Dissecting Meghan Markle’s bridal makeup look & how to achieve it

Meghan quite wisely opted for a professional makeup artist to achieve her wedding look for her big day.  So unlike Kate’s where the eyeliner and blusher were a little too strong (in my opinion) Meghan’s was a lot softer and naturally beautiful.  Just perfect for a May wedding.  Meghan used her good friend & mua Daniel Martin – who is also an ambassador for Dior Makeup.  So it is likely he mainly used Dior for her look.  I doubt it would have taken him long though as Meghan wore little to no foundation, just focusing all the attention on her eyes and brows.

So how did he do it?  Well, after studying the numerous images of the day and looking back on the footage here is my best guess as to how Daniel achieved Meghan’s look x

1. The base.  It looks as though Meghan is wearing very little to no foundation.  Instead, opting for a moisturised face that has been allowed to sink in and dry before anything else has been applied.  Daniel may have just added a little foundation to the underside of her cheeks and down the neck – perhaps using Meghan’s favourite shade in Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.  Meghan’s freckles show very clearly down her T-Zone and across her cheeks with no harsh blending disguising her skin.  I would only recommend doing this if the skin is in very good condition, with no marks/blemishes or scars.  Meghan clearly is blessed with great skin and keeps it in an amazing condition to be able to do this.

2.  Concealer.  Daniel has added a little touch of concealer under Meghan’s eyes, but again this is very light and hardly visible.  I imagine Meghan would have kept blending this with her fingers until she was happy with the barely there coverage.  A good choice would have been  Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Conceal.

3.  Meghan had a little bit of blusher on – which appeared to be more of a peach matte rather than a pink.  Daniel used only a touch of colour as I imagine he would have been concerned about the heat on the day, as it would have been hot enough that Meghan would have already of had a natural flush of colour.  A good colour match is MAC Powder Blush in Peaches.  Meghan appeared to also have a touch of a matte bronzer along the hollows of her cheek bones and below her blusher.  Providing both a subtle contour and a warmth to the face.  A good choice would have been MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze.  I noticed a very subtle touch of highlighter along the line of the nose and on the highest point of the cheeks bones – above the blusher.  This would have been taped on with fingers to blend well through.  A good highlighter to do this with is Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Highlighter.

5.  The eyes and brows.  Daniel has definitely kept to deep brown shadows on the eyes.  I think what he has done is swept over a medium to dark brown all over the lower lid, then added a slightly lighter shade all along the eye crease – this could have been done with any combination of browns from MAC, but most likely is from a Dior palette given that Daniel works for them.  He may have used the Dior 5 couleurs in 647 Undress.  Daniel has also neatly lined Meghan’s eyes using a dark brown eyeliner, keeping the line quite tight with a slight wing at the end of the eye to extend it.  He also used this pencil to dot along the bottom lash line about half way along to just give a hint of something there.  A good colour match would be Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown.

I noticed when she blinked there was a glint of something else on the eyes.  I eventually worked this out to be a little of the lash glue from the individual false eyelashes placed on the corners of the eyes, after a healthy dose of mascara had been added.  Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in 090 Black would be a good choice for her.  The mascara was also placed on the lower eyelashes, but again very subtly.

Her brows were very healthy filled in, but I noticed one side was slightly better than the other in terms of balance.  From looking at the images I think a pomade was used rather than a pencil – this would have meant the brows would have stayed in placed a bit more with less movement.  Something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown.

6.  Her lips were the softest of pink shades, with her lovely lip freckles still peeking through.  The formula used doesn’t seem to be matte but more of a sheen, like a balm not a gloss.  It also appears to have been taped in with a finger to blend it thoroughly through the lip.  It was most likely Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm in 001 Pink / Glow.

Lastly, Meghan doesn’t seemed to have used any powder on the face at all – which is a very modern approach to makeup and something which I very much favour.  Instead, she may have got Daniel to simply set her makeup using a setting spray such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

Nails – Meghan kept her nails short and natural like Kate’s 6 years before.  The shade used was Essie in Mademoiselle.

As for the tiara, it’s been confirmed to be Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth. The diamond bandeau was made in 1932, with the entire brooch dating from 1893, according to a statement released by Kensington Palace.

5 ‘trending’ Engagements Rings for 2018

When the exciting news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle broke out, the first thing everyone wanted to know was what did her ring look like?  What cut was it, what stones were used and thirdly where could you pick up a replica?  Like with Kate Middleton 6 years previously, the world again has gone Royal wedding crazy.  But who can blame us?  We all love a fairytale romance, and surely the symbolic jewellery we wear is just another part of that tale.  So if you’re in the market for an ‘on trend’ ring here are 5 of the most popular for 2018.

1. Tolkowsky 18ct White Gold 1ct Diamond Halo Ring

2. Neil Lane 14ct White Gold 0.80ct Oval Diamond Halo Ring

3. Neil Lane 14ct White Gold 0.83ct Sapphire And Diamond Ring

4. 9ct White Gold Morganite And Diamond Ring

5. 9ct Rose Gold 10pt Diamond & Morganite Ring

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Product Spotlight – Essie popular bridal nail polish colours…

This American brand of nail polishes has been popular even since it’s launch by Essie Weingarten in the 1980’s in Las Vegas, but it gained particular hype in 2011 when Kate Middleton used a combination of Essie Allure and Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Enamel in Rose Lounge for her wedding nail colour.  A typical off-pink, barely there nail colour which Kate seems to favour.  Since then Essie has stepped up the wedding nail department, realising Essie Bridal Collections last year and for 2016, which contain variations of pink but also vibrant hues such as violet and even an off green.  And with kookie names like ‘Groom Service’ and ‘Mrs Always-Right’ Essie still maintains that tongue-in-cheek, which add to the popularity of the brand.

My personal favourites are Essie Mademoiselle and Essie Ballet Slippers (also a favourite of the Queen)  They are both wonderfully pitched and perfect for a bridal nail – never dating and always chic x

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Ciate x Olivia Palermo…perfectly teamed

Way back in freezing January it was announced that Ciate and American socialite Olivia Palermo would team up and produce seasonal collections of nail polishes and a makeup line.  With Olivia becoming a Guest Creative Director for the year – a dream job if ever there was one!  I for one, have been very excited about this collaboration as I find Olivia to be ahead of her time in terms of fashion and design – I especially loved her alternative take on her wedding dress for her wedding to Johannes Huebl.  Ditching the standard white dress and turning to a more stylish (and comfortable) two piece, with her top being a delicately stitched jumper teamed with a front split floaty skirt and vibrant blue shoes.

The first nail shade collection was released in May 2015 and has received mixed reviews with many claiming that Olivia has played it safe in terms of colour.  I personally love what she has designed as she has not only gone for hues that she would wear, but has thought about the client and made sure they’re wearable for everyone.  In the current (first) range are Hutch – a perfect vibrant, tasteful red.  Nantucket – a summer coral shade and very now.  And lastly Sundays – a pretty, natural pink reminiscent of Kate Middleton’s wedding nail polish.  The packaging is what you would expect from Olivia, beautiful and very classy.

I think Olivia should be very proud of her first collection, as like the designer they are practically perfect in every way x

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