Meghan Markle's complete beauty evolution in pictures
The All-American British Royal
The Duchess of Sussex has had a colourful career. From her rough start in Hollywood taking calligraphy gigs in between acting jobs, to her rise up the ranks of Hollywood, to her marriage into the British Royal Family (and eventual departure), Meghan Markle is the first of her kind.
An outspoken feminist and humanitarian, Markle has been nothing but consistent with her advocacy throughout career, solidifying her reputation as one of the most Influential People in the World, according to Time Magazine in 2018.
In addition to her many achievements, the Duchess has become a renowned beauty and style icon, especially since joining the Royal family. So, we've decided to take a trip down memory lane and recap some of our favourite looks.
Here's a rare glimpse at Meghan's natural hair texture—tight ringlets for days! She looks fresh-faced and almost unrecognisable, if not for that signature smile, that is.
This shot from 1996 shows Meghan posing outside Buckingham Palace as a tourist—also known as her future residence.
Graduating High School
Pursuing her Communications Major at Northwestern University
The early days in show business
Deal or no deal
Here she is, radiant as ever. The eyes are smouldering, the hair is expertly curled and she is positively glowing.
Breaking into Hollywood
The smokey blue liner and uber-light under eye concealer shows us that even the future Royal wasn't immune to the beauty blunders of the 2000s. That said, she still looks dewy and radiant here.
The Big Break
Markle sports straightened, tousled hair and a deep, smokey eye—this is the makings of her signature look.
Meghan switches it up for a hot minute and embraces summer-chic with honey highlights and a couple of face-framing layers. Her makeup is lighter than it has been in previous years.
Meghan Suits Up
Indisputably her most notable role as an actress, Markle's character Rachel Zane called for her most office-appropriate beauty moments to date.
Meghan's hair game gets experimental
These shiny, voluminous ringlets are probably thanks to the help of extensions. Plus, Meghan goes a tad redder with her locks while staying true to her classic big-lashes-nude-lip combo.
Meghan hops on the slicked back pony trend, pairing it with a dark grey smokey eye and a nude lip to accentuate the edgier look.
The then-actress goes 70's chic with her centre-parted waves and earthy bronze shadow.
Markle foreshadowed to her signature regal style with this messy chignon at the Golden Globes afterparty.
Meghan channels Old Hollywood with this polished, side parted sweep.
Meghan serves pure fire with her sleek straight hair, bronzed glow and signature big, fluttery lashes.
Meghan dresses for her regal future at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Enduring Vision Benefit—she embraces the bold-brow life while keeping the rest of her look low-key and neutral.
Meghan sports a braid for the first and only time—and, of course, it was for a Miu Miu event. It's one of the heavier looks she'll sport in her time, and her blue eyeshadow and nude lip combo is such a winner.
Her voluminous hair is achieved with the help of her stylist. She previously shared her hair secrets with Birchbox, saying "There is nothing like a hair flip! When my hair is feeling a little weighted, Suanne, my hair artist on set, has me bend forward and she sprays a little Oribe Dry Texturising Spray or nothing at all, and then has me 'flip back hard' to give my hair a little extra bounce."
Markle amps up the drama with this look, going bold on brows, eyes and lips all at once. It won't be the last time we see her sport a berry lip, though.
Hello, Prince Charming
Here's a lesson in Power Dressing: These polished waves and statement bold red lip are one of our favourite looks of hers of all time.
Her first public appearance as 'Prince Harry's Girlfriend' saw her champion her signature minimalist makeup, complete with some gentle waves.
Sleek buns paired with understated makeup soon became her official uniform.
Announcing the engagement
A big announcement calls for even bigger hair. Meghan flaunts the blow-out of our dreams with this perfect 'do.
Royal duties call for notoriously funny hats
Berets, statement hats—Meghan isn't shy to try them. However, when she does, she does it right: she balances out the look with voluminous locks.
A Royal Wedding
Significantly less glam than the royal bridal looks that came before her, the messy chignon and understated makeup made Markle's look the most requested bridal look of that year (and many following).
The Duchess keeps to the royal dress code with her slicked back bun, but glams up her makeup look for the event with a heavier smokey eye.
Top-tier top knots
This look marks one of the biggest switch-ups in her style since her royal days. The top knot accentuates her best features while maintaining her polished demeanour.
The new mother looked positively radiant after the birth of her son, Archie, in May. Despite having just been through labour, it seems her hair and makeup (and her cadence) are as flawless as can be.
Prim and Proper Christening
The Duchess opted for dewy skin, a sleek bun under her fascinator and her classic understated makeup for the official portrait following Archie's christening.
Harry and Meghan announce 'Megxit'–that they are stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family
The couple's first public appearance since the announcement
The Duchess certainly looked a bit more disheveled than her usual polished, regal self while stepping off a flight. Of course, we're speaking in relative terms—she still looks unfathomably put together considering.
The Duchess' last royal events as senior members
Meghan attending the Endeavour Fund Awards, the first royal event after the announcement
Meghan attending the Mountbatten Festival of Music
The last royal event, the Commonwealth Day service in March
Markle's last few events as a senior member of the Royal Family has seen her go more dramatic with her makeup than, possibly, ever before. Not to say she's pairing red eyeshadow with green mascara (she's still representing the Royals, duh), but her signature your-face-but-better makeup look was sidelined for a heavy copper eye and a berry lip. Both, may we add, were welcome switch-ups in her otherwise consistent beauty routine.
So, which do you like better? Her glammed-up Hollywood look or her royal uniform?