How Real-Life Brides Personalized Their Wedding Makeup

Want to make sure your makeup feels unique and, well, like you? Get inspired by these nine brides who each rocked a distinctive look.
by Aja Frost
Indian bride wearing red with gold jewelry and gold eyeshadow
photo by Nadia D. Photography

You've put a lot of effort into planning a wedding that showcases your one-of-a-kind style and taste. So why not choose makeup that's equally distinct? Below, check out our favorite beauty looks from real brides who did just that.


  1. Pretty and Edgy

    A bride with winged eyeliner getting kissed by her groom
    photo by Mariel Hannah Photo

    Pale pink lipstick meets black winged eyeliner for a look that's both dramatic and sweet.

    From the album A Boho Garden Chic Wedding at Cactus and Tropicals in Draper, Utah

  2. Boho Natural

    A bride with gold and green eyeshadow wearing a flower crown
    photo by Nicole Haley Photography

    To match her crown of greenery and loose waves, this bride went with a wash of shimmery green-gold eye shadow. Finishing with nude lipstick complements her au naturel vibe.

    From the album A Laid-Back, Bohemian Wedding at Misty Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan

  3. Bright Idea

    A bride with bright pink lips laughing
    photo by Jill Devries Photography

    Use your makeup to play up your favorite facial feature, like this bride did. A hot pink lipstick puts all eyes on her pout.

    From the album A Chic Fall Wedding at Windmill Island in Holland, Michigan

  4. Gilded Glamour

    Indian bride wearing red with gold jewelry and gold eyeshadow
    photo by Nadia D. Photography

    This bride clearly knows an ornate dress and accessories call for equally stunning makeup. Glittering metallic shadow, black liner along the water line and lashes for days make her eyes seriously pop.

    From the album A Punto De Vista Wedding in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

  5. Bold Bombshell

    A bride with cherry red lips smiling while her veil blows away from her face
    photo by Endless Wave Studios

    Look no further for proof you can do a dramatic lip and eye. The secret? Keep your eye makeup neutral. Sticking to this rule ensures her retro cherry-red lipstick complements the amped-up liner rather than clashes.

    From the album A New Year's Eve Wedding at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey

  6. Lit From Within

    A bride with glowing skin and smoky eyes wearing chandelier earrings looking down
    photo by Vicki Grafton photography

    Strobing (the latest highlighting technique) makes her face glow—and shows off her amazing cheekbones. A lightened-up version of a smoky eye and shimmery peach lip gloss finish off this elegant look.

    From the album A Bright Summer Wedding in Fort Belvoir, VA

  7. Polished and Romantic

    A bride who looks like Kate Middleton looking at the camera
    photo by Melani Lust Photography

    Is it just us or is this bride channeling Kate Middleton? Whatever the inspiration, her bold brows, barely there pink lip and understated eye shadow elevate this newlywed to princess status.

    From the album A Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Connecticut

  8. Orange Appeal

    A bride getting orange eyeshadow applied
    photo by Inspired Photography by Susie & Becky

    A super-memorable day calls for super-memorable makeup. This bride went for it with bright orange shadow for a look that undoubtedly wowed her future spouse (and her guests!).

    From the album A Prince George's Ballroom Wedding in Landover, Maryland

  9. Golden Touch

    A bride's hands with gold tips holding a white floral bouquet
    photo by Jillian Michelle Photography

    For a subtle and unexpected take on the traditional French manicure, offset gold stripes with one glittery nail. It's a look guaranteed to draw eyes to your fingers—and, of course, your ring.

    From the album A Bright, Bayside Wedding at the Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia

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