The Perfect Smokey Eye For Brides

We asked the very beautiful and extremely talented make-up artist Danielle Rendina about how she achieves the perfect smokey eye for her brides. Danielle has over 8 years experience in the make-up industry. She was also the model for our recent photoshoot with Chopard and Vera Wang. She is the best of the best in what she does, she's fun to work with and very humble into the mix. Here are the tips she's put together for all you lovely brides.

{PHOTOSHOOT EXCLUSIVE: Kisses & Cake recently hosted an exclusive shoot with brands including Chopard and Vera Wang at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney. Danielle was our make-up artist and model. In these pictures Danielle wears Chopard Solitaire Earrings 0.71 carats with brilliant-cut diamonds; L'Heure du Diamant Ring with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total of approximately 2.0 carats and set in white gold; and a stunning Happy Diamonds Icons Watch featuring 18-carat white gold and diamonds on a leather band. See the full article called "Frost Yourself" and how to design the perfect cake to match your bridal outfit. Photography: Next We Meet Cakes by Black Velvet Sydney and flowers By Fresh Style Creative}. 


TIP 1: Eyes First

It may seem usual to apply your face makeup first, but doing your eyes first will save you a lot of time and frustration. You will get shadow fallout and smudging, so it’s much easier to do a swift wipe with some makeup remover on bare skin than on skin that’s already been made-up.

TIP 2: Primer

Use a primer under all of your shadows, particularly with a Smokey eye as the primer gives a smooth, even base, which is necessary for all the blending that goes on with a Smokey eye. Primer also makes the shadow last longer and prevents creasing.

TIP 3: Same Colour Family

You can do a black Smokey eye, a blue, silver, purple, whatever you want but just remember that the point of a Smokey eye is to have the colours form a gradient from darkest to lightest, so it really helps to have a variety of shadows to work with. The lightest colour always starts at the tear duct then you work your way out getting darker and darker as you go along.

TIP 4: Eyeliner

You’re going to need a liner to line the top lash line, the bottom lash line, and the waterline. You don’t need to draw the perfect line as you are going to blend it right into the shadow. Just make sure you always start off thin at the tear duct and thicken up at the ends. This goes for both the top and bottom lash lines.

TIP 5: Brushes

You’ll need a flat shader brush to apply shadow to the lid, a mid-sized brush for the crease, a pencil brush to work on the tear duct and lash line, and a fluffy brush to blend and apply highlight colour.

TIP 6: Blending Is Key

You absolutely do not want obvious lines where one colour has ended and another has started. Use your fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines. When blending the crease colour, use small circular motions to “smoke it out.” Gently wipe the brush on the back of your hand to remove excess colour before blending each new section. 

TIP 7: The Brow Bone

After you have applied the lid and crease colours, dip the fluffy brush into a shadow slightly lighter than your skin and sweep it across your brow bone, using a windshield wiper motion. You want the skin tone shadow to slightly overlap the top of the crease shadow.

TIP 8: Lashes, Lashes, Lashes

Load up that mascara on your top lashes. Wiggle the wand at the roots to build volume, and, holding the wand still, blink into the wand to add length. Apply a little mascara to the bottom lashes, but keep it minimal. A regular formula on the top lashes works well, but try and keep to a waterproof formula on the bottom lash line, as those lashes are more likely to cause smudges when the eye waters. 

And of course... Don’t forget the rest of the face!

Kisses, 

Danielle

{PHOTOSHOOT EXCLUSIVE: Kisses & Cake recently hosted an exclusive shoot with brands including Chopard and Vera Wang at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney. Danielle wears Chopard Solitaire Earrings 0.71 carats with brilliant-cut diamonds; Chopard L'Heure du Diamante Earclips with 40 diamonds. L'Heure du Diamant Ring with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total of approximately 2.0 carats and set in white gold; and a stunning Chopard Happy Diamonds Icons Watch featuring 18-carat white gold and diamonds on a leather band. Danielle also wears gowns from Vera Wang's Spring 16 Hotel Madrid Collection "Danielle", "Esme" and "Camilla". Cakes by Black Velvet Sydney and Flowers By Fresh Style Creative. See the full article called "Frost Yourself" and how to design the perfect cake to match your bridal outfit. Photography: Next We Meet}. 



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Our Make-Up Expert Danielle

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Danielle has spent the last 8 years helping brides achieve their dream look for their special day. Her style of makeup can be described as flawless, fresh & timeless. 

Her focus on creating flawless skin and enhancing features to ensure a look of effortless beauty has earned her an ever growing portfolio of experiences.

She is able to perfect the look she creates for maximum satisfaction of her clients and frequently finds visual and inspirational sway in the affluence of history and art.

Danielle personalises the look for each individual, working with their natural beauty.


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