Brigitte Bardot: former model, actress, singer, and eternal postergirl for smoky eyes.
From her sultry makeup to her foxy bouffant, everything about the young French icon radiated sex appeal.
And now it’s time for you to revisit the swinging sixties and channel your inner vixen with our Brigitte Bardot makeup tutorial!
1. Begin by drawing a soft line along the lower eyelid.
2. To avoid making a mess, use bareMinerals Big & Bright Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso – the shade’s not too harsh and its creamy texture means it’s easy to apply (and easy to wipe off – handy if you make any mistakes).
3. Using the same eyeliner, create a gentle flick on the outer corner of the upper eyelid.
4. Elongate the line on the upper eyelid by teasing the curved flick outward and directing it towards the edge of your eyebrow.
6. Repeat this step until the line looks thick and smudgy (to give it a rougher rock-chick edge, use black eyeliner when adding the final layers).
7. Now softly apply several layers of brown eyeliner along the upper eyelid. Hold the lid taut, start from the inner corner of the eye and work your way out towards the flick.
8. Using a well sharpened black eyeliner, draw a soft, thin line along the crease of your eyelid.
9. Begin from the inner corner and keep drawing until the line meets the end of the brown flick.
10. Don’t worry if the line looks a little messy, you’ll be filling in this section with eyeshadow in a minute!
1. Fill in the outer corner of the upper eyelid with a shimmery black eyeshadow.
3. Apply a dark but warm shade to the inner section of the upper eyelid.
4. I used a shimmery brown eyeshadow from the Perfection Face Palette.
5. Then, fill in the centre of the upper eyelid with a warm, neutral colour and lightly blend all three shades together with a small makeup brush.
6. Redefine the flick by applying a layer of black eyeliner along the upper eyelid.
7. Then, start softening the look by applying the same shimmery brown eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eye.
8. Using a small makeup brush, sweep layers of cosmic black eyeshadow all over your upper eyelid.
10. Let the line running along the crease of your eyelid guide you when applying the black eyeshadow. You should be aiming to create a shape that accentuates the flick and which amplifies the smoky eye effect.
11. Apply a light shimmery eyeshadow to your brow bone. I applied another shade from the Perfection Face Palette using a medium sized Dior makeup brush.
12. To make eyes appear larger and brighter, add white eyeliner to the inner line of the lower eyelid. I used Stila’s Kajal eyeliner in Topaz, but if you want your eyes super-smoky then just stick to black eyeliner.
13. Apply lashings of Maybelline’s The Falsies Mascara before adding fake eyelashes.
1. For bee-stung Bardot lips, start off by lining your mouth with Rimmel’s 1000 kisses lipliner in Spice.
2. Then, to inject some colour, plump up your pout with a nice, neutral shade like MAC’s Angel lipstick.
3. Bardot was a fan of bold brows, so be sure to accentuate your eyebrows with Benefit’s Brow Zings – it really is the ultimate brow shaping kit.
4. Bardot had beautiful bone structure, which is why it’s important to get contouring. After all, a clever streak of blusher can give you cheekbones to die for…
5. Using a blusher brush, apply a warm, subtle shade to the cheek and blend along the cheekbone in upward strokes.
6. I mixed two colours, again taken from M&S’s brilliant little Perfection Palette.
7. If you haven’t bought the M&S Perfection Palette already, do it now! It costs just £12 and has a brilliant range of colours – a total beauty bargain.
9. Last but not least, Brigitte wouldn’t have been Bardot without the barnet, so if you want to complete the look, prepare to back comb!
Brigitte meets Yesterface: photoshoot with Aoife McIvor
Thank you Aoife! (Click on this link to read Aoife’s brilliant fashion blog: lifeinthefashlane.com)