Meghan Markle stunned the world with her understated-yet-photo ready look on her wedding day last May, but the secret behind her iconic au natural visage is that it was, in fact, one and done.
The Duchess of Sussex’s longtime makeup artist, Daniel Martin, told Harper’s Bazaar in a recent interview that because of their busy schedules, he and Markle weren’t able to meet for a customary makeup trial before her big day, so they had to rely on their decade-long friendship instead.
“I was in New York and she was in London and there was no time because of my crazy schedule to be able to go there,” he said. “I knew exactly what she wanted and the day of the wedding was just us getting together and doing her makeup like usual. I knew she just wanted to be radiant, glowy, and polished with nothing too done.”
The pair had texted a few thoughts back and forth prior to May 19, he said. “There was so much structure in the dress that I believe if she had any more makeup on, you wouldn’t even look at the dress, and that wasn’t the intention,” he added. “I feel like every bride, their red carpet moment is their wedding and this was more about her than the spectacle, even though the wedding was the spectacle.”
In thinking about Markle’s wedding-day makeup, Martin had to consider a whole host of things, especially the different lighting situations that she and Prince Harry would be under throughout the day.
“If you look at pictures sequentially from her riding in the car with her mother, getting to the church, to outside in the precession, her makeup looks completely different because of several different lighting situations, which is something I had to think about,” Martin said. “I also had to think about precise pictures and it being televised. You get to a point where you have to create makeup that fits in those lighting situations without compromising one or the other. If I started heavier and she got into the church, her makeup would’ve looked a lot darker than when you see her in natural light. It was also noon, when the light is at its highest.”
For the Duchess’s second look, a slinky Stella McCartney gown that showed off her toned shoulders and svelte figure, Martin went a little heavier on the makeup to transform her look from daytime to evening glam.
“I took it a bit darker just because it was the evening and I did more definition on the eyes, making them darker and smokier,” he said.
In addition to Markle, Martin has worked with numerous A-listers on the red carpet and beyond, including Jessica Alba, Gemma Chan, and Olivia Palermo.
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