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 looks 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 blends that use every shade in the palette, these bridesmaid makeup looks are sure to complement a wide range of personal styles and wedding themes. Best of all, they’ll let your best friends’ natural beauty shine through.
If the bridal party plans to have their makeup done by pros, have each 'maid bring a photo reference to speed the process along. Similarly, if everyone is taking charge of their own big-day beauty, it’s helpful to have a makeup idea to mimic.
We’ve pulled together an array of super-stunning bridesmaid makeup looks 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 show off freckles and a natural glow while offering more color-correcting properties and coverage than a tinted moisturizer. After laying down the base, apply a rosy cheek tint to bring out a beautiful flush.
A swipe of a light-reflecting highlighter on the cheekbones will brighten up the whole face. Need proof? Look no further than these gorgeous, radiant bridesmaids. If you’re doing your own makeup, apply a cream highlighter with a blending sponge for a natural all-day glow.
Check out that sultry, smoked-out liner on this bridesmaid. A soft kohl liner and, of course, a bit of blending will help you mimic this lusty look.
Charcoal Shadow and a Nude Lip
A nude or neutral lipstick is a match made in heaven to charcoal-hued shadows. The effect is glamorous, without looking too done-up.
The seamless transition of these eyeshadow hues is simply stunning. While the darker outer corners are moody and alluring, the flecks of gold catch the light beautifully.
Pretty in Pale Pink
Keep the bridesmaid dresses in mind when dreaming up bridesmaid makeup looks. The pale pink eyeshadow these ‘maids are wearing perfectly complements their frocks.
Soft Brown Smoky Eye
Smoky blends don’t have to be limited to basic black shadows. We love the dimension these soft brown and taupe hues bring to the smoky eye look.
Gorgeous Rose Gold
Rose gold is a universally flattering shade that’ll complement a wide range of skin tones and bridesmaid dress colors. Plus, it looks equally gorgeous on the eyes, as a highlighter or blush, and on the lips.
Even if you don’t normally wear falsies, they’re recommended to brides and bridesmaids to make the eyes pop in wedding photos. This bridesmaid’s look is all about the lashes, as she chose an extra thick set of flirty falsies.
Super Sharp Eyeliner
The sharpness of these bombshells' eyeliner, coupled with their vampy lip colors, lends an overall vintage vibe. If you’re a novice with eyeliner, an ultra-fine felt-tip eyeliner pen will have you mastering the look in no time.
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. Paired with a black gown, scarlet-hued lipstick is pure glamour, while a poppy red shade looks oh-so romantic next to a pretty-in-pink frock.
Cream eyeshadow, as opposed to pressed powder formulas, can give lids a glossy appearance that’s especially gorgeous for summer weddings. Just be sure to use an eyeshadow primer to keep the cream from settling into any creases as the day wears on.
We’ll forever be fans of fabulous, flicked eyeliner like this beauty is sporting. The blended brown shadows add just the right amount of drama.
With subtle, pinky hues, this entire bridal party is killing the natural makeup look. The matching, blush-hued lippyies keep them from looking washed out and are perfectly suited for the chilly winter festivities.
Dark and Sultry
Equal parts glamorous and sultry, a dark smoky eye is likely to never go out of style. Just remember that blending is your best friend when it comes to keeping the look from appearing overpowering or heavy.
This is a gilded goddess if we've ever seen one. The light-reflecting golden eyeshadow and glossy lip brighten up her entire complexion so she's bound to glow in wedding photos.
A Pop of Punchy Pink
What’s not to love about this bridesmaid's punchy pink lipstick? A bright, saturated shade like this is a great choice for summer weddings and tropical beach nuptials.
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 finishes are a perfect match for the cooler months. The amethyst-inspired purple tones in this bridesmaid's look are an unexpected touch full of the season's richness.
Delicate Dove Hues
Keep the makeup look light if you or your bridesmaids are flaunting statement-making floral headpieces or major accessories. With a wash of delicate dove gray hues, this bridesmaid’s eye makeup is subtle yet stunning.
Go for Gold
This luxe look takes the (wedding) cake: The intensely metallic shadows create a glitzy, gilded haze, while the warm brown drifting along the outer corners adds dramatic dimension. A high-shine mauve lip is the perfect finishing touch.
Kim K, eat your heart out. We love how subtle this beauty’s cheekbone contour is. While it still expertly shapes the face, the light touch allows her natural glow to take center stage.
Soften That Smolder
To soften deeper eyeshadow shades, keep the rest of the face neutral. A peachy-pink lip brings a delicate freshness to the warm, smoked-out shades adorning this bridesmaid's peepers.
Some bridesmaids prefer to avoid bold makeup choices that could potentially detract 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 pout—are an excellent choice for bridesmaids as they typically have a stronger staying power than their high-shine counterparts. Exfoliate and moisturize lips before applying to ensure a silky smooth application that doesn’t dry, feather, or flake.
To complement the blush bridesmaid dresses, this bridal party chose a similarly rosy monochromatic makeup look. This technique keeps the eyes, cheeks, and lips all in the same color family and is often rocked by celebs and bridesmaids, alike. It's just that good.
Muted Shadows and Raspberry Lips
We’re loving this chic contrast: The muted, neutral eye makeup is a comely companion to those just-bitten, raspberry-colored lips.
Shine on, bridesmaids! Fit for a glamorous ballroom wedding, this gorgeous, glittery eye makeup will have the entire bridal party looking radiant.
A Matte Base
How pretty! Here, matte shadows and makeup create a clean, elegant base, while an icy pop along the brow bone and cheek lend just a touch of luminosity.
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.
This makeup composition has all the goods. From the range of shimmery and matte taupe shades that are adorning the lids, crease, and brow bone to the creamy neutral lip color, there’s a lot to love here—a perfect fit for a day filled with love.
When should wedding makeup appointments be booked?
As soon as possible, since hair and makeup artists book up early. We recommend locking someone down as soon as the wedding date and venue are set. Schedule trials one to three months before the wedding.
How much does it cost to hire a makeup artist for a bridesmaid?
This really depends on location, how involved the look is, and an artist's level of experience, but average rates in the U.S. tend to be between $50 and $350 per service.
Who pays for bridesmaids' makeup?
If the bride requires every member of her bridal party to have their makeup done, she should cover the full cost for each bridesmaid. However, if it's optional, it's perfectly fine to ask the bridesmaid to cover the cost—although splitting it 50/50 is a nice gesture.