Meghan Markle's Makeup Artist Reveals She Uses $5 Balm As Highlight

Mar 22, 2021
07:00 A.M.
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One of the best things about beauty and makeup is the fact that there aren’t any rules. The real name of the game is creativity. You can use eyeshadow as blush or even lipstick as eyeshadow. If you can make it work and feel good about it, by all means, do it.


Meghan Markle and her longtime beauty guru, Daniel Martin, are proponents of this multi-use philosophy. In a recent interview with E! News, the celebrity makeup master shared a valuable tip that can save you a ton of money on highlighters.

If you’ve loved the Duchess of Sussex’s natural yet gorgeous glow, then you’ll be happy to know it doesn’t actually take much to achieve. The secret is out, and it’s called Aquaphor.

Daniel Martin’s Secret


If you’re not yet familiar with the under-$5 healing balm, it’s an ointment used to treat dry, cracked, and aggravated skin. That’s not all. Aquaphor packs a mean punch when it comes to its range of uses. You can use its healing properties to prevent skin from scarring or treating mild eczema. If you do not like the flaky aftermath from using Retin-A, the glycerin in the ointment will help counteract it.

"Before highlighters, you would do highlighting with Aquaphor. Aquaphor will give you that same texture, especially in a photo when applied on the high points of the face."

Daniel Martin.

The celeb artist says he now uses Honest Beauty Balm for a similar effect — and even layers it under Dior luminizers for added oomph. Martin is an ambassador for both brands. It intensifies the highlight, but it gives you that luminosity like you just applied moisturizer because of the magic balm’s texture. To steal this classic highlighting trick — which works on all skin tones — you'll want to pick up a great multi-purpose balm.

What Is Aquaphor



This is known as a healing ointment. It has a thick, fragrance-free formula made with 41% Petrolatum, Panthenol, and Glycerin to protect and heal dry skin. The brand promises that it works for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.

Daniel promises that it will make you glow when applied to your face’s high points (not as a face moisturizer). While the drugstore product will give you a natural glisten, it's no longer a part of his daily routine.

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