By now, it’s well known that Meghan Markle secured several of her wedding vendors in incredibly relatable ways. For example, the royal bride sourced photographer Alexi Lubomirski via Instagram. She also tapped her inner circle and best friend Jessica Mulroney to help style her for the historic occasion. Now, a new story about her makeup artist was revealed on Tuesday, July 3, by the man himself: Daniel Martin.
According to Martin, the former Suits star asked him to pull together her bridal beauty look via text message. “She was, like, ‘Hey—what are you doing May 19th?'” he recalled to Good Morning America. “And then she sent me two emojis of the bride and groom. I was, like, ‘Okay, yeah. Whatever you need.'”
When May 19 rolled around, Markle was remarkably poised and relaxed (“very chill” to be exact) the morning of the nuptials. “We had breakfast,” Martin recalled. “Guy, her dog, was with us. We were playing around with him.”
The energy in the room was warm and comfortable, he added. “It was a very chill morning… her mom was there, which was amazing.”
Indeed, Doria Ragland accompanied the bride to St. George’s Chapel in the car before Markle entered the premises solo and was later greeted by Prince Charles halfway down the aisle. “When H [Harry] takes the veil off, and he sees her, that’s, like, the moment I think a bride wants,” he added. “When she has that moment with her future husband.”
When it came down to Markle’s actual bridal beauty itself, less was more. “It wasn’t about trendy makeup. It wasn’t about a lot of eye or a lot of lip,” he mused. “It was about her, and her being confident.” In fact, The Knot editors pegged skincare-first bridal beauty as one of the trends to emerge from the royal wedding.
Martin told GMA that he ended up “spot treating” the bride with foundation and concealer rather than covering her face with liquid. “So instead of using it all over her face, I used it only where I needed to balance out any redness or uneven skin tone,” he explained. “And that was when you’re able to see her freckles come through.”
He also gave the bride a subtle smoky eye, which was achieved by using a chestnut hued eyeshadow. He also attached false lashes simply to her outer lids to give her eyes a fluttering effect. “They’re like, little wings for your eyes,” he said. For the shadow itself, Martin took a little bit, blended it with his fingers, and contoured it based on the shape of her eye. He added a deep brown eyeliner for dimension and depth.
“We wanted it to just be her,” he mused. “She’s a person who is very comfortable in her own skin. So she doesn’t need to wear a lot.”
According to Martin, not much has changed with Markle’s personality, even now that she’s officially the Duchess of Sussex. “That’s the crazy thing,” he concluded. “She’s still the same person.”
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