The royal wedding is fast approaching (May 19, if you need a refresh), and the associated fervour is increasing in tandem. The focus of the public's fascination is Meghan Markle—actress, former model, and the soon-to-be newest member of the monarchy. And while some are interested in getting her actual nose, others (aka us) just want to know each and every beauty product she'll be wearing on the big day.
So although we don't have any exact confirmations, we think we can make a few well-informed guesses based on her low-maintenance aesthetic, typical go-to beauty look and interviews we've read in which Markle has dished on a handful of her all-time favourite beauty products. Plus, there's always the queen's favorites to take into account. Keep scrolling for nine beauty products we predict Meghan Markle will be wearing down the aisle.
According to Harper's Bazaar, only certain nail polish colors are allowed within the royal family. And more specifically, only barely-there colours like the queen's own favorite hue, Essie Nail Color in Ballet Slippers (£8). (Reportedly, she's been wearing the shade for over 30 years.) And Markle has apparently been spotted out and about in a very similar colour, so we're taking bets it might just be her go-to pick for her wedding day. That, or possibly the brand's other royally inclined pick in Allure (£8), which the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her own special day.
Markle has worked with facialist Nichola Joss for years in order to maintain and sculpt her face to perfection. (Yes, facial massage and exercise is apparently a thing.) One of her must-have products is the ultra-luxe facial oil from Lumity. We're predicting there will be a glow-inducing layer underneath her wedding makeup.
In an interview with Beauty Banter, Markle shared a few of her all-time favorite products. Apparently, this exact eyelash curler (it's also an industry favorite) is her key to looking "instantly awake." A given for your wedding day.
"I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best. Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it," said Markle in the same interview. We're guessing she'll use it to prep her pout for one special lipstick in particular…
FYI: Meghan Markle's perpetually nude-lacquered lips have kept the nude-lip trend alive and kicking. In fact, many beauty brands think Markle is solely responsible for an uptick in their sales. This aptly named lippie from Charlotte Tilbury is said to be her favorite and looks very similar to the shade she wore in her and Prince Harry's engagement photos.
"I don't wear foundation unless I'm filming, so this is what I put on every day after moisturiser to give my skin a dewy glow. It’s not sparkly, it's true to its name… 'illuminating.'" She told Beauty Banter. We have a sneaking suspicion Markle will be wearing foundation on May 19 and have even stronger suspicions this beloved primer will be layered strategically underneath.
If we were to place our bets on which foundation Markle was likely to wear on her big day, it would be this. Take it from the star's former makeup artist, Lydia F. Sellars: "Every time I'd do her makeup, she'd say 'Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don't want a ton of foundation.' It was more about the amount of product that went on her skin and keeping it really fresh and dewy, rather than caking it on. So I'd use the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation with a Beautyblender because it's really easy to sheer out."
And on top of that? We predict Markle will opt for her go-to blush for "a perfect rosy flush." Just as long as the queen doesn't know the cheeky name, no?
"It blends, it's compact, and if you've worked a 17-hour day and have nothing else on, you'll still look relatively alive. Relatively," Markle joked. And yes, this is the exact same staying power a royal bride-to-be needs in her makeup arsenal pre-aisle.
Coming in at an ultra-affordable £4, this is Markle's go-to drugstore pick for a hydrated body glow. No, we're not predicting the soon-to-be bride will be showing a lot of skin while walking down the aisle, but we still have a hunch she'll prep her skin with the formula beforehand. ■
For more need-to-know beauty tips, check out five things we learned from Markle here.