Why Meghan Markle Reportedly Likes to Do Her Own Makeup

And no, it's not because of Kate.

Hair, Beauty, Hairstyle, Chin, Forehead, Shoulder, Smile, Black hair, Neck, Ear,
(Image credit: Getty Images)

We recently learned that, except for very fancy events, Meghan Markle likes to do her own makeup. Of course, the rumor mill being what it is, immediate parallels were drawn between her and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, who also apparently does her own makeup, too. But a royal source explained to Us Weekly that the two things are unrelated—Meghan just loves to have control over her own beauty looks (and, as a famous person in her own right before she met Harry, probably has LOTS of practice whipping up something flattering, quickly). 

"She just likes doing her own makeup. [It has] nothing to do with Kate," the source said. "Meghan has her makeup done for some special occasions but likes to do it herself."

For example, Meghan DID get her makeup done for her wedding for a very low-key look (I mean, with millions of eyes on her, that makes sense) but she did NOT have a trial ahead of time. I. Would. Die. I had TWO makeup trials and I had a grand total of 100 people at my wedding.

It's thanks to Meghan's wedding makeup artist, Daniel Martin, who confided that even during big events like this one at Westminster Abbey, she does her own thing:

"I didn't [do the makeup] but she's so good herself, right!?” he told a fan. He added, “She did her makeup herself for this."

That kind of relaxed attitude about the whole thing is highly refreshing, actually, and very Meghan. This also puts into context why Meghan totally channels modern beauty trends, including body shimmer:

Hair, Hairstyle, Eyebrow, Black hair, Beauty, Shoulder, Smile, Brown hair, Long hair, Neck,

(Image credit: Max Mumby/Indigo)

I've long suspected that Meghan's take-charge attitude around her clothes, house, baby, and just about everything else in her life extends to her personal look as well. And now it's confirmed!

For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.


Katherine J. Igoe
Contributing Editor

Katherine’s a contributing syndications editor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle. In her role, she writes stories that are syndicated by MSN and other outlets. She’s been a full-time freelancer for over a decade and has had roles with Cosmopolitan (where she covered lifestyle, culture, and fashion SEO content) and Bustle (where she was their movies and culture writer). She has bylines in New York TimesParentsInStyle, Refinery29, and elsewhere. Her work has also been syndicated by ELLEHarper’s BazaarSeventeenGood Housekeeping, and Women’s Health, among others. In addition to her stories reaching millions of readers, content she's written and edited has qualified for a Bell Ringer Award and received a Communicator Award. 

Katherine has a BA in English and art history from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in art business from the Sotheby's Institute of Art (with a focus on marketing/communications). She covers a wide breadth of topics: she's written about how to find the very best petite jeanshow sustainable travel has found its footing on Instagram, and what it's like to be a professional advice-giver in the modern world. Her personal essays have run the gamut from learning to dress as a queer woman to navigating food allergies as a mom. She also has deep knowledge of SEO/EATT, affiliate revenue, commerce, and social media; she regularly edits the work of other writers. She speaks at writing-related events and podcasts about freelancing and journalism, mentors students and other new writers, and consults on coursework. Currently, Katherine lives in Boston with her husband and two kids, and you can follow her on Instagram. If you're wondering about her last name, it’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.