The Duchess of Sussex is known to be a big fan of pared-back, natural make-up, even opting to keep it low-key on her wedding day. And now, her friend and make-up artist, Daniel Martin has discussed why she likes the natural look and has revealed the one trend you'll never see her try again: the red lip.
Martin – who was responsible for doing Meghan's make-up on her wedding day – said previously, when the Duchess undertook a tour of Ireland with Harry in July, that she has been doing her own make-up for royal engagements, and this hasn't changed.
"She has gotten more comfortable with doing her own make-up," he told People. "She loves make-up and she's good at it. She's not fussy – she's just trying to get it on and out the door."
Martin explained that Meghan's current penchant for simplicity with beauty dates back to her Suits days when he first started working with her.
"She likes a stronger eye and her brow is more defined now, but it's still her. If anything, she's going to experiment with different tones, and when she's more tanned, she'll wear warmer colours, but she doesn't stray too far from her technique – she's very formulaic with her routine."
And, just as she knows what she likes, she also knows what she doesn't like.
"The one time she did a red lip, she just didn't feel comfortable in it. She likes to talk and she's not a fussy person, so she doesn't want to have to worry about anything. They have so many engagements, you just have to stick with what you know and feel comfortable and confident and just own it."
When it came to her big day, Martin said it was actually more about skincare than make-up.
"She has great skin, and I had to deal with natural light, her in the church, her being televised and then her going outside again during the carriage procession," says Martin. "She couldn’t have a ton of make-up on because it would look so different in every variable, so less is more. It was literally skin care, a bit of foundation selectively and concealer, but that’s when you really saw her skin come through."
The reaction to Meghan's approach to beauty has been extremely positive, Martin says, especially from mothers of teenage girls whose daughters are finally realising that you don't need to leave the house with a face full of make-up. He believes that this is a move away from the contouring obsession we have seen on social media and on celebrities for the past few years.
"It’s about owning your own beauty. We’ve been inundated on social media with contouring and highlighting and it’s created this narrative that you need so much make-up to be beautiful, and I think that day when they saw her, it was just her looking beautiful with not a lot on. They embraced her rather than her face first, and that was the intention.
"I’ve had so many moms reach out to me saying thank you for showing my 14-year-old daughter that she doesn’t need to go to school with so much make-up."