15 Beautiful Wedding Makeup Looks That Will Make You Glow

Looking for inspiration on the best bridal makeup ideas that will enhance your look? Look through our stunning ideas for the makeup option that suits you best.
by Andrea Fowler

Wedding makeup can be tricky—after so many years of being your own makeup artist, you know what you like and what works best. But for your wedding day you might want to try on a new look that complements your bridal style, and if that's the case, where do you even start? 

There are a few ways you can jump start a bridal beauty routine, but one of the best ways to figure out what you like (and what you don't like) for your day-of look is to gather inspiration in the form of photos to show your beauty pro. You might also want to ask for your stylist’s recommendations too. They're a pro for a reason! 

After you’ve decided on a preferred wedding makeup look, we recommend that you do a trial run (or two) to make sure you’re going to be happy with the final results. After all, weddings can be stressful enough without any major makeup disasters on the day of. You can even ask your bridesmaids to join you for a makeover and go out afterwards to show off your new looks.

Here are 15 of our favorite bridal makeup looks to help get you inspired.

  1. 1. Natural Smokey Eye With a Red Lip

    Glam wedding makeup look for brown hair and fair skin
    Jordan Brian Photography

    From: An Art-Deco-Inspired Winter Wedding at the Stone Terrace by John Henry's in Hamilton, New Jersey

    When it comes to finding the right wedding makeup look, you might want to check out one of our all-time favorites –– sultry eyes and rich red lips. This classic approach is both elegant and stunning.

  2. 2. Romantic Makeup Look With Blush

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Mari Harsan Studios

    From: A Romantic Lavender Wedding at Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland

    Don’t be shy about playing up your cheekbones with a splash of color.

  3. 3. Pop of Lip Color to Highlight Your Eyes

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Tony Gambino Photography

    From: A Traditional Mormon Wedding at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Some appealing wedding makeup ideas really accentuate the eyes. Finding the right lip color can help make them pop.

  4. 4. Sweeping Cat Eyeliner

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Elle Danielle Photography

    From: A Modern Wedding at BridgeStreet Gallery and Loft in Birmingham, Alabama

    Ah, cat eyes. Who doesn’t love this trendy bridal makeup look?

  5. 5. Pulled-Back Updo With a Bright Red Lip

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    J. Woodbery Photography

    Nothing says love like red. Traditional bright red lips are among the most popular wedding makeup looks that can be further highlighted with a classic up-do. 

  6. 6. Subtle Brown Eyeshadow

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Julie Lim Photography

    From: A Romantic Wedding at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland

    If brightly colored wedding makeup isn’t your thing, try going all natural with brown-toned eye make-up.

  7. 7. Soft Beauty Look for Brown Hair and Blue Eyes

    Best makeup for dark hair and blue eyes
    onelove photography

    From: An Intimate, Rustic-Chic Wedding at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California

    This romantic wedding makeup look uses peach tones with heavy eyeliner to emphasize lighter eye colors.

  8. 8. Nude Lip and Natural Makeup Look

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Leigh Skaggs Photography

    From: An Ivory, Gold and Neutral Wedding at Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia

    Heavy bridal makeup looks aren’t for everyone. If you want to feel like your usual carefree self on your wedding day, check out this simple, clean approach.

  9. 9. Glamorous Eye Makeup

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Rae Marshall Weddings

    From: A Modern Casino-Themed Wedding at the Market Street Emporium in Nashville, Tennessee

    Some brides absolutely love the sparkle of taking center stage. Enjoy your limelight with this gorgeous bridal makeup idea.

  10. 10. Natural Winter Bridal Look With a Flower Crown

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Mon Petit Studio

    From: A Winter Mountain Wedding at a Private Residence in Amherst, New Hampshire

    Pair your favorite wedding makeup ideas with a creative hair floral arrangement for a stunning result.

  11. 11. Metallic Eyeshadow and Pink Lip Color

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Ashley Lester Photography

    From: A Vintage, Art Deco-Themed Wedding at NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia

    Here’s a fun wedding makeup idea for you –– glitz on the eyes along with bright, kissable lips.

  12. 12. Glamorous Waves With a Pop of Red Lip Color

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Anna Reynal Photography

    From: A Vintage Garden Wedding at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland

    Let your wavy locks go free and add bright red lips to create a signature wedding makeup statement. 

  13. 13. Exotic Destination Wedding Beauty Look

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Vanessa Vargas Photography

    From: A Casual Destination Wedding at The Lone Palm in Isabela, Puerto Rico

    If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, consider this tropical take on wedding makeup, jewelry, and hair.

  14. 14. Wedding Makeup to Accentuate the Eyes

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Leah Barry Photography

    From: A Vintage-Inspired Classic Wedding at Ivy Hills Country Club in Newtown, Ohio

    If you’ve ever been told you have nice eyes, you’ll want to make sure that they’re noticed on your wedding day. Here’s a look to keep your wedding makeup simple and ultimately highlight your best feature.

  15. 15. Classic Makeup Look With Subtle Lip Color

    Romantic wedding makeup for brunettes
    Jessica Frey Photography

    From: A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at Pear Valley Winery in Paso Robles, California

    If you love classic wedding makeup looks, consider heavy eyes and subtly colored lips.

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