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The Beauty Brief: Brigitte Bardot "Eyes" Make-Up TutorialTuesday, 9 June 2015
When it comes to make-up/beauty/hair icons there is one lady which takes rein over all three categories, and it will probably come as no surprise that her name is Brigitte Bardot. The lady has inspired my make-up look for years, as there is something so classic, yet simple about the way she enhances her 'face'.
With her beauty look in particular it is all about the black rimmed eyes and the nude, matt lip. The classic feline shape is one that I take inspiration from, for my everyday makeup look. For this 'look' (as part of the House of Fraser Beauty Ambassador competition-they have an amazing make-up department!) I decided to go for more of a heavier black outline, with it being slightly smudged around the lower lash line-in true 'Bardot' style.
Derma-blend Liquid Foundation in shade "Opal" (link)
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in "Fair" (link)
Kimmel Stay Matt Pressed Powder in "Translucent" (link)
Mac Blush in Prism (link)*
Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel (link)*
Max Factor Kohl Pencil in Black (link)*
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara (link)*
Taupe Eyeshadow-from unbranded palette (similar here)
Max Factor Lip Pencil in "Pink Pental" (link)
Rimmel Kate-Lasting Finish Lipstick in "03" (link)
First off it is all about creating a base colour for the eye look, as well as adding depth to your crease. I did this by taking a light brown taupe shade which I added a light 'wash' over my lids, focusing the colour within the crease of my eye.
Next is the crucial step for this look-the liner. I start by drawing a straight fine line over the lid from the inner to outer corner. For me I find it easier to draw a straight line across the lid instead of following my eye shape, to achieve that 'feline' effect as my eyes are quite round naturally. From the outer corner tilt the line upwards slightly to achieve the 'flick', and fill in any remaining gaps along the lash line.
Next draw a line over the lower lash line, taking it onto the waterline. Now for the 'smudging' part, using a cotton bud lightly smudge the liner, keeping it close to the lower lash line. I find taking a cotton bud a lot easier (and less messier) than using my finger, as I feel have more control over how much I want to smudge the liner.
For the lashes add lashings of mascara (no pun intended!) to your eyes, in order to create maximum impact. A tip I discovered is that to keep in with the 'feline' shape focus the mascara on the outer lashes, pulling out toward the outer corners of your eyes with the mascara wand. This tip also works well on your lower lash line.
Finally for those iconic nude lips. Start off by lining and enhancing your natural lip shape with a nude lip liner, to create a matt opaque base. I often just finish there and add a touch of balm to the centre of lips, for added moisture and as a subtle highlight. However for this particular look I actually went back and enhanced the colour with a slighter darker lipstick, focusing the colour on the centre of my lips.
So there you have it! I simple way to re-create those iconic 'bardot' eyes with just a few products in matter of minutes.