All the pointers to note from Meghan Markle's breathtaking bridal look at her royal wedding.
While we're still marvelling over the poignant simplicity of Meghan Markle's wedding look — from her chic Givenchy Couture gown to her intricately-embroidered veil, we can't help but to fawn over her equally stunning hair and makeup that complemented the minimalist makings of her gown. The Duchess of Sussex blew us away with her signature beauty look, including bold brows, pink lips and a natural envy-inducing glow. Below, we take a closer look at her hair and makeup, along with a handful of lessons you can glean:
1. WEAR YOUR FRECKLES LOUD AND PROUD
As we've mentioned before in our pro bridal beauty makeup tips here, the key to aceing your wedding look is to go for a timeless hairdo and makeup — you wouldn't want to not recognise yourself as you're flipping through your wedding lookbook 20 years down the road. We all know that Meghan takes this adage quite seriously as she typically eschews foundation, opting to show off her cute freckles instead of covering it up. On her big day, she stayed true to her signature look as well, with minimal foundation to highlight natural radiance (and freckles).
2. PLAY UP YOUR STRENGTHS ...
Whether it's your eyes, lips or nose, your wedding makeup look should highlight your favourite features for full effect. In Meghan's case, she chose to define her brows in perfect arches to frame her face. Her eyes were also played up with shades of brown for a smoky look alongside voluminous, fluttery lashes to complete her eye makeup.
3. ... AND KEEP THE REST UNDERSTATED
While Meghan's eyes do all the talking, she wore a pale pink satin lipstick for a subtle flush of colour on her lips — the perfect finishing touch to complete her contemporary look. Similarly, if you want to sport a classic red lip on your wedding, ensure that your eyes don't compete for attention by keeping it straightforward — think a classic cat eye, or a pretty daytime-appropriate smoky eye.
4. AN UPDO BEST GOES WITH A SUPER-LONG VEIL
Inspired by the Duchess of Sussex to take on a princessy veil to match your mile-long train? Try a chic updo in the form of a full bun like hers with fringe tucked behind the ears and a few loose tendrils to frame the face. This is also a surefire way of letting any hair accessory you don take centre stage, and in Meghan's case, it's her tiara — the Filigree Tiara originally belonged to Queen Mary, loaned to Meghan from Queen Elizabeth for this royal occasion.