We admit that biracial actress Meghan Markle has kind of been flying under our radar. Sure she has a starring role as Rachel Zane on Suits since 2011, but it wasn't until the news broke out late last month that she might be dating the Prince Harry that everyone really sat up and took notice. The things they have in common? Perhaps the redheaded prince was impressed with Zane's humanitarian work with World Vision Canada and United Nations Women. And yes, with her gorgeous colouring and flawless bone structure, the brunette is undeniably a stunner. We particularly love the subtle smoky liner and nude lipstick look that Markle sported at a press event — it's timeless, sexy and chic. Here are the products you need to recreate it.
1. Sheer foundation
One of the freshest ways to wear base makeup is to go pretty sheer, especially if you have a great complexion. Markle's foundation adds a glow to her skin, but some of her freckles show through, making her look less painted. Afraid you've overdone it with your coverage? You can actually bring back your freckles, by selectively removing foundation with a Q-tip. This one from Shu Uemura comes with an aerial sponge, so your coverage is literally, light as air.
Try: Shu Uemura Lightbulb Aerial Compact Foundation, $80 (including case and sponge).
2. Burgundy-toned eyeshadows
Update your smoky eyes with the hottest new colour — burgundy. Besides the usual warm-toned browns and golds, colours like Burgundy (a matte red burgundy) Brick (a matter dirty brick) and LA (a metallic copper) in this Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow palette, will add a subtle pop to your smoky shadow — remember it's all about defining and sculpting the eyes with a play on light and dark.
Try: Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow The Burgundy Palette, US$42.
3. Kohl liner
A touch of kohl liner — designed to rim both the upper and lower lids — adds an air of mystery to any makeup look. Keep it slightly smudged for a lived-in, French girl charm.
Try: Nars Sarah Moon Kohliner in Witching Hour.
4. A soft bronzer
Getting the right hue of bronzer can be tough. This one is neither too orangey, nor too shimmery — it's matte — so it can give you both a sunkissed glow or natural sculpting, similar to Markle's, when worn in place of blush.
Try: Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Bronzer in Java Sun.
5. Peach-hued nude lipstick
We love a peach nude with a hint of gold — it's incredibly flattering on a variety of skin tones and is less flat that a matte nude. This one from Urban Decay is more of a pure peach, but in a sheer, shimmery texture that allows a peek of your natural lip shade to show through.
Try: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Walk of Shame, $29.