. Luckily she’s open to speaking with the press about her beauty routine, so we did some digging to see what helps her stay gorgeous, youthful, and polished. We were happy to learn that many elements of her beauty routine are both relatable and within reach!
Follow her number-one rule of thumb with makeup
One of Markle’s key tactics is to ensure her makeup routine isn’t too fussy or time-consuming. In a 2014 interview with Allure, Markle explained that she prefers to keep things uncomplicated when it comes to her makeup. “My routine is very simple,” she said. “I call it the five-minute face. It’s just Touche Éclat [concealer], curled lashes, mascara, Chap Stick, and a little bit of blush. That’s my favorite kind of look.” As for her blush, she relies on Nars Orgasm both on camera and in real life since “it gives you a nice glow from within.”
Min Min Ma, celebrity makeup artist who did Markle’s makeup for her July 2016 appearance on The Today Show, followed the same rule of thumb. As Ma explained to E! News, she decided to keep the makeup light in addition to just a touch of concealer under her eyes. She also noted that she minimized her use of powder to help ensure that Markle’s skin looked fresh and glowy.
Markle’s former hair and makeup stylist, Lydia Sellers, echoed those sentiments when speaking with Refinery29, saying, “It was more about the amount of product that went on her skin and keeping it really fresh and dewy, rather than caking it on.”
When it comes to her cosmetics regimen, less really is more!
Hydrate and use a dab of shimmer
Another part of Markle’s beauty routine is to load up on liquids. “Drink lots of water, as we all know,” she told Beauty Banter in November 2017. However, she noted that in addition to the more obvious beauty factors like hydration, she “also learned to add the smallest touch of shimmer to the inner corner of the eye after they’re lined.”
This trick, which is part of a broader trend known as strobing, brightens up the eye and helps to balance out any dark eyeliner, eyeshadow, or lashes sporting a heavy layer of mascara, according to Glamour.
Speaking to Refinery29, makeup artist Elisa Flowers explained, “Adding a shimmery highlight to the inner corners of your eyes creates a bright, open, and youthful appearance,” and that this trick both reflects light and can help you look less fatigued.
Markle told Beauty Banter that her go-to product for some eye shimmer is Chanel’s Cassis Eyeliner, and added, “Even if I have no makeup on, I am likely to apply concealer and a bit of shimmer to the corners of my eye.” YouTube strobing tutorials, we’re coming for you.
Use this Sephora product
On the topic of makeup techniques, when Markle spoke with the good folks at Birchbox in 2014, she revealed her go-to secret weapon for looking like she got a ton of rest the night before: Yves St. Laurent’s Touche Eclat highlighter.
“To open up your eyes, apply a highlighter like Touche Eclat to the inner corner — this trick is especially good for when we’re filming at 3 a.m. and I need to look bright eyed and bushy tailed,” she said. And, adding to its appeal, Yves St. Laurent’s Touche Eclat is available at Sephora, Nordstrom, and other places where non-royals shop. Hip hip, hooray!
An unconventional trick for a sculpted look
In the same Birchbox interview, Markle noted that she relies on facial exercises and massages to maintain her sculpted visage. The facial exercises, which come recommended by London-based esthetician and facialist Nichola Joss, basically “sculpt your face from the inside out,” Markle explained. “I swear it works. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are waaaay more sculpted.”
The exercises are part of a facial treatment that Joss offers at her popup shops in London and New York, and they involve deep lymphatic massage from inside the mouth. According to the website, this massage is designed to improve the firmness and tone of the facial muscles by de-stressing the tissue, reportedly adding both youth and vitality to the skin.
As Joss explained to People, the massages not only make the skin more youthful, but also healthier. “It makes it softer but stronger, and obviously working from the inside of the mouth really addresses the core element of the muscle,” she explained.
The treatment is $350 per session, as People notes, but Markle and other fresh-faced celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Kate Moss, and Gwyneth Paltrow are huge fans. It may be unconventional, but it clearly works!
Pick up three of her must-have products at the store
Happily, despite being a global celebrity and a soon-to-be duchess, some of Markle’s favourite products can be found in your neighborhood CVS. As she told Beauty Banter, her must-have beauty products include things like Biore Cleansing Cloths, Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion, and Dr. Bronner’s Body Wash.
The Biore cleansing cloths, she explained, are “great to keep in the car and on your nightstand” — the perfect remedy for when the idea of washing your face is just too much. (Celebrities: they’re just like us!)
Meanwhile, Markle uses her Nivea body lotion “religiously,” noting that it’s her all-time favourite body lotion due to its reasonable price point and incredible results.
As for Dr. Bronner’s body wash, Markle joins the millions of people who are opting for natural skincare. She told Beauty Banter that she buys the lavender and almond scents, and she tends to alternate between the two.