Whether you've envisioned every detail of your wedding day for as long as you can remember, or find yourself a tad overwhelmed with planning such an important event, makeup should be the last thing that stresses you out when it comes to your big day. For brides that want to keep their look natural, and to anyone feeling the need to go bold—there's plenty of inspiration to go around for everyone. Ahead, we've rounded up the best and most beautiful wedding makeup looks that are perfect for your big celebration—everything you need is right here.
Smoky Bronzed Goddess
A smoky bronze eye paired with neutral lipstick looks beautiful with a white dress (or any color dress, really) and is ideal for wedding makeup because of how polished it is. Apply the bronze shadow as your base color and then build from there—it will set the tone perfectly for whatever else you decide to add to it.
The Eyes Have It
Charcoal grey eyeshadow and black eyeliner paired with soft pink cheeks and lips are a beautiful combination fit for a bride. Apply the shadows first if you're going to be creating a particularly smoky look, and be sure to clean up any shadow fallout before moving on to your complexion makeup such as foundation and concealer.
Queen Of Earthy Neutrals
Earth-toned neutrals on the eyes and lips paired with poppy blush and highlight demonstrate the best way to incorporate a dressier wedding day makeup look all while using more natural colors. For the smoothest skin, try using Yubi Beauty's Buff and Blend Duo to apply your liquid foundation for an airbrushed finish for your complexion.
Natural makeup is common for weddings because oftentimes brides want to look like themselves, just a bit more enhanced. This look includes beautiful and natural tones on the skin and lips and the slightest touch of dramatic detail on the eyes. Liquid eyeliner and false eyelashes can help create this effect—you'll love feeling like a glam version of your everyday self.
Soft, Rosy Mattes
The rosy matte colors and textures pictured here are ethereal and fresh, the skin is softly contoured, and the lips are gorgeous. it's also important to note how well the eyebrows are shaped. Wearing the same colors on the cheeks and lips allow for an overall natural feel that will hold up well through your planned festivities. For a soft rose blush color, try Lumene's Invisible Illumination Watercolor Blush.
Touch Of Glam
Dark chocolate smoky eyeshadow and black liner along with individual lash pieces create a glam eyeshadow look that isn't complicated. Add in glowing skin and a pinkish nude lip and you're ready to walk down the aisle. If you have a strapless dress, you can add a highlight to your shoulders and décolleté by applying Alleven London's Colour Shield Glow Luminzing Body Enhancer and Bathing Culture's Outer Being Face and Body Oil.
Pop Of Pretty
A bold swipe of color on the lips with minimal eyeliner and flushed skin is a serious win for your wedding day makeup, especially if your ceremony is outdoors and the weather is warm. Test out a few lip colors to ensure you find the right one and love it. This is an easy look to maintain through all your special moments and will also photograph beautifully. For this poppy lip color, check out the Bare Minerals Mineralist Lipstick in "Abundance".
Flushed skin with just enough highlighter and lashes shows us how less is more for wedding makeup, and we're here for it. For anyone who wants longer lashes, adding false eyelashes to eyes is an instant fix, while keeping the color to your cheeks and lips is a soft beauty look that you'll love wearing if you're more of a makeup minimalist. These faux lashes from House of Lashes come in several shapes to suit your needs.
A classic red lip brings a new level of sophistication to your wedding makeup if you dare to try something other than nude or soft pink. With a slightly detailed winged liner and dewy highlighter on the cheeks, the red lip remains the winning detail. Be sure to shape your lips with a matching liner to ensure nothing bleeds or runs where it's not supposed to.
Bring The Drama
No shortage of glam here, this crimson lipstick with graphic eyeliner is a bold way to express yourself on your wedding day—and an excellent choice overall. Highlighting the inner corners of your eyes will help them to stand out more, and practicing the wing shape of your liner before your wedding day helps so you can get a feel for exactly how you want it. In search of a crimson lipstick? Check out Kevyn Aucoin's Unforgettable Lipstick in "Bloodroses".
The Peachiest Glow
Sun-kissed skin and glowing peach hues look good every day, yet this look can be everything it needs to be for your wedding makeup—if you say I do, that is. A soft, monochromatic palette of neutrals paired with lots of mascara to wake up the eyes is sure to be a head-turner as you're walking down the aisle.
Dewy, glistening skin will always be a good wedding makeup look component, so it's important to find out what highlighters you like best. From creams to powder formulas, test products out and find which one you like the most. Placing highlighter on the brow bone and cheek, as pictured here, is the ultimate finishing touch to any bridal makeup look. This highlighting powder from Becca Cosmetics has a beautiful finish.
Smudge a smoky eyeshadow on the lash line and move on to the next important step: glowing skin and nude lipstick. This eyeshadow look proves that you can add dimension to eyes without having to do full-on smoky drama. The chocolate hue is a nice switch-up from everyday blacks and browns.
Wearing eyeshadows that enhance your eye color is a nice touch for bridal makeup, and there are so many color combinations that can do this. The soft mauve shades featured here are lovely, allowing eyes to stand out and the rest of the makeup to look clean and fresh.
To recreate the illuminated eyes that are integral to this look, use a peach color corrector to neutralize any dark circles, then go over your color corrector with concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone,
Shimmer and Pout
Sparkly sheer eyeshadow paired with a deep, rich lip color allows for just enough glam on your big day—and it's always fun to include some sparkle in your makeup for an extra touch of happiness. Apply a sheer, shimmering shadow to your eyelids with your finger or a brush, and clean up any sparkle fallout before moving on to the rest of your makeup.
Think pink for this bridal look, as you can see traces of the happy hue on the eyes, cheeks, and as a lip color too. The eye makeup is beautifully blended, while lips are glossy and cheeks are radiantly glowing.
Rose Gold Gleam
Rose gold eyeshadow is complementary to many skin tones, and a touch of sparkle allows for the rest of your makeup to be sheer and natural. Moving on to the application of blush to cheeks and barely-there lip color, the glitter looks chic and works well with all the other elements. Rose gold is just right for someone who wants to test out a different wedding makeup look without going too extreme.
Yes To Monochrome
Monochromatic rosy hues sweep the lids and cheeks, leaving just enough color to add radiance and make a gorgeous statement. When you want to wear a monochromatic makeup look, using multi-use products that can be worn on the eyes, lips, and cheeks greatly help with this, allowing for application to be easy and precise.
Hint of Copper
Copper-toned eyes, bold brows, and a touch of gloss on the lips are giving us major inspiration as of late. The unexpected shade makes eyes pop and is different enough from bronze and gold tones. Brush a pomade through your eyebrows to ensure the hairs stay in place and maintain their shape throughout the day.
A touch of lavender lipstick with silver shadow on the eyes allows for a different color combination that truly makes anyone feel chic. Lavender lips are a gorgeous alternative to more commonly worn lipstick shades like pink or mauve. For the final touch, apply a setting spray to help keep makeup in place all day (and night) so nothing smears or smudges.
Pop of Pewter
Pewter shadow on the lids blended out with black in the crease is a dressy look that works especially well with a nighttime wedding. To enhance the color on the eyelids apply an extra layer of shadow to keep the shimmer consistent and noticeable once your makeup look is complete. Think of it as the tiny last bit of detail that brings everything together.
Hues of amaranth on the eyes, cheeks, and lips create a romantic feel for wedding day makeup while working together to create something quite complementary. Since there are several different shades of pink, finding what works best with your unique skin tone will aid in making sure that you look and feel your best.
Fire Red Lips
Red lips come in all shapes and colors, and this fiery orange-red tone paired with subtle black eyeliner and iridescent stones is a modern twist on traditional wedding makeup. The most important thing when it comes to wearing a bold lip is to ensure you have a long-lasting formula that doesn't wear off or transfer when you want it to stay put.
Golden Hour Bride
If you plan to wed outdoors during the summer, it's inevitable that everyone's favorite hour of natural lighting (golden hour to be exact) will happen during your ceremony. This rich, golden light brings out the glow in every skin tone, so make sure you've applied enough highlighter so your complexion gleams day and night.
Subtle Slate Grey
Matte eyeshadows come in a myriad of colors, yet this slate grey look caught our eye instantly, as it looks so beautiful paired with softer shadow on the lid giving well-rounded color and dimension. When working with matte eyeshadow textures, it's important to apply an eyeshadow primer first to ensure shadow stays in place and blends smoothly on the lids.
Soft, smoky eyes can be a great go-to when wanting to wear something dressier for makeup. Start by blending the shadow in smaller amounts versus trying to apply too much too soon. This will result in a more sophisticated look that's not messy.
Royal Blue Hue
A touch of royal blue eyeliner counts as "something blue" and is sure to make your eyes pop on your big day. Adding one pop of color can completely change the tone, and this blue is the perfect example of why color should be incorporated into your wedding makeup look.
Keep The Drama On The Eyes And Lips
If there's going to be any drama on your wedding day, be sure to keep it on your eyes and lips only. This crimson smoky eye and lip look sealed with a touch of glitter in the center of the lids is a dream come true for anyone wanting to really take their makeup look to the next level.
Lashes Are In
Long lashes never ruined anyone's day, and these certainly won't interfere with one of the most important days of your life. A very soft makeup look paired with voluminous lashes checks all the boxes for subtle wedding makeup.
No Gray Skies, Just Shadow
Gray, silver, metallic, oh my! Charcoal smoky eye with a shimmering highlight offers a different option for brides who want to wear all the glam on their eyes. A champagne highlight on the cheeks paired with matte nude lipstick really ties the look together in the best way possible.
Don't have a plan other than winged eyeliner for your wedding day? We're here for it. Winged liner on the lids can add all the statement you need without worrying about anything else. Soft lips and blush color bring a classic look together for a lasting impression.
Shimmering champagne shadow, neutral pink lips, and soft skin make this every makeup look ideal for your wedding day if natural is what you're aiming for. Minimal but just enough, it's perfect for any bride who wants to ease their way into wearing makeup for the big day and won't feel overwhelming, either.
Earth tones on the eyes, a few coats of volumizing mascara, and softly colored lipstick can give you a bridal makeup look in under an hour. What's not to love? The way this look flows together has us bookmarking it for wedding inspiration until further notice. Need help finding a good mascara? The Grande Cosmetics GrandeDrama Intense Thickening Mascara has a thick brush and formula that helps bring serious volume to eyelashes.
Brushed-up eyebrows, soft skin, and a touch of sheer coral on the lips give us bohemian beauty vibes for makeup that's effortless and cool. The flow of it all feels relaxed, and it's the ideal makeup look for any bride wanting to look her best (and not stressed) for her wedding.
The softness and sheer beauty of this look tie together delicate pink blush tones with barely there eyeliner for a gorgeous approach to minimal wedding makeup that still looks as if you spent hours creating it.