For her first public appearance of 2018, Meghan Markle stepped out with her handsome husband-to-be, Harry, her usual grace and contagious smile in tow. Missing from the equation, however, was the former actress’s glossy brunette waves, often seen slightly tucked behind one ear and cascading down her back. Instead, the reveal found her fastening her second—or third?—day blowout into a low, messy bun at the nape of her neck, a few nonchalant pieces framing her makeup-free face.
The California-girl style was a clear departure from her daily beauty look—and a welcomed one, too. After all, with a season full of public appearances on the horizon, this drop in at a youth-minded radio station in London being just the first, the no-fuss moment offers the royal-in-training even more likability. And while her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has established her own set of beauty rules, as she’s rarely seen sans pink pout and freshly-trimmed lengths, Markle is setting her own standards as the new royal in town. The lesson? Injecting a dose of West Hollywood-cool into your beauty regimen can go a long way—especially when across the pond. Here’s to a bold, easy-to-pull-off royal wedding look that’s every bit sophisticated and slightly rebellious.