The royal wedding make-up artist swears by this £3.99 powder for beating shine

If there’s anyone we’ll be taking make-up tips from, it’s the woman responsible for both Princess Eugenie and Kate Middleton’s flawless wedding day glow.

Hannah Martin, a Bobbi Brown pro, is that woman. And in a recent interview, the make-up artist revealed her favourite go-to powder, which much to our surprise (though we’re not complaining) turns out to be a £3.99 product by drug store brand, Rimmel. Who would have thought, eh?

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Martin, who created Princess Eugenie’s beautifully natural, English rose-inspired glam for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank back in October, is a huge fan of the brand’s mattifying powder, Stay Matte.

Speaking to Get The Gloss about her top tips for tacking the end-of-day shine – something we’ve all experienced more than once – the make-up artist said that the £3.99 pan was her favourite ‘for a flawless finish.’

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Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, £3.99, Boots

Martin then went on to explain the best way to apply the powder, which is stocked in both Boots and Superdrug. ‘You can use a brush or a powder pad,’ she said. ‘But be sure to blot your skin first as too much oil transfer onto the brush or pad can cause the makeup to look patchy.’

We’ll be making a note of that.


NYX Professional Make-Up Green Tea Blotting Paper, £5.50, Boots

Martin, who also did the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning make-up for her wedding to Prince William in 2011, named a second budget and equally effective product to help you tackle the dreaded oily shine that tends to dominate your make-up look after a long day.

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‘If your T-zone is prone to a little shine, then you need to carry NYX Blotting Papers, £5.50, with you,’ she told the publication.

‘Simply place onto the oily area and the paper will absorb the oil without making your makeup patchy or cakey,’ and she’s not wrong. According to its product description, each pack of NYX Professional Makeup’s Blotting Paper comes with sheets of 100% pure pulp paper to absorb excess oils and keep you shine-free.