Three Easy Steps to Gorgeous DIY Wedding-Day Eye Makeup

Perfect your eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara

Woman applying eye makeup

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It's an old adage that one's eyes are the gateway into his or her soul; so naturally, on your wedding day, you'll want your soul-bearing barrier to be as open—and beautiful—as ever. What better way to do that than with an eyeshadow, liner, and mascara look that's well-suited to you, and special enough for your wedding? Here, we've outlined color and application basics, along with expert tips, so no line, smudge, or swipe is lost come the big day.

Step One: The Shadow

Pink smoky eye makeup
Photo by Todd Huffman 


Why we love it: A mix of rosy tones and neutrals is sophisticated yet oh-so-bridal.

Expert tip: Apply beige all over your lids, then sweep a darker pink onto the crease, and a lighter one just below the brow, says makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor.

Dior 5-Colour in Rosy Tan #754
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Gray Smoky Eye Shadow
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Why we love it: While black shadow (a smoky staple) can make eyes look smaller—gray opens them up, says makeup pro Talia Shobrook.

Expert tip: Apply a slate tint near your lash line, then dab a lighter, metallic hue on the inner corners.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #1
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Blue Green Eye Makeup
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Why we love it: Wildly flattering on brown eyes, these shades are a great way to add color when you're not up for rocking a bright-red lip.

Expert tip: Use the teal as the base and the navy just under the crease.

Flower Shadow Play in Blue Lagoons
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Step Two: Eyeliner

Four different types of eyeliner
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Best for: Creating soft, natural lines. "Pencils are made for blending," says Sotomayor.

Expert tip: First, prep lids with eye-shadow primer. Then, apply liner in short, dotted strokes right at the roots of your lashes.

Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner
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Best for: Versatility. It goes on intensely but is easily softened with a brush.

Expert tip: For precision, place your elbow on a steady surface while you line the eyes, says Shobrook.

Becca Ultimate Creme Eyeliner
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Best for: Major drama. This is the ticket for doing a dainty "kitten eye" or full-on cat.

Expert tip: Start at the inner corner of your top lid; ease pressure toward the outer edge for a neat finish.

Eye Studio Master Duo Glossy Liquid Liner
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Best for: High-impact definition of the "water line," or the wet inner rims, says Sotomayor.

Expert tip: Dip a damp angled brush into the cake and gently press inside lash lines.

Illamasqua Eyeliner Cake
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Step Three: Mascara

Four different mascara brushes
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Best for: Curling. Its curved shape lifts lashes up for a peppy, 10-hours-of-sleep vibe.

Expert tip: Use the wand's backside to target outer lashes.

Lorac Cobra Mascara
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Best for: Lengthening. The long brush stretches lashes for a flirty look.

Expert tip: Linger at the tips to ensure nylon fibers extend them.

CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara
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Best for: Volume. With 580 bristles, this baby pours it on thick.

Expert tip: Use the narrow end to coat your tiniest, hard-to-reach lashes.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
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Best for: Definition. This odd-looking, spiky ball isolates every last lash.

Expert tip: For extra oomph, coat the bottom too.

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara
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No matter which look, products, and tools you choose, make sure to test it out with your makeup artist of choice during your hair and makeup trial. Most of all, don't forget to sleep (as much as possible, of course) so those eyes look fresh, rested, and most importantly, open, in your wedding photos!

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