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How to Get The Markle Effect for Your Royal Wedding


In 2018, Meghan Markle became the final word in wedding goals. Not only did she become actual royalty, she took the royal look from stuffy and archaic to the definition of modern glamour. With the style and grace of an old movie star, mixed with a decidedly modern styling (Hello, that messy bun!), Meghan Markle sparkles day in and day out — but her wedding was something truly special. If you want to get some of that Meghan Markle wedding look for yourself, here’s how you can recreate Meghan’s wedding look (for a fraction of the cost, naturally).

Incorporate Classic Touches

Meghan Markle hasn’t beaten around the bush about her wedding inspiration. “Carolyn Bessette Kennedy,” she said. “Everything goals.” Many thought that Kennedy was a major influence on Markle’s wedding look. Not only can you pick a classic beauty as inspiration, make sure to incorporate traditional elements — Meghan went with silk and lace with her gown and veil, which is always a great option.

Work That Headpiece

A tiara is the perfect encapsulation of royal — and though for a while they could seem a little tacky, Meghan’s wedding tiara has definitely brought them back. Stick with something low and simple — Meghan’s wedding look seemed almost like more of a headband than a crown — to give it a modern twist.

Keep Your Makeup Natural And Romantic

Meghan Markle’s freckles may have been the real star of the day, with her natural, elegant makeup letting her inner quirks and beauty shine through. Daniel Martin, her makeup artist for the day, said that they wanted to keep the look eye-heavy but natural. Using copper or other warm tones, you can create a natural smokey eye that doesn’t look over the top. And make sure there’s no caking on foundation, instead stick with light coverage for a luminous glow — and plenty of sunscreen, of course.

Choose Your Dramatic Elements

Just like using a well-placed smokey eye with her makeup, Meghan stuck with one very dramatic element for her dress. While much of her look was simple and understated — even modest — she had a veil that ran for five full meters. Talk about a statement! Picking one dramatic element lets you make a real impact, while still maintaining your elegance and sophistication.

Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Up Your Looks

While many were drooling over her daytime Givenchy Couture gown, her nighttime Stella McCartney dress was equally stunning. A halter neck with a low back, this dress had a younger, freer feel — perfect for dancing the night away. Consider channeling your inner princess with two distinct looks that let all parts of your personality shine through.

Incorporate Your Relationship And Personality

One of the most amazing parts of Meghan’s wedding look was how she managed to incorporate hints of her and Harry’s personalities into her day. Many noticed that Meghan went to a British designer, Clare Waight Keller, for her dress and incorporated embroidery representing all of the Commonwealth countries into her veil — but none of it looked gimmicky or out of place. Her wedding bouquet also included forget-me-nots and white roses, two of Princess Diana’s favorite flowers. Finding ways to incorporate your relationship and your families into your look through flowers and details is a great way to make your royal look really your own — and so much more meaningful.

We may not be blessed with Meghan’s movie star looks (or her budget), but everyone can take a little inspiration from this modern style icon. Keep things simple, clean, and romantic — with a few dramatic touches — and make your day a royal wonder.