Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle seem to be among some of the most photographed women in our day. Due to Middleton’s high-profile role in the British royal family, Markle’s history as an actress and, of course, her marriage to Prince Harry, both women are consistently in the spotlight. Not only do they have to smile, wave, meet adoring fans, and maintain their poise, they also have to look perfectly put together.
Middleton is known for her luscious locks, her pinky lip colors, and her subtle (but effective) hair nets. Markle is known for her natural palette, her sleek up-do’s, and her favorite designer heels. Both women have come to the foreground of public life in different ways, but both capture the attention of the public and the press as much as the other.
Of course, a lot of prep must go into both Middleton’s and Markle’s appearances, and so much of their natural beauty comes from taking care of themselves. Despite busy schedules and children, they seem to have both found ways to keep their skin looking flawless, and we, for one, would love the details. So sit back and get ready to take notes, because here are the differences between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s skincare routines.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle swear by different facial oils
Some of us have been wary of facial oils in the past, especially if we’re prone to naturally oily skin. But both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have facial oils in their skincare routines, although they swear by different products. As noted by HuffPost, Middleton’s go-to is the rosehip oil from Trilogy. It boasts a combination of fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants that are designed to help with fine lines and scars. The oil sells for $54, and despite the hefty price tag, it’s estimated that one is sold every 20 seconds, thanks to Middleton’s glowing endorsement.
For those of us who are very wallet conscious, Markle’s facial oil of choice might be better suited. As noted by Hello!, Markle is a fan of tea tree oil for all her skincare needs. “It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what, it’s my little cure-all,” Markle told Allure in 2014 (via Hello!). “It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.” And it’s a facial oil we can get behind, because it sells for about $5.50 and up, depending on the brand.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have different go-to skincare brands
Some celebrities stick to their skincare products like they’re the Bible, while others switch up their routines and are always looking for the next big thing in skincare. Meghan Markle tends to try out new products (more on that later), but a good go-to brand that she has loved for years is La Mer. Makeup artist Spencer Barnes, who worked with Markle while she was on the show Suits, told ET that the brand was always one that Markle was down to stick with. “She always loved La Mer and she was great about her skincare routine,” Barnes said. “She was good about taking care of her skin and would always take that extra effort just to get the details right.”
Kate Middleton, however, swears by a different product line than Markle, according to Allure, and has indulged in many of its products. The line? Karin Herzog’s skincare. The products? The Mild Scrub exfoliant and the pore cream, to name a couple. The secret to her gorgeous skin? Middleton uses a flannel, not just her hands or a face brush, to wash her skin every day. Take notes, everyone.
Kate Middleton sticks to her favorite skincare products, while Meghan Markle switches things up
Some people love to switch up the products that they use to keep their face looking radiant. Others have found the line that they swear by, because why mess with a good thing? This is an area of skincare in which Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton differ, as Markle has admitted that she likes to try all things new in the skincare world. While talking with Allure, Markle highlighted one of her favorites at the time: the Tatcha rice polish foaming enzyme powder. “[It] just sort of foams on your face and gives you a really subtle exfoliation,” she said, highlighting the newest addition to her skincare habits.
But Middleton has found her stride, and unlike Markle, who keeps switching up her products, Middleton swears by the organic beauty skin elixir from Beuti Skincare. As noted by Town & Country, Middleton loves the skin hydrating oil so much that she, apparently, keeps three bottles of it on her nightstand. Honestly, if you find that one product that works for you, there’s no reason to keep hunting for something else.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton indulge in different skincare treatments for radiant skin
We’ve all heard of celebrities doing some crazy things to keep their skin looking youthful and radiant — we don’t even want to mention the insane plastic surgery fails — but it looks like both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton indulge in some pretty different, but very effective skincare treatments to keep their faces looking perfect.
As noted by Reader’s Digest, Markle gets help from London’s Sarah Chapman and her clinic’s signature facials to keep her skin looking radiant. But these facials come with a twist. Chapman is known for using “gymnastics” on the faces of her clients — basically an intense face massage — to give the skin “an instant glow.” It sounds great, but we can’t help but picture someone just playing with Markle’s skin in a less than comfortable way.
But get ready for uncomfortable, because Middleton’s facial treatment that she swears by is the $250 bee venom facial from London’s Hale Clinic. Yes, bee venom. As noted by Vanity Fair, Middleton started indulging in the treatment after Camilla Parker-Bowles recommended it to her. She also uses the bee venom mask at home. Whatever works.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle use different products to freshen up their looks
Nothing is worse than a long day at work when you can feel your skin getting oily, splotchy, and just downright in need of an exfoliant. But to avoid such skin catastrophes, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton implore different tactics to stay looking fresh and camera ready.
As noted by ET, Markle’s go-to skincare product for keeping her face picture perfect is the luminous dewy skin mist from brand Tatcha. “It’s a dewy mist [that] gives a little added moisture at the end of the makeup application, or even at the beginning, to give a really dewy, fresh look on the skin,” Lydia Sellers, the makeup artist behind many of Markle’s looks, said.
To keep her skin looking radiant, Middleton sticks to a product that so many of us have sworn by: blotting paper. As noted by Glamour, it is one of the two skin maintenance products that she carries with her at all times: blotting paper and the thing that none of us can live without, lip balm. Both ladies always look stunning when photographed, so it looks like both tactics have benefits.
There might be a plus for switching up your beauty regimen, as Meghan Markle is known to do
Kate Middleton really likes her go-to products. From Beuti Skincare to the Karin Herzog line, she likes what she knows. But Meghan Markle likes to play around with what she uses on her skin to keep her looking fresh and radiant, and she spoke about some of her favorite products with Allure.
“I play around,” she said, highlighting a line she was indulging at the time, Jan Marini. “I’ve been using their serum lately. It’s a nice glycolic one that makes your skin really glow-y,” she said. Markle also highlighted her use of Revitalash, an eyelash serum that promotes eyelash growth. “I swear they are as long as they could ever be,” Markle said. And, honestly, get us that product because we need it.
So are there any perks to switching up your skincare products? Yes. According to Charlotte Cho, the curator of Soko Glam — a Korean beauty line — it’s possible that your skincare can lose its effectiveness over time. She told Well + Good that through a process called “tachyphylaxis,” your products can become weaker on your skin. So maybe this is your sign to switch things up.
Do Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle get Botox?
It’s hard not to ask the pivotal question we’re all dying to know: Do Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle get Botox? They would hardly be the first, and we certainly wouldn’t judge (because we’re eyeing preventative Botox ourselves). Conflicting reports exist, but some people think so. As noted by Page Six, Dr. Munir Somji of London’s Dr. Medi Spa Clinic posted a before-and-after picture of Middleton on social media, potentially hinting at her use of the product at his clinic.
“Note the reduction of fine lines on the forehead,” he said. “But also note the depression of the medial (middle part) brow but elevation of the lateral tail of the brow.” The post was quickly deleted, and the palace even denied the story, but from the look of her skin quality, it seems possible that Middleton may have gotten some work done.
So what does Markle indulge in, Botox-wise? According to Harper’s Bazaar, she is reportedly one of the celebrities trying out “organic Botox,” which consists of Biotulin gel that is applied directly to the skin. What we do to keep wrinkles away, right?
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have different drugstore skincare favorites
For two ladies who literally have access to tiaras, both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have their go-to drugstore skincare products. We couldn’t love them anymore for it, or the fact that your local CVS carries some really good products that just can’t be beat. As noted by Good Housekeeping, Middleton was spotted at drugstore Boots shortly after her wedding purchasing moisturizer from Nivea that sells for a solid $6.50. Also, can we talk about how the store name Boots sounds superior to any other drugstore?
And, on a similar note, Markle has been known to swear by the skin cleansing wipes from Biore, a trusted drugstore brand. “Biore Cleansing Cloths for the face. They’re great to keep in the car and on your nightstand when you have those horribly lazy nights that the thought of getting up to actually wash your face seems unbearable,” Markle told Beauty Banter (via Women’s Health). So don’t always think that your favorite royals stick to the expensive brands only. Sometimes the drugstores do the trick.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have different go-to skin serums
This is when we get down to the nitty gritty of nighttime skincare routines, the ones that can take up to an hour if you cleanse, steam, exfoliate, and really go the whole nine yards. Serums for the face can do a world of good, and many feature different unique properties for the skin. As such, it’s no wonder that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle swear by different products.
As noted by Marie Claire, Markle has been known to use the Decléor Aromessence Rose D’Orient soothing serum, perfect for smoothing out the texture of the skin. Min Min Ma, the makeup artist behind Markle’s looks on Suits, said that the serum was the perfect product to use before applying makeup. Plus, it’s an all-natural product, if that’s on your list of product necessities.
So what’s Middleton’s serum of choice? As noted by Woman and Home, it’s the Lancôme Genifique serum, perfect for skin restoration. Middleton’s go-to helps the skin by diminishing fine lines and helping replenish the skin’s moisture and texture. Both sound excellent.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton differ on their choice of moisturizers
The skin loves a moisturizing, hydrating moment, and it’s not hard to understand why. After a day of makeup, sun exposure, and harsh lighting, the face needs products to help it breathe and get back to a balanced, hydrated status. Luckily for us, we know what Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle use to revitalize their skin, because, honestly, we would copy just about anything either of them do.
As noted by Marie Claire, Markle’s hydrating serum of choice is the Kate Somerville quench hydrating face serum. “I’ve been going to Kate’s clinic in L.A. for facials for years … I still use the products to maintain that glow,” Markle told Beauty Banter (via Marie Claire).
And what does Middleton use to get that gorgeous glow she’s known for? She indulges in the Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel that, according to its description on the Biotulin website, hydrates the skin and reduces wrinkles “in just 60 minutes.” Sounds like a dream. And Middleton must have given the product glowing reviews, because she hooked none other than Michelle Obama on the product, as noted by Woman and Home. If it’s good enough for Middleton and Obama, it’s more than good enough for us.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle even differ on what lip balms they use
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of skincare is lips. Our poor lips go through a lot, and it seems like both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle know what products to use to retain the perfect pout. As noted by Hello!, Middleton is a fan of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector from the brand Clarins. It has a slight tint, so the product is the perfect blend of lip balm and gloss. It’s pretty inexpensive, retailing for just $25, and, apparently, gives the lips the perfect shine. If you really want to copy Middleton, then you should know that her shade is Rose Shimmer.
Markle has been known to switch up her skincare, but it’s clear that she loves her go-to lip balm and won’t be changing it up anytime soon. As noted by Marie Claire, Markle is a fan of the Advanced Therapy lip balm from Fresh Sugar, which sells for $26. “I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm, but this is the very best,” Markle told The Lady Loves Couture (via Marie Claire). “Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it.” Sounds like both products really do the trick.
Kate Middleton often opts for this foundation, but Meghan Markle avoids using foundation altogether
If makeup wearers across the world can agree on one thing, it’s that foundation is so difficult to get right. There are so many brands, a variety of coverages available — who’s to know what foundation is best? Well, if you’re going off of what a Duchess thinks is the best foundation out there, then look no further than Kate Middleton’s favorite foundation, the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish. As noted by Her, Middleton is such a fan of the product that she wore it on her wedding day. The foundation reportedly doesn’t leave the skin looking creased, which is, honestly, one of the biggest foundation struggles out there.
But it looks like Meghan Markle gave up on finding the perfect foundation, because, as noted by Today, she only ever wears it unless she is on a job. Instead, she uses the illuminating primer from Laura Mercier and just goes bare faced. “This is what I put on [every day] after moisturizer to give my skin a dewy glow,” Markle told Beauty Banter (via Today). Maybe we’ll all be taking this play out of Markle’s book.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have different go-to facials
A day at the spa can’t be completed without a facial — our skin really does deserve the extra attention. Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle know that to be true, but they indulge in different kinds of intense skin repair and facials. As noted by Vogue, Middleton is such a fan of Karin Herzog’s skincare line that she indulges in the line’s oxygen facial. The facial in question delivers “the cleansing properties of oxygen gas deep down into the skin to destroy bacteria,” which sounds like it gives the skin the best deep clean ever. We need that now.
Markle, on the other hand, sticks to all-natural products when she can, and that’s certainly impacted the type of facials she gets. As noted by Elite Daily, Markle indulges in facial treatments at the Shangri-La Toronto Spa and the Miraj Hammam Spa, which both use products from Caudalie, a French skincare line that is free of preservatives, paraffin, and irritants, and, in addition, is cruelty free. We can’t see a spa day with us, Markle, and Middleton happening any time soon, but here’s hoping that we can indulge in some of their favorite products.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have this in common when it comes to their skincare routines
Anyone who has been paying attention knows that Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton haven’t always seen eye to eye. With Markle and Prince Harry’s departure from the royal family, the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William, and the pressures of royal life, it’s no wonder that the two women — from very different backgrounds — have their differences. But as noted by Bustle, the two seemed to bond over the organic beauty skin elixir from Beuti Skincare.
As aforementioned, the product has been a favorite of Middleton’s for some time, and she has it sitting by her bed ready to use. She really must be a fan of it, because, apparently, she gave the product to Markle as a gift. According to an “inside source at the palace,” … “Kate indeed gifted the Beauty Sleep Elixir to Meghan Markle and we are told she has been using the line since,” Leila Aalam, the founder of Beuti Skincare, told Bustle. The two women seem to have so many differences when it comes to skincare that it’s remarkable that they found common ground. It really must be that good.
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