Even before Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry and become the Duchess of Sussex, the former actress-turned-royal was a style icon in her own right. It’s no wonder, then, that Markle’s fashion sense and style choices became especially influential with the rise of her royal status. But while some have looked to Markle solely for her fashion – we’re still buzzing about those elegant wedding looks – there’s also a beauty trend that’s on the rise post-royal wedding, and it’s slightly on the stranger side.
In an interview with New Beauty, Atlanta-based cosmetic tattoo artist, Gabrielle Rainbow, noted that, following the royal nuptials, her shop has been packed with people, many of whom are seemingly trying to recreate Markle’s freckles with semi-permanent facial tattoos.
According to Rainbow, while she didn’t imagine that the royal wedding would have any bearing on business at all, in the time following the ceremony, it has seemed that Markle’s freckles and natural beauty marks have certainly “boosted customers’ interest in the whole idea of freckles.”
For some customers who are interested in recreating Markle’s freckles but doing it on a budget – the semi-permanent tattoo would set you back about $250 for a finished product that lasts between one and three years – there’s also been in a trend in taking a more DIY approach with makeup.
“I’ve been asked to recreate Markle’s freckles a lot lately,” makeup artist and Walgreens consultant Courtney Larrabee told New Beauty. “The secret is using a sharp felt tip eyeliner or brow pen. You want something in a brown or taupe that is soft and natural. It is important to remember to only use the tip of the pen to create the freckle, and dab it instantly with the flat of your fingertip to soften the look.”