Find the most flattering lip, eye, and cheek color pairings for your wedding day look. From classic to unexpected, these pretty combos are aisle-appropriate and makeup artist-approved. Just prep skin with foundation and concealer as needed, follow our easy how tos, and finish with two coats of waterproof mascara. So easy!
This glamorous pairing was made for black-tie weddings. Start by brushing bone-colored shadow over your lids, then apply blush that’s a shade or two darker than your skin tone, says Daniel Martin, a makeup artist in New York City. Smooth on lip balm, then fill in lips with a crimson lip liner (this will help the color last). Complete the look with cherry-red lipstick.
A shimmery gray shadow creates the ideal smoky eye -- soft yet still dramatic. Cover your lid with a pale slate color, then apply a darker one to the eye crease and along your upper lashline as a liner. The finishing touch? “A tangerine blush and nude lipstick are the perfect complement to this sultry look,” says Linda Hay, a makeup artist in New York City.
“It’s fresh, modern, and not too fussy -- perfect for a garden wedding,” says Martin, who likes to dab lip stain on with his fingers for a just-kissed look. Apply blush to your lips and the apples of your cheeks, then add shimmery beige eye shadow -- or dot eyeliner between your lashes for soft definition.
For a chic, unexpected twist on the classic cat eye, use indigo liner. Starting at the inner corner of your eye, trace along your lash line, then flick up the liner when you reach the outer corner. Just don’t make the tail too long. “Short and subtle is more,” says Martin. Pale pink lipstick and dusty rose blush complete the look.
Sweet and simple, this combo creates the ultimate fresh face. Apply shadow from the crease of your lid to the lashline, and keep your bottom lashes bare. “This will make your eyes appear more open and bright,” says Hay. Then apply bronzer along your cheekbones, and brush lips with gloss.
Dab on balm, then, for color that lasts, use a lip brush and short strokes to fill your lips in with lipstick. Blot and repeat. Keep the rest of your makeup clean and neutral. “Use almost nothing on the eyes -- just ivory shadow on your lids,” says Hay. For a dewy glow, blend cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks.
“Pink and purple tones give skin a delicate, romantic flush,” says Kevin James Bennett, a makeup artist in New York City. Apply a shimmery lilac shadow to the entire lid, then line the upper lashline in an eggplant shade. Dab cheeks and lips with a pink stain -- it provides lasting color -- then top lips with matching gloss.
Try: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Bouquet; Becca Beach Tint in Fig; Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lip Gloss in Pink Perfection.
This duo reads warm, beachy, and beautiful. Dust shadow over your entire lid, then smudge a deeper chocolate color along your upper lashline. Blend cream bronzer along your cheeks, hairline, and temples with a sponge, then swirl bright pink blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Finish with a coat of apricot gloss.
Try: Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Nudes Eyeshadow Palette; NARS The Multiple in Laguna; Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Ann-Margret.
Bennett likes to pair a thick band of liner with a soft cheek for an ultra-glamorous look that’s as classic as it gets. Brush on taupe shadow, then use a liner brush to drag gel eyeliner from the inner to the outer corner of your lashline, gradually widening the line as you go. Dust matte bronzer under your cheekbones, and top lips with neutral pink lipstick.
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