The Markle sparkle is real. There’s an undeniable glow to everyone’s favorite royal rebel, especially now that she’s back in the spotlight on her own terms. Meghan Markle—entrepreneur, actress, producer, and mom—is making headlines again, now that she’s not silent or silenced. This time she’s making waves for her astute new podcast, Archetypes.
Have you listened to the Mariah Carey episode yet? (What are you waiting for?) In it, the women discuss the term “diva”—for better and worse. No matter your definition of a diva, Markle is far from one where her self-care routine is concerned. Even though she has access to the fanciest of luxury self-care brands, many of Markle’s go-to products are wallet-friendly drugstore classics.
Scroll on for some of Markle's favorite affordable self-care products for a bit of your own Markle sparkle.
You would never forget to moisturize your face every day, so don’t forget to give your lips some TLC, too. Markle doesn’t. She reaches for Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, which features a bright citrus scent and, more importantly, SPF 15. This lightly tinted balm is a hydrating treatment that nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips without any of the yucky ingredients like petroleum, mineral oil, and parabens.
“I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best,” she previously told Beauty Banter. “Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it.” Chapped lips, be gone!
Like most of us, Markle and Prince Harry kept the jet-setting to a minimum the past couple years, instead settling into their home in Montecito, California. Still, she’s a travel pro. Her must-have self-care travel product? Tea tree oil. It’s not fancy, but it works.
“The one thing that I cannot live without when I’m traveling is a small container of tea tree oil,” Markle told Allure. “It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it’s my little cure-all. It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.” We weren’t able to find the exact brand Markle swears by, but you can’t go wrong with most brands (just don’t overdo it—here’s a guide!).
Give a girl access to every luxe moisturizer in the world, and sometimes all she wants is her favorite drugstore staple. “I use this religiously,” Markle told Beauty Banter of Nivea’s body lotion. “It’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it.” (Psst, Meghan! You can order three bottle packs on Amazon.) Thanks to antioxidants Q10 and vitamin C, this moisturizer firms the skin while also sinking in quickly—a moisturizer must.
There’s nothing a little lipstick won’t fix. Markle knows that, and anyone who’s felt transformed after a little swipe of color on the lips knows that too. Most of the time Meghan sticks to neutrals, like this matte suede-taupe nude shade called “Very Victoria” from Charlotte Tilbury. She told the Daily Express it’s her favorite, and rumor has it she wore this shade for her engagement photos with Prince Harry. It’s made with a blend of oils to help nourish the lips, instead of drying them out like some lipsticks. (Not naming names…)
Kérastase is known for its luxe hair care, and team W+G has tried many of its collections and products, including this Markle-beloved hair oil. It uses shorea butter (a spike of moisture), virgin coconut oil (more moisture), and rosa muscata fruit oil (a natural heat protectant) to de-frizz and keep hair smooth all day long. Markle is known for her gorgeous hair—and it’s because she’s got secret weapons like this to help her.
Markle herself recommended Clevr Blends to Oprah. Yes, *the* Oprah. And sure, she’s also an investor in the brand. But what can we say? Markle has good taste, and isn’t afraid to put her money where her mouth is (literally). Clevr Blends is a latte in a bag—all you need to do is add your favorite milk of choice. You can choose from matcha, chai, golden (turmeric), coffee, and rose cocoa (Clevr even sells bundles if you’re not sure where to start).
Crafted with adoptogens and other good-for-you ingredients, you can easily get your energy or calming fix, and all of the flavors taste delicious. *Our* current favorite is the Sleeptime SuperLatte, which we’re sure Markle—actress, entrepreneur, mom of two—would love. How else does she wind down after a long day of kicking butt? It tastes like a hot chocolate and makes you sleepy a few sips in.
Markle has long been a fan of Dr. Bronner’s—who isn’t?—and here’s betting she’s even more of a devotee now that she’s on bath duty with two little ones. This classic soap, made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, leaves a lovely lingering smell that’ll have you reaching for it daily. There’s no going wrong, scent-wise, but Markle alternates between lavender and almond. “I love the smell and it lasts for such a long time,” Markle told Beauty Banter of the lavender. “The almond scent is quite nice too if you prefer something warm and sweet.”
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