Doing Meghan Markle’s makeup for her wedding to Prince Harry would be a tough job for most — but for Daniel Martin, Markle’s friend and beauty guru of almost 10 years, “this was just another wedding”.
In an interview with Fashionista, Martin said the biggest challenge for him wasn’t the stress, but rather having to “think about her in the car, her outside, her in the church and how that translated photographs and on camera”.
“You have to really understand the situation and the scenario, and how long that makeup’s going to be on that skin for such a long period of time.”
The beauty whiz added that he was kept in the dark about many of the royal wedding’s details until the last minute, the New York Post reported.
“I honestly didn’t know the magnitude of what was going to happen,” he said. “I didn’t even know what her dress was. I didn’t know who was doing her hair. The day of the wedding was when I found all of that out. All I knew was that this is the kind of makeup she’s most comfortable in and that was that.”
Reactions to the Duchess of Sussex’s beauty look on social media, however, were mixed.
“I had people coming after me like, ‘She didn’t have enough makeup. Where was her contour?’
“She had all of that, but it was done in a way that was subtle so you didn’t notice it,” he said. “You don’t want to see a noticeable contour, especially on someone’s wedding day. Especially at 12 o’clock in the afternoon.”
Fortunately, some appreciated Meghan’s minimal makeup.
“I had a lot of mums reach out to me on Instagram thanking me that they were able to show their 14-year-old daughters that they didn’t have to go to school with so much makeup on,” Martin told Fashionista.
As for how he achieved that newlywed glow? Martin said Meghan herself deserves most of the credit.
“She has great skin and it’s really balanced. If anything, so much of it is about hydration. She’s good about drinking lots of water and taking care of herself. That day in particular, the gods were on our side.
“I don’t do anything different with her than I do with any of my other clients.”
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission