17 Ways to Wear Dramatic Eye Makeup for Your Wedding

Go bold with a swipe of metallic shadow, a thick liquid liner or a dark smoky eye.
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by Andrea Fowler
andrea fowler the knot wedding planning expert
Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Andrea Fowler is an Editorial Content Manager at Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Andrea is a New York-based content strategist and creative producer.
  • Andrea worked as an Assistant Editor for The Knot from 2015 to 2017.

In the world of bridal beauty, dramatic doesn't have to mean intense contouring or psychedelic shades of eye shadow. Think of it as the space between "I'm ready for the close-up" and va-va-voom. If you're feeling bold, rock metallic eye shadow with a smoky twist, a super-extended winged liner or supplement your natural lashes with lush extensions.

Here are our favorite 17 ways to wear dramatic makeup beautifully while still looking like yourself on your wedding day.

Sultry Smoky Eye

Bold bridal eye makeup
ABM Wedding

From: An Elegant Italian Wedding at Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul, California

Bold Lips

Bold wedding day makeup
Timefrozen Photography

From: A Fun, Artsy Wedding at Dirt Salon in Hartford, Connecticut

Glam Eye Shadow

Glamorous wedding makeup
Jazzymae Photography

From: A Dual Civil and Nigerian Wedding at Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey

Plum Hues

Bold contrasting eye makeup
Nicole Marie Photography LLC

From: A DIY Barn Wedding at the Dairy at Eisner in Howell, Michigan

Dark Brown Smoky Eye

Dark brown smokey eye wedding makeup
Justine Montigny

From: An Elegant, Rustic Wedding at Snow Avenue Greenhouse in Lowell, Michigan

Bold Eyeliner

Bold and glamorous wedding eye makeup
Matt Kennedy Photography

From: A Traditional Sikh Destination Wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Natural Smoky Eye

Dark brown smoky eye wedding makeup
Two Pair Photography

From: A Rustic Hill Country Wedding at Bella Springs Events in Boerne, Texas

Highlighted Brow

Bold wedding makeup with brow bone highlighting
Nicole Chan Photography

From: An Ultra-Bright Traditional Indian Wedding at Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey

Touch of Gold

Bold wedding makeup with metallic gold eye shadow
Fotograf Emelie Petré

From: A Traditional Spring Wedding at Vadstena Castle in Vadstena, Sweden

Purple-Hued Liner

Purple-hued smokey eye wedding makeup
Tremaine Photography

From: A DIY Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Hotel Atotonilco El Viejo in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Colorful Shadow

Playful wedding makeup with bright colors
Muschlitz Photography

From: A Whimsical Modern Wedding at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio

Lush Lashes

Glamorous wedding day bridal makeup
Nargis Cross Photography

From: A Glamorous Red Wedding at Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street Hotel in London, England

Eye-Color Intensifying Liner

Wedding eye makeup for green eyes
Steve Stanton Photography

From: A Refined Rustic Wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur, Colorado

Bold Winged Eye Shadow

bold makeup for bride wearing dark dress
Kim Fox Photography

From: An Alternative Halloween Wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California

Metallic Smoky Eye

Metalic smokey eye wedding makeup
Blair Nicole Photography

From: A Natural, Rustic Winter Wedding at Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada

Winged Liner

Bold wedding makeup with a dark red lip color and winged liner
Wilhemina Weddings

From: A Glamorous, Rustic Wedding at Casa Marina in Key West, Florida

Dark Smoky Eye

Dark smoky eye wedding makeup
Jessica Q Photography

From: A Lush, Outdoor Wedding at Venue at the Grove in Phoenix, Arizona


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