After a successful makeup trial, you'll have your wedding beauty look nailed down to the exact shade of lipstick. But has your bridal party started thinking of bridesmaid makeup ideas that they may want to rock down the aisle? Dress fittings and bachelorette party planning aren’t the only things on a bridesmaid’s to-do list, you know.
From that low-key, no-makeup-makeup vibe to glamorous eyeshadow looks that use every shade in the palette, these bridesmaid makeup ideas are sure to complement a wide range of personal styles and wedding themes. Best of all, they’ll all let your best friends’ natural beauty shine on through.
If the bridal party plans to have their makeup done by professionals, it’s best for everyone to have a photo reference of how they would like their makeup done to speed the process along. Similarly, if everyone is taking charge of their own big-day beauty, it’s helpful to have a makeup look to mimic.
We’ve pulled together an array of super stunning bridesmaid makeup ideas for you and your besties to peruse.
This beauty is simply effervescent! While most brides and bridesmaids choose a full-coverage foundation for the big day, a CC-cream will allow you to show off your freckles and natural glow, while offering more color-correcting properties and coverage than a tinted moisturizer. Then, after laying down your base, use a rosy cheek tint to bring out that beautiful flush.
A swipe of a light-reflecting highlighter on your cheekbones will brighten up the whole face. Need proof? Look no further than these gorgeous, radiant bridesmaids. If you’re doing your makeup yourself, opt for a cream highlighter for an all-day glow, being sure to use a blending sponge to keep it looking natural.
A Red Lip
This classic shade can turn any bridesmaid into an Old Hollywood starlet! Plus, a red lip looks lovely with nearly any color dress. For instance, paired with a black gown, scarlet-hued lipstick is pure glamour, while a poppy red looks romantic next to a pretty-in-pink frock, like the one this ‘maid is rocking.
Moody, Fall Makeup
But what about fall and winter weddings, you ask? While a more muted palette is suitable no matter the wedding theme or season, bolder, deeper colors and metallic formulas are a perfect match for fall and winter weddings. The amethyst-inspired purple tones in this bridesmaid's look are an unexpected touch.
Some bridesmaids opt to avoid bold makeup choices that could potentially pull attention away from the bride (impossible if you ask us!). But regardless, the no-makeup makeup look is one that works for countless styles, seasons, and wedding themes. Incorporate elements like the healthy lit-from-within glow, a pretty posy lip color, and defined lashes for a naturally beautiful look.
While we love glossy lips, matte lipsticks—like this ‘maid’s earth-toned lip—are an excellent choice for bridesmaids as they typically have a stronger staying power than their high-shine counterparts. Just be sure to moisturize lips before applying to ensure that the color doesn’t dry, feather, or flake.
Double-Dose Liner and Extra-Long Lashes
Kohl black liner along both the upper and bottom lashes can make peepers pop, as do extra-long lashes. To mimic this makeup, look to a lengthening mascara formula made to define—rather than thicken—and be sure to swipe on a primer beforehand to help those lashes reach new heights.