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In the final week leading up to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it’s a frenzy of speculation out there. Who will design her dress? Who’s doing her hair? What will Prince George wear? Will the Spice Girls be there? (Spoiler: yes.)
Markle has already demonstrated that as far as fashion goes, there’s a definitive “Meghan Markle effect.” Just like her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton, things she wears in public sell out almost immediately. But as a royals reporter pointed out to Racked, it’s much harder for makeup and hairstylists (and the products they use) to get the same recognition and sales bump as fashion brands, unless those brands themselves try to spread the word. After all, mascara isn’t as recognizable by brand as, say, a cool pair of pants.
But unlike Middleton, whose mascara habits weren’t public knowledge — except for the fact that she liked to apply it herself and did not use a makeup artist on her wedding day — Markle was a smaller-scale celebrity before she was Prince Harry’s fiancée. That means there is a trove of old interviews, promotional videos, and former hair and makeup people who are willing to talk about the things she’s used on her face and hair in the past.
The “Markle Sparkle”
Americans are obsessed with royalty, for various reasons: escapism, love of a fairy tale, etc. It’s why everything that is put on or done to Markle’s body gets intense scrutiny. From Princess Diana onward, we as a society have been obsessed with how the female royals maintain themselves. Perhaps you’ll never set foot in Windsor Castle, but you can do Markle’s workout, right?
Can you bottle the effect, the essence, of Meghan Markle? It’s been deemed the “Markle Sparkle,” which is fun, obviously, because it rhymes. Plastic surgeons have seen an uptick in requests for her nose, according to InStyle. One practice even branded some beauty treatments, including cheek fillers, the “Markle Sparkle.” (The name has also been co-opted as a pot strain, for sex toys, and as a cocktail.)
While her “sparkle” is elusive, the products she has used in the past are not. Brands have seized on some of these things and sent them around to press to promote the products, and a lot of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle sites have covered them, digging up old interviews and videos. While several brands Racked reached out to did not respond about whether they’d seen a sales bump thanks to the “Markle Sparkle,” one can assume they probably love the publicity. (This week, the British tabloids are reporting that Markle may forgo a professional makeup artist just like Middleton, so details on specific products she uses on the big day may be sparse.)
Still, the race to Markle’s face goes on. Here are things that have been on her body at one time or another. These are based on older interviews Markle has given, as well as recent interviews with her pre-engagement makeup artist of several years, Lydia Sellers, and hairstylist Michael Silva.
One thing beauty sites have seized on: Markle will likely show off her freckles, something Sellers told Refinery29 the former actress was adamant about in the past.
Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder ($65) (This product is mentioned in a lot of coverage. Tatcha tried to pull numbers, but a representative said in an email, “Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to develop an accurate attribution model for sales back to specific write-ups, so we aren’t able to know if there has been a boost. Having said that, we are always thrilled and honored to be mentioned because we think that Meghan is wonderful!”)
Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum ($75)
Jan Marini Serum ($106)
Biore Cleansing Cloths ($7.99)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in “Beige” ($28)
Nars Blush in “Orgasm” ($30)
RMS Living Luminizer ($38)
Laura Mercier Illuminating Primer ($38)
Make Up For Ever HD Powder ($36)
Skinesis facials by Sarah Chapman ($230)
Nichola Joss facials ($339)
While Middleton favors eyeliner applied with a heavier hand, Markle’s eye look is a little smokier and smudgier. Do not expect to see peacock-blue eyelids any time soon.
YSL Touche Éclat ($38)
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($22)
Chanel Eyeliner in “Cassis” ($33)
MAC Eyeliner in “Teddy” ($18)
Diorshow Iconic Mascara ($29.50)
Revitalash Lash Serum ($98)
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara ($6.99)
Iconic London Mascara ($27)
You don’t often see Markle with bright lipstick. She loves her lip balm, okay?
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in “Very Victoria” ($34) (This lipstick is coincidentally named for Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl and future royal wedding attendee.)
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm ($24)
ChapStick lip balm ($4.90)
Markle has naturally curly hair, and her former hairstylist revealed that she gets keratin treatments. She also gets frequent blowouts; two blowout salons, Dry Bar and Blo Blow Dry Bar, claimed her as a client. (Gossip: She is also apparently a great tipper!)
Nicky Clarke salon keratin treatments ($350)
Dry Bar “The Straight Up” blow dry ($45)
Blo blow dry ($40)
Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté hair oil ($66)
Kérastase Masquintense ($64)
Kérastase Resistance Fibre Architecture Serum ($37)
Moroccanoil treatment oil ($34)
Oribe Volumista Mist ($44)
Pureology Shampoo ($28.50)
Brazilian Blowout shampoo and conditioner ($43)
Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Cream ($39)