Binky’s Special Occasion Makeup Tutorial

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The end of summer is nearly here, and it’s been an absolute scorcher! It’s not quite over yet though, and in between my hectic filming schedule I’ve got some special events lined up in my diary that I’m hoping the sun stays out for.

This week I’m joined once more by top make-up artist Daniel Sandler, who’s crafted the perfect special occasion beauty look. Whether it be a wedding, a dinner or a day at the races, this subtle and sleek look is a sure-fire winner. Daniel has used some gorgeous classic colours to keep it fitting for a formal event and ensure your make-up won’t clash with your outfit!



Step 1 – Flawless Foundation

Daniel began by smoothing some of his Retexturizing Face Primer onto my face. As you all know by now, a primer is essential if you want a long-lasting finish to your base, as well as covering pores so your make-up doesn’t sit in them. Next, he applied the Vichy Dermablend Dermasmooth Corrective Foundation to my face. You can use your fingers or a foundation brush to apply, blending well as you go. This product is great for covering any blemishes, giving you a matte yet fresh-looking canvas.


Step 2 – Killer Cheekbones

If you haven’t been blessed with killer bone structure, never fear! All you need to create razor-sharp cheekbones is some clever contouring, and the Daniel Sandler Sculpt and Slim Contour Kit is perfect for this. Using an angled brush, sweep the matte brown contouring shade into the hollows of your cheeks – suck your cheeks in like a fish to find these. This shade can also act as a blusher if you brush the colour up a bit higher. Sweep some of the colour onto your jawline as well, blending as you go.

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Step 3 – Enchanting Eyes

When you’re off to a special event, Daniel advises you keep your make up relatively subtle. “If your makeup is neutral, then your beauty will really shine,” Daniel says. To create a chic neutral eye look, with gorgeous brown and gold tones, the Daniel Sandler Beyond Sunset Eyeshadow Quad has all the shades you need. First, using a fluffy brush, he swept the taupe shade from the palette across my eyelids, working it across the socket line and sweeping the colour over the entire lid for a neutral base.

Next, he lightly applied some of the shimmery gold shade across my lid. Don’t go too heavy with the gold – just gently wash over the lid for a subtle shimmer that catches the light.

He then took the matte chocolate brown shade from the palette, applying onto the socket line and winging the colour out slightly towards the outer edges of the eyes for a sleek, feline look.

Make sure you blend the outer edges of the shadow with a cotton bud for a soft finish. “You want the shadow to softly frame the eye and not look too hard or intense,” Daniel says.


Step 4 – True Blue

To give this classic look a modern twist, Daniel lined my lower eye rim with his Waterproof Eyeliner in Blue Velvet – a deep navy blue shade. This colour really makes the eyes pop, and contrasts perfectly with the brown and gold tones of the shadow. Gently pull down the lower eye rim and apply the pencil in small strokes, going backwards and forwards.

For fluttery lashes, Daniel applied the Clarins Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Black. “I want the eyes to look quite sleek and not so round, so I’m just applying the mascara to the root of the lash, as opposed to taking it all the way down,” he explains. To give my brows a bit of oomph, Daniel defined them with Stila’s Waterproof Eyebrow Pen. Lightly brush the pen over the hairs to add some subtle definition.


Step 5 – Photo Finish

Keeping the lips neutral, Daniel applied a layer of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina to my pout. To finish off, he lightly swept some of the champagne-coloured highlighter from the Sculpt and Slim Contour Kit used earlier onto the tops of my cheekbones. The subtle shimmer of this shade gives the face a gorgeous glow that will catch beautifully in the light. Perfect!

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So there we have it – perfect special occasion makeup. Classic, chic and totally wearable. Thanks again Daniel! Hope you liked this look – let me know if you’ll be trying it out for any special events you’ve got coming up.

Take care and see you next week,

Binky xxx

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  • Tina Martinique

    Great look, easy to do. Excellent tips from Daniel