It's all about fresh, fun, flirty beauty for 2018, which makes this year's makeup crazes perfect for the bride-to-be who wants to change up her look. Unlike last year's beauty trends—which included dark, heavy eyeliner, lots of contour, and matte lips—2018 is poised to be the year that's all about natural beauty with a healthy dose of color. Whether you want to try them for a pre-wedding party or on the big day itself, these contemporary beauty looks as perfect for the woman in white. To make your look modern without going crazy, we suggest trying just one or two trends—after all, you still want to look like yourself!
Bold, Colorful Eyeliner
Eyeliner hasn't been this big since the '80s. While last year was all about heavy, dark eyeliner, this year will be marked by a resurgence of color. That's right: Colored liners are back in a big way, and they can be a fun way for a bride to add a pop of color to her look. Want to amp up your cat eye with a cool hue? Try Urban Decay's "24/7" Glide-On Eye Pencil—it's available in 35 different shades.
While this trend is not a green-light to cancel your makeup artist, the concept of applying products in a minimal way will continue to be big in 2018. This look is best achieved by using sheer, dewy foundations and concealers with little to no powder. Cheek and lip colors should be creamy as well, and lips should have just a hint of color. Add liquid highlighter, such as Benefit's "Watt's Up" cream highlighter, to the cheekbones and highest points of the face to the complete the look. A light, barely-there beauty look has been a favorite of brides for generations, and now it's on trend.
Eyeshadow is taking a demure turn into the world of pink and clay, and we think there's no better color family for a bride to sweep across her lids. Why? The color works just as well for someone who's after a muted look as it does for the bride who wants to be bold. If you favor the former, look for something sheer with just a hint of pink color; brides after the latter can choose a more saturated hue that's closer to clay. If you're not sure which color to begin, try our tried-and-true favorite, which complements every skin tone and eye color: Too Faced's "Chocolate Bon Bons" eyeshadow palette. There are four gorgeous pinks in this palette that are pretty on their own or can be coupled with warm chocolates in the crease or smudged lightly at the lash line.
After years of dry super-matte lips, gloss is finally back. This is great news for brides, as soft, sparkling lips scream romance and love. One gloss that almost every bride and bridesmaid falls in love with is the Laura Mercier's Lip Glacé in "Rose Gold." This shimmering sheer pink can stand on its own, but also adds just the right hint of shine to any other lipstick you love.