5 Fresh Bridal Hair and Makeup Looks

Whether you go bold or boho, the trick to turning heads on your wedding day is simply looking like the best version of yourself.
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Shelley Brown
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Shelley Brown
Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot magazine, as well as styles the magazine’s fashion and cover shoots
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Shelley was a freelance Digital Editor at Conde Nast’s Lucky Magazine and freelanced for FLAUNT Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Backstage.com and Paste.com
boho, glam and romantic bridal makeup
Ari Michelson

There's one essential bridal beauty tip that's easy to overlook: On your wedding day, you want your hair and makeup to reflect you. While the pressure to get the perfect, timeless photo might suggest you should stick to classic beauty norms, we're firm believers giving your personal style a polished boost is the best way to feel confident on your wedding day. Whether your look is edgy, natural or somewhere in between, we had hair and makeup pros create some of the hottest looks to wear down the aisle. Scroll down and get ready to be inspired.

Boho Beauty

bride with braided updo
Ari Michelson

Let your natural beauty shine through with dewy, highlighted skin and just a kiss of color on your lips. Skip a headpiece and top off this "no makeup" makeup look with an effortless crown braid. Top, $198, BCBG Max Azria, Bloomingdales.com

Get the look: Get a dewy texture with sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer. Then, sweep neutral brown eye shadow all over your lids to make your eyes pop. Use your fingers to apply a creamy pink stain to your lips and the apples
of your cheeks for a natural flush.

Shop the products: Sheer Glow foundation, $45, NARSCosmetics.com; Lip2Cheek stain in Demure, $36, RMSBeauty.com

Sweet Romance

bride with romantic bridal makeup
Ari Michelson

Rosy lids, flushed cheeks and rich berry lips are the perfect blend of sultry and sophisticated. Sweep your hair back into a loose chignon for an undone feel. Top, $25, HM.com; earrings, $130, BHLDN.com

Get the Look: Use a matte foundation to smooth out your skin. Next, apply plum shadow to your lids, sweeping extra shadow underneath your eye for a softer look. Use a berry-colored lip pencil plus lipstick to give your bright lips some staying power.

Shop the Products: Velvet matte skin tint, $44, Duo eye shadow in Charade, $35, Audacious lipstick in Vera, $32, Velvet lip liner in Belle Mare, $24, NARSCosmetics.com

Golden Glow

bride with hair piece and glam bridal makeup
Ari Michelson

Gilded lids and voluminous curls make for one glamorous statement. Add a sparkly hair comb to pull this glitzy style together. Dress, $300, Adrianna Papell, Bloomingdales.com; hair comb, $298, AmandaJudgeNY.com; earrings, $80, Tai, BHLDN.com; ring, $3,200, HStern.net

Get the Look: Layer three shades of gold eye shadow: light gold on the inner corners of your eyes, true gold in the middle and brownish gold on the outer corners, and blend thoroughly. Finish with a shimmery lip gloss to complement your metallic eye shadow.

Shop the products: Shimmer eye shadow in Goldfinger, $25, lip gloss in Turkish Delight, $26, NARSCosmetics.com; 5 Pan eye shadow palette in Bronse Amour, $50, Lancome-USA.com

Smoke Show

bride with smokey eyes
Ari Michelson

If you think you can't rock edgy makeup on your wedding day, think again. Play up your best angles with contoured skin, smoky eyes and a sleek half-up hairstyle. Top, $115, CooperandElla.com; earrings, $3,350, GrazielaGems.com

Get the look: For a smoky eye, sweep a light gray shadow across your entire lid. Then, add a dark gray shade to the middle of your eyelid and blend outward. Next, line your top lids with black pencil to give them extra dimension. Lastly, fill in your eyebrows to create a neat frame for your eyes.

Shop the Products: Les 4 Ombres eye shadow in Tissé Smoky, $61, Stylo Yeux waterproof liner in Noir Intense, $33, Chanel.com; Perfect Brow pencil, $23, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

Hollywood Glam

bride with bright red lips
Ari Michelson

Classic doesn't have to mean expected. Give a nod to the timeless beauties of the silver screen with smooth waves, cat eyes and a bright cherry pout. Top, $40, HM.com; earrings, $265, ThomasLaine.com

Get the Look: Apply nude eye shadow and then add false lashes. With liquid liner, draw a line that wings out at the end, keeping it as close to your lash line as possible. Then, apply matte, red lip liner and lipstick. As a final touch, dust bronzer along your cheekbones.

Shop the products: Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates, $27, bronzer in Laguna, $39, NARSCosmetics.com; lip liner and lipstick in Ruby Woo, $17 each, MACCosmetics.com

Hair Stylist: Eloise Cheung

Makeup Artist: Thora

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