Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin is responsible for painting the famous faces of Meghan Markle, Jessica Alba, Elisabeth Moss, and Nina Dobrev. Here, he shares his K-beauty must-haves, the best tip he’s ever learned from an A-list client, and more.
If you were one of the 29 million people that tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in May 2018, then you have definitely seen the makeup artistry of Daniel Martin, who created the Duchess of Sussex’s classic look on the big day.
In addition to Meghan, Daniel has an extensive celebrity client list that includes Jessica Alba, Elisabeth Moss, Nina Dobrev, and Jessica Biel.
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Like any good makeup artist, Daniel knows that the secret to achieving a flawless look is healthy skin. Among the tips and hacks he often shares on his Instagram feed is that he likes to mix a few drops of hydrating toner with full-coverage foundation for a glowing and long-lasting finish.
For more tips and his K-Beauty skin care favorites, keep reading.
The Klog: You’ve created such incredible looks including Meghan Markle’s polished yet radiant wedding makeup. Can you describe your aesthetic and how skin care fits into it?
Daniel: My point of view has always been about beautiful, radiant skin and skin first. I like drawing the details to either the eyes or lips afterwards. When you’re comfortable in your own skin, that confidence comes through, allowing what you dress up in as your statement piece…like a piece of jewelry!
What pro tips can you share for someone who’s looking for flawless wedding day-ready skin?
Whatever you decide, it must reflect who you are in that moment. You can’t be too trendy with your makeup because when you look back at those images 10 years from now, you don’t want them to be dated.
Have you learned any great skin care tips from any of your celebrity clients?
I’ve learned so many over the years! One trick I’ve learned from my friend and client Nina Dobrev is dunking your face in ice before makeup. This wakes up your skin and instantly de-puffs!
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We were so excited when Soko Glam curated top K-beauty brand Mediheal and know you are a fan as well. What Mediheal products can you not live without?
I’m a huge fan of Mediheal’s NMF line, especially the NMF Toner, which I often use in place of primer on clients – it is like a makeup magnet! I also love their Charcoal Cleansing Foam.
What is your skin care routine and do you have any go-to favorite products? Does your routine change when you’re traveling for work?
My skin is hyper-sensitive, so I don’t do a lot to it unfortunately. That’s one of the reasons why I love Mediheal because it’s fragrance-free, paraben-free and effective on so many different skin types!
One last one question… favorite beauty trend you’re seeing now?
People truly understanding how to take care of their skin! We’ve spent so many years piling it on, and women have had enough. They’re embracing that less is actually more!