The #1 thing I’ve missed since the beginning of the pandemic is leisurely strolling through a store. Even when I’ve been strapped for cash, there’s nothing I enjoy more than waltzing through my favorite stores. I’d leave the office at 5 on the dot to walk down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, stopping in anywhere that tickled my fancy (which was usually the likes of Sephora, Ulta, Levi’s, H&M, Neiman Marcus, perhaps a glance at Louis Vuitton, who’s to say!). But these trips were always better with a friend; a time during which we could share recommendations, laugh at all the weird things we see (it was once bucket hats, which I’ve admittedly begun wearing, so jokes on me), and buy things just because someone else enabled us to.
What better friend to go on a pretend shopping date with than the Duchess of Sussex? I love Meghan more than ever right now, and I’m sure we’d have a blast sharing favorites and talking beauty for hours on end. But while I wait for her to respond to my DM, I figured I’d share the products I’d recommend to her (since she’s definitely wondering) if we took a shared trip to Sephora. Hey Meg, if you pick any of these up, HMU!
This new product was practically made for Meghan and was the first thing I thought for this list. Meghan has said before that she loves YSL’s Touche Eclat concealer because it’s radiant and easy and makes her look awake even when she’s not feeling it. This product is that, but better. When you just want to cover a couple blemishes and reduce the darkness under your eyes, this blends seamlessly into any skincare or primer you have under it. Meghan has gorgeous skin, so she doesn’t “need” a foundation to cover it up; instead, this product lets her natural skin shine while making her feel a little more confident.
Danessa Myricks Beauty
Meghan loves a glowy cheek, and now that we’re heading into springtime, I’m sure this is on her mind now more than ever. A cream product like this one from Danessa Myricks (a long-time favorite brand of mine that just launched at Sephora) adds a touch of color without adding texture or heaviness to the cheeks. Plus, this line carries quite the shade range, and the blushes are buildable to make it work for any skin tone.
Now that she’s back in LA, Meghan can probably get away with switching to a lighter moisturizer than what she needed in gloomy London. This oil-free moisturizer is a gel consistency, but don’t let that fool you—it’s still hydrating and soothing, even for a drier skin type. This is an ideal moisturizer for the spring and summer.
Meghan has the most beautiful hair I’ve pretty much ever seen, but if she wants to take it up a notch, this is the product to do it, boasting shine; smoothness; and protection for color-treated hair, heat, and UV rays. This oil is lightweight but still ultra-moisturizing, making it ideal for most hair types. Olaplex is a miracle-worker for damaged hair, and this addition to the line is no exception. Also, this is a great oil to use if you’re going to be in the sun to protect your hair just like you do your skin! It’s also clean and in recyclable packaging, which is something I predict is a major plus for Meghan.
Another product Meghan has discussed loving before is Tatcha’s Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder, which is a powder you mix with water to create an exfoliator. As a busy mom-of-almost-two (!), Meghan doesn’t have the time, and I know it. Instead, I’d recommend this exfoliator. It’s from a brand I already know she loves and trusts, but the product seems a little easier and even more gentle on her skin. This is a favorite amongst skincare lovers that is right up Meghan’s alley.
Meghan is just about known at this point for her dewy cheekbones, so I know she’d have her eyes on a new highlighter. Meghan’s glow is always a natural dewiness rather than a shimmery powder, which means she likely loves using a cream product that gives that “lit from within” glow. This one from Saie, a newer clean beauty brand now available at Sephora, has amazing reviews saying it does exactly that: provide a natural glow that simply shows off Meghan’s complexion rather than covering it.
Maison Louis Marie
I would die to see the perfumes lining Meghan Markle’s vanity, but in my head, she loves a woodsy, spicy scent as much as I do. Think Jazz Club by Replica, Le Labo Santal 33, Juliet Has A Gun Not A Perfume. It’s sexy and cool without being too bold. This perfume oil, which Meghan might love for its lasting power and portability, has similar vibes. Its main notes are sandalwood, vetiver, and amber wood, but it has a bit of a floral undertone too, making it ideal for warmer weather when you want this type of scent but don’t want to smell like a campfire. It’s a little different and unique for a woodsy, earthy scent, so I think this would really round out her collection.
The first products I tried from Briogeo were their hair masks, and they blew me away. This is one of the newest ones in their collection, and it doesn’t disappoint if you want an ultra-moisturizing hair mask you could use once a week or every wash depending on your needs. A hair mask is a great way to treat yourself, especially for a busy mom like Meghan who likely finds a lot of solace getting those few extra minutes away in the shower. Not only is this great on hair, but the whole experience—like the scent, the packaging, the texture—is what makes it really worth it.
SPF should be on Meghan’s agenda every day, but it’s even more important as she’s spending more time in the Los Angeles sunshine. This was my favorite last summer because it made my skin look amazing even when I wasn’t wearing makeup. It has a serious glow that makes you look flawless without any other products. This is also good for anyone who’s busy because it combines your moisturizing and sunscreen step, saving you a little bit of time in your routine.