A lot of brides + bridesmaids are aiming for the no makeup-makeup look for their weddings, but on your big day, you may want to take a break from being a natural beauty. That means turning up the glam in a major way, whether you’re the new Mrs. or one of the bridal party babes. But just because you really want to tap into a wedding day “look” doesn’t mean you need a crew of stylists swarming your space. With just a little makeup know-how and a stacked kit, you can DIY the dramatic bridal looks yourself. Scroll through to learn the step-by-step on how to ace these bold looks that will wow on you and your girls.
Leave the satin-y sheen to your formal dresses with this matte all-over look that stuns with a natural lip shade and bronze smokey eye.
1. Apply your favorite foundation with a foundation brush, I used Chanel Vitalumiêre in 30 Cendre ($55).
2. Next, put your concealer on per usual under your eyes and blend in with a concealer brush. Also apply to the bridge of your nose, and the center of your chin, upper lip, and forehead as a highlighter — YSL Touche Éclat in No 2 ($41) is one of my favorites.
3. Set your makeup with a translucent powder to help everything stay in place, Japonesque Velvet Touch Finishing Powder ($26) is my go-to.
4. For bronzer, I am using one of my favorite drugstore finds, Wet n Wild Ticket To Brazil ($7).
5. Apply a matte mauve colored blush like Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Mauve ($46) to the apples of your cheeks going back towards your temples. This color and finish allows you to look slightly more dramatic, but always be sure to blend!
6. Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply a light taupe eye shadow like Naked by Urban Decay ($54 for the “Naked” palette) into the crease of your eyes and extend the shadow slightly outside the corners of your eyes.
7. Using the same fluffy brush, apply a deep brown shadow like Buck by Urban Decay ($54 for the same palette) into the crease of your eyes and sweep it into the inner corners of your eyes.
8. Now switch to a smaller fluffy brush and apply the same color to your lower lash line to create a subtle smokey effect.
9. With a flat eyeshadow brush, apply a rose gold shadow like Antiqued by MAC ($17) to the center of your eyelid for that mavue-y pop of color.
10. Also apply the same shade onto the inner corners of your eyes.
11. Highlight your brow bone with a flat cream shadow like Vanilla by MAC ($17).
12. Line the inside lower waterline with a white eyeliner. I used MAC Pro Chromagraphic in Pure White ($30).
13. Add black eyeliner to your upper lash line. I love Palladio Retractable Eye Pencil in Pure Black ($8).
14. Now add a couple coats of your favorite mascara.
15. For lips, I used a mauve lipgloss, like Mineral Fusion Lip Gloss in Dare You ($12).
The rose gold accents add just enough glam to this not-so-basic fresh-faced look. Really, it’s next-level natural bridal makeup.
Don’t choose between a bold lip and dramatic eyes on your big day. With this DIY-able look, you can have ’em both.
1. Apply your foundation with a foundation brush, I used Chanel Vitalumiêre in 30 Cendre ($55).
2. Now apply your concealer under your eyes with a concealer brush — be sure to blend in that YSL Touche Éclat in No 2 ($41).
3. Bronze it up with Wet n Wild Ticket To Brazil ($8) using a bronzer brush.
4. Set your makeup with a translucent powder like Japonesque Velvet Touch Finishing Powder ($26).
5. On your brow bone, apply a flat cream shadow like Vanilla by MAC ($17) for a matte highlight.
6. Contour the creases of your eyes with light taupe Naked by Urban Decay ($54 for the “Naked” palette).
7. Then sweep on a black shadow like Creep by Urban Decay ($54 for the palette) across your lids using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Be sure to blend into the creases.
8. Line your lower lash line with Palladio Retractable Eye Pencil in Pure Black ($8).
9. Using a flat eyeliner brush, add more black shadow over your eyeliner and gently smudge the liner down a little for a softer look.
10. Go big with mascara and apply a couple coats.
11. Pump up your brows with a shadow that is slightly darker than your natural color, I used Buck by Urban Decay ($54 for palette) for this effect.
12. On my lips I used a deep berry lipstick, MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Hang-Up is a home run ($21).
Move over, blushing bride! This bold black eye and vampy lip combo are ceremony-ready.
Cue the cat eye — but that’s not all there is to this chic throwback look. Shimmery eyeshadow adds a romantic touch to your flirty flick that’s perfect for exchanging “I dos.”
1. Apply your go-to foundation with a foundation brush, mine is Chanel Vitalumiêre in 30 Cendre ($55).
2. Brush on your concealer, like YSL Touche Éclat in No 2 ($41), in the T zone as well as under your eyes for a highlighting effect.
3. Set your makeup with a finishing powder like Japonesque Velvet Touch ($26).
4. Skip the bronzer for this look and jump right into blush! You’ll want a soft pink color, I am using Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Pink Frosting ($10).
5. Use your finger to apply an eyeshadow primer, like Put A Lid on It ($12) to make sure that your shadow will have extra dimension.
6. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, apply a shimmery mauve shadow like Mineralize Blush by MAC in New Romance ($20).
8. Finish the look with a rosy pink lipgloss like Buxom Lip Gloss in Dani ($33).
Can this cat eye count as a way to wear “something old” in a totally modern way? When the brides make the rules, the answer is YES!
Which dramatic bridal makeup look would you wear for your big day? What “look” do you want to go for on your big day? Tell us in the comments below.