When Prince Harry’s sweetheart Meghan Markle strode through Windsor to meet him at the altar wearing what looked like long lashes and a smile, beauty watchers immediately wanted to know how she managed to glow so naturally, so effortlessly. Since most of the rest of us don’t have access to handsome eligible princes with whom we can fall madly in love, we’re more than willing to settle for these product suggestions that will at least fake the look of an angel in love.
1. Back to basics: focus on your skin
Makeup can hide many sins, but nourished, healthy skin is the best canvas for any look. Your morning and evening routines should include cleansing, treating and protecting the skin. Start by removing makeup, sunscreen and oils with a non-drying, non-foaming cleanser such as Bioderma Sébium H2O. Follow this with a second cleanse, before sloughing off dead skin cells. Dr. Levy Switzerland 3Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser also does triple duty as a surface refiner and mask when needed. Next up is a treatment for your skin concern of choice. Living in the desert, that might be dryness or dehydration, so apply a moisturising serum, like UAE-based Alchemy Absolute Ultra Hydrating Serum. Finish with moisturiser to soothe and protect your skin.
2. Get glowing
You don’t need an arsenal of shiny products to create a natural-looking glow – reach for liquid formulas that are easy to apply and layer. A drop or two of NIOD Photography Fluid mixed with foundation (or on its own) will create a subtle glow due to its super-finely milled sheen which delicately grabs the light at every angle.
Creams work best for a youthful, rosy-cheeked flush. Dab a pink blush – or even lipstick in a pinch – onto the apples of the cheeks. A multipurpose product like Make Blot Pot can also be used on the lips for a rosy pick-me-up. Layer gently to achieve an effortlessly fresh look.