Smoky Bronze Wedding Makeup Tutorial |UK Wedding Blog

Cher before after

Happy Friday! Today’s post is a makeup tutorial – it’s been a super long time since the last one, so I figured it was about time. From the moment I saw Eva Longoria’s wedding makeup from her recent nuptials (pictures are hard to find – I think Hello bought the rights so very little online, but take a peek here), I knew I wanted to attempt to recreate it – a strong, smoky, feline bronze eye, plenty of glowing skin and a matte pink lip (I love this as I just wouldn’t have thought to put pink with this – it would 100% work on this skin tone with brown-nude, or peachy-coral). This is definitely a makeup lovers look, and not for those who want subtle, but personally it’s right up my street, as as you’ve probably gathered by now I love a glamorous bride!


Why it worked

The most important with any wedding makeup look is that it’s cohesive – that it makes sense as an entire look, so rather than fixating on single elements, no one feature stands out too much when you view it as a whole. It also needs to make sense with the dress and hair, and her hair and beautiful Victoria Beckham dress were quite simple, so everything balanced out. It’s worth mentioning that Eva has beautiful even features and a medium skin tone with warm olive undertones, which I do find generally allows you to wear a stronger look more easily, however my model Cher is a good example of an adaptation for fairer skins. She has a very neutral skin tone, which is neither yellow nor pink, and she has big even features which make this look super easy to do on her. If your eyes are more hooded try keep the dark smokiness at the root on the lash line, rather than into the crease, and if you carry a lot of darkness under the eyes, omit some of the smokiness on the bottom lash if you worry about it smudging or feeling too dark. If you go for liner top and bottom make sure you add lashes – this will help your lashes to be seen over the liner if they are naturally short or sparse, and will help to keep the eye looking big and open. Let’s break it down ~DSC_5726_22985

To start ~

Prep skin with a primer or base product of your choice, and then with your chosen foundation build as much coverage as you choose in thin, even layers. I usually use a couple of buffing brushes – one to apply, and then a clean one to buff the product into the skin. If you have textured skin or are using a foundation which sets quickly try pushing the foundation into the skin with a beauty blender or a flat edged brush – some foundations don’t like being over buffed! Check out my brush guide if you aren’t sure what you need. I used Nars Sheer Glow (which is neither sheer, nor glowy in my humble opinion, but it is a great buildable product for normal – oily skin types). It’s renowned to be a great bridal foundation, as it photographs well and suits most skintypes.
DSC_5737_22996The eyes

This is the laborious stage – to make a neat and well executed smoky eye requires time, and patience (sorry about that!). For this look I began with an eye primer, and then built layers of eyeshadow, using a shimmery taupe, following by a warm chocolate brown into the crease, with a little bronzer just above the socket to diffuse any harsh lines. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Fatal adds a gorgeous shimmery red-bronze, so I pushed this onto the lid after eyeshadows and before liner (don’t use anything loose once you’ve done your mascara and lashes – if you get drop down it will sit on the lashes and drive you crazy!).


Black gel liner adds a beautiful cat eye, and I also used this in the waterline for budge proof liner. Anytime you add liner into the bottom waterline, use a dark brown or black eyeshadow on a tiny diffuser brush to soften the line and stop it from looking too harsh. Keep your foundation brush to hand to clean up any drop down, or hold a tissue under the eye whilst you apply if you are worried. The best way to stop eyeshadow fallout is just to ensure you don’t overload the brush, and that you tap away any excess before placing brush to skin.

I added Ardell Demi Wispies (perfect bridal strip lashes) as the last step, fixing them on using Duo Glue and pressing them into place with tweezers.



I am obsessed with Nars Orgasm Blusher at the mo (so late to the party on this one, I know) – I don’t think I’ve found anyone I don’t love it on, and I just bought one for mother, who loves it too! I used this along with Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG to highlight, and on the lips, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and Lipstick in Beneath The Sheets. This colour was limited edition, but from the new collection Kidman’s Kiss is very similar, but with a sheen finish rather than matte. Finish with powder where needed and setting spray to retain a beautiful glow.

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Thanks so much to Little Reds Photography for shooting these gorgeous pictures for me, to my model Cher, and don’t forget to tag me if you try this look out!

Emily x


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