Meghan Markle returns to her 'signature red carpet style', says makeup artist


Meghan Markle has returned to her ‘signature red carpet style’ as she kick-started her three-day trip of New York with Prince Harry, a makeup artist has revealed.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, debuted a ‘dramatic’ look for her first public trip with the Duke, 37, since moving to California last year, according to Laura Kay.

Speaking to FEMAIL, the cosmetics expert noted that mother-of-two Meghan opted for an ‘intense’ smokey eye, enhanced brows and a glossy lip when arriving at the One World Trade Center yesterday to start her whirlwind visit to the Big Apple.  

To add to her glamorous makeup look, the former royal sported a sleek bun which ‘looked polished without seeming to try too hard or appearing too high maintenance’, said celebrity hairdresser Tom Smith.

Meghan Markle (pictured left) has returned to her ‘signature red carpet style’ as she kick-started her three-day trip of New York with Prince Harry, a makeup artist has revealed

Laura, Founder of Laura Kay London, said: ‘Meghan’s choice of makeup is where her look really stands out and where she makes her mark.

‘Being her first public appearance in almost two years she may have gone low key with her outfit but her makeup is more dramatic than what we have seen in recent pictures and videos. 

‘She seems to be inspired by her old signature red carpet style and we are not used to seeing such a defined makeup look since she married Prince Harry.’ 

She explained: ‘Her new “Hollywood” brows are much more defined and they are filled in with powder to enhance their presence. It is all about the brow with this look. 

‘Her eyes are smudgy and she looks to have applied eye shadow all over the lid, blending it to create a creamy “intense eye”. Perfect for commanding attention as you are drawn to her eyes naturally with the use of clever makeup application tricks.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, debuted a 'dramatic' look for her first public trip with the Duke (pictured together), 37, since moving to California last year, according to Laura Kay

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, debuted a ‘dramatic’ look for her first public trip with the Duke (pictured together), 37, since moving to California last year, according to Laura Kay

‘In addition, for a softer finish she has used a highlighter to blend and intensify her facial features. The use of bronzer also tactfully emphasises her eyes and it is used to help contour her features without being overly out of place for the somber event.

‘Her nude lip is a great choice as it catches the light by opting for a gloss finish which helps compliment her dewy complexion. The nude lip also goes perfectly with her smokey eyes and she has the balance just right.’

Celebrity hairdresser Tom also suggested Meghan returned to her signature chic low bun, keeping her locks ‘appropriately low key for this serious event’.  

He said: ‘Wearing a sharp centre parting and a sleek bun looks polished without seeming to try too hard or appearing too high maintenance. She seems to have opted for a subtle, almost subdued look, to make the focus not about her. 

‘It is a simple yet sophisticated style. It is world’s away from the TIME cover photoshoot where her long hair was full and centre stage.’

Meghan and Prince Harry pose for a photo with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield at 50 UN Plaza

Meghan and Prince Harry pose for a photo with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield at 50 UN Plaza

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield tweeted photos from their 'wonderful' visit Thursday afternoon, revealing they discussed COVID-19, racial justice and mental health

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield tweeted photos from their ‘wonderful’ visit Thursday afternoon, revealing they discussed COVID-19, racial justice and mental health

He continued: ‘She also may be experiencing postpartum hair thinning which would explain the centre parting – thinning after pregnancy is most common around the temples and usually re-balances a few months after birth. 

‘The centre parting would conveniently cover the areas most likely to be effected by hair thinning after her pregnancy. Her hairdresser could have advised this style to prevent further damage and it is a clever trick to hide any visible damage.

‘Her recent TIME cover featured an extreme amount of hair extensions which also leads me to believe she may be struggling with her natural hair density after the birth of her daughter Lilibet.’ 

Prince Harry and Meghan descended on the Big Apple Thursday where they were given the A-list treatment, being chaperoned around by a large security detail as they mingled with UN officials and New York politicians and stayed in a hotel where rooms cost up to $8,800 a night.

The Sussexes – who dramatically quit their roles as working royals last year – met with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield at 50 UN Plaza in Manhattan Thursday afternoon for an ‘important discussion’ on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health.

The ambassador described the meeting as ‘wonderful’ as she shared snaps of the trio chatting on sofas in a lounge area and then posing in front of UN branding.

Further details on what the Sussexes discussed with the ambassador have yet to be shared but the former actress and former working royal appeared to mean business, carrying folders to and from the visit.

They then paid a visit to the World Health Organization headquarters at 885 Second Avenue, where they emerged carrying both WHO documents and documents featuring their Archewell Foundation branding. 

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