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.
Classic Red Lip
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.
Dramatic Silver Eyes With a Pop of Color
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.
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.
A Touch of Pink
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.
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.
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.
Matte and Polished
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.
Matte Brown Beauty
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.
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.
Bold and Beautiful
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.
Muted Pink Mavens
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.
These natural-looking hues enhance those with warm skin tones. Pair with a warm brown lipstick for all the 90's vibes.
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.
Liner and Lashes
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.
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.
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.
Soft and Simple
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.
Luxe Lashes and a Glossy Lip
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.
Go for Glow
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.
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.