Despite her royal status (and fortune) earning her the ability to ask for a makeover by the top beauty artists around the world, Kate Middleton famously did her own makeup on her wedding day – a soft smokey eye and pink lip – after reportedly receiving several hours of tuition from celebrity makeup artist, Arabella Preston.
So, it comes as no surprise that bride-to-be Meghan Markle has asked friend and beauty expert London-based facialist, Nichola Joss, for her help in the beauty department in the lead up to her big day.
Ahead of Markle’s wedding on 19 May at Windsor Castle, Joss – who the Suits star previously attributed her ‘sculpted’ cheek bones and jawline to Joss’s facial massage routines – told Marie Claire she likes to focus first on corrective work in order to treat brides’ acne-prone skin before their weddings.
‘If you have troublesome skin, and you need some corrective work, like if you have acne or scarring, you need to start working on a routine at least four or five months before the big day, seeing your facialist every two weeks to get your skin in the best condition you can,’ she admits.
Joss then suggests cutting down visits to a facialist to every three weeks ‘but you should still be getting regular massages between those appointments’.
Having stated that Joss’ facials are the best in the world on her now-defunct lifestyle blog,The Tig, it’s likely Markle will already be in the routine of doing at-home massages, as advised by the expert.
‘You want to start getting regular massages from the beginning of your skincare journey, since it not only helps remove the tension in the face, but it also really helps improve the texture of when you massage with a good, clean facial oil,’ says Joss.
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Since making a permanent move to the UK, Markle has reportedly been taking beauty recommendations from new BFF Victoria Beckham. However, she’s also been advised to take it easy when it comes to applying copious amounts of products to her skin before her wedding day, by Joss.
‘Anything corrective, like acid peels, intense microdermabrasion, or laser treatments, should be done between three-to-five months before the wedding, but not closer,’ explains the facialist.
‘The last two months before your wedding should be focused on getting calmer, more hydrated skin, rather than getting more aggressive with your face, since corrective treatments can require a ton of downtime and healing.’
As a result, Joss suggests brides like Meghan take it easy when it comes to prepping their skin for their wedding day.
‘This is the time where you want to be really gentle with your skin and use only simple, nourishing products, like a hydrating mask, a soft massage, and a cryo treatment,’ she admits.
‘Meghan [Markle] has the most amazing skin,’ she reveals. ‘She really looks after herself, and I think it shows.’
You can say that again, Joss!