I don’t care how I’m gonna look- said no bride ever! We all want that Kim K glow on our wedding day, while some like it subtle and dewy and some want to go bold and want to have a bit of dramatic look with those smokey eyes. Perfection is the key in both cases! Be it simple bridal makeup or heavy wedding look, the goal is to look flawless.

We have got some bridal makeup looks defined for all those not so coy brides, go simple or go bold the choice is yours!


  1. Natural look
  2. No makeup look
  3. Dusky Beauty
  4. Simply Glowing
  5. Accent with bold colors
  6. Just Wing it


Natural look

The natural look is all about just being you always. The key to the natural look is to have a light hand. Apply a sheer foundation or a pigmented moisturizer, conceal any blemishes, and set with a light layer of translucent powder.
Create a natural flush on the cheeks by using a gel blush and gently blending on the apples of the cheeks. You can apply a light neutral eyeshadow to define your eyelid crease and curl your lashes, but forget about eyeliner and only use a bit of mascara.

Finish with a “your lips but better” shade of moisturizing lip color.


Natural look

“No makeup” look

For low-key brides, achieving an effortless “I just woke up like this” look is a dream come true. The overall goal is to look like the best version of yourself, which provides a timelessness you’ll appreciate when you look back at your wedding photos years later, according to celebrity makeup artist Melissa Hibbert. To create this look, an even canvas is key with subtle enhancements—meaning soft blush and earth-toned smokey eye. Highlighting and contouring with products that are only a few shades different from your actual skin tone will add a pop to your features, while dark eyeliner and mascara define your eyes. Since this makeup look is so simple, you can incorporate some show-stealing false eyelashes along with a pink-to-brown nude lipstick for extra glam.


“No Makeup” Look

Dusky Beauty

This makeup look is beautiful bridal look for darker skin. It will accentuate your best features, as well as let your natural beauty shine. This bridal makeup is all about highlighting and contouring.

First, take some time to figure out where the light naturally falls on your cheekbones, nose, and forehead, then apply a highlighter to those areas that are slightly lighter than your natural skin tone.

Once you’ve added and blended the lighter shade, add a darker shade for contouring, and blend it in.

Instead of going heavy on the eyeshadow, use a light touch and the softest shades on the base of the eyes before going onto your liner.

Finally, add a bit of blush to your cheekbones and gloss to your lips. A light mauve or plum lip gloss can be very appealing for this look.

Simply Glowing

When it comes to a sophisticated but simple look, you’ll want to accent the positive and create glowing skin. For this look, you’ll be focusing on your face, but still accenting your eyes and lips.After applying your foundation and concealer, you’ll want to highlight to bring out your best features.

Then add some blush. Gel and liquid blushes are best because they will give the impression of a healthy glowing complexion.

Finish the look with neutral eyeshadows in shades of brown or nude to highlight your eyes. Lightly apply dark brown or black eyeliner

Add a lengthening mascara to curled lashes, or add false lashes for more flair.

Using a lip brush, apply a light lip color to the middle portion of the lips. Finish by adding a warmer, slightly darker color around the edges.


Simply Glowing Look

Accent with bold colors

Deeper colors like plum, burgundy, chocolate and scarlet give that extra spark to melanin-rich skin tones. These buzzing hues work well when used as an eye shadow, blush or lipstick. Your skin’s undertone, along with your hair and eye color, will clue you in to how far you can go. What’s most important, however, is that you feel confident and beautiful with a bolder makeup look. To enhance your lovely face further, make sure to contour and highlight with golden and bronze tones.

Another option to consider for the African American bride who wants to stand out is a shimmery cut crease with strong eyeliner, which often complements darker skin and simpler bridal gowns.


Accent with bold colors


Just Wing it

Do you want to stand out by looking sultry, exotic, delicate and simple, or fantastical on your wedding day? Winged eyeliner can be tweaked to fit all of these looks and more.

Apply your eyeshadow, then take a cream or gel liner and a brush and draw a thin line at the center of the lid. Follow the natural shape of your lower lash and extend that line upward.

Connect the line you drew at the center of your lid and to the end of the lower line.

Then line the entire lid and fill in the space between the two lines at the end of your eye.

Thicken, perfect, and extend the wing if necessary. Line the waterline, if desired, for even more drama apply mascara and false eyelashes.

These were our top 5 Bridal makeup looks that you can try out on your wedding, if you don’t wanna hit the salon you can also learn any of these makeup looks at home and get ready all by yourself this wedding season. Apart from the makeup looks we have an important tip for you to remember and that is to prioritize your hair as it’s easy to get carried away with what your face and body will look like when you walk down the aisle, but the hairstyle you choose for your wedding day is just as important.



Just Wing It

With textured coils, sleek pressed tresses, wigs, weaves, extensions and protective braids, there are countless styles African-American brides can rock. For this reason, it’s great to work with a stylist months in advance to get your hair on track. Receiving expert advice will not only help in determining your cut and color, but also the overall condition of your mane. Other factors to keep in mind when picking your hairstyle include the season, décor, wedding style and your dress, of course, to ensure your bridal look is cohesive.

Reference- SA Weddings

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