Believe it or not, one of the most talked about photos of Meghan from a beauty perspective is a photo captured quickly, through car glass, as Meghan attended the annual Royal Family holiday party at Buckingham Palace back in 2017.
Her dress was gorgeous. Her Birks earrings were dazzling (and if you love them, but not the price tag, there are affordable MirrorMegs!). Her make-up was on point. But her skin – her gorgeous, flawless and perfect skin – that’s what everyone wanted to know about. So just how does Meghan keep up her spectacular complexion – and how can we too get some of that glow?
With the holiday season rapidly approaching and all of us going to Christmas events (albeit not perhaps at Buckingham Palace), we thought we’d look at some of the tips that Meghan’s skincare guru, Sarah Chapman, has shared with the media over the last couple of years about the tips, techniques and products that Meghan uses to keep her skin glowing. And if you can’t make it to Sarah’s posh Chelsea clinic – where Meghan exclusively gets her products and facials done – here’s how you can recreate a little of the “Markle Sparkle, Skincare Edition” at home.
Tip #1 : Master the Cleanse
While it may seem obvious, before starting any skincare routine you’ll need to make sure you’re starting with clean skin. Sarah shared with Harper’s Bazaar that an at-home massage whilst cleansing will not only get the blood flow moving, which oxygenates and brings nutrients to the cells, but it can drain away the tired, sullen look that many of us have this time of year. Sarah shared her cleansing massage technique:
“I like to cleanse with balmy formulas because they have enough slip that I can comfortably do an intense massage. Here’s your at-home version: Make loose fists, and literally knead your knuckles into the muscles. Then drum your fingertips on your face until you’re flushed.”
Sarah also shared that Meghan is a huge fan of her Ultimate Cleanse ($75), an oil-balm, wash-off cleanser blended with calming Camphor, Neroli, Chamomile, Jasmine and Rose essential oils, as well as antioxidant Vitamins A and E. At-Home Tips: There are other great options in an oil-balm mix that are also available. Check out some of the green/clean brands like Boscia’s Make-up Melter ($35) or Tatcha’s Camelia Oil cleanser ($50) – a brand we know Meghan loves.
Tip #2: Have a Plan
Many of us will know big holiday events are coming well in advance. Meghan knew a certain big day – *ahem* the royal wedding – months in advance. But the last 10 days before a big event are when you can really recharge your skin and get it looking in pristine condition. Meghan used Sarah’s Radiance Recharge System ($165), a 10-day sequence, leading up to the Royal Wedding. To get the look at-home, Sarah shares:
“Cleanse and massage, and follow with a steam. This helps the subsequent products really get into the skin. Then apply a mild lactic acid peel, which hydrates, exfoliates and brightens. Finish with a vitamin C serum (to brighten) and a hyaluronic acid cream (to plump).”
While the Radiance Recharge system contains all of these ingredients and is the perfect pick for a big event, there are many ways to take advantage of Meghan’s regimen at-home and on a budget. At-Home Tips: You can find the ingredients Sarah lists above in her kid available separately through some of the new more affordable beauty lines like the Ordinary, which start at only $4! They have Vitamin C ($4) , Hyarulonic Acid ($5) and lactic acid ($5) in their line.
Tip #3: Mind the Big Picture
While Sarah is obviously a facialist by profession – with hands insured for £1 million – she also encourages people to step back and look at the big picture; she considers your face to not only include the skin on your actual face, but your neck, chest and shoulders too. Sarah shared:
“Think of the way your chest is angled to the sun – you can catch a lot of UV damage unexpectedly. The same goes for the back of the neck and even the ears. As an aesthetician, I see these areas close-up all the time, and sometimes they do look old. It’s a small detail that can age you.”
There are tons of new beauty products out there for your neck, chest and shoulders – to be honest, we’ve not ever tried them – but Sarah shares that since she considers the face to be a wider scope than traditionally thought, many of her products, like the Overnight Facial ($89), a product she uses on all her clients including Meghan, can be used there as well. She also has a full body version ($90) if you want to expand beyond your “face”.
Tip #4: Go Easy
Believe it or not, the allure of putting on more cream to make it work better is just not a thing. Sarah Chapman shared that most people who actually take the time and effort to put on eye cream put on too much.
“Most people who use eye cream tend to use too much. The tissue there is 10 times thinner than the rest of your face, so it can’t sustain all that product. Sometimes it will just sit on top of the skin, causing milia. You only need a drop the size of a half-grain of rice, and tap it under the eye area. Apply the excess onto your 11’s and along the brow bone.”
You heard it from the professional – the size of a half-grain of rice. Think of how long that expensive bottle of eye cream will now last, keeping you ‘Markle Sparkling’ well into the future. Sarah does sell an Eye Recovery Cream ($84) and Eye Mask ($125) which, given her status as Meghan’s ‘Confirmed Facialist‘, means there is a solid chance these are on a bathroom vanity at Frogmore as well.
Tip #5: Beauty Comes from Inside
We all know that beauty – true beauty – only comes from within, but Sarah sees the impacts of internal things like digestion appearing on the face on a regular basis. She shared:
“If a client has skin issues, I dig into what they’re eating. I had a girl who came to me with acne, and once we finished talking I realized that between lattes and smoothies she was ingesting two pints of milk a day. While scientists debate the connection between dairy and blemishes, I think there’s a link. Once a client eliminates milk, their skin improves. For everyone, I recommend omega oil supplements (for strong, flexible skin) and probiotics (essential for gut health, key to good skin).”
Sarah recommends Welleco’s The Super Elixir Greens ($80-135, also recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop) and The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder ($70). Meghan has often talked about her love of health products like this and we would love to see if she’s incorporated these picks from Sarah into her regime since she last shared about it.
We hope these tricks, tips & products from Meghan’s skin guru can help you look radiant and rested this holiday season… Or all year long. If it means we could have skin as flawless, glowing and radiant as Meghan’s… We’re willing to try! Sarah did a video talking about her tips & tricks that also has some great visual aids to get your skincare routine ‘royal-ed’ up!
Here are all of the items we’ve had confirmation on that Meghan uses from this line: