Meghan Markle’s favorite makeup artist Daniel Martin has turned his attentions away from glamorous celebrity ladies temporarily in order to share some beauty tips for guys.
The New York-based makeup pro shared a ‘no-makeup makeup’ tutorial for men, revealing how guys can achieve ‘natural looking skin’ with just a handful of products – with the final result leaving them looking like they are wearing anything at all.
In a series of Instagram Stories videos, Daniel detailed how he does the look on himself, explaining that the tutorial – although aimed at men – can be used by anyone ‘who wants natural looking skin for camera or real life’.
Top tips: Meghan Markle’s favorite beauty pro Daniel Martin has revealed his top tips for guys who want to create a ‘no makeup makeup’ look
‘Finally got the nerve to do a story on no-makeup makeup! The boy-beat edition,’ he wrote on the social media app.
‘This is for anyone who wants natural looking skin for camera and real life.’
First, the beauty pro revealed the products that he uses to prep his skin before applying any makeup, sharing an image of five different items that he uses on his own face.
Daniel, who counts Jessica Alba among his celebrity clientele, uses the actress’s Honest Beauty Eczema Soothing Therapy Moisturizing Cream as well as the brand’s Magic Beauty Balm on his skin, while also adding some Cortizone 10 cream ‘to calm the redness on his acne’.
He then follows that with the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist and Tatcha’s The Liquid Silk Canvas primer.
After applying those products – finishing with the primer – Daniel moves on to makeup, revealing that he has been relying on the Orcé Cosmetics Come Closer Foundation to even out his skintone and eliminate redness.
‘Using the Orcé Foundation to even out my redness and give my skin a natural glow,’ he explained while applying the foundation with a Beautyblender sponge.
Line-up: Before applying any makeup, the New York-based beauty guru preps his skin with a range of products, including moisturizer from his client Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty range
Conceal: After applying his favorite skincare products, Daniel uses two foundations on his skin, one to even out skin tone and eliminate redness, and the other to conceal spots
When it comes to concealing blemishes, Daniel spot treats them with the Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation, which he explains is ‘great for raised problem spots on the skin’.
But he warns that you can’t simply slather the product on and hope that you’ll conceal everything all in one go, saying: ‘Concealing those problematic bits on the face takes patience to ensure the coverage you want.’
All the products used by Daniel for his no-makeup makeup look
- Honest Beauty Eczema Soothing Therapy Moisturizing Cream ($13.95)
- Honest Beauty Magic Beauty Balm ($12.99)
- Cortizone 10 Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Creme ($6.49)
- Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48)
- Tatcha The Liquid Silk Canvas Primer ($52)
- Orcé Cosmetics Come Closer Foundation ($89)
- Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation ($21.99)
When it comes to his own skin, Daniel – who applies his conceal with a small brush – added that he ‘doesn’t need them to be invisible’ but he wants to add enough product to ‘cut the redness down’.
As the final step in his boy beat routine, the makeup expert spritzes the Tatcha mist on his skin, explaining that if you feel ‘too powdery’ at the end of the process, you can ‘spray a mist all over your face’ to freshen things up, before taking a makeup wipe to remove any excess product in ‘those areas where you want to bring some life back’.
Daniel’s tutorial was widely praised on social media, with Instagram users thanking him for sharing his tips, while complimenting the ‘flawless’ final results.
Throughout quarantine, the beauty pro has been offering up a wide variety of makeup tips and tricks, recently sharing his advice to brides who are having to do their own wedding day beauty looks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a piece for Vogue, Daniel revealed how brides can achieve a stunning, but natural-looking, glow for their wedding day amid the coronavirus pandemic, without the help of a professional artist.
Easy does it: Daniel warned that spot treating blemishes is a tricky process that takes time, urging people to be patient in order to get the most natural results
Clean it up: If you feel like you look too ‘powdery’ at the end of the process, Daniel says you can wipe excess product away from different areas of your face using a makeup wipe
Et voila! The entire routine, which can be used by men and women, takes just a few minutes
He also offered up expert advice on how brides can ensure that their makeup looks perfect in-person – as well as on camera, for all of those women who will be tying the knot while their loved ones watch the special moment via a livestream video.
Drawing on the same technique that he used to prep Meghan for her wedding to Prince Harry, Martin shared that the key to perfecting any bridal beauty look is perfecting the skin before any makeup is applied.
‘You want a little radiance, but you don’t want to be too shiny,’ he said, explaining that the best way to achieve this is by using a blurring primer that will help to create the perfect blank canvas for your makeup.
The next step, Martin said, is to tackle any redness, uneven tone, or blemishes by using a full-coverage concealer, which should be dotted on any areas that need some extra help – including around the sides of the nose, and on the under-eye area.
According to the makeup expert, the key is to ‘balance out your skin tone’ in order to achieve the most natural, flawless look, with Martin warning brides: ‘This isn’t the time to show off your contour skills.’
For any women who are concerned about their eye makeup abilities, Martin urges them to focus on their brows, saying that ‘a nice brow finishes off the eye area’ without the need to any over-the-top shadow or eyeliner.
But before you start to fill in your brows with makeup, he advises that you make sure that they are shaped to your ideal specifications – and if you’re not already comfortable using tweezers to perfect your own brows, Martin says it is ‘time to learn real quick’.
DIY bridal beauty: Earlier this month, Meghan’s wedding day makeup artist shared his tips for women who are doing their own wedding day beauty at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Expertise: Daniel explained that the perfect bridal beauty look starts with perfecting the skin using a blurring primer
He advises using YouTube tutorials so you can go through the process step by step, before you move on to applying your products.
As a first step, Martin revealed that he likes to use gel, which he brushes through the brows in the opposite direction to the hair growth in order to thicken up their appearance.
Then, after the gel has dried, brush them back into place and fill in any holes with your product of choice, whether that is a pencil, a gel, or a pomade.
This technique, Martin says, is the ‘easiest way to get defined brows without them looking too Instagram-y’.
Whether or not you are an expert with eye shadow or someone who tends to run in the opposite direction whenever they spot a palette, Meghan’s makeup artist and friend says there is an easy trick to achieving a natural look that will still help your eyes to pop.
He suggests just applying a ‘wash of color or shimmer’ onto the eyelid, explaining that this will help to ‘open up the lid’ and give your look a little something extra.
Not sure what color to use? Try applying your preferred blusher or bronzer onto your lids with a fluffy brush, or even your finger. This will ‘create a natural contour’ and help to bring more ‘harmony’ to the face, Martin said.
Bridal beauty essentials for women doing their own wedding makeup
Blurring primer: Tatcha The Liquid Silk Canvas (left, $52), Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer – Blurring (right, $38)
Full coverage concealer: E.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Camo Concealer (left, $5.99), Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer (right, $36)
Netral lip: Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon in Lead The Way (left, $7.99), Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk (right, $34)
Shimmer shadow: Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette ($65)
Simple shades: Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette in True Neutrals ($25)
Natural blush: Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blush (left, $13.49), Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush (right, $32)
Matte bronzer: Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer (left, $28), Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer (right, $30)
Setting spray: NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray (left, $8.50), Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (right, $33)
If you still don’t feel confident adding any color to your lid, he says that a slick of waterproof mascara will add plenty of definition to the eye area – and should survive any wedding day tears.
When it comes to perfecting the complexion, Martin says that, while you shouldn’t go crazy with contour, blush is a must for any bride – just don’t go crazy with the color or the application.
A simple tip for achieving a natural flush is to start applying your product at the center of the cheek, directly under the pupil.
He warns that you shouldn’t bring the color too close to the nose, and instead sweep the product out from that center mark, bringing it back towards the ear. As far as the color is concerned, Martin says you can be pretty liberal with your choice – just make sure that it doesn’t clash with your lipstick for the day.
If you feel like your face needs a bit more color, you can add some bronzer – however Martin advises that you stick with a matte shade, and only apply it to areas where the sun would naturally hit the face.
Finally, it’s on to the finishing touches: a slick of neutral lipstick, and a spritz of setting spray to ensure your makeup lasts all as long as your wedding celebrations, whether they are taking place on Zoom, or in front of a crowd of millions, as Meghan’s did.
And, if you make any mistakes along the way, Martin urges brides to stay calm and simply start the process over again, rather than getting worked up while trying to fix your error. After all, ‘the wedding is starting on your own time,’ he points out.