Meghan Markle And 10 Other Stars Who Do Their Own Makeup (And Do It Well)

July 13, 2018  |  
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While being a member of the Royal Family might come with all sorts of servants and staff, there are some things Meghan Markle is ok doing on her own from time to time. That includes her own makeup. The 36-year-old beauty attended a celebration to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force this week, and for the event, her friend and star makeup artist Daniel Martin confirmed that she did her own beauty look.

When a fan asked if he was behind her glow, Martin said, “I didn’t [do the make-up] but she’s so good herself, right!?,” he shared. “She did her make-up herself for this.”

Sis did a pretty good job, too. But if you’re impressed with her, check out nine other celebrity women who often do their own makeup, despite having the ability to have access to a top-notch team.



While artist Sir John does Bey’s looks most of the time (including for performances), she told PEOPLE years ago that she can do a little bit of everything beauty wise, and often did her own makeup for events.

“I’m pretty good at throwing out the expired stuff, but I hold on to my mascara for a long time,” she added. “I actually prefer old mascara. It makes your lashes thicker and longer.”



“Being in the industry, I watched so many people doing my makeup, I was like, hey, I can do this,” she said to Byrdie in 2015. “And then on top of that, then I was like wait, I can do it even better.”


Alicia Keys

Though she often goes makeup-less these days, when she does decide to have a beat face, she’s the one who does it.

“I love makeup. My husband says, ‘You see, babe? When you do your own makeup, you look the best!'” she told Vogue. “I don’t know if he just loves me or if that’s the truth. I’ll call my makeup artist [and say, ‘Look what I did!’]”


Janelle Monáe

The singer once told people that she liked to do her own makeup in the hopes of not inconveniencing anyone else.

“Well folks, sorry to say this, but I do my own styling and my own tangled-up hair!” she said. “I never like to inconvenience anyone I don’t have to. I mean, I may not do the best job, but if I can do it, I would just rather it be that way.”

But she recently told Glamour that it was really because, back in the day, she couldn’t afford a big glam squad.

“I did a lot of my own styling and my own hair and makeup early on because I didn’t have money to [pay a team].”


Michelle Obama

Makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Myles told Chicago Mag back in 2011 that once she taught Michelle Obama the basics of doing fresh face makeup for events, the former First Lady started doing it on her own out of convenience.

“Early on, I taught her how to do a clean media face, and to this day, she is very competent in accomplishing this,” she said. “Mrs. Obama could not have a makeup artist for all of her many scheduled appearances.”


Chaka Khan

Queen mother Chaka showed the world how she does her makeup for Vogue, saying, “Mostly I taught myself,” while putting on stuff “in the back of limousines” and “on the way to gigs.”



To start an uber-successful beauty line, one should know a thing or two about how to apply makeup. Rihanna proved that she knows how to make herself glow with her line’s products for this tutorial from Vogue.


Tracee Ellis Ross

We know Tracee Ellis Ross loves a bold lip, even for when she’s just headed to the gym. But for some major events, like last year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, she did her own makeup — because she’s pretty awesome at it:

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Jordyn Woods

The model knows a thing or two about wielding a beauty brush. She showed that contouring doesn’t have to end up looking crazy, or be that hard, in the tutorial she did for Vogue.


Jasmine Sanders

Another talented model, Jasmine Sanders knows how to keep her “Golden Barbie” look going even when makeup artists aren’t around. Check out her makeup routine below.


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