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Meghan Markle Just Flew In Her Favourite Make-Up Artist For One Special Reason

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We'd do the same in her situation, to be quite honest...

Earlier this week, the Internet went into meltdown when a video clip showing Meghan Markle tear royal protocol into tiny pieces by daring to close her own car door (pretty shocking, we know), but it appears that there are some royal perks that the Duchess of Sussex is very much embracing: namely, the ability to summon her close friend and make-up artist Daniel Martin to London to fine-tune her beauty look ahead of a big event. In her place, we’d probably be doing exactly the same thing…

Though the Duchess typically choses to do her own make-up for royal events (much like her new sister-in-law, Kate Middleton), Tuesday’s occasion, the opening of the Royal Academy’s Oceania exhibition, called for something extra special. As Meghan’s first solo engagement as a member of the royal family, it was an important milestone, and one for which she doubtless wished to be well-prepared.

Daniel Martin, the man behind Meghan’s low-key wedding day make-up, is thought to have flown over from Paris, where he was working at Fashion Week in his capacity as a brand ambassador for Dior Beauty, and stayed in a hotel in Kensington (just a stone’s throw from the Duke and Duchess’s home at Nottingham Cottage in the Palace grounds). Just to confirm his flying visit to his old friend, Martin posted a photo of Together: Our Community Cookbook, the project which Meghan launched at the Palace last week, along with a picture of her arriving at the Oceania exhibition.

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‘Spent some QT with my friend yesterday and got lost in her incredible book! Couldn’t be more proud of you lady,’ he wrote, adding that the recipes would be ‘definitely inspiring [his] Thanksgiving menu this season.’

Meghan’s make-up for the occasion was ever so slightly bolder than the barely-there approach she typically favours, with a bronzed smokey eye and a warmer pink shade on the lips, while still letting her natural beauty (and her freckles, which she famously loves to embrace) shine through.