Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship has been a topic of conversation for some time now since they were photographed together last year.
With 2017 the year of daytime full false lashes, HD foundations and cut crease eyeshadows.
It is such a positive change to see the media focus on a woman who encourages natural beauty, minimal makeup and a successful career not dependent on her natural good looks.
Who is Meghan Markle?
As most women in public eye, the American actress is mostly known for her acting role as Rachel Zane on the show Suits and her relationship with Prince Harry, but Meghan is so much more.
“We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” the 36-year-old said.
Not only is she an actress, style icon and Princess in the making, Meghan believes in female empowerment and works with the United Nations for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and is the founder and Editor-in-chief of lifestyle website The Tig.
Markle told Vanity Fair Magazine this month:
“Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”
Why is she a good role model for young women?
Today’s young women aspire to replicate their celebrity idols such as Kylie Jenner, with her famous lip injections and Ariana Grande’s dramatic transformation over the years from pale, natural Disney star to a tanned, sexualised women.
I personally think all these women are beautiful, and I, myself have been inspired to get a darker tan, scrape my hair back and use lip liner to make my lips look bigger, but that in its self is an alarming situation.
The increase in ‘lip filler’ searches performed on google from 2004 to now, demonstrates this epidemic of society telling young women they have to be perfect.
The graphs below shows that from 2015 (the year Kylie confessed to lip injections) the search yearly has increased.
Just like most teenagers, I wanted to change myself so much, I cut my hair off, had the thinnest eyebrows, wore heavy makeup and didn’t listen to anyone’s advice. I wanted to follow celebrity styles and copy the trends.
I wanted a nose job, a tattoo and lots of piercings.
Thankfully I never got the nose job, but sadly I had the tattoo on my leg that I regret every day, and I still can’t get my hair back to the condition it was before I glued hair extensions into my head with over the counter hair glue.
The decisions I made back then compared to now, nearly 10 years later could not be further away from the girl I was then. My face and body have changed naturally and my passport photo is so unrecognisable that people tell me how much younger I look now compared to then.
At the time I didn’t understand the importance of natural beauty, and I thought Men desired Women who wore lots of makeup and looked like glamour models, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I hated so much when my mum would tell me I would regret my impulsive decisions, but now I’m so glad she did.
I, just as most women, feel the pressure to dye my hair, colour my eyebrows thicker and have clear skin, but seeing young women altering their faces and bodies permanently, and so easily is not something I would ever want to encourage.
This is why celebrities such as Meghan should be celebrated for their brains, natural beauty and encouragement for change for women within the media.
Meghan Markle, keeps her style sophisticated and effortless. Wearing minimal makeup but sleek clothing and preened hair.
Get Meghan Markle’s Minimal Makeup look
Meghan’s glowy/bronzy look is a favourite style of mine. She always looks fresh faced and dewy.
I try to wear something similar to Meghan’s look daily for work, and then I tend to wear a non-matte Foundation and a natural-looking false lash for a night out, but that’s mostly because it makes me feel more evening.
Hello magazine interviewed her makeup artist recently:
“I do very light skin makeup to ensure her freckles remain visible. Also, I try to use a little face powder to ensure her skin looking glowy at all times.”
I like to use Chanel CC cream For the base – £46.00 From John Lewis
This lovely light weight tinted moisturiser is a favourite of mine, it gives you that instant dewy skin.
I then lightly add to my forehead, cheekbones, and nose
CHANEL Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base £36.00 from John Lewis
I then use with a flat brow brush NARS defining brow £18 from John Lewis
I finish with a top lash and bottom lash coat of mascara
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Classico Mascara, Black From John Lewis £28.00
Very simple but glowy and fresh-faced that will last all day.
I don’t look like Meghan and I’m insecure about my face?
As a teen I had cystic acne, and would hide my skin under mountains of foundation only making it worse, now at 27 years old, I believe in making changes to prevent problems rather than hiding an issue and thinking it will go away.
If you’re like me and have a dad that still gets spots at 61 years of age, chances are so will you.
Don’t struggle with bad skin, feeling insecure, spending lots of money on makeup. Make a change, seek medical advice and change this for good. Find the reason that is causing this, it could be your diet? Your hygiene habits? Or hormone imbalance. Don’t hide behind a mask of makeup, fix the problem and it will change your life just like I changed mine.
Follow my acne preventing tips here:
I am not against plastic surgery, but make sure if you are having something done it’s for the right reasons, you’re not getting something done to impress someone or making a rash decision because a celebrity has had it done. Make sure you’re at an age where it is the right decision. It’s for you and it won’t make you look worse in 10 years’ time.
Bella Hadid had a nose job which has changed her career for the better, but there are so many complications involved with this procedure and it could have easily ruined her career as a model.
When you’re 18, getting to 28 seems like a lifetime away, but it soon passes you by and you are left with the choices you once made.
They don’t go away.
If like me your debating having Botox to prevent aging, make sure you have spoken to various dermatologists, don’t rush into it and make sure you are prepared for the side effects if it goes wrong,
You can read my experience with wanting Botox and why I chose not to here:
We need more women like Meghan encouraging the next generation of women for the better.
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