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Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup Is Surprisingly Subtle-and Spot On

Her bridal beauty look was understated yet gorgeous.
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It’s hard to decide which aspect of Meghan Markle’s wedding day look was most breathtaking—the hair! the dress! the tiara!—but if we had to choose, we’d say her makeup was arguably the best part.

As Markle made her debut en route to Windsor Castle, onlookers got a first glimpse of her gorgeous glowing skin, smokey brown eye makeup, and pale pink lip. While we’re still waiting on the exact details of her look—and whether or not she did it herself, like her now sister-in-law Kate Middleton did on her own wedding day—here’s a breakdown of the aesthetic.


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EYES
A deep brown smokey eye, curled false lashes covered in black mascara, and dark brown eyeliner smoked out around the lashline. Perhaps the most notable aspect of her eyes? A strikingly defined brow.

LIPS
A soft pink matte nude. We know Markle is a noted fan of Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, but it's not clear exactly what color she's chosen to wear.

SKIN
We’re not surprised to see her sporting a natural face that let her freckles shine through (in the past, the former actress said "I don't wear foundation unless I'm filming"). Her cheeks have a subtle pop of peachy pink blush.

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"She’s a natural beauty so doesn’t need much," makeup artist Lisa Potter-Dixon told the Telegraph earlier this month. "I’d love to see her with a bright lip [at her wedding]," she continued, "but I imagine she might avoid that in the day, but may add it for the evening."

Duchess Kate reportedly did her own makeup on her wedding day, but at this point it's unclear at this point if Markle did the same.

One thing we do know? She likely prepped her skin for the celebration with a facial or two (or many). In the past, she's raved about aesthetician Nichola Joss, and in return, Joss has raved about her. "Meghan [Markle] has the most amazing skin," the facialist told Marie Claire. "She really looks after herself, and I think it shows."

In general, Joss recommends massaging the skin with oil for a sculpted face, a technique she's detailed on her Instagram.

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She also suggests that brides finish corrective treatments three to five months before their wedding date, advice she's surely shared with Markle.

“Anything corrective, like acid peels, intense microdermabrasion, or laser treatments, should be done between three-to-five months before the wedding, but not closer," Joss told Marie Claire.

"The last two months before your wedding should be focused on getting calmer, more hydrated skin, rather than getting more aggressive with your face, since corrective treatments can require a ton of downtime and healing," she said.

And day-of, stick with mild products.

"This is the time where you want to be really gentle with your skin and use only simple, nourishing products, like a hydrating mask, a soft massage, and a cryo treatment."

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