Tips From a Pro

How to create the perfect smoky eye and pretty lip.


Cover shoot makeup artist Jillian Caro of Hair & Makeup by Jillian Caro dishes her best big day beauty advice and how she achieved our stunning cover look.

Tell us about the makeup you did for the Orlando Wedding section cover.

For this look, I went for a subtle smoky eye. Instead of using blacks and grays, I used browns and bronzes. I wanted to create a little drama, but still keep it simple and bridal. Most brides want to look as natural as possible but still done up. I love bronzer for this—it gives a nice sunkissed glow if you add a dash of pink blush and a shimmery lipgloss.
What should a bride ask a makeup artist before hiring them?
How much experience they have and what brand of makeup products they use. You want to book a makeup artist that is fast, works well under pressure and only uses the highest quality products.

What are your top tips for creating a subtle smoky eye?

Creating a smoky eye is all about the brushes you use. My two favorites are from Urban Decay, starting with the “smudger.” Its short, densely packed hairs can lay down a concentrated amount of color. I always put color on in a V formation from the outer corner of the eye (creating a cat eye) with the smudger. Then, with a blending brush, start blending outward in a circular motion. That fades the color out for the smoky look and takes away harsh lines.

Is there a way to keep foundation from running during a summer wedding?

I always like to start every face off with a good primer like Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Primer Potion. That’ll keep your foundation intact. But we can’t prevent sweating, so my secret is to pat the sweat off—do not wipe—as you will wipe away the foundation.

How can a bride make her lips look fuller on her big day?

To add some plump to those lips I use a nude-colored lip liner and go over the lip line ever so slightly. Feather the color on; don’t draw on it heavily. Add some shimmer right in the middle of the lips for extra pout.

Any tips for preparing skin the night before the big day?

[Putting on] a gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer is my nightly regimen. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! It’s so important to do so daily to keep those wrinkles away.

Are there any lip or eye colors you suggest avoiding?

I’d stay away from bright colors on your big day. A natural but still glamorous look is always in style.

What’s your biggest beauty secret?

Mascara is everything! If you choose not to wear any makeup, mascara should be the exception. It opens up the eyes and takes you from tired to awake in an instant.

Bronze Beauty

This must-have makeup will have you glowing all day. 

Get a smoky eye perfect for summer with Urban Decay’s NAKED Basics eye palette. $28, Sephora or Ulta,,
Give your skin a soft sparkle with Sonia Kashuk’s Bare Illuminating Bronzer. $12.99, Target,
Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear in Knockout Nude makes for a pretty pout. $15, Macy’s Clinique kiosk locations,


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