Nailing the perfect wedding makeup look for your special day can be tricky – so many styles, choices and beauty trends can complicate your decision-making process. We’ve got you covered with a guide to the most beautiful makeup styles available for every kind of bride, making planning your special day a touch easier.
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Natural Wedding Makeup
The last thing you need on your special day is worrying about your makeup and whether it is staying on, still fresh and as beautiful as when it was first applied. Natural makeup is ideal for ensuring all-day longevity, focusing on dewy skin and neutral eyeshadows. A nude lip means no colourful smudging after a ceremonial smooch, and if you can’t touch up regularly, it won’t be noticeable. A natural bridal makeup look is also perfect as it highlights your features, ensuring you are the best version of yourself on your special day.
Classic Wedding Makeup
A classic makeup look is a perfect option for your big day, as it will be elegant, timeless and won’t go out of style. In achieving this look, go for simple eye makeup with velvety browns, and depending on your eye shape, a clean-cut eyeliner. To soften the look further, try a dark brown eyeliner rather than black, teamed with rosy pink lipstick. Don’t overdo it on the bronzer either – keep your natural features enhanced and not masked for a classic, all-day glamour.
Dramatic Wedding Makeup
You can still achieve flawless, romantic wedding makeup and make a statement at the same time. For a more dramatic style, go for thick full lashes and eyeliner, teamed with smokey brown hues. For bigger eyes, run a pencil eyeliner in your waterline to make your eyes pop, and for smaller eyes stick with a liquid eyeliner with a flick to elongate the eye. In keeping with the dramatic theme, opt for a nude lip, as a bold lip may be too much for your canvas. To finish, lightly dust the frame of your face with a bronzer to compliment the deep tones of your eyeshadow.
Glamorous Wedding Makeup
The key to beautiful wedding makeup is to keep it relatively soft, but still feminine and flirty. A glamorous bridal look will take your wedding outfit to the next level, playing up your features in the most flattering way. Keep brows bushy and natural, with eyes golden for a timeless shade. Apply thick coats of mascara on both top and bottom, and for the shorter lashed ladies, don’t be afraid to use false eyelashes. For a soft, sultry touch, use a copper eye pencil along the top lash line for extra depth, and blend it out, so the line isn’t severe. Ensure to match your lip and cheek shade to the tones in your eyeshadow for a seamless finish.
Smokey Eye Wedding Makeup
You can still achieve romantic smokey eye makeup without it looking too heavy or dark for your special day. Go for a charcoal grey palette, building darker shades in the outer corners of the eye and lighter on the lid. If you aren’t a massive fan of ashy hues or they just don’t suit your complexion, opt for sultry plum shades instead, meaning you can still achieve the smokey trend. To balance the colours, finish with a nude lipstick with warm undertones.
Red Lips Wedding Makeup
Timeless and classic, a red lip has long been a favourite of the beauty world. A red lip is foolproof in pulling off a beautiful wedding makeup look, and if you’re someone who has a bold, modern style, then this is a perfect option. In choosing the right shade, take into account your skin tone and whether you have cool or warm undertones – this will ensure you get the right colour and hence, the right makeup. Additionally, go for a long-lasting formula, so your pout is perfect all day.
Vintage Wedding Makeup
When thinking vintage makeup, dramatic winged liner and cherry lipstick all spring to mind. Fear not, you can still get gorgeous vintage vibes from your makeup without going over the top. For skin, keep it sheer and simple, leaving the bronzer in the drawer for this one. Instead, let the eyes be the focus, with a flicked liquid liner and voluminous lashes. Finish the look with a glossy apricot lip.
Bohemian Wedding Makeup
Boho bridal makeup is the ultimate romantic style for your wedding day and it is so easy to achieve. Keep skin natural and dewy, priming skin with an illuminator for bright and glowing skin for the base. Highlight the high points of your face to accentuate your features while adding some sparkle, and a pastel rose lipstick to keep the makeup soft. If you’re wearing a floral crown, use similar shades to the flower arrangement for your eyeshadow.
Beach Wedding Makeup
Everyone dreams of having a beach wedding, and now you can have your dream makeup to match. Think dewy, bronzed skin to get the ultimate beach babe look, paired with a cool-hued nude lip gloss. To prepare the skin, use an illuminating primer to get a sunkissed complexion. Keep brows bushy and natural, with a champagne eyeshadow on the lids. To complement, a pop of highlighter on the cupid’s bow, inside corner of the eyes and brow bone will take the glossy look to the next level. To finish, work your bronzer along the frame of your face in the shape of a number 3; along the hairline, into the cheekbone, and along the jawline.
Winter Wedding Makeup
Winter is notorious for drying out your skin, so make sure your skin is moisturised, prepped and go with a liquid or cream foundation for your base. Additionally, a bold lip for your wedding look will add even more glam – go for plum, berry and red wine tones for the ultimate winter shade. Keep lids simple and not too dramatic, allowing the lipstick to be the star of the show.
Wedding Makeup Looks
- In choosing your cosmetics, remember to take into account flash photography and ditch the SPF foundations.
- Pat some highlighter on the brow bones and inner corners of the eyes to open up the face.
- Always use a primer before applying your foundation and eyeshadows for a flawless look.
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