Shockingly Simple Beauty Tricks Meghan Markle Swears By

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Meghan Markle knows some simple beauty tricks that make all the difference. | AFP Photo/Pool/Adrian Dennis

Meghan Markle may have the royal glam squad on speed dial, but that hasn’t always been the case. In her time as an actress, she worked with some of the best beauty experts in the business. And, as a result, she learned some genius royal-approved beauty tricks.

From achieving slicked back buns to keeping her complexion young and fresh, see some of the beauty tricks Meghan Markle swears by.

1. Use a beautyblender to apply foundation

One makeup tool she can’t live without? Her beautyblender. In an interview with Birchbox, the royal explained how she likes to spread her foundation with her trusty beautyblender. Doing so helps achieve a more even — read: natural — application.

Next: Here’s how Markle gets that popular all-natural look.

2. Only apply foundation to the areas that need it

Meghan Markle attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017

She likes to keep her freckles visible. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In addition to applying foundation with a beautblender, Meghan Markle likes to keep her face makeup as natural as possible. Explaining to Birchbox, “I never want to cover my freckles, so we just do a ‘wash’ of foundation in certain sections instead of over the entire face.”

Next: How to look more awake than you really are

3. To look more awake, apply highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes

Meghan Markle posing in front of a leafy green backdrop.

This creates the illusion of bright eyes. | Andrew Toth/Getty Images

If you’re trying to mask the appearance of tired-looking eyes, try using a highlighter on the corners of your eyes to create the illusion of bright eyes. Markle’s favorite highlighter for the job? Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat.

Next: She uses this surprising household item to tame her hair.

4. To tame frizz, use a toothbrush

Meghan Markle posing in a black dress.

She knows how to achieve smooth hair. | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

As far as frizz is concerned, Markle has the ultimate fix: a toothbrush. She prefers a boar bristle toothbrush (but she says regular toothbrushes work, too) and uses the small brush to take care of any unwanted frizz.

Next: If you use hairspray right you can also tame updos.

5. To tame updo flyaways, spray hairspray on a toothbrush

Meghan Markle poses on the red carpet in a gown.

This quick trick keeps her updos looking perfect. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for CIROC Vodka

To up the ante, Meghan Markle also sprays hairspray on her boar bristle toothbrush to help keep flyaways at bay. This beauty trick especially comes in handy when her hair is slicked back.

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6. For youthful-looking skin, practice facial exercises

Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Prince Harry

She believes they help to sculpt her face. | Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan Markle’s number one anti-aging beauty trick? Facial exercises. Admitting to Birchbox, “I do facial exercises from one of my favorite aestheticians, Nicola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out. I swear it works, as silly as you may feel,” says the royal. “On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are waaaay [sic] more sculpted,” she adds.

Next: Markle does this little trick for added volume.

7. Hair flip for added volume

Meghan Markle poses on an intricate rug in front of flowers.

A quick hair flip and some texture spray adds extra bounce. | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour

There’s no denying that Meghan Markle has perfect hair. Her trick for adding volume to her blowouts? A good old fashioned hair flip and texturizing spray. While she was filming Suits, she told Birchbox, “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 Texturizing Spray or nothing at all, and then has me ‘flip back hard’ to give my hair a little extra bounce.”

Next: Try this simple trick to get rid of dark circles.

8. Try jade rolling

Meghan Markle enjoying some time outside with her engagement ring | Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Looking for another way to target — and get rid of — dark circles? Give jade rolling a try! Meghan Markle is a big fan of facial massage and using a jade roller to massage your complexion can not only improve circulation and enhance the overall look of your skin, it can help get rid of dark circles and under-eye bags too.

Jade rolling can help drain the buildup of fluid under your eyes and give the skin a brighter, more awake-looking effect.

Next: When in doubt, keep it simple and use this.

9. Keep nail polish simple

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The nail polish of royalty | Essie

This is more of a rule, but bright nail polish is one of the queen’s biggest pet peeves. Meghan Markle will have to kiss fun manicures goodbye and opt for a more natural look as that is what’s expected out of all royal women.

The queen is very particular about nail polish. Her favorite is Essie nail polish. At around $9 a pop, the popular nail care brand may be one of the most relatable — if not, the only relatable — thing about the queen. Her favorite color is a light pink hue called Ballet Slippers.

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