In case you’ve been hiding under a social media-devoid rock, the Meghan Markle effect is strong. The actress and humanitarian isn’t even a Duchess yet, and already everything she touches receives the glow of royalty — her posh lipstick, signature messy bun, and even her nose (which is inspiring plastic surgery procedures). Everyone wants a piece.
Another Megan signature the internet would like to steal? Her fresh complexion and freckles. According to Markle’s former makeup artist Lydia Sellers, there’s one specific foundation responsible for her flawless, freckle-dusted glow. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64) gives the perfect amount of coverage while still letting the future royal’s freckles peek through, she told PopSugar.
The royal-inspired recommendation gets better. The lightweight foundation was “inspired by the silk shantung worn by kings and emperors,” according to the product description on Sephora’s website. The formula, which is made for all skin types, “allows the natural glow of the skin to come through no matter how many layers you apply,” Georgio Armani himself, says of the product. With 24 shades, it’s fairly inclusive, though the range definitely skews lighter.
Freckles, perhaps unsurprisingly, are one of Markle’s favorite features. “To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot,” she previously told Allure. “For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: ‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.'”
Luminous Silk Foundation was even an Allure Best of Beauty winner, so it’s in good company, having been lauded since it launched nearly 15 years ago as a makeup artist staple. Several Allure editors credit it as a ride-or-die foundation. We’re glad to see it glow-up even more, with now royal recommendations. All hail Duchess Meghan, queen of empowering beauty moments.
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