The Most Unexpected Hair and Makeup Looks for Modern Brides

Bride and groom during recessional

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Of course, you'll have no trouble standing out on your wedding day (you are the bride, after all!). But if you fancy yourself a woman who doesn't play by the wedding rules, there is no reason why your penchant for the one of a kind, modern, and unexpected shouldn't extend to all aspects of your big day—including your bridal hair and makeup look.

Since you stray away from the traditional bridal pack, we scoured the runways from New York to Paris for eight unexpected (and totally wearable) bridal beauty looks that are sure to make your grand entrance that much more spectacular. From alternatives other than the classic red lip to a sculptural ponytail, these noteworthy looks are just as unique as you are, because you deserve nothing less. Forget the party, your guests will be talking about your eyeshadow and hairstyle for years to come!

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The classic red lip has been done before, so since you like to throw caution to the wind, switch things up (without going overboard) by swapping the bridal go-to for a rust-colored lipstick. To nail the look, keep foundation clean and dewy, skip the eyeshadow altogether, and pair your statement lip with flirty lashes.

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Old Hollywood–inspired waves are a favorite among brides, but sleek, face-framing finger waves will give you the edge on your big day. The best part is this look works on hair of all lengths, so no need to drive yourself mad trying to grow it out.

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Make your eyes stand out with a mod-inspired eyeliner look. This thick wingless line, paired with a subtle contour and nude lip, feels as feminine as it does completely different than most bridal looks.

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We guarantee you’ve never seen a makeup look like this on a bride before. Swap the been-there-done-that black cat-eye for a metallic silver wing. Pair it with a barely-there foundation and a glossy lip to let your eyes do all the talking.

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We’ve seen the half-up wedding ’do before, but if you’re attempting to put your own spin on it, consider this sleek and modern braided look. Dress it up with flowers, accessories, or a veil and get creative with the placement.

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Who said you can’t wear a dark, sooty, smoky eye on your wedding day? When you opt for a shimmery gunmetal shade and pair it with subtle coral cheeks and lips, the final look will feel sexy yet chic.

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The bubble ponytail isn’t a hairstyle you see at most weddings (we love that about this look). Opting for just two sections (instead of several smaller ones) makes the look feel playful and the volume gives your hairstyle a sculptural feel, which is surprisingly sophisticated.

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Still haven’t found your something blue? Consider rummaging through your makeup bag to find it. A cool cat-eye and blue mascara is totally different and will look incredible in photos. Cobalt will make the whites of your eyes pop and give your peepers a twinkle that can be seen by your guests in the back row.

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