How Can I Make My Eyes Look Bigger on My Wedding Day?
- Jennifer Thomas is Professional Hair and Makeup Artist based in West Yorkshire.
- She was trained and qualified from the prestigious Delamar Academy, London, in their Higher Education Certificate in Professional Makeup and Hair Design.
- She decided to work in weddings after returning to Yorkshire and finding such a passion in Bridal work.
“Eyes are the feature that we notice first, if you are a bride that wants a natural look or a heavier smokey eye there are ways to achieve that with makeup.
First of all, skin, I tell all of my brides at least 4 weeks and when we have a trial to have a skincare routine, to make sure you drink plenty of water and to exfoliate. Dry/damaged skin and lack of skin prep prior to makeup application will make any imperfection more visible when product is applied.
That aside, the main points are, a good and correct concealer for your skin type and/or under eye. Sometimes colour correction is needed, but a good finish and evening the skin tone under the eye to remove darkness will enhance the eye massively.
You also need to work with your eye and face shape. Too many people are following the current ‘instagram trend’ as I call it, heavy brows and taped heavy eye makeup looks. This does not suit every face or eye shape and in some cases can make the eye area smaller. I always say to my brides, do what is you, you don’t want to look back at your pictures in 20 years time and see someone who you aren’t. You want to look like the best version of you.
Create a simple contour effect with a medium shade, for example a light brown above the lid. Sweep across and up at the outer corners to create shape and lift. Define further with a slightly darker shade in the crease and blend. Then if you want a darker heavier look, go for a deep brown or even black in the outer corners, blending and lifting each time. I personally prefer using matte colours for definition, although for the untrained, these can be difficult to use. So if you were to do it yourself, I would personally use the lighter colours first.
The lid, there are so many options here. I personally love a loose pigment. Illamasqua’s range of pigments are amazing and so fine but at the same time high pigmented. The shimmer in these bring the colour out in the eyes and are definitely my brides favourite. They can be applied in a light subtle way, or slightly heavier if needed. You also want a nice light shimmer on the inner corners of the eye to enhance them further. I think you want some shimmer on the lid to help make the colour of your eyes pop.
Liner, you don’t need to be a winged or liquid liner person to create definition. You can do this with the gel liners, this is a must to create further definition. Simply apply a fine line along the lashes and blend/blur the liner. It means you still get the definition without the harsh line.
Mascara, and lots of it (waterproof of course!) my favourite is Dior Blackout. Lash curlers, and then if needed false lashes. I do like the cluster lashes as they are still natural looking and you can apply as many or as little as you like.
Colour under the eye. This isn’t something I go for all the time with my brides. I personally think it doesn’t suit everyone, in some cases it can make the eye look smaller. The same goes for dark colours in the waterline.
Brows, a nice shaped brow can also help frame the face and eye look. So if needed fill, tweeze/groom those brows.
Finally a subtle highlight. This above the cheekbones and on the brow bone just complements the whole look.”
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