Interview: The Exact Products Behind Meghan Markle’s Bright Purple Cat-Eye — See Photo


After prepping her face with Tatcha skin-care products, Martin created Markle’s base with his go-to foundation for the Duchess: Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation. “I don’t use foundation all over her face, so it’s really important for me to get her skin to a good place so that any redness and unevenness I can correct with just a bit of foundation — that’s usually more full coverage — that I can sheer out,” Martin explains. “I just spot-treat all over her face.”

To create an almost wet-looking glow on the high points of her face, Martin skipped on the liquid highlighter and opted for an old-school makeup technique instead: mixing a cream base (Tatcha’s The Serum Stick) with a powder highlighter (shades from Danessa Myricks’s Lightwork Palette Volume III) to create a custom formula.

Olivia Palermo Beauty Matte Lipstick in Rosebud is responsible for the soft pink hue of Markle’s lips, and her strong, sharp eyebrow arches are due to a new favorite indie Black-owned brand of Martin’s: Lamik Beauty Revelation Brow Duo. “It’s the perfect color for Meghan, and I actually like to use it as a liner, too,” Martin explains. 

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Olivia Palermo Beauty Matte Lipstick in Rosebud

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Lamik Beauty Revelation Brow Duo

Then comes the part you all clicked on the headline for: those purple eyeliner wings, an intriguing pair for a red dress. “I’ve always loved purple and red together — that combination to me is beautiful, so I wanted to play on that but still give you that shaping without it being too deep,” Martin says. In other words, he wanted to present a twist on Markle’s staple look without going too extreme. 

To create that purple cat-eye, Martin used another shade from the Danessa Myricks Lightwork Palette Volume III, Aurora, with a wet brush (he didn’t name the specific brush, but we can only assume it was a sharp detailing brush like Morphe’s Pointed Liner Brush). He topped off the look with Byredo Waterproof Mascara, which Martin “has been obsessed with,” and a pair of false lashes that he cut up and stacked on the lash line for a more fluttery look. 

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Danessa Myricks Lightwork Palette Volume III

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Byredo Waterproof Mascara

When asked if Martin had been long-term itching to put some bright colors on the Duchess of Sussex, Martin laughs, “yes, yes, and yes.” Though he says it took a little convincing to get Meghan to agree to a more colorful makeup look, it certainly paid off. “The color purple does something to her eye color,” he concludes. “You don’t necessarily see the color itself, but you see how bright her eye looks, and that’s what I wanted to do.”


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