Despite the nonstop flash of cameras and the never-ending circuit of public appearances, recently-minted royal Meghan Markle has decided to take one particular factor into her own hands—and that is her makeup.
The Duchess of Sussex has stepped out for dozens of events since her Windsor wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, and while it would be easy to leave her hair and makeup to a professional, the former Suits star has opted to primp on her own.
“She’s gotten more comfortable doing her own makeup. She loves makeup and she’s good at it!” her wedding day makeup artist and friend Daniel Martin told People this week. “She’s been doing her makeup herself. She’s not fussy—she’s just trying to get it on and get out the door.”
According to the pro, Markle has evolved with her own beauty tactics. “She likes a stronger eye, her brow is a lot more defined now,” he told the mag. “But it’s still her. If anything, she’s going to experiment with different tones, and now that she’s more tan she’ll use warmer colors. But she doesn’t stray too far from her technique, she’s very formulaic with her routine.”
Don’t expect Markle to be spotted with a bold red swipe of lipstick, however. “The one time she did a red lip, she just didn’t feel comfortable in it,” he said. “She likes to talk and she’s not a fussy person, so she doesn’t want to have to worry about anything.”
Her low-key approach to beauty channels her personality. Martin told the outlet this week that the former actress is very much still herself despite her newly-minted status as a duchess.
“There’s a small group of us that check in with her and see how she’s doing, but she’s still the same person,” he added. “That’s why it’s so bizarre for me sometimes to even think about her in that way, because that’s not who I know.”
Up next: Markle and Harry will enjoy a little over two weeks in Australia, Fiji and Tonga for their first official tour as a married couple. They will also likely attend Princess Eugenie’s upcoming October 12 nuptials to Jack Brooksbank held at St. George’s Chapel, the same exact wedding venue where they exchanged vows this spring.
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