Getting married is a big deal- so it deserves some rather special makeup! No look says “big night out” more than a gorgeous, seductive and glamorous smokey-eye. But can it work for your wedding day? Of course, it can and I will prove it!

Carrie Heiney’s wedding was on a beautiful fall day, The 26th of October 2016. Her wish was to highlight her eyes with a super chic smokey-eye. She also wanted soft pink accents in her bridal makeup to compliment her wedding colors.

Normally I would start with foundation but it is important for a smokey-eye makeup to reverse the usual steps of makeup application. As there’s likely to be an overspill of shadow on to the cheeks, I started with Carrie’s eyes. It is essential to use an eye-primer, so the shadow stays put all day. I used my Carmina-Cristina Eyeshadow Base and applied my Gel Eyeliner in Sienna right away, while the base was still drying. Using brown eyeshadow colors and purple I had to blend, blend and blend. The secret to a gorgeous smokey-eye is great blending- you shouldn’t be able to tell where one shade begins and the other ends. My last step of the smokey-eye was applying a different color of eyeliner on top of the first. I used my silver Gel Eyeliner in Mystic.

Nevertheless, a great base is half the look! Flawless and dewy skin highlights a smokey-eye look gorgeously. Applying moisturizer first, I then chose my Carmina-Cristina Tinted Primer in Light for Carrie’s skin. To contour her pretty jaw line I used one of  our Best Seller Bronzer -the Brazilian Bronze. Because smokey-eyes can sometimes make your eyes appear smaller, I used my highlighter in Champagne Beige on the inner eye to brighten them up. We used the same color on top of the jaw-bone just where light naturally illuminates your face.

To incorporate pink accents I chose my Carmina-Cristina Baked Blush in “Rose Gold’ and a pink nude for Carrie’s lips. Typically, smokey-eyes go extremely well with a nude lip, but can look really fabulous with a bold lip color too. Perhaps keep it nude for a day time ceremony, then arm up with a statement color for the evening.

This is how Carrie describes her wedding-day vision:

“We envisioned the day as being a day that made our guests feel special.  We wanted them to know how much they meant to us in our lives and being with us along the journey to this special moment in our lives.  As for the color and decor, we were aiming for rustic elegant.  We chose a neutral palate that we hoped would blend subtly with the autumn colors.  (Of course, that’s not what we got this year or that day.)  The makeup made me feel beautiful that day.  I was so busy leading up to the day that I felt so tired and drawn out.  Once the makeup was complete, I felt like a new person!  What I really loved was the moms, bridesmaids and flower girl’s getting their makeup done.  I thought each woman looked absolutely beautiful …. as the makeup enhanced their beauty … and I felt happy knowing it could be one of my gifts to them for the day.  What girl doesn’t love a day of being a bit spoiled?!  And the little girls absolutely loved it!”


C&J Wedding Day of Coordinator

C&J Catering, Floral and Decor

Other Vendors:

Photographer: Thomas Beaman

Videographers: Tweed Weddings

DJ: Mixed Up Productions, Chris

Band for Cocktail Hour: Colebrook Road

Makeup for Day of: Carmina Cristina

Hair for Day of: Josephine Love

Stray Productions: Lighting and Tent Decor


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