Bridal make-up specialist Ana Ospina says it’s easy to make your eyes stand out in photos and the smokey eye is an enduring on-trend look. “Kate Moss went for natural, soft browns while Kate Middleton went for a more defined look, with strong brows and black liner,” said Ana.
“Newly engaged Christine Bleakley and also soon-to-be married Kim Kardashian also favour bold eyes, so I expect this trend to continue for late 2011 and 2012 weddings.”
Whether you are planning to do your make-up yourself, like Kate Middleton, or employ an expert, like Kate Moss, you can learn from their bridal mistakes to perfect your look.
“Kate Middleton did very well, considering she did her own make-up,” said Ana. “The liner was a little too hard under her eyes, which gave her a bit of a 1990s look, ironically a little like Princess Diana. But her blush and lips were very bridal.”
SMOKEY EYE STEP BY STEP
Want gorgeous eyes for your big day? Follow Ana’s simple smokey step-by-step. “The secret to a good smokey eye is blend, blend, blend,” said Ana. “Build up the colour gradually.”
Step 1: Define your brows first with a little shadow or pencil. “I use Shu Uemura retractable eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown, Deep Blonde or Auburn brow powder duos from Laura Mercier,” said Ana.
Step 2: Apply primer to the lid for all-day make-up that will look fab in photos. “My favourites are Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion or Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat or Linen.”
Step 3: Use a cream eyeshadow as your base then build up the colour on top. “I use Shu Uemura Cream Eyeshadows in Taupe, Brown or Black depending on strength of the look – or try Eye Intensifier Pencils by Sue Devitt in Surat, Laos or Pointe Noire.”
Step 4: Add black liner generously and blend liner up from lashline to leave intensity of colour at root of lashes for maximum impact. “I layer eyeshadow over the liner with my Minky and Chocolate Browns from my Sculpt Beauty Eyeshadow Pallette, Kim Kardashian style, blending and layering until the depth of colour is right.”
Step 5: Highlight browbone with a soft cream shadow blend down towards darker colours to soften look. Curl lashes and add a couple of coats of mascara. Ana recommends Dior Diorshow or Rimmel Glam’Eyes.
“A word of advice… do your eye make-up before your base, so it’s easier to clean up any overspill,” said Ana. Complete the look with concealer, foundation and powder and then add blush and lip colours in soft pinks, peaches or neutral tones to ensure the look is all about the eyes.
Ana Ospina is a highly experienced freelance make-up artist having worked on shows such as Dancing on Ice, Live at the Apollo and Comic Relief does Fame Academy she has also worked in Fashion, Editorial and Advertising. She now specialises in airbrush bridal and special occasion make-up and is based at the Becca boutique in South Kensington, London on select days for bridal and event bookings.