67 Wedding Makeup Ideas for Every Kind of Bride

Bride getting ready

Treebird Photography

You've found your wedding dress, had that Cinderella moment with the perfect shoes, and spent hours scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest, and Brides searching for just the right hairstyle. With almost every aspect of your bridal ensemble checked off your to-do list, all there's left to do is find some makeup inspiration that pulls it all together. Luckily, you probably won't have to look any further than this roundup of the prettiest wedding makeup ideas for every kind of bride.

But where's a bride to start when it comes to choosing the components of a stunning wedding day look? Makeup artist Christina Chen of Makeup by Quis suggests starting off by sending photos to your makeup artist of looks you're attracted to. "Have them assess your features to see whether it suits your overall look, including your wedding vibe, hairstyle, and wedding dress," she says.

Meet the Expert

Christina "Quis" Chen is a San Francisco–based makeup artist and the founder of Makeup by Quis. Chen is also a licensed esthetician with additional training from the Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood.

Whether you choose lush, look-at-me lashes, a dramatic cat eye, a cheek color that'll turn you into the very definition of a blushing bride, or any combination of the three, we just know you're going to be gorgeous. Ahead, we've rounded up wedding makeup ideas from stunning real brides.

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A Gradient Look With Ombré Eyeshadow

Bride with ombré eyeshadow

Sanaz Photography 

Ombré eyeshadow and lush lashes give this bride a flirtatious vibe. What a gorgeous look for a daytime wedding on the beach.

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Natural Makeup With Thin Eyeliner

Bride with natural makeup look

Carmen Santorelli Photography

This bride opted for barely there makeup with thinly lined eyes and long, natural lashes for her outdoor wedding with a bohemian vibe. Armed with black eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick in a natural shade, she pulled off the look effortlessly.

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Glam Makeup With a Contoured Look

Bride with glam makeup

Rachel Owens

A contoured complexion, mauve lip, and glam eye give this bride an alluring appeal. This is a stunning look for a late-in-the-day wedding.

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Bronze Makeup With Red Lipstick

Regal glow makeup look

Cinzia Bruschini

Romantic red lipstick married with defined eyes and a gorgeous glow creates such a stunning look for this bride. This was the perfect look for the couple's wedding in Italy, saying "I do" as the sun set behind them.

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Defined Eyes and Brows With Nude Lipstick

Bridal portrait in winter

Corrina Walker Photography 

This winter bride stands out amongst the snowfall with a stunning defined look. Pull off this look by opting for defined brows, a nude lip, and thick eyeliner.

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Classic Makeup With a Nude Lip

Newlyweds kissing

Greg Finck 

We love this beaming bride's natural look. A light smoky eye paired with a nude lip is always a classic.

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Metallic Makeup With a Gilded Eye

Bridal portrait with gold portrait

Laura Murray

We love the idea of adding gilding for a modern boho look. Party-ready metallic accents and bold ruby red lips ensure this bride is the star of the show.

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A Retro Look With Gold Eyeshadow

Bridal portrait with bouquet

Funkytown Photography 

We love this soft, natural look with a pop of shimmer. Gold eyeshadow and graphic liner harken back to the golden age of glamour.

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Bronze Eyes and a Bold Lip

Bride getting ready

Treebird Photography

Sultry bronze eyes meet a scarlet pout for a vixen-like appearance. This is a gorgeous look to pair with a subtle vintage vibe.

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A Subtle Glow and Mauve Shades

Bride getting ready

Sarah Falugo Weddings

This is a timeless look that will work for any time of day. Softly defined features and a subtle glow are the perfect pairings for dusty mauve shades.

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A Natural Matte Look

Bridal portrait

Meghan Kay Sadler 

This bride sported a simple, yet stunning look, for her romantic garden-inspired wedding. A contoured matte complexion with a subtle eye let her natural sparkle shine through.

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A Sophisticated Look With Simple Makeup

Bride holding bouquet


This elegant look was the perfect complement to the couple's wedding hosted at a historical destination in Italy. Clean and classic, with subtly lined eyes and a light pink lip, this bride's style is absolute sophistication.

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A Bold Red Lip

Newlyweds kissing

Katie Edwards Photography

There's always room to incorporate a bold lip, especially when it's paired with a wedding celebrating Southwestern hues. We love the way this brave red lip color perfectly matches the saturated notes in this couple's bouquets.

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Shimmery Eyes With a Nude Lip

Newlyweds kissing

Melissa Marshall 

An enchanting tropical garden wedding calls for an ethereal look. With shimmery eyes, simple mascara, and a nude lip color, this look comes together flawlessly.

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A Bright Pink Lip and Defined Eyes

Bride getting makeup done

Ryon Lockhart Photography

Who says you can't incorporate a bright pop of pink? We love the way this look pairs defined eyes with a bright pink pout.

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Winged Eyeliner With Pink Lips

Bride holding bouquet

Judy Pak Studio 

We can't get enough of this look. Winged liner, pale pink lips, and eye-catching highlights make for the perfect complement to this bride's berry-hued bouquet at her September wedding.

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Cat-Eye Liner With a Subtle Pink Lip

Bridal portrait holding bouquet

Lev Kuperman

We love the way a can't-miss-it cat-eye adds drama to a look. Muted tones and a subtle lip color pair with it perfectly.

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A Neutral Palette With a Smoky Eye

Bridal portrait

Federico Sbardolini 

Keep a natural look, but add just a little bit of drama with a smoky eye. A charcoal-hued eye takes center stage with this look as the rest of the palette remains neutral.

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Natural Makeup With a Nude Lip

Newlyweds smiling

Photo by James & Schultz; Event Planning by Calluna Events; Makeup by Bre Ortola Alchemy Face Bar

Soft browns and a nude lip make for a sunkissed appearance. This is a gorgeous look for a nature-inspired ceremony.

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A Natural Look With Simple Makeup


Melissa Oholendt Photography 

Let your natural beauty shine through with barely there makeup. A bit of concealer, mascara, and a glossy lip can go a long way.

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A Glowing Look With Glossy Lips

Newlyweds dancing

Chi-Chi Ari 

A gorgeous evening soirée calls for a stunning look to match. Glowing skin, defined eyes, and a glossy lip complete this beaming bride's style.

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Smoky Eyes and Nude Hues

Bridal portrait

Katherine Ann Rose 

Monochromatic nude hues blend with the bride's hair color creating a uniform appearance that showcases those stunning eyes. Talk about a gorgeous look that works well into the evening.

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Dewy Skin and Simple Makeup

Bridal portrait

Olivia Rae James

We love natural palettes that embrace a bride's dewy skin. With simple, lined eyes and a subtle pout, this is a stunning look for a day of celebrating in the sunshine.

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Full Brows With Rosy Lips

Newlyweds smiling

Christian Arevalo 

A romantic, modern wedding is the perfect occasion to embrace a romantic palette. Voluminous lashes and rosy lips pair well with a full brow to create a stunning look.

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Luscious Long Lashes

Bride with lush long makeup

Olivia Leigh Photographie

We love this elegant style for a daytime garden wedding. This bride sported taupe-hued eyeshadow and finished off the look with fabulous falsies.

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Subtle Eyes and a Pink Lip

Bride putting on earrings

Heather Waraksa 

We love a simple, natural look for a beach wedding. Look-at-me lashes go well with subtly defined eyes and a pink pout for this bride's outdoor ceremony.

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Natural Makeup With Bold Brows

Bride holding daisies

Forged in the North 

A natural look with subtly shaded eyes and slight definition pairs beautifully with a nude lip color. But what really made this bride's stunning look stand out was the pairing of a neutral look with bold brows.

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Dramatic Makeup With a Smoky Eye

Newlyweds smiling

Nicola Tonolini 

A dramatic smoky eye and ultra-defined brows pair well with a heavily embellished look. We love the way this bride opted for shimmery hues on her eyes to pair perfectly with her bridal ensemble.

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Romantic Hues With Lush Lashes

Bridal portrait

Heather Payne Photography

A romantic farm wedding calls for a romantic look. Soft shadows and luscious, long lashes paired with a mauve lip is simply stunning.

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Simple Makeup With a Rosy Lip

Newlyweds kissing

Kristin Sweeting Photography

This natural wedding makeup style features a rosy lip and a touch of shimmer on the lids. Pair it with subtly defined brows and simple mascara for a lovely look.

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A Natural Look With a Subtle Pink Lip

Bride getting ready

Ana Lui 

A look that celebrates stunning, flawless skin is a gorgeous match for an elegant wedding. A subtle palette and mascara pairs perfectly with a light pink lip.

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Neutral Hues With Bold Lashes

Bride holding bouquet of greenery

Braedon Photography 

Va-va-voom lashes stand out against neutral eyeshadow shades. Paired with a light pink lip, this is a stunning look to complement a feminine A-line dress.

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A Bronze Look With Metallic Eyes

Bridal portrait

Hannah Costello 

A daytime wedding in Palm Springs is the ideal time to incorporate a warm, bronze look. Complete with metallic shadows and glowy cheeks, this bride's desert-inspired palette is simply flawless.

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Soft Smoky Eyes With a Glossy Lip

Bride holding dog

Redman Pictures

Softly smoked eyeshadow paired with a glossy rose lip color evokes a vintage vibe. This is such a gorgeous look for a romantic backyard wedding.

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Luscious Lashes and a Bold Red Lip

Bride smiling

Larissa Cleveland 

No sound needed to know this exuberant bride's laughter is infectious. A bold crimson, mile-wide smile reflects her effervescent personality.

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Bold Eyes With a Rose Lip

Bridal portrait

Carmen Santorelli

An outdoor garden wedding calls for a sophisticated look. Bold black eyeliner, a dusty rose lip, and matte skin are the epitome of age-old elegance.

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Winged Eyeliner With Glowing Hues

Bridal portrait

Sarah Falugo 

We love a defined look for an evening wedding. Winged liner, glowing skin, and a matte pout create an elegantly glamorous look.

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Berry Hues and Full Lashes

Bridal portrait

Photo by Bokeh Photography; Event Planning by First Look Events; Makeup by Mooi Studio  

We love the way this makeup look ties in perfectly with a stunning berry-hued bouquet. A saturated berry lip and thick, full lashes are a gorgeous pairing.

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Strong Brows With a Peach Lip

Bride smiling holding bouquet

Photo by Whitney Darling; Event Planning by RO & Co. Events; Makeup by Ashley Fierro

Adding a pop of color pulls together this bohemian vibe perfectly. A strong brow complements this bride's apricot-hued lip—a gorgeous look for a San Diego beach wedding.

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Pink Blush With a Pink Lip

Newlyweds hugging

Photo by Erich McVey; Event Planning by Paper Diamonds; Makeup by Tum Suriyan Makeup

A bright pink blush with blue undertones and matching pout are fresh as can be. This romantic look worked perfectly for a daytime destination wedding in Bali.

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Neutral Hues With Bold Eyes

Bride getting ready

Photo by Atmosphere Fotografia; Makeup by Yara Lacerda 

We love looks that work for both daytime and evening, and this is definitely one of them. Neutral hues and a heavily lined eye pair well with a cool nude lip.

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A Vintage Look With Bronze Hues


Pat Furey

We love a soft-glam look with vintage vibes. This bride's bronze eyeshadow lets her incredible eyes take center stage. Pair with a deep scarlet lipstick for some vintage appeal.

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Full Brows With Plum Lips

Bridal portrait with bridesmaids in the background

Photo by Roey Yohai; Event Planning by JZ Events; Makeup by Sara Brownlee & Cambus Artistry

Full brows and soft plum shades work well with blue eyes. Add in defined brows for a stunning look for a chic, outdoor wedding.

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Pink Eyeshadow and a Bright Pink Lip

Newlyweds dancing

Photo by Amber Gress; Makeup by Kally Sitaras

This bride's colorful look worked perfectly for a daytime beach ceremony and carried into the evening flawlessly. Metallic pink lids and a wash of bright pink on the lips give a vivacious flair.

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Gray Hues and Long Lashes

Bridal portrait

Forged in the North

Switch things up and opt for gunmetal gray eyes. Pair gray hues with luscious lashes and a beautiful bronze glow.

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Defined Brows With Sunset Hues

Bride getting ready

Photo by Biancca Wallace; Event Planning by Courtney Tibbets of After The Engagement; Makeup by Dayna Lynne Makeup

Warm browns and corals make for the perfect combination for a tropical wedding. We love this look with subtly defined eyes, bold browns, and a coral lip.

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An Ethereal Look With Long Lashes

Bride smiling with floral bouquet

Betsy Newman

Oh, how she glows! Illuminated collar bones and shoulders set this bridal ensemble ablaze. Pair with defined eyes, long lashes, and a nude lip for a stunning outdoor ceremony look.

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A Glossy Look

Bridal portrait

Lauren Baker

A glossy eye, glowing lip, and jaw-dropping highlight give this bride a silken look that rivals her gorgeous dress.

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Soft Makeup With a Sheer Lip

Bride getting ready

Photo by Sara Richardson; Event Planning by Amy Abbott Events; Makeup by Blanc Salon 

A wash of metallic taupe on the eyes, fluttering falsies, and a sheer lip give this bride a whimsical presence. We love the way this bride donned this look for a seaside destination wedding.

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Metallic Hues and a Subtle Lip

Newlyweds in a hammock

Photo by Katie Ruther; Event Planning by Destination Weddings Tulum; Makeup by Silvia Moreno 

A beach wedding calls for a warm, bronzed look. We love the combo of copper lids, long lashes, and a sunkissed lip for this beachy bride.

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A Smoky-Eye With Pink Lipstick

Bridal portrait

Photo by Abby Jiu; Event Planning by Strawberry Milk Events; Makeup by Melissa Mangrum 

A gray smoky-eye pairs well with a pastel pink pout for a bold look. This is a gorgeous combination for an indoor glam wedding.

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Natural Makeup With Simple Lashes

Bridal portrait while getting ready

Photo by Rach Loves Troy; Event Planning by Tara Skinner Weddings & Events; Makeup by White Witch Artistry 

Sheer coverage allows this bride's charming freckles to shine through. Paired with a subtle palette on the eyes and a bit of mascara, this is a gorgeous natural look for an outdoor ceremony.

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Glam Makeup With a Bright Lip


Photo by Erich McVey; Hair & Makeup by Carlos Torres Salon 

A bright orangey-red lip, sculpted cheekbones, and black eyeliner give this blue-eyed beauty a retro-glam vibe. This was the perfect look for this bride's vibrant daytime wedding, but the bold lip carried into the evening celebration perfectly as well.

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Monochromatic Pink Makeup

Bridal portrait

Photo by Anya Kernes; Event Planning by Rekindle Creative; Hair & Makeup by Sherilyn Beauty

Add a splash of color for a romantic ceremony, but choose one color as the focus. A monochromatic pink palette is refreshing, bringing together complementary hues on the eyes, cheeks, and lips.

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Warm Makeup With Sultry Bronze Hues

Bride getting ready

Photo by Addison Jones; Hair & Makeup by Alejandra Herrera Salon

This bride's destination wedding in Mexico certainly called for a warm look. A shimmering bronze eye, dramatic eyeliner, and contoured cheeks gave off a sizzling warmth.

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A Vibrant Palette With a Coral Lip

Bride with bright red lipstick

Photo by Taylor Mccutchan; Event Planning by Roque Events; Hair & Makeup by LaJo Studios

A daytime desert vibe can easily incorporate a vibrant palette. This look with a saturated coral lip and eyes in matching hues has a bright and citrusy appeal.

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Minimal Makeup With Rosy Lips

Bridal portrait

Photo by Monica Leggio; Event Planning by Sposiamovi; Hair & Makeup by Hayley J Farrington

Rosy cheeks have this beauty looking every bit the blushing bride for a romantic ceremony. We love that the eye makeup was kept minimal, letting her dewy skin take center stage, paired with a stunning rosy lip.

Great skin makes for the ideal canvas for gorgeous wedding day makeup. For stunning, hydrated skin, Chen suggests increasing your water intake to at least 68 ounces per day in the weeks leading up to your wedding.

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A Soft-Glam Look With Earth Tones


Photo by David Bastianoni; Event Planning by Events by Paulina; Makeup by Armill Beauty

We love this sophisticated look for an elegant wedding. Muted earth tones and a deep-brown eye pair perfectly with defined brows.

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Natural Makeup and an Ethereal Glow

Bridal portrait

Photo by Joey Willis; Makeup by Janai MUA 

This bride is emanating an ethereal glow with barely there makeup. We love the pairing of mascara with a subtle pink lip for this look.

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Smoky-Eye Makeup With Subtle Lipstick

Bride holding mirror while having makeup done


We love a bold look for a ceremony held at sunset. A stunning smoky eye finds its match with bold brows and a light pink pout.

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A Monochromatic Taupe Palette

Bridal portrait while getting ready

Photo by Lisa Poggi; Event Planning by Exclusive Italy Weddings; Makeup by Jeyanney

Pair monochromatic taupe tones with incredible complexion. We love the way long, bold lashes make this bride's eyes pop.

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A Bronzed Glow With a Rosy Lip

Bridal portrait

Photo by Jen Ocken Photography; Event Planning by Leslie Campbell Weddings & Events; Makeup by Amy Thornton 

A winter wedding doesn't mean you can't embrace a warm, bronze look. A sunkissed rosy lip and cheek work well with a tanned complexion and subtly defined eyes.

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Classic Makeup With Strong Brows

Bridal portrait

Photo by Erich McVey; Event Planning & Design by Alise Taggart; Makeup by Claudia Mejerle 

We love this classic look for a garden-inspired wedding. Rosy lips and a strong brow let this gorgeous cheek flush do all the talking.

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Golden Hues With a Light Pink Lip

Bridal portrait with hair down

Clark Brewer Photography 

A gold eye with subtle shimmer makes for an iconic duo. Pair eyeliner and lush lashes for this gorgeous look.

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Warm Makeup With Earth Tone Hues

Bride getting makeup done

Photo by Hannah Pickle; Event Planning by Grand Events NOLA; Hair & Makeup by Glam NOLA

Earth tone hues are stunning day or night. This look married taupe and cocoa tones with lightly lined eyes and lush lashes for a gorgeous look.

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Romantic Natural Makeup With a Pink Pout

Bridal portrait

Callie Hobbs Photography 

A pink pout complements soft shadows. We love this natural look with subtly defined eyes for a romantic, outdoor ceremony.

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Refined Makeup With Gentle Brows

Bride with mauve lip

Photo by David Salim; Event Planning & Design by Design Anarchy by Chic Weddings; Makeup by Marcela Bantea 

An elegant wedding calls for a refined look. Gentle browns and a mauve lip add a polished and sophisticated feel.

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