20 Makeup Ideas for Wedding Guests

wedding guests

PHOTO BY RYAN RAY

On average, most 20 and 30-somethings will attend at least one wedding per year. And as a wedding guest, it’s important to start planning the minute those invitations start rolling in. From what you’ll wear to where you’ll be staying, every wedding literally comes with its own itinerary of events, and with each event, its own vibe.

As you start planning your wedding season schedule and accompanying attire, you can’t forget about makeup. Whether the upcoming nuptials are black tie, backyard, or beachside, every setting calls for a different makeup look. Below, we’ve curated a few of the best makeup ideas and inspiration for wedding guests ideal no matter the dress code, venue, and style.

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Classic Red Lip

wedding guest clapping

Photo by Richard Skins Photography

You can never go wrong with a classic red lip. To avoid looking too over-the-top, keep the rest of your makeup very simple and toned down. Look for a true blue-red shade in a long-lasting formula so you don't have to worry about smearing it or reapplying it every hour.

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Dramatic Silver Eyes With a Pop of Color

two women posing for a photo at a wedding

Photo by Stepan Vrzala

Don't be afraid to go bold. Dust the eyes in a silver, shimmery eyeshadow and pair it with a bright color on the lips, like the red pictured here. The contrast of the cool metallic eyes and a pop of color on the lips looks drop-dead gorgeous.

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Fresh Faced

woman with sun umbrella at a wedding

Photo by Rebecca Yale

While some people enjoying putting on makeup, especially for special events like a wedding, it isn't a requirement to look and feel your best. If you feel happy and confident in a touch of concealer and a tinted lip balm, go for it! Let your natural beauty shine through. 

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A Touch of Pink

Pretty in Pink

Photo by Norman & Blake

Match your lipstick to the color of your dress for a monochromatic look that feels modern and chic. Add a touch of fine black liner on the eyes and you’re ready to dance the night away in style. 

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Bronzed Beauty

woman at a wedding

Photo by Mark Spooner

Neutral tones like warm browns and taupes look great with every dress and hairstyle. Use your bronzer as an eyeshadow for a natural, bronzed glow all over. Pair with a nude lip gloss for a fresh, effortless look.

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Perfectly Plum

mom at a wedding

Photo by Mark Spooner

A dark plum lip adds a flair of drama to any makeup look. Coupled with a darkened lash line and a glowing complexion, this plum lip looks lovely on mature wedding guests. 

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Matte and Polished

woman sitting on a bed putting on her shoes

Photo by Lindsey Shorter Photography

The chiseled, contoured cheekbones and red lips create a real wow factor without looking too overdone. This makeup looks chic and sophisticated—perfect for a black-tie wedding.

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Matte Brown Beauty

woman smiling at a wedding

Photo by Mary Mec Photography

Mattes are gorgeous on mature skin, as they define your features without the sparkly distraction of shimmer. The matte brown bonzer chisels the cheekbones while the brownish nude lip perfectly accentuates her smile. Skip the highlighter and keep a pressed powder compact handy to keep the shine at bay, especially in the T-zone.

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Golden Glow

woman at a wedding

Photo by Branco Prata

This wedding guest look is all about the glow. The golden highlight at the tops of her cheekbones takes center stage, while lightly defined eyes and a glossy, mauve lip play excellent supporting roles.

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Bold and Beautiful

hindu wedding

Photo by Flora & Flauna

A Hindu wedding is the perfect opportunity to turn up the drama when it comes to your makeup. A red lip looks flawless against this ornate outfit.

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Muted Pink Mavens

three women at a wedding

Photo by Ryan Ray

This trio of gorgeous wedding guests came to the event made up in a stunningly similar fashion. Smoked-out eyes stand out amongst a glowing complexion and muted pink lip color. Add a gloss on top for extra shine.

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Warm Browns

close up of eye look

Photo by Sergio Sandona

These natural-looking hues enhance those with warm skin tones. Pair with a warm brown lipstick for all the 90's vibes. 

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Fun Liner

woman at a bar

Photo by Chi-Chi Ari

Bring the fun to a festive wedding celebration with big, graphic liner. Winged liner makes a big impact on its own, but it also helps any eye look standout. This wedding guest went with a pink eyeshadow underneath her flawless winged liner, and we’re completely obsessed with how it turned out. 

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Liner and Lashes

three women at a wedding

Photo by Samm Blake

These wedding guests had the right idea. If you’re wearing a bright-colored or patterned dress, keep your makeup look simple with a dark black eyeliner and false lashes. Go nude on the lips to keep the focus on your eyes and dress.

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Natural Beauty

guests at a wedding

Photo by Justin Lee

For a great natural makeup look, all you need is a lightweight foundation and a bit of color on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Take a cue from these fabulous ladies and keep your makeup look light, fresh, and glowy. 

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Winged Liner

bridesmaid in winged liner taking a selfie

Photo by Jana Williams

Weddings call for a winged liner. Take a black felt eyeliner pen and apply a thin line across the lash line with your eyes open, looking down into a mirror. This helps you see what you’re doing and nail the shape in no time. 

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Soft and Simple

woman at a wedding

Photo by Justin Lee

Everyone wants that effortless “no-makeup makeup" look, and this gal got it just right. Avoid heavy foundations that can make you look cakey, or even consider airbrush makeup instead. Lightly contour to enhance your cheekbones and pair with subtle, seamlessly blended eye makeup.

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Luxe Lashes and a Glossy Lip

Chinese woman at wedding

PHOTO BY DAVID BASTIANONI

The intense red lip color perfectly complements the dramatic false lashes, balancing out the makeup look flawlessly. This look is simple with just those two elements standing out, yet packs a powerful punch.

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Go for Glow

woman at a wedding clapping

Photo by Christopher Skins

This look is all about luminous, radiant and healthy-looking skin. Rosy cheeks and lips mimic a natural flush, while fluffy brows expertly frame the face. Apply a glowy primer or liquid highlighter underneath foundation for a "lit from within" glow.

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Soft Glam

Bride at a wedding

Photo by Katherine Ann Rose

From the chiseled cheeks to the rosy lip, this makeup look is soft yet dramatic. It's all in the contour, which fans down her cheeks to support the touch of pinky blush applied on the apples. Brown shadows smoke out the eyes to complete this soft glam makeup look.

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