15 Fall Wedding Makeup Looks If "Traditional" Is Not Your Thing

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From finding the perfect location and dress to hiring a wedding planner, weddings can be one of the trickiest and most time-consuming events to orchestrate. Everything from the guest list to flowers can feel overwhelming, which is exactly why your beauty routine for the big day should not be.

Seeing as fall is fast approaching, we thought you'd like some inspiration for the new season ahead if you're planning to tie the knot come autumn. Since no two brides are alike, makeup looks shouldn't be the same, either. Whether you like to keep your makeup minimal or you're all about the drama when it's time to walk down the aisle (or whenever, really), keep scrolling to see our roundup of 15 dreamy fall wedding makeup looks for every type of bride. We promise you'll most certainly find yourself wanting to say, "I do" to more than one.

Warm Wedding Tones

Model with smoky brown eye makeup and red lipstick


For the bride who wants to wear a statement lip, this eyeshadow shows how just the right amount of soft, neutral colors can balance well with a bold lipstick choice.

BH Cosmetics Amore in Amalfi Eyeshadow Palette
BH Cosmetics Amore in Amalfi Eyeshadow Palette $10.00

Wingin' It

Model with winged eyeliner and subtle neutral makeup


A winged eyeliner paired with smoky gray and black eyeshadow gives the classic liquid eyeliner look a chic, modern twist. To recreate this, apply liquid eyeliner to your top lash line and blend your neutral eyeshadows on the lid and underneath the eye in an outward motion connecting to the wing. The result is ideal for any bride who wants to make a statement with eyeshadow and eyeliner in one.

Chanel black and gray eyeshadow palette
Chanel Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in "Tisse Smoky" $62.00

Coral Crush

Model with rose-toned eye makeup and dark neutral lipstick


A stunning example of a monochromatic look, pairing an eyeshadow, blush, and lip color that are similar in tone is a foolproof choice for fall wedding makeup. The deep coral and bronze hues here give just enough autumnal vibes and complement any eye color.

Natasha Denona Coral Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Coral Eyeshadow Palette $48.00 $24.00

Soft and Subtle

When wanting to keep your eyeshadow subtle, applying an intense eyeliner will help give an established look without overdoing it entirely. This example of soft, pink eyeshadow with black liner is ideal for any fall bride who wants her eyes defined, but with minimal eyeshadow color on the lids.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in Pillow Talk
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in "Pillow Talk" $53.00

A Graphic Statement

A tasteful take on graphic eyeliner and eyeshadow, this statement eye would look rather stunning for a fall wedding, don't you think? The clean lines paired with white hues are giving us total abstract art beauty feels. To re-create this look, apply a white or silver eyeliner and blend the shadow of your choice on top for maximum staying power.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Polyester Bride
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in "Polyester Bride" $20.00 $10.00

An Inner Highlight

Smoky plum tones with a rose gold highlight in the corners of the eyes and lots of mascara is a win in our book for dreamy fall wedding eyeshadow. The highlight accentuates the shape of the eyes just right, while the deep mauve and plum tones bring depth and dimension.

Bobbi Brown purple, brown, and neutral eyeshadow palette
Bobbi Brown The Essentials Eyeshadow Palette in "Midnight Orchid" $45.00

Autumn Hues

Beauty creator wears warm-toned eyeshadow and blush and glossy lips


Like the crisp and clean hues of fall leaves, the colors used in this eyeshadow look are ideal for an autumn wedding. The golden-tan and light brown around the eyes with mascara gives a soft, romantic feel paired with dewy skin and lip gloss.

Ace Beaute Nostalgia eyeshadow palette
Ace Beaute Nostalgia Eyeshadow Palette $39.00

Cool Smoky and Chic

There's no time like a chilly fall evening wedding to debut a cool-toned smoky eye. You can recreate this eyeshadow look using deep blues, browns, or plums. Smudging a long-lasting eyeliner underneath allows for the smoky feel to come through, and we love the pop of highlight in the corners.

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette
Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette $39.00 $31.00

Think Pink

Jourdan Dunn wears a monochromatic pink makeup look with winged eyeliner


Colorful eyeshadow? Check. Winged eyeliner? Absolutely. This fall bridal look inspiration shows how color can be perfectly appropriate for your wedding day. With the eyeshadow applied in the crease and under the bottom lash line, it just works, don't you think?

Lancome pink heart-shaped eyeshadow palette
Lancôme Monsieur Big Heart-Shaped Eyeshadow Palette $49.00

Subtle Shade

Model with subtle, radiant neutral makeup look


Thinking that neutral yet smoky eye might seem like an oxymoron at first? It's totally possible to create an eyeshadow look that has some smoky depth to it without being overzealous. As you see here, the eyes are shaded on the top and bottom to bring in drama, while lids are sporting a more neutral color palette. Pair it with a nude lipstick, and your subtle smoky fall eyeshadow look is complete.

Sigma Ambiance Eyeshadow Palette
Sigma Ambiance Eyeshadow Palette $49.00

All That Glitters

Soo Joo Park wears black and gray glitter eyeshadow with neutral lipstick


The best news you might possibly receive is that glitter is appropriate to wear on your wedding day. Yes, it's true: When applied tastefully, glitter is a great choice for fall brides who want to add some sparkle to their big day. Applied to the top lid and even under the eye, a little bit of glitter can go a long way, quite possibly making you the coolest fall bride ever.

Lemonhead LA Space Paste Glitter
Lemonhead LA Space Paste Glitter in "Groupie" $22.00

Breathtaking Metallic

Model with bronze shimmer eyeshadow and neutral shiny lipstick


Give us all the metallics for a fall wedding, please. With rose gold and copper tones, this screams fall wedding-appropriate in the best type of way. An ideal way to catch the softest, romantic rays of light, metallic is a tasteful option to wear when walking down the aisle.

Smashbox metallic eyeshadow palette
Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in "Petal Metal" $29.00

Daring and Dramatic

Avani Gregg wears gray and black smoky eye makeup with neutral blush and lipstick


There's nothing wrong with wanting a little drama on your wedding day, or a lot when it comes to your eyeshadow, that is. This smoky eye look is ideal for any bride wanting to step it up a notch and truly make a statement. When wearing a smoky eye, be sure to use an eyeshadow primer first on the base of the lid to ensure that everything stays in place throughout the day.

Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette
Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette $65.00

Everyday Beauty

Model with a subtle, neutral makeup look and mascara


If you want to look as natural as possible on your wedding day, a subtle enhancement on the eyes is all you need for a natural fall eyeshadow look. The example here of soft shimmering champagne tones on the lids and lots of mascara will most certainly do the trick. Simply apply cream eyeshadow all over the lid and finish with a few coats of mascara.

RMS Beauty Eye Polish champagne eyeshadow in Utopia
RMS Beauty Eye Polish in "Utopia" $28.00

Golden Lids

Model wears gold eyeshadow and subtle pink lip gloss


Give yourself a golden glow by using gold tones for eyeshadow that have variations in intensities. For instance, you can use lighter gold and bronzier tones together to create contrast yet continue warmth throughout the whole look. This adds light to the eyes and enhances features naturally, making it a superb fall eyeshadow pick.

Good as Gold Eyeshadow Palette
Colourpop Good as Gold Eyeshadow Palette $18.00

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