Golden Bride: Makeup Tutorial for Dark Skintones

Photos by Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography

So a couple of weeks ago I posted a blog called Why Every Woman Should Do A Boudoir Shoot which received alot of love! Thank you so much for the support :)

One thing I got alot of comments on is the makeup in this look. It’s the perfect golden bridal makeup for dark skin tones and an extremely flattering eye look on everyone. So I asked the makeup artist Debbie Purkiss for a little step by step so you can get the look!

‘For Olivia’s skin tone it is important not to chose colours too light as they will go ashy on the skin, try and pick warm or rich colours on deeper skin tones as this will be more flattering.

Step One: For Olivia we prepped the skin with oil control lotion by MAC as she has more of an oily skin type and it is mattifying but still hydrating as even oily skin needs hydration.

Then we used the radiance primer also by MAC in yellow as it has illuminating properties in it but its also oil controlling.

Step Two: I always do the eyes first as I’m a bit messy and tend to drop the product under the eye so its just neater to do eyes first then wipe away all the fall out. I always start with a base for the eyes to stop any creasing or fading. On Olivia I used Quite Natural paint pot by MAC blended all the way to the brow.

Step Three: Then I used Woodwinked eyeshadow by MAC on the lid as my base colour with Satin Taupe eyeshadow by MAC more on the outer corner of the eye with a flat applicator brush (MAC brush 239).

Step Four: I then blended texture by MAC into the crease with a blender brush (MAC brush 217) I like to use a warm colour in the crease what ever look I’m going for as it helps with blending the other eyeshadows together especially if you’re using black for a smoky look.

Step Five: I then applied the black in my Naked pallet which is called Blackout as the pigment is so rich and you only need a small amount. Always remember to blend eyeshadows with a blender brush (MAC brush 217) as I truly believe all eyeshadows look good if they’re blended well!

Step Six: I then used the MAC gel eyeliner fluidline in Blacktrack to line Olivias top lid with a flick at the end with MAC 210 brush and also used this product to line the bottom lid but I like the bottom lid to be smokey so I always blend it out a bit with a pencil brush (MAC brush 219)

Step Seven: Mascara top and bottom and apply lashes, I used whispies by ardell as they give a fluttery romantic look.

Step Eight: I then filled in Olivia’s brows with MAC brow liner in Spiked

Step Nine: I then applied Olivia’s YSL Touche Eclat foundation in B80 and used some MAC studio finish concealer under the eyes and on any other areas of redness or darkness.

Step Ten: I then set the base with MAC dark mineral powder and MAC Prep and Prime powder under the eye as its a finer powder an blurs lines etc.

Step Eleven: Olivia isn’t a fan of contour so just highlighted with MAC Whisper of Guilt mineral highlighter and used MAC blush in Ambering Rose.

Step Twelve: I then finished off the look with MAC Half Red lip liner and MAC lipstick in Cosmo.’

Debbie Purkiss is a freelance makeup artist covering Greater London. She’s great at what she does with an innate talent for picking the most flattering colours for your skintone so you have a natural glow from all angles! Great for brides, I highly recommend her so check out her links below.




I hope you liked this tutorial. If you recreate it please do tag in @nulyweds and @debbiepmakeup as we’d love to see them.

Ta ta for now!

Olivia x

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