Meghan Markle sports glamorous makeup for solemn WWI event while Kate Middleton opts for a more subtle look
Meghan wore a smokey eye in soft shades of lilac and brown while having a hint of highlighter on her cheekbones to ensure she looked great from "every camera angle"
It was quite a solemn occasion on Armistice Day, but Meghan Markle looked like she could make heads turn with her red carpet look as she joined other members of the royal family for the service at the Cenotaph. The former actress seemed to have on a completely Hollywood inspired look as she observed the moving centenary service from a balcony overlooking the war memorial in London.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is soon going to have her first child with Prince Harry, was spotted opting for a sultry but glamorous look as she paid her respects at the service. She reportedly wore a smokey eye in soft shades of lilac and brown while having a hint of highlighter on her cheekbones to ensure she looked great from "every camera angle," as per a professional makeup artist.
And another difference which the makeup professional noticed was the stark difference between Meghan's ultra-glam makeup as opposed to the subtle and "grown-up" look being carried off by her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. Laura Kay, professional makeup artist of Laura Kay London, explained that the Duchess of Cambridge had opted for a "serious" look while Meghan's was "youthful and fresh".
"The Duchess of Cambridge tends to play it safer and her look here is very elegant and classic," London-based Laura said. "Perhaps Meghan is more used to her Hollywood style and prefers her makeup look to reflect that."
Stacey Whittaker, an award-winning makeup artist, also noted how Meghan's look was more "sultry" than her sister-in-law. "The main difference between to two looks, in my opinion, are the finish on the skin as Kate has opted for a more matte look and Meghan’s looks more dewy and fresh," she said.
She continued, "Both have quite bold and defined brows but Kate’s eye makeup looks more precise and Meghan’s is slightly more smoky and sultry." But in spite of all the differences, the two royals opted for looks that were "appropriate" for the occasion, Stacey noted.
On the other hand, Jade Elliott, founder of make-up brand ICONIC London, seemed to have her own opinions about the royals' looks and said that Kate opted for something "understated" and "traditional", while Meghan was "luminous" and "pretty".
Delving into the nuances of Kate's makeup, Laura said, "Her strong brow was probably defined with a dark brown brow powder. Natural looking false lashes were used to open up the eyes and were lined with black eyeliner with a small cat-eye flick. The sockets of the eyes are dabbed with earthy browns and rusts to add warmth and to not let her strong eye look become too severe. There’s a hint of pink blush strobed across her cheekbones with a barely-there nude lipstick or gloss."
Getting to pregnant Meghan's makeup, she said, "Meghan’s makeup was also subtle but was fresh. Instead of using heavy tones like Catherine did, Meghan used soft browns and lilacs inside the sockets of the eyes with a hint of highlighter on the brow bone. A creamy dusty pink blusher is blended into the apples of her cheeks and there appears to be highlighter swept down the bridge of her nose and across her cheekbones to define the contours of her face — and to look great in every camera angle."