Makeup Lessons

Whether you’re hiring a pro or getting glam on your own, we’ve made it easy to steal the prettiest looks from this season’s runways.
by The Knot


This earthy look is ideal for outdoor events, whether you get married on a farm or in a garden. It's also the best way to go if you don't usually wear makeup.

Tell Your Makeup Artist

"I want a completely natural look: nude lips, soft, porcelain skin and just a little bit of brightening eye makeup."

DIY Details


Make a tiny "C"around the inner corners with a gold highlighter pen and then blend with your fingers. Apply an ultra-thin line of brown liner to the top lash line and line the lower inner lash line with a nude pencil. Lastly, add two coats of lengthening mascara, like Too Faced Lash Injection ($19.50,


Less is more. A swipe of sheer peach or clear gloss should do the trick. If your lips are redder or pinker than the average gal's, try a frosty nude color for that angelic appeal.


Use either an oil-free moisturizer, like LORAC ProtecTINT ($30,, or translucent powder. Lightly dust peach-colored blush on the apples of your cheeks using an outward motion toward your hairline.

Bronzed Beauty

No matter your skin color, you can pull off a perfect, sun-kissed complexion, even before you go on your tropical honeymoon!

Tell Your Makeup Artist

"I'd like allover glow: healthy, flushed cheeks, simple eye makeup and berry-stained lips."

DIY Details


Brush on a medium-brown shadow, like Prestige Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Coffee Bean ($4,, from your lash line to the crease, and a light brown right under your brows. Line your upper lash line with a dark brown pencil, and smudge with your finger or a cotton swab. Apply mascara to the upper lashes only.


Dab a berry stain, like The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen ($14,, and let set for about 10 seconds. Apply a matching or clear liner, like Benefit Cupid's Bow Lip Shaper ($28,, and a sheer gloss.


Apply tinted moisturizer. Once dry, dab cheek stain, like Tarte Cheek Stain in Sunkissed ($28,, on your cheeks and blend. Dust bronzer on your nose, above your brows and on your cheeks.

Pretty ın Pink

Halfway between made-up and natural, a subtle, rosy-pink flush flatters almost any bride in any kind of environment.

Tell Your Makeup Artist

"I'd like a fresh face with a pink glow with extra emphasis on the cheeks and lips."

DIY Details


Keep your look understated by dusting a nude shadow on your lids from the lash line to the crease and applying two coats of mascara. Next, use a dab of highlighter, such as Benefit High Beam ($24,, to the inner corners of your eyes.


Try going with a pink stain, like Lip Envy in Envious ($17,, instead of traditional lipstick for color that won't rub off. Let the stain set for about 10 seconds and then complete the look with a clear, neutral gloss.


Use a tinted moisturizer that matches your skin tone. Choose a pink blush with cool undertones, like Pressed Mineral Blush in Cherry Opal ($15, Apply to the apples of your cheeks with a big powder brush for a fresh, rosy glow.

Old Hollywood Glamour

Channel a classic starlet (think Greta Garbo) with a perfectly polished face that's ready for a close-up.

Tell Your Makeup Artist

"I want a matte complexion along with strong, red lips and sultry, defined eyes."

DIY Details


Apply brown liquid liner on your lash lines and then switch to a pencil for the lower inner lash line. Blend a golden-brown shadow, like Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Baroque ($22,, from the lash base to the crease, and use off-white shadow right under your brow for even more definition. Finish with two coats of volumizing mascara.


Test different shades of red at a makeup counter until you find the right one for you. A long-wearing formula, like Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour ($34,, is your best bet.


Oil-free foundation nixes shine. We just love Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup ($40, Then use a light, neutral blush to keep the focus on your lips.

Modern Drama

Whether your wedding is on a rooftop or in a loft, play up your eyes with a sexy look fit for a Saturday night on the town.

Tell Your Makeup Artist

"I'd like to focus on my eyes—dark and smoky, using brown and purple tones—and nude lips."

DIY Details


Start with light gold shadow in your eyes' inner corners; then graduate to a deeper golden hue in the middle. Use plum or bronze shadow at the outer corner and under the lash line as well. Apply three coats (yes, three!) of black, thickening mascara, like Rimmel Volume Flash Instant Thickening Mascara ($8,, to give your eyes maximum definition.


Line with a nude pencil and fill in with a pale mauve lipstick or sheer gloss. Keep it simple so your eyes get all the attention.


Get sheer coverage with a lightweight foundation, like Maybelline Pure Makeup ($5, Keep your blush minimal.

The Top 10 Polishes

Pale pinks, peaches and nudes never go out of style—here are our favorites


Essie Nail Polish in Blushing Bride,$9,

Essie Nail Polish in True Love, $9,

Lippmann Collection Nail Color in Prelude to a Kiss, $15,

L'Oréal Professional Manicure Nail Polish in How Romantic, $5,

Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in A True Romantic, $9,

N.Y.C. New York Color Long Wearing Nail Polish in Pink Promenade Creme, $1,


Milani French Manicure Nail Lacquer in Peach Cream, $6.50,

NARS Nail Polish in Bohemia, $16,


Borghese Nail Lacquer in Milano Taupe, $8,

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sheer Fun, $6, for stores

The Best Makeup Removers

These work wonders for mid-party touch-ups and after-party cleanups.

Sephora Brand Makeup Eraser Pen

Sort of like Tide to Go for your face, this pen cleans up eye and lip smudges without at all affecting the rest of your makeup.


Bare Escentuals On-The-Spot Eye Makeup Remover

These swabs are filled with just enough remover so you can clean small areas without wasting—and without any mess.


Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes

Kind to the most sensitive skin, these all-natural wipes can be used during the reception or at the end of the night.


Benefit Gee…That Was Quick! Makeup Remover

This oil-free formula is strong enough to remove all traces of foundation, but it leaves your face feeling fresh, not greasy. Pour some onto a cotton pad and then swipe the pad across your face.


Chamomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Stubborn shadows, liners and mascaras don't stand a chance against this powerful-on-them—yet gentle-on-you—formula.


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