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 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 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.
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 ideas. The pale pink eyeshadow these ‘maids are wearing, for instance, perfectly complements their frocks.
Nude Smoky Eye
Smoky blending techniques don’t have to be limited to basic black shadows. We love the dimension these nude 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 often recommended to brides and bridesmaids as they’ll make your eyes pop in wedding photos. This bridesmaid’s look is all about the lashes, as she chose an extra-thick set of flirty falsies.
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.
The sharpness of these bombshells' eyeliner, coupled with their vampy lip colors, keeps the overall vintage vibe of their makeup and looks oh so pretty. 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. 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.
Cream eyeshadow, as opposed to the classic pressed powder formula, 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 your crease as the day wears on.
We’ll forever be fans of fabulous, flicked eyeliner, akin to the look this beauty is donning. 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 lippys keep them from looking washed out and are perfectly suited for the chilly winter festivities.
Dark and Sultry
Equal parts glamourous and sultry, a classic, dark smoky eye is likely to never go out of style. Just remember that blending is your best friend here to keep the look from appearing overpowering or heavy.
Check out this golden goddess! Her light-reflecting golden eyeshadow and glossy lip shine brightens up her entire complexion and is bound to pop 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 formulas are a perfect match for fall and winter weddings. The amethyst-inspired purple tones in this bridesmaid's look are an unexpected touch.
Delicate Dove Hues
Keep the makeup look light if you or your bridesmaids are accessorizing with statement-making floral headpieces to keep any ensemble elements from competing with one another. With a wash of delicate dove gray hues, this bridesmaid’s eye makeup is subtle yet stunning.
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.
Go for Gold
This luxe look takes the (wedding) cake: The intensely metallic shadows here create a glitzy, golden haze, while the warm brown drifting along the outer corners add dramatic dimension. A high-shine mauve lip color is the perfect finishing touch.
Soften That Smolder
To soften deeper eyeshadow shades, keep the rest of the face neutral. A peachy-pink lip brings a delicate touch to the warm, smoked-out shades adorning this bridesmaid's peepers.
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.
To complement their blush tulle bridesmaid dresses, this bridal party chose a similarly rosy monochromatic makeup look. This trendy technique keeps the eye, cheek, and lip makeup shades all in the same color family and is often rocked by celebs and bridesmaids, alike.
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 look 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?
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 cover the cost, although splitting it 50/50 is a nice gesture.