You glow, girl! Meghan Markle has it, and so can you
Three highlighting lessons we can all learn
The Duchess of Sussex stepped out this week during a visit to the National Theatre in London in a pretty pink suit ensemble showcasing her blossoming baby bump. While her fashion garnered the most attention, it was her glowing cheeks and highlights that impressed beauty editors around the world.
Markle’s sparkling blusher had that “I’ve-just-got-back-from-the-beach” look about it. Like all mothers-to-be, it is likely that the Duchess of Sussex is finding her diplomatic dress code more challenging as she gets closer to her due date. An easy way to amp up her confidence in her final trimester, she is cleverly turning up her beauty look to provide a sense of contrast to her pregnancy style. The duchess chose to not accessorise with jewellery this outing, perhaps so as not to clash with her sparkling complexion, which was acting as her accessory-du-jour, letting her makeup do the talking. On her wedding day Markle showcased a similar highlighted flush which her makeup artist, Daniel Martin, revealed was created with Eucerin’s Aquaphor Balm as a base. He explains: “When you think about it, using skincare in lieu of makeup makes sense. You’re adding hydration to the skin rather than potentially clogging your pores – and glowing skin is actually just very healthy and moisturised skin. Aquaphor will give you that same texture, especially in a photo when applied on the high points of the face.”
It is clear that Markle is wearing more than a slick of moisturiser to give her an otherworldly glow. Yet, while makeup highlighters are the products of the season, and the perfect way to give winter skin a boost, highlighting is not the easiest of beauty tasks to conquer. While it is often associated with millennials and generation-Z, highlighting is an ageless makeup trick if applied correctly. In fact, it can actually help to slim your face.
Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, famed for sculpting Hollywood’s A-list, offered his top nuggets of advice on how to highlight the grown-up way.
Always apply with a brush
“Applying with a brush will ensure you avoid any streaks. Adopt a buffing motion and gently work the product into your skin, finishing in the hairline. This will help sculpt and lift your face – a great tip for mature women who want to counteract any sagging or jowls.”
Use both a cream and powder highlight “By using both a cream and a powder you create a duality that makes your highlight set. This means it is weather and change-of-life proof, so no amount of rain or sweat will make it budge.”
Application is key “It may sound strange, but take a brow pencil or lip liner and hold it underneath the outer corner of your eye. Where it meets your cheek, that is the cutoff point to where your blush or highlight should be. If you apply it any further down, your face you will look too done.”
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