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This is the secret to Meghan Markle's gorgeous glow

The Duchess of Sussex's makeup artist and BFF Daniel Martin revealed all

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Laura Sutcliffe
Fashion and Beauty News Editor
Updated: 5 March 2021
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We don't know about you, but every time we see the Duchess of Sussex, we are mesmerised by her glowing complexion and flawless skin. How does she do it? Well, makeup artist and BFF Daniel Martin – who perfected Meghan's face for the couple's 2018 royal wedding – has actually revealed the Duchess' skincare secrets.

RELATED: All of the beauty products Meghan Markle absolutely loves

"[Meghan] has great skin and it's really balanced," he once told Fashionista, adding that, "She's good about drinking lots of water and taking care of herself".

He went on to talk about the type of beauty products Prince Harry's wife uses to get that natural glow. "You can't get that with anything that's too emollient, meaning too oil-based," MUA Daniel revealed. "A lot of [Meghan's favourite moisturisers] are a water-based, like hyaluronic acid moisturisers."

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The Duchess' skin ALWAYS looks glowing – and her makeup artist and BFF Daniel Martin revealed that hyaluronic acid moisturisers are one reason behind her radiance

But what exactly is hyaluronic acid? "Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring sugar molecule," Harley Street dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe explained to us. "Its main use in skin creams is as a humectant – which is one of the agents that's able to hold moisture on the skin's surface. It can actually hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture! So it's a really good hydrator of the skin."

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Want to get a Duchess-worthy glow? Look for a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid, like this one from Kiehl's

Super Multi-Corrective Cream, £59, Kiehls

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Meghan's a big fan of US brand Kate Sommervile - our pick from is DermalQuench Liquid Lift + Retinol, which contains hyaluronic acid and promises to visibly improve improve fine lines, skin firmness and hydration

Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift + Retinol, £23, Cult Beauty


"A lot of my highlighting is done with skincare," Daniel once told E! Online. Are you Curious about more of the royal MUA's secrets? Well here's a surprising one – he explained that he often uses Eucerin Aquaphor as a highlighter! It's not a hyaluronic acid-based beauty buy, but actually a multipurpose balm which costs just £10!

The gel-like substance is great for nourishing and protecting dry and cracked skin and adds a delicate sheen if applied to areas of the face that naturally catch the light. Could this be in Meghan's makeup bag, too?

Duchess Meghan's wedding day makeup explained

In the Fashionista interview, speaking about the former Suits star's iconic look on her 2018 wedding day, Daniel revealed: "That day in particular, the Gods were on our side. I don't do anything different with her than I do with any of my other clients... For me and her, it was about her looking and feeling her best."

"I didn't even know what her dress was," Daniel continued. "I didn't know who was doing her hair. The day of the wedding was when I found all of that out. All I knew was that this is the kind of makeup she's most comfortable in and that was that. There was no stress at all the morning of. I did what I had to do, and just hoped that it lasted for 12 hours because that was such a long day."

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