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.
Bronze Makeup With Red Lipstick
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.
Bronze Eyes and a Bold Lip
Sultry bronze eyes meet a scarlet pout for a vixen-like appearance. This is a gorgeous look to pair with a subtle vintage vibe.
A Bright Pink Lip and Defined Eyes
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.
A Natural Look With Simple Makeup
Let your natural beauty shine through with barely there makeup. A bit of concealer, mascara, and a glossy lip can go a long way.
Luscious Long Lashes
We love this elegant style for a daytime garden wedding. This bride sported taupe-hued eyeshadow and finished off the look with fabulous falsies.
Simple Makeup With a Rosy Lip
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.
Bold Eyes With a Rose Lip
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.
Neutral Hues With Bold Eyes
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.
An Ethereal Look With Long Lashes
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.
Natural Makeup With Simple Lashes
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.
Minimal Makeup With Rosy Lips
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.
A Bronzed Glow With a Rosy Lip
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.