From her former life as a TV star to her current life as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle always looks red carpet ready. While it’s easy to assume Markle gets her glow from the most expensive beauty products on the market, her makeup artist Daniel Martin is letting fans in on his royal client’s secret to flawless, dewy looking skin and it’s thanks to a $5 drug store item. Excuse us while we make a beeline for aisle five.
Speaking with E! News, Martin says that the secret to Markle’s glow is Aquaphor, a product traditionally used for moisturizing dry skin on the body. “Before highlighters, you would do highlighting with Aquaphor,” said Martin.
The makeup artist says to not use the body moisturizer on the entire face, but rather areas that you would normally apply a traditional highlighter to, including the top of the cheek bones. “Aquaphor will give you that same texture, especially in a photo [when applied] on the high points of the face.”
Martin says that starting with healthy skin is key for getting great results from your makeup, which makes sense. “A lot of my highlighting is done with skin-care,” says Martin, who works for Honest Beauty and Dior. While Martin now often uses higher end products for Markle, including the brands he works with, we’re definitely going to give Aquaphor as a highlighter base a try. The cream is perfect for sensitive skin, with no perfumes added and a base of Petrolatum, Panthenol and Glycerin that helps to hold moisture to the skin.
But the seemingly miracle-status cream can do even more than highlight. There are many YouTube videos and beauty lists dedicated to the multi-talented Aquaphor. We love using the affordable cream to moisturize chapped lips, remove makeup when applied to a cotton ball, moisturize cuticles, help with dry skin patches, and keep our eyebrows in place by applying a thin layer. Ask not what your $5 cream can do for you, but what it can’t do. That list is much shorter.