Beautiful bride Lorraine Melia loves her make-up and wanted “a little bit more” than the natural look for her wedding day. Make-up Artist Sharon McCormack did just that using a gorgeous palette of purples to create a sultry eye paired with beautifully matte skin and a gorgeous plum lip to complement this soft smokey eyed look. Here Sharon tells us how she achieved the look and what tools you need to do the same!
How to Achieve Lorraine’s Look:
Skin – I prepped Lorraine’s skin with a primer from The Body Shop to create a healthy base. The foundation I used was MAC Studio Fix, a natural matte finish with medium-buildable coverage, a comfortable and long wearing foundation.
Eyes – For Lorraine’s sultry look I used MAC Brule as the base, its matte finish creates a neutral base and makes blending easier, I cover the entire lid up to the brow bone with this. I used MAC Sketch into the socket line blending it over the lid, this creates a deep socket line and contours the shape of the eye bringing out the natural feature of the eye. I also used MAC Blackberry lightly over the lid and above the socket line creating a perfectly harmonised blend of colour. Finally for the shadow, I lightly dusted MAC All That Glitters on top of the eye lid which opens up the eye.
I blended MAC Sketch underneath the eyes to create the sultry smokey eye and this also defines the eye giving it great shape. I used MAC Fascinating eye pencil into the waterline – this bright shade opens the eye, reflects nicely with the natural white in the eye creating a brighter eye for a daytime look. To line the upper lash line, I used Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel in black, this emphasises the lash line without being too dramatic, and also has a beautiful finish to create a subtle impact to the eyes.
To finish Lorraine’s eye make-up I applied full strip lashes, adding layers of black mascara to complete this luscious look!
Cheeks – To bring a hint of colour into Lorraine’s look, I applied MAC Warm Soul, a sunkissed colour and MAC Danity, a subtle coral shade, these colours combined worked brilliantly with Lorraine’s skin tone. I applied MAC Soft & Gentle on top of her cheekbones to lift & emphasise her natural cheek bone features.
Lips – Choosing a lip shade for Lorraine was simple, she wanted “ that little bit more” so instead of neutral/pink shades, I opt for MAC Odyssey which is a spiked up plum shade. I topped her lipstick with a gloss called MAC Pop Mode, this is a plum mix with bronze shimmer. These colours worked so well with Lorraine’s skin tone and colouring bringing out her beautiful features.
Lorraine’s Finished Look!
About Sharon McCormack
Sharon started her career as a Professional Make-up Artist in Dublin. There she obtained her degree in Make-up Artistry after studying make up for Film, TV & Fashion including Special Effects. Sharon is now based in Sligo and freelancing all over the North West & Nationwide. Along with working with top photographers and models, Sharon teaches make up classes for both groups and individuals with her speciality being bridal make-up and photo shoots. Sharon has extensive experience in bridal make-up ensuring you get that perfect look for your special day. Her love of make-up and beauty has her in high demand in bridal make-up; her versatility means she can do this from the comfort of your own home or wedding venue.
For more info on Sharon McCormack, or to find out if she has your wedding date free, check out her weddingsonline profile.
Main Images by Claire Durkin Photography
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