I’m participating in a fun makeup challenge on Instagram called #100daysofmakeup. You can go on Instagram and search for the hashtag to see sample looks other people have created. I thought it would be a fun thing I could do during the summer months that would challenge me to create some unique looks! For the first one I thought I’d recreate Brigitte Bardot’s sultry makeup and voluminous hair, since she has such an iconic look.
– Voluminous, teased hair with long tendrils in the front
– Smokey eyes lined on the top and bottom, plus heavy layers of mascara
– Nude lips and obvious lipliner
How to Recreate the Brigitte Bardot Makeup Look:
- Begin with bb cream, tinted moisturizer, or a light foundation. Brigitte usually didn’t appear in photos or movies wearing a lot of heavy foundation. Most of the time she looked sun-kissed, and you could even see a smattering of freckles across her cute little nose! (I left my freckles visible on my nose when recreating her look.) Use concealer only where necessary to cover blemishes or dark spots, then set with a light dusting of translucent powder.
- If you feel the need to add blush, use a peach tone, or add bronzer and highlights in place of blush. Her cheeks weren’t typically the focus of her look; it’s all about the pouty lips and smokey eyes!
- Add a dark gray shadow on eyelids from the base of eyelashes to the crease, then blend into shades of brown above the crease. The key to her look is blending the shadows really well so eyes appear smokey but not too harsh.
- Add liner to the top and bottom lashlines, then tightline both lashlines, too. Tightlining is when you add liner to the inner flat part of the eye, between the base of the lashes and your eyeball. If you can’t exactly picture that, you can check out my post with an eyeshadow diagram and placement terms. Use a brush to blend shadow into the eyeliner so it also won’t appear too harsh.
- Add a few coats of a volumizing + lengthening mascara to really thicken and extend the upper and lower lashes — you really want those babies to POP. If you’re unsure what to use, you can read reviews about my top 5 mascaras worth the hype and decide on the best one for your budget. For this look, the BareMinerals and Maybelline options might be the best premium and drugstore ones, since they’re both pretty dramatic.
- Brigitte’s lips were almost always pouty and pale — usually with a visible outline — so line lips with a nude lipliner that’s slightly darker than your lips, then add a nude lipstick. I don’t own a lipstick as light as she usually wore, so I actually blended eyeshadow into my lipstick to make it even lighter!
- Make sure brows are neatly combed and fill any obviously sparse areas. Brigitte’s brows weren’t overly drawn on, nor were they overly thick or thin. They framed her eyes nicely and were always neatly groomed, although often somewhat hidden by her long bangs.
Attempting to strike a Bardot pose! lol
I never know how many pictures to post — I don’t want you guys to get sick of me! But I took a LOT of pictures with this makeup on, so I’m going to post a few more. (I was using my self-timer, so I just kept clicking away.)
Hopefully those close ups will give you a better idea of how I did my smokey eye. Plus, you can definitely see how my freckles are showing through since I barely used anything on my nose! You can recreate this makeup look with any smokey shadows and light-colored lipstick, but I’ll go ahead and list the products I used:
She’s so beautiful! Click on each photo to see it larger. [Photo sources]
Tomorrow’s post show’s how to recreate the famous “Bardot hair”, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out one of my most popular hair posts: Flat Hair Fix: How to Boost Hair Volume. It’ll teach you how to get volume on second-day hair if you prefer to skip a day of shampooing (which is actually really good for your hair).
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