Bridal Beauty Eye Dos

When it comes to wedding day eye makeup, there's no room for error. Focus on the facts with our list of dos and don'ts.
The Knot
Updated Dec 14, 2020

Big, sparkling eyes always get attention. Want to get yours picture perfect on your wedding day? Follow our list of eye dos and don'ts:


  • Think seriously about hiring a makeup artist; everyday makeup is different from your wedding day needs.
  • Take time to try a few different makeup artists and choose one who understands your personal tastes.
  • Use eye drops if your eyes look red or tired on the day of (but stick with a brand you've used before to avoid unwelcome surprises).
  • Get as much sleep as possible the night before the big day.
  • Apply concealer to banish dark circles under your eyes.
  • Use matte eye shadows (they won't reflect light or look too shiny).
  • Use an off-white matte shadow along your brow bone if you have light skin, or peach if you have dark skin, to illuminate your eyes even more.
  • Blend well, especially at the corners of your eyes, since cameras pick up visible makeup lines.
  • Define your brows with a pencil or powder that matches your hair color.
  • Wear at least two layers of mascara.
  • Use an eyelash curler before and after applying your first coat of mascara.
  • Prevent makeup meltdowns by using a smudge-proof or waterproof mascara. (If you really don't like its look or feel, use one coat of regular mascara overlaid with a light coat of waterproof mascara.)
  • Buy a new mascara for your wedding day, but test it a few days before the wedding if it's a new brand.
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