Decoding Meghan's Royal tour make-under, from the glow to the effortless hair

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The Duchess of Sussex in South Africa Credit: WireImage /Pool/Samir Hussein 

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's ten day Royal tour in Southern Africa comes to an end, we've not only enjoyed the appearance of little Archie, but also Meghan's refreshingly understated beauty approach. 

Prioritising what to pack on holiday or a work trip can be tough, and it's usually our cosmetics bags that get a heavy duty culling before hitting the airport. And while the Duchess could fully justify a suitcase full of products to prepare for all the photo opportunities, with a baby in tow and full schedule of meetings, we doubt there is much time for laborious grooming regimes. 

Sporting easy up-dos, tousled waves, second-skin bases, and shiny conditioned lips, natural and neutral has been Meghan's daily beauty modus operandi

Read on for the key products you'll need to follow the Duchess's lead...

A second-skin tinted moisturiser

The Duchess Of Sussex sported a dewy glow throughout her entire trip to South Africa  Credit:  Chris Jackson / Chris Jackson Collection

It's been reported that Meghan is partial to Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer, and, with new tinted iterations from the brand, it's easy to see why this, or something similar, would be in her beauty bag. Tinted moisturisers make for the ideal base for those who, like the Duchess, don't want to wear heavy foundations, but would still like some degree of coverage that can be built upon when needed. 

Tinted Moisturiser Skin Perfector,  £35, Laura Mercier

Tinted Moisturiser Skin Perfector,  £35, Laura Mercier

A defining bronzer and highlighter duo

The Duchess of Sussex during her second day in Cape Town Credit: Chris Jackson /Chris Jackson Collection 

The Duchess has been rocking a bronzed, highlighted complexion throughout her Royal Tour. A compact bronzer and highlighter duo is perfect for achieving this look on the go, and can transform a tired complexion in seconds. Apply your bronzer just under the cheekbones, along the jaw, around the temples and across the nose to chisel the face, and add colour where the sun would naturally hit the skin. Then follow with a swathe of highlighter above the cheekbone, across the cupid's bow and under the arch of your brow to add that all important glow.

Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49, Charlotte Tilbury

A nourishing lip sheen 

The Duchess wore a subtle lip whilst visiting the Auwal Mosque on the second day of the tour Credit: POOL/REUTERS

Proving that lip sheens are the versatile beauty buy we need, Meghan shunned a statement lipstick, even for more formal engagements. The best part? You don't need to worry about smudging or reapplying like you would when wearing a bold hue.

Lip Glorifier, £40 Clé de Peau Beauté

Lip Glorifier, £40 Clé de Peau Beauté

An eye-lifting mascara

On the penultimate day of the tour, the Duchess skin glowed in Johannesburg . Credit: Pool/ Getty Images Europe

Nothing gives away the effects of an on-the-go schedule like the eyes, and bold, statement mascaras can often draw too much attention to this area. The Duchess avoided this by opting for well-defined lashes that still looked natural. A good, lash lengthening mascara will do the trick as it offers an instant 'lift', making eyes appear more open, fresh and awake without looking too overdone. 

Lash Slick, £14, Glossier  

Lash Slick, £14, Glossier 

A do-it-all hair spray

While in Cape Town the Duchess swapped her sleek pony for glamorous, loose waves Credit: TOBY MELVILLE /REUTERS 

From loose waves to sleek ponies, Meghan switched-up her hairstyles seamlessly throughout the Royal tour. Quick hair changes are a great way to tweak your look without doing anything drastic. To ensure your swift change-up has long-term staying power, opt for a do-it-all hair spray that offers flexible hold, tames pesky flyaways, and doesn't flatten (unless you want it to).  

Free Styler Working Hairspray, £39, Oribe

Free Styler Working Hairspray, £39, Oribe