Friday November 1 2013.


The smokey eye is one of those looks that I’ve just never been able to master, until now!  Here celebrated make-up artist Jules Cardozo-Marsh shares her simple step by step smokey eye tutorial so we can all crack it.  Luckily Jules was on hand with her Mary Poppins like make-up bag to beautify me for the Wedding Magazine Blog Awards.  And here was my inspiration from the most enviable celebrity faces.

bridal make up smokey eye tutorial

With over 12 years experience in the bridal and fashion industry we’re in safe hands so without further ado I’ll hand over to Jules.

This is one of the most requested looks that I get asked to do, especially for red carpet events and it doesn’t have to be black, the smokey eye look can be created using any colour so go and experiment.  It’s a lot easier than you think, have a go at this bridal make up smokey eye tutorial and get smudging…

Here’s me, before and after so you can see what Jules managed to achieve with her magic make up brush!

jules cardozo marsh


Firstly it’s not about being precise, if it’s a little messy it adds to that grunge look that’s so on trend right now especially coming into the party season.

Always prep your eye area first as this means that your eye shadow has something to bond to, use your normal foundation (it’s not necessary to buy an expensive ‘undercoat’ for the eyes) blend in well and apply a light dusting of loose powder on top to take away any shine.


Using a black eye pencil draw a line close to the lash line starting at the inner corner of your eye working your way out, it’s okay if you stop and start.  Using a small brush blend it out so that the line is smudged and repeat.


Using a black or dark grey eyeshadow apply to the lash line and blend to the socket. The more you blend the better the result, as I said earlier it’s not about being precise.  Don’t worry if any of the eyeshadow falls onto your skin, that’s why we leave the foundation till last.

Build up your colour to suit your required look, always blend, blend and blend some more.


Using a small rounded brush apply eyeshadow underneath the eye and smudge.  This gives you that smokey eye look.  You can apply a little black eye pencil to the edges for an intensified look.  Apply a thin line of black liquid eyeliner close to the lash line for added drama.

Apply lashings of mascara to finish.

Keep all other areas of the face clean and simple so, a little contouring on the cheeks using a matt bronzer and nude lips makes this look right on trend, now you’re ready to wow…

And here’s me all dolled up for the Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, ta dah!

bridal smokey eye make up tutorial

And still going strong for the journey home in the early hours.

smokey eye make up
The delectable Jules Cardozo-Marsh is available for weddings and events as well as private 1:1 make-up tuition by appointment only.  Find out more at –

Jules’ must have products used in this bridal make up smokey eye tutorial were:

Cosmetics à La Carte Sheer Tint Foundation & Silk Radiance Super Fine Powder –
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet & Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink –
Youngblood Pressed Individual Eyeshadow in Black Opal –
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara –
Dr Hauschka Bronzing Powder –
Tom Ford Lipstick in Blush Nude – Available from