If you’re looking for wedding makeup ideas and looks, take inspiration for your big day beauty from these these bridal makeup looks worn by real-life brides.

And remember the number one wedding makeup rule: Bridal makeup is entirely up to the bride. Glam wedding makeup could work well for one bride whereas another bride might suit more natural wedding makeup. Here’s all the wedding makeup ideas and looks you need to inspire your big day…

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Wedding Makeup Ideas and Looks for 2019

Nailing the perfect bridal makeup isn’t easy so we’ve rounded up all the bridal beauty inspiration you need for your wedding day โ€“ as well as wedding makeup ideas and looks that are bound to suit every type of bride.

Natural Wedding Makeup Ideas

Minimalist and natural bridal makeup is much more than a royal wedding trend set in motion by Meghan Markle – it’s simple, it’s classic, and it’s the one thing that works for everyone.
Your wedding day is all about you โ€“ so it only makes sense that you would take a personal approach to your wedding makeup โ€” and sometimes, that means keeping it as natural as possible. Natural wedding makeup can make you can feel confident in looking like yourself – but better – on the big day.
For inspiration on how to perfect natural minimalist bridal makeup, think feathery brows, flushed cheeks, and nude lips…


Glam Wedding Makeup Ideas

Not every bride wants a natural look on her wedding day, and there’s nothing wrong with that. While nude lips are practical for a wedding, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try a classic red โ€“ if bright lipstick is your signature, incorporate it into your wedding day look.

Glamorous wedding makeup can be sexy, metallic, and perfectly dramatic. The trick is to keep to either dramatic eyes or lips with little other visible makeup.

So yes, there’s a way to wear glitter that feels not only glam but also bridal. With the rest of your makeup kept wedding-classic (full coverage foundation, pinky nude lipstick, pop of blush, defined brows), your eyes can become the playground for experimentation.

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Bridal Smoky-eye Makeup Ideas

When it comes to wedding day make-up, we’re big advocates of the ‘less is more’ technique. But getting married is a pretty big deal andย no look says sultry and seductive like the glamorous smoky eye.

Smokey eyes are timeless โ€“ this type of makeup suits any face and always looks great, so it’s not surprising that a lot more brides are choosing smoky-eyes for their big day.

You can also still achieve romantic smoky eye makeup without it looking too heavy or dark for your special day โ€“ think metallic bronze and silvers.

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Classic Bridal Makeup Ideas

A timeless, elegant bridal look will never go out of style. Every bride-to-be wants to feel beautiful on their big day and classic bridal makeup like a nude lipstick or gloss and rosy blush are wedding makeup signatures.


Matte Wedding Makeup Looks

If you’re not a glitter queen, don’t feel like you need to be just because it’s your wedding day (you still have to look and feel like you!). A full-matte look can be just as glam and extravagant as its shimmery counterpart.

Bronzer and a nude lipstick complete the neutral, sexy matte wedding look.

Keep blotting papers in your clutch or, realistically, your maid of honour’s bag to prevent shine during photos.

Glowy Wedding Makeup Looks

Not only do copper and gold feel expensive and festive if you’re having a winter wedding, but they also give skin a really healthy, glowy look when dusted over your cheekbones.

Try a glittery gilded eye, a metallic lip, or a gilded highlight in powder formulas, versus cream or oil, so your look will last all night.

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Jennifer Read-Dominguez is the Digital Editor of Wedding Ideas magazine, heading up the website and covering all things lifestyle and beauty โ€“ from the best hen weekend destinations and luxury honeymoon hotspots, to the perfect hair extensions for your wedding day. When not on her soapbox about her home renovations and commuting troubles, she's known around the office for her love of Millwall FC and MasterChef. Despite telling the world she was about to get engaged underneath a spectacular show of the Northern Lights in Finland last year, Jennifer is still waiting for her boyfriend Ashton to propose...