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 Lids 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 around them.
Bronze Eyes and a Bold Lippy
Sultry bronze eyes meet a scarlet pout for a vixen-like appearance. This is a gorgeous combo for a subtle vintage vibe.
Despite the matte complexion, Josiane's skin is still all aglow with a captivating gold radiance. A subtle gold eye and strong brow let her natural sparkle shine through—quite literally.
A Bright Pink Lip
Who says you can't incorporate a bright pop of pink? We love the way this bride blends defined eyes with a bright pink pout.
Simple Makeup With a Rosy Lip
This natural wedding composition features a rosy lip and a touch of shimmer on the lids. Combined with subtly shaded brows and just a touch of mascara the finished face is fabulously flawless.
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 fit fabulously with a cool nude lip.
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.
An Ethereal 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.
A Sleek Eye and Bold Lip
A minimalist style need not always be accompanied by a no-makeup look. Skye coordinated her slinky slip dress with a dewy skin finish, sharp eyeliner, and a bold pout for a sense of heightened drama. We're getting major Bond-girl vibes.
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.
Minimal Makeup With Rosy Lips
Rosy cheeks have this beauty looking every bit the blushing bride for her romantic ceremony. Take note of how the eye composition was kept minimal, letting her dewy skin take center stage.
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.
Taupe Shadow With a Colorful Lip
A vibrant bridal ensemble can be difficult to pair with the right cosmetics approach. Maanasa's taupe eyeshadow and persimmon lip make for a stunning combination with her saffron-colored sari without overpowering the overall aesthetic.
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.