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 look? Makeup artist Christina Chen 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 licensed esthetician and San Francisco–based makeup artist. She is the founder of Makeup by Quis.
Bridal makeup inspo, you say? You've come to the right place. 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 60 wedding makeup ideas from stunning real brides.
Subtle Eyes and a Flushed Pout
We love a simple, natural palette for a beach elopement ceremony. Subtly defined eyes complement the bride's flushed lips without overpowering the look. Plus, the envy-inducing highlight needs absolutely no introduction.
A Glam Look With Gradient Eyeshadow
Gradient gunmetal eyeshadow and lush lashes give this bride a flirty vibe. Ultra-glossy lips and softly defined brows bring the look together without competing for attention. And those jewels? They totally match the aesthetic of the lavish DC nuptials.
Smokey Eyes and Nude Hues
Monochromatic copper hues blend with the bride's hair color creating a uniform appearance that showcases stunning eyes. This is how you do a warm smokey eye without a hint of black or gray tones. Talk about a gorgeous look that works well into the evening.
Glassy, wet looks are all over the runways but rarely make their way into the bridal sphere. Frankly, we'd love to see more of it after being introduced to this bride's glossy reception vibe for her beach-side nuptials. Her brown eye gloss is an ultra-flirty companion to high-shine nude lips and a touch of wet-look highlighter topping the cheekbones.
A Sheer Face
This bride opted for barely there makeup with thinly lined eyes and long lashes for her outdoor wedding with a bohemian vibe. Armed with lipstick in a natural shade, she pulled off the look effortlessly. We love this no-makeup makeup approach for laid-back celebrations.
A Sculpted Cheek
Holy cheekbones! There's really no makeup necessary when you're flaunting bone structure like this. A natural look with strong brows is ultra-refined when paired with sculpted cheeks and satiny highlight.
Bronze Lids With Orange Lipstick
Romantic red-orange lipstick married with defined eyes and a gorgeous glow creates such a stunning look. A perfect makeup composition for the couple's wedding in Italy, saying "I do" as the sun set around them. We love how the gold metalwork and colored gems in the headpiece complement the makeup exquisitely.
Distinguished Eyes and Brows
This winter bride stands out amongst the snowfall with stunningly defined features. Pull off something similar by opting for strong brows, a nude lip, and dark eyeliner. The contrast will look oh so rich against a monochromatic palette.
We love this beaming bride's neutral aesthetic. A light smokey eye combined with a nude lip is always a classic. With a fresh-faced appearance and flushed cheek, she looks every bit the blushing bride.
A Gilded Eye
Consider adding gilding for some modern-boho flair. Party-ready metallic accents and bold ruby lipstick ensure this bride is the star of the show. We're all for going a little extra on the big day.
A Retro Look With Gold Eyeshadow
We love this soft glam with a pop of shimmer. Gold eyeshadow and graphic liner harken back to the golden age of glamour. A bit of highlight on the collar bones takes full advantage of that gorgeous sweetheart neckline.
A Subtle Glow and Mauve Shades
This is a timeless choice that will work for any time of day. Softly defined features and a subtle glow are the perfect pairing for dusty mauve shades. That brow bone highlight may be one of the best we've ever seen, reflecting just enough light without overpowering the soft aesthetic.
Graphic Lipliner and Bold Lashes
"Glitzy yet graceful" is what bride Jeanine was going for with this look, and we'd say she totally nailed the aesthetic. Va-va-voom lashes and a bold smokey eye complement dark, glossy locks exquisitely for her black-tie NYC wedding. Graphic nude lipliner adds definition to the glossy lip, amplifying what might have otherwise gotten lost in the dramatic look.
A Bold Red Lip
There's always room to incorporate a bold lipstick, especially when it's paired with a wedding drenched in Southwestern hues. We love the way this brave red lipstick perfectly matches the saturated notes in this couple's bouquets.
Shimmery Eyes With a Nude Lip
This bride is all aglow for her romantic seaside elopement. With shimmery silver eyes, simple mascara, and a satiny nude lip, the look comes together flawlessly. We couldn't be more obsessed with how the light reflects off the brow bone so blissfully.
A Bright Pink Lip
Who says you can't incorporate a bright pop of pink? This bride effortlessly blends defined eyes with a bright pink pout. The finished look is soft and romantic with just a little bit of punch.
Winged Liner With a Subtle Lippy
Winged liner adds drama to any look, but the way it's employed really sets the tone. Here, muted tones and a subtle lip color pair perfectly without going over the top. We especially love the bride's semi-matte finish keeping the look soft and ethereal.
Neutral Tones With a Nude Lip
Soft browns and a nude lip make for a sun-kissed appearance. We love how all the tones seamlessly complement one another, and the bride's hair and brow color as well. This is a gorgeous look for a nature-inspired ceremony.
Despite the matte complexion, Josiane's skin is still aglow with a captivating gold radiance. A subtle gold smokey eye and well-groomed brow let her natural sparkle shine through—quite literally. The satin nude lip completes the look with a touch of silky shine.
Simple Makeup With a Rosy Lip
This natural composition features a rosy lip and a touch of shimmer on the lids. Combined with subtly shaded brows and mascara the finished face is fabulously flawless. We think the groom's a fan, too!
Smoked-out eyeliner typically comes with a fun rock 'n' roll edge, but this bridal iteration is refreshingly approachable. Black eyeliner delivers on the smokeshow, but blended shimmery shadows and a dewy complexion bring a feminine spin. Complete with a pastel bouquet and loose tendrils, this romantic bride stunned at her California backyard wedding.
Victorian Rose Lips and Dusky Eyes
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. This bride matched her Victorian theme beautifully.
Silky Praline Hues
A matching praline eye and lip combo look so rich and wonderful with this bride's chocolaty curls. Nude eyeliner in the waterline keeps the eyes looking fresh while dark brows and a satin finish complete the elegant look. We'd say the sultry hues definitely warmed up the city skyline at these Long Island City nuptials.
Strong Brows With a Peachy Pout
Adding a dash of color pulls together this bohemian vibe magnificently. A strong brow complements this bride's apricot-hued lip—a gorgeous look for a San Diego beach wedding.
A bright pink blush with blue undertones and matching pout are fresh as can be. The cooler tones inject a youthful brightness that can otherwise be lost with a warmer pink shade. This flirtatious choice worked wonderfully for a daytime destination wedding in Bali.
Neutral Hues With Bold Eyes
We love looks that work for both daytime and evening, and this is definitely one of them. Neutral hues with a well-lined eye and smoked-out waterline fit fabulously with a cool nude lip.
Vintage Vibes With Bronze Hues
A vintage aesthetic just begs for sultry tones. This bride's bronze eyeshadow lets her incredible eyes take center stage while a deep scarlet lipstick adds to the retro feel.
A Color-Coordinated Combo
Bride Monis color-coordinated her makeup to match the sumptuous silks and richly hued jewels she wore. A deep-magenta lippy and vibrant green eyeliner come together exquisitely with the opulent ensemble.
Pretty in Pink
We love natural coverage that embraces a bride's dewy skin. Metallic pink lids and a wash of bright pink on the lips give a vivacious flair that undoubtedly matches this bride's vibrant personality. The playful vibe effortlessly transitions from day to night.
An Angelic Aura
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 dazzling outdoor ceremony entrance.
Gray Hues and Long Lashes
Switch things up and opt for gunmetal gray eyes. Blend gray hues with luscious lashes and a beautiful bronze glow for some beach-bound boho glam. That's right, we said cool gray tones for a beach wedding, and we're sticking to it.
Warm browns and corals make a fitting combination for a tropical wedding. We adore this look with subtly defined eyes, bold brows, and a coral gloss. The peach-toned blush pulls everything together and tones it beautifully to the bride's natural coloring.
A glossy eye, glowing lip, and jaw-dropping highlight give bride Adeline a silken aesthetic that rivals her gorgeous dress. A combination of shimmers, metallics, and light oils are the hallmarks of this look as well as some pre-wedding exfoliation and hydration.
Cool Tones and a Sheer Lip
A wash of metallic taupe on the eyes, fluttering falsies, and a sheer gloss give this bride a whimsical presence. We'd say this is some major mermaid energy for a seaside wedding.
Metallic Hues and a Subtle Lip
What's a beach wedding without a warm, bronzed look? This combo of copper lids, long lashes, and a sunkissed lip couldn't be more perfect for this beachy Tulum bride. Check out the masterful eye contouring here with the deepest color on the inner and outer corners.
A Smokey Eye With Pink Lipstick
A gray smokey eye pairs well with a pastel pink pout for a bold look. The feminine lip acts as a filter, softening the harshness of such a cool eye. This is a gorgeous combination for a glam wedding.
Sheer coverage allows this bride's charming freckles to shine through. With a subtle palette on the eyes and a hint of mascara, this is a gorgeous option for an outdoor ceremony. We love that she let her natural curls fall freely to match the vibe.
Bond Girl Glam
A bright orangey-red lip, sculpted cheekbones, and black eyeliner always deliver a retro-glam vibe. We find the combination quite striking with the bride's blue eyes and dark tresses. The look was definitely mission-ready for the bride's James Bond-themed nuptials in Colombia.
Allover Wash of Pink
Add a splash of color for a romantic ceremony, but exercise some restraint and stick to just one. A monochromatic pink palette is refreshing, bringing together complementary hues on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. You can even let the nails in on the party by finding a matching polish.
Sultry Bronze Hues
This bride's destination wedding in Mexico certainly called for a heated look. A shimmering bronze eye, dramatic liner, and contoured cheeks give off a sizzling warmth. We especially like how the strong brows ground the look.
A Vibrant Palette With a Coral Lip
A daytime desert theme can easily absorb a vibrant palette. This saturated coral lip and matching eyeshadow have a bright and citrusy appeal. The pops are quite refreshing in the drier environment.
Minimal Makeup With Rosy Lips
Rosy cheeks have this beauty looking absolutely angelic for her romantic ceremony. Take note of how the eye composition was kept minimal, letting her dewy skin take center stage.
For well-hydrated skin, Chen suggests increasing your water intake to at least 68 ounces per day in the weeks leading up to your wedding.
Soft Glam With Earth Tones
We love this sophisticated look for an elegant wedding. Muted earth tones and a deep brown eye are a heavenly match for defined brows. The peachy lip may seem unexpected, but we think it looks incredible with the bride's skin tone.
An Ethereal Glow
This bride is emanating an ethereal glow with barely there coverage. A little mascara and subtle lippy are all that's needed. What the lip lacks in saturation, it certainly makes up in finish with a metallic edge that heightens the luminous theme.
A Monochromatic Taupe Palette
Pair monochromatic taupe tones with an incredible complexion for this winning approach. Check out how those long, bold lashes make this bride's eyes pop.
Taupe Shadow With a Colorful Lip
A vibrant bridal ensemble can be difficult to pair with. Maanasa's taupe eyeshadow and persimmon lip make for a stunning combination with her saffron-colored sari. We do love a uniform look.
Au Naturel With Strong Brows
Consider this bride garden wedding–ready. With rosy lips and a strong brow, this gorgeous cheek flush does all the talking. We especially love the just-bitten berry hue on the lips.
Earthy palettes are stunning for day or night. This look married taupe and cocoa tones with lightly lined eyes and lush lashes for a gorgeous combo. The colors look exquisite with the bride's brow shade and golden locks.
While black eyeliner typically gets all the attention, brown eyeliner is the underdog you may want to consider. Unlike its more dramatic counterpart, brown-toned liners can create a softer look without compromising on depth or definition. But don't take our word for it, we'll let bride Meag's sparkling blue eyes do all the talking.
Play with different finishes like matte, satin, or metallic eyeliners for unique looks.
Green-eyed brides, take note: Jessica's eyes are practically set ablaze with a copper-tipped smoke and thick liner. A matching nude lipstick with copper undertones finishes off the face.
A Luminous Look
Look at that ethereal glow! Bride Lillian's makeup is absolutely luminous as it seemingly melts into her skin and is deftly combined with a restrained eye and satin nude lippy. We take our hats off to her makeup artist for finding (or creating) such a perfectly matched nude lipstick.
Winged Eyeliner With Pink Lips
We can't get enough of this composition. Winged liner, pale pink lipstick, and eye-catching highlight make for the perfect complement to this bride's berry-hued bouquet. This is a stunning look for a day of celebrating in the sunshine.
Champagne Lids and Glossy Lip
Champagne isn't just for toasting with. This bride's metallic champagne eyeshadow is equal parts old-Hollywood glam and modern-day sophistication. With a generous dose of mascara, dewy skin, and glossy lip, the look befits the elegant industrial nuptials.
A Pop of Pink Eyeshadow
This bridal glow is next-level. Nude lips and a natural flush let that gorgeous luminance literally shine. This playfully bright pink eye, however, commands an audience as it hints at the wedding's Monet-inspired theme.
A Contoured Look
A contoured complexion, mauve lip, and glam eye give this bride an alluring appeal. This is a stunning look for an early-afternoon wedding.
A Subtle Cut Crease
That's right we said subtle cut crease. While that may sound like a contradiction for the typically dramatic look, this beaming bride proves that it can translate to romantic bridal looks too. This otherwise neutral eye gets an extra dose of oomph with a pink cut crease and a full set of lashes for a vineyard wedding.
How much does wedding makeup cost?
The cost of wedding makeup varies greatly depending on location, artist experience, and services required. Some makeup artists charge by the hour while others offer all-inclusive packages, which can include pre-wedding skin care and product recommendations. Travel, trial sessions, and additional services (think lashes, face masks) are often extra, so be sure to ask about what's included in any package.
How much should I tip for wedding hair and makeup?
A good rule of thumb is to tip between 15 and 20 percent of the total service fee (not including additional products like lashes or extensions). Some artists include a gratuity fee in the final price, so be sure to check your contract first. If multiple artists contribute to your final look, each should be tipped individually for their services.
How long do wedding hair and makeup take?
For the bride, we recommend allocating 60 to 90 minutes for makeup application and the same amount of time for hair services. This may vary depending on the styles and level of complexity required, so we suggest using your trials for reference as well as speaking with the professionals you've hired.
When should I book my wedding hair and makeup appointments?
Hair and makeup artists tend to book up quickly so we recommend locking down a team as soon as you know the wedding date and venue. Trials should be scheduled one to three months before the big day.