Every bride deserves the royal treatment on her wedding day. But, come May 19, one bride will be getting it without a doubt, and in the most literal sense. Meghan Markle will not only be marrying into royalty when she weds Prince Harry in the coming weeks, but her bridal beauty routine will presumably be nothing short of royal as well. Obviously this beautiful bride-to-be will be rocking her trademark lit-from-within glow on her wedding day, but when you're tying the knot in front of millions in televised nuptials, you would want an extra-special, princess-perfect makeup look too. Here's what the American actress's wedding-day makeup will (probably) look like when she marries her British prince.
Whether she's announcing her engagement to the (former) World's Most Eligible Bachelor or performing her new royal duties at public events, Markle has been known to love a fresh-faced look centered around a subtly smoky eye, glowing skin, and a nude lip. "My routine is very simple," she said in an interview with Allure. "I call it the five-minute face. It's just Touche Éclat ($38), curled lashes, mascara, Chap Stick, and a little bit of blush. That is my favorite kind of look. If I'm going to amp it up for night, then I use MAC Teddy eyeliner ($18), which is a really beautiful brown that has some gold in it."
We're predicting that Markle will take her everyday makeup look up a notch for her wedding day, but without totally abandoning her trademark style—and we're not the only ones with beauty predictions for this bride to be! We recruited the industry's top makeup artists and asked them to create a beauty sketch of the actress all made up for the big day.
Here's what these beauty pros predict will be on Meghan Markle's flawless face when she walks down the aisle.
Pop the bubbly! Professional makeup artist and beauty expert Jo Levy predicts that champagne hues will be present in Markle's bridal beauty look. She envisions shimmery, champagne eyeshadow will complete this bride's eye makeup, which might also include "defined, slightly smokey eyes with black eyeliner and voluminous, feather-like lashes." Peachy, tawny cheeks and a soft glow will also be present, according to Jo, as well as a "peachy-nude tone and creamy finish" on the lips.
Makeup artist to the stars (she's worked with celebs like Emmy Rossum, Lena Dunham, and Hilary Swank) Fabiola envisions a slightly more dramatic look than what we're used to seeing from Meghan Markle, but nonetheless, her natural beauty still shines through. Featuring out-to-there lashes and a coral lip, even Queen Elizabeth wouldn't be able to resist this look.
A bride needs options! That's why Ashlee Glazer, global artistic director for Laura Geller Beauty and makeup artist to fashion insiders like Rachel Zoe, Zanna Roberts Rassi, and Rachel Roy, crafted three wedding-worthy looks for Markle using Laura Geller's transformative products (so you can easily copycat these princess-approved makeup looks yourself!). The first is a glitzy twist on Markle's signature look. "Meghan likes her black liner and soft contours," Glazer explains. "I think on her big day, she is going to want to look like herself, but a little more glam." Using Laura Geller's Kajal liners ($22), Glazer smudged the hues for a long-wearing, soft appearance. "Then I warmed up her crease with taupey, desert tones from the Downtown Cool palette ($42) for a soft blend," she continued. "Pops of the Gilded Honey Illuminating Stick ($26) are scattered throughout, for a soft natural glow." Finally, Glazer kept the lips neutral after prepping them with Pout Perfection lip liner in Buff ($18), "for all the affection she shows Harry!" she says.
"This look is still her classic smokey, but with a little more color," Glazer says of her second option. "I used rose and bronze tones from the Uptown Chic palette ($42), and smudged Black and Gilded Bronze Kohl Kajal liners." Laura Geller's Gold Honey Illuminating Stick and Tropic Hues Baked Blush ($28) lend their bronze and pink tones to the cheeks, while the lips get a fresh flush of berry thanks to the Tulip Pout Perfection lip liner ($18). "It will be spring, so she may opt for a little more color on the lips than we usually see her in," explains Glazer.
This last look from Ashlee Glazer is "All about the lashes!" according to the artist. With softer eyeshadow hues and lots of liner and lashes, Meghan's natural beauty is allowed to truly shine through here. "She is a natural girl, and we usually don't see any crazy beauty trends from her," Glazer points out. "She may opt for a super glam version of her day-to-day, as most girls do on their wedding." Glazer used the sparkly hues of the Hi-Def Glow Illuminator Duo in Bed of Roses ($33) to "add a bit more glam for the reception, after the traditional part of the wedding is over," and kept the lips and cheeks monochromatic. "It's all about the eyes!" she insists.
Glamsquad’s director of artistry, Kelli J. Bartlett, took inspiration from a certain wedding-favorite flower for her look for Meghan Markle. "The national flower of the U.S. and England is the rose, so I wanted to play off various rose tones, varying from a deep garnet to a soft blush," explains Bartlett. "It was important to me to let Meghan's freckles come through, so the look features stained glass skin, rose gold eyes, a lush lash, and creamy rose-berry lipstick." To pull off a similar makeup look, Bartlett suggests using the Tom Ford eyeshadow quad in Nude Dip ($85, available at Sephora), Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On eyeliner in Glimmering Plum ($20, available at Ulta), and MAC Cosmetics Extended Play Mascara ($18, available at Nordstrom). Tom Ford lip color in Moroccan Rouge ($54, available at Neiman Marcus) delivers a totally kissable rosy hue to the lips. And for a glowing complexion, highlight with a mixture of RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($38, available at Sephora) and Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Highlighting Stick ($38).
Philadelphia-based master makeup artist Béke Beau's vision for Markle is a cozy classic. "She looks so good in warm colors," noted Beau, who used the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette ($27) and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On lip pencil in Broken ($20) to create the look. "She should be classically beautiful, an understated English Rose."
If Glamsquad Beauty Professional Soliel Atiles was doing Markle's wedding-day makeup, she'd clearly keep the focus on the bride's pretty peepers. To achieve an equally enchanting effect, use Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Jean ($32, available at Nordstrom) on the lid, and MAC Shadow in Ginger Snap ($65) on the outer lid and blended up to the crease and on the lower lash line. Follow through with the MAC Eye Kohl pencil in Teddy ($18, available at Nordstrom) on the lash line, and Nars Larger Than Life Longwear Eye Liner in Rue Bonapark ($26, available at Sephora) on the waterline. For the lips, use MAC lip pencil in Whirl ($18, available at Nordstrom), before brushing on Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff ($18). Finally, finish with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose ($48) on the cheeks and highlight with Hourglass Ambient Strobe highlighting powder in Incandescent Strobe Light ($38) on the high points of the face.
We have no doubt that Markle will look magnificent on her big day if she chooses one of these royal-wedding-worthy looks. But as suited as they are for weddings of the royal variety, they are just as perfect for normal nuptials. In fact, we wouldn't blame you if you brought these photos along to your beauty trial as inspiration for you own wedding-day makeup. (We're sure Meghan won't mind!)