Your wedding day is special, joyous, and slightly stressful. So many decisions go into this day, and your makeup is definitely one of them. You can spend hours scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram, and magazines and still not be thoroughly impressed or fulfilled on the inspiration front.
But don't worry—we've got you covered with stunning looks pro makeup artists swear by. Instead of playing up your lips, you can bring all the focus to your eyes. You can never go wrong with understated yet strikingly gorgeous eye shadow. We got the pros to weigh in on gorgeous wedding eye makeup looks you're going to want to add to your inspiration folder ASAP.
"When it comes to a bride's eye makeup, I always say you want them to look big, bright and beautiful," says celebrity makeup artist Chauntal Lewis. "I stay with neutral to bronze tones, focusing the darker eye shadow on the outer corners of the eyes and blending brighter or lighter shades as you work towards the lid to inner eye. I can create an entire bridal eye with just Bobbi Brown Nude Drama Eyeshadow ($59)." For darker smoky eyes, Lewis turns to Urban Decay Naked3 Palette ($54).
"I always add a light shimmer or twinkle in the inner corners of her eye to make the eyes pop and look bright and awake in photos," says Lewis. "For lighter lid or shimmer powders. I use Lorac Unzipped Palette ($46) or Becca Glow on the Go Highlighter Set in Opal ($20)."
"Lastly, lashes are everything," emphasizes Lewis. "If the bride prefers a more sexy and sultry look, I add a strip lash like Ardell Wipsies ($13) or Flutter Air Light Lashes in Heavenly ($9). For a subtler look, I use individual lashes to customize a bigger, more captivating eye without looking too dramatic."
"Bridal makeup should be trend-proof first and foremost. I like classic, clean, pretty looks that will be timeless in photos. Save bold, trendy looks for a night on the town," says makeup artist Molly Greenwald. "Your wedding day isn't the time to experiment. The autumn provides a beautiful romantic color palette of warm browns, golds, and cranberries that flatter every skin tone."
"With eyes, I love a simple and classic lashy, lined eye with a deep burgundy, cranberry, or bronzed berry lip," says Greenwald.
Celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder agrees when it comes to not chasing trends on your big day. "I believe that wedding makeup should be classic rather than trendy," she reiterates. "Your makeup should be similar to what you usually wear."
"Usually, a warm brown smoky eye with softly flushed cheeks and muted rosy lips are perfect anytime of the year," says Blunder.
"Dior Eyeshadow Palette in Exalt and Inflame ($53 each) are gorgeous warm cocoa, amber, and cranberry shades. Chanel Eyeshadow Palette in Candeur et Experience ($61) is one of my favorite eye shadows for a rich, warm brown smoky eye," explains Blunder. Blunder recommends pairing that with Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown ($27): "It's great because it'll last all day and is one of the best rich brown shades."
"Apply your makeup to your level of comfort—if you're not comfortable doing a smoky eye, don't! You want to feel your best on your wedding," says Blunder. "Well-blended eye shadow that enhances your eye color, groomed brows, and perfected skin really make a huge difference. If you can nail those three things, you're all set."
"I recommend compiling photos of makeup looks from a celebrity whose style you admire," suggests Blunder. "Pinterest is a great resource. Many women think their look has to come from a bridal magazine, but some celebrity red carpet looks are suitable for brides as well." Take Olivia Culpo's stunning lilac eyes for example. This would look unbelievably gorgeous on a bride.