For her wedding today, Princess Eugenie looked fresh-faced. Glowy, even. A combination of flawless skin and less-is-more products recalled a certain bride whose wedding was earlier this summer.
At this point, it’s hard not to draw comparisons. Both brides married at St George’s Chapel Windsor and followed their nuptials with a ceremonial carriage ride in front of the public. Both picked British designers to create their gowns – Meghan had Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy and Eugenie engaged Peter Pilotto – and both dresses slipped shy of their shoulders. But the starkest similarity is in fact how the brides wore their make-up.
Though Instagram (and the Kardashians) would like us to think that contouring is the only means to looking photo-ready, both Meghan and Eugenie shied away from this product-heavy trend. The Duchess instead let her natural freckles shine through with a radiant look that relied on subtle bronzer and a pale pink lip.
Eugenie, in the words of M.A.C.’s Global Senior Artist Dominic Skinner, ‘looks positively radiant’. He said, ‘her skin has a beautiful glow accented with a perfect blush. The soft smoke really intensifies her blue eyes due to the subtle richness of the shadow colour. A classic nude lip finishes off the look perfectly.’
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Princess Eugenie arrives at St George's Chapel
Princess Eugenie arrives at St George's Chapel in a dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
Eugenie likely used a kohl liner across the eyes, a pearlescent moisturizer to get that inner ‘princess glow’ and a light blush on the cheeks. Natural, but not overdone.
Her ‘ make-up is a classic example of radiant natural beauty. It is not trend-based in anyway but about enhancing ones natural Features. Beautiful skin, a classic brow to frame the face and gorgeous full lashes,’ says make-up artist Lyndsey Alexander.
As for her hair, rumours have been circulating that the Princess dyed her hair earlier this week to an auburn tone. Her mother, Sarah Ferguson, has red hair and by proxy Eugenie’s colouring suits these shades too. However, what’s most interesting is that she wore her hair away from her face but not covered by a veil.
Royal hairdresser Richard Ward explains, ‘A royal tiara is obviously very heavy, and that really dictates how you would wear your hair, so it was obviously going to be up. That helps to keep the tiara in place, and it doesn’t detract from the emerald tiara’.
From inside the beauty community Earl Simms, Kerluxe’s celebrity stylist muses that her hairdresser must, ‘have started with a good base by washing and conditioning the hair with something like Kerluxe Caviar 4 to make sure the hair is full of moisture, lustre and shine. The next step would have been a great blow dry, then loosely tonging the hair with a medium to a large barrel, before applying a small amount of creme from midway to the ends, then a bit of backcombing at the root towards the crown before putting the hair up’.
Is this the start of the end for contouring? Probably not, but likely more and more brides will opt to follow Meghan and Eugenie’s lead and leave the heavy bronzer at home for their special day.