One of my all-time favorite jobs is working with brides to get their dream look. As a professional makeup artist, I’ve worked with more brides than I can remember. One of the first two questions I ask her is, “What time of day is your wedding?” and “Where is your wedding?” Most brides want to look youthful and innocent (which usually means pastel eye makeup like various shades of pink) but that isn’t always the case. I love sand, white, pink and lavender for a morning wedding but for weddings later in the day, you have options. For an afternoon bride, I often reach for the bronze. It’s not a complicated look but it looks so pretty on.
If you are rehearsing makeup looks and have an afternoon “do” planned, put this bronze eye in your line up. Here’s how to wear it:
Sculpt the brow. You can’t skip the brow care on your wedding day. I give my brides a slight arch either at the center or slightly off the center toward the nose. If you’ve got unruly brows, start working on them a few weeks in advance. This will give you time to correct over-plucking or uneven trimming. Use a waterproof brow pencil or wax to keep the hairs in place.
Cover the entire eye with primer or foundation. Personally, for a bronze eye, I prefer the foundation over the primer, just because that lovely skin tone is the perfect background for bronze makeup.
Apply a medium, liquid bronze eyeshadow to the lower lid up to the eye socket crease. I prefer using a flat brush and pressing the color onto the lid. I think a matte color works best for as a base color because I prefer to keep the shimmer at a minimum. It should be a subtle bronze, not a “Hey look at me, I’m Beyonce” bronze. (No offense to the star!)
Touch a soft bristle eye makeup brush in the light bronze color. Sweep it on lightly at the crease and blend it well.
Correct makeup scatter with a foundation pen. It erases unwanted shadows and lines.
Line the upper lash line with dark brown eyeliner. Black is an unforgiving color for an afternoon wedding–go with brown. Leave the lower lid liner free. This trick really opens up the eyes.
Finish with dark brown mascara-at least two coats. If you’ve thought about wearing false eyelashes for your afternoon wedding, I suggest just lash segments. Full fake eyelashes really look best at an evening wedding. However, that’s just my opinion–it’s your wedding!
Practice, practice, practice before you decide which makeup style to wear. Bronze is a great color that looks beautiful in afternoon lighting.