Wedding guest makeup can be a challenge. Sure, you want to look good for the hundreds of photos and videos that will be taken, but you also don’t want to go for a look that is too flashy for the special occasion. This means that the key to achieving the best makeup look for a wedding is all about finding the right balance.
Instead of going bold, choose to play up one feature on your face, like the eyes or lips, or keep things easy and go for a neutral makeup look. To help you end your struggle to find the perfect wedding guest makeup look, read on for eight wedding makeup ideas you can rock at the upcoming nuptials on your social calendar.
Can I Wear Makeup As a Wedding Guest?
Yes, you can always wear makeup as a wedding guest. The trick is to keep things minimal so that you don’t outshine the bride in any way. While many enjoy wearing makeup, especially for a special event, it’s not a requirement. If you don’t like wearing makeup, it’s totally okay to reach for a light-tinted moisturizer and tinted lip balm and leave it at that.
8 Wedding Guest Makeup Looks to Recreate This Wedding Season
Wedding guest beauty is all about simplicity because let’s face it, it’s the bride’s special day, not yours. Here are eight looks to recreate for an upcoming wedding and all the products you’ll need to achieve them.
1. Glowy, Bronzed Skin and Coral Lips
We know — glowing skin is something you want every day, not just when you’re at a wedding. Reach for a lightweight foundation that gives off a dewy finish, such as the L'Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum. If you want more coverage, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation.
For an extra lit-from-within look, use the L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer before layering on your foundation, or save it for the high points of your face (after you’ve applied foundation). After applying your foundation, follow up with a few strokes of bronzer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Bronzer to create a sun-kissed-looking glow. Finally, finish the look with a coral shade of lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in Peach Fuzz.
2. Nude Eyeshadow and Nude Lipstick
For a timeless eyeshadow look, opt for nude eyeshadow shades. The L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude comes with 10 different shades in three finishes: shimmer, matte and sheen to create a variety of different looks. Play around with the hues that complement your skin and eye color best for an alluring wedding makeup look.
Complement your nude eye makeup with a nude lipstick. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Le Nus by Colour Riche Intense Nude Lipstick because this line of satin lipsticks includes a variety of nude shades in different tones and hues to complement every skin tone.
3. Pastel Eyeshadow and Rosy Cheeks
Pretty pastel hues aren’t just for bridesmaid bouquets — they also make for a great eyeshadow look. For a pastel pink eye look, try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Mademoiselle Pink or the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eyeshadow in Avenue Des Roses. If purple is more your style, go for the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Violet Amour.
Pair your pastel lids with a rosy cheek to round out the makeup look with soft color. We suggest the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil — the satin finish melts into the skin to create a natural, healthy glow.
4. Dramatic Lashes and Smudged Eyeliner
Lashes can elevate your entire wedding look in seconds, so be sure to use a mascara that can help you build big and bold eyelashes. Reach for the L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable Mascara (or the waterproof version if you plan on shedding a tear or two at the wedding) which has a double-hook bristle brush that works to lift and lengthen the lashes while keeping them clump-free.
To help your lashes appear thicker and more voluminous, line the upper and lower lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Mechanical Gel Eyeliner and use the built-in smudger to give the lines a smoky effect.
5. Understated Eyeliner and Pink Lipstick
Save your love of graphic eyeliner for another night and go for a softer eyeliner look, instead. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner to tightline your eyes. Gently pull up on your eyelid to expose the upper waterline and fill in the space at the base of your lashes. Choose a dark shade like black to make your lashes appear darker and thicker, or choose a light shade like nude or white to brighten your eyes.
On the lips, you can’t go wrong with something pretty and pink, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Rosy Confident or Le Rose Activist. The long-wearing, velvety formula is infused with hyaluronic acid so this matte lippie feels comfortable on the lips.
6. Matte Skin and Peach Lipstick
If you’re attending an outdoor wedding in a hot, humid climate, save yourself from smudged, melting makeup and opt for a matte skin moment. Start by priming your complexion with the L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter. It reduces excess shine and it extends your makeup wear for up to 24 hours. Next, apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder. This powder foundation lasts for up to 24 hours with a waterproof, sweatproof and transfer-resistant finish, plus the compact can easily fit in your clutch if you plan to touch up your makeup.
To complement your velvety skin, we like a peach lip because it’s not too bold, but not bland either. Try the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick in Peach Charm. This tinted balm keeps lips hydrated while giving a flush of color and a glowy finish.
7. Winged Eyeliner and Dark Lip Liner
If winged eyeliner is your signature beauty look, then it’s definitely wedding guest makeup worthy. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner to create a sharp wing on the outer corner of your eyes. Then, apply a lengthening mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara to give your lashes some volume.
Line according to your natural lip line, using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in More Chocolate and use a clean lip brush to lightly blend the color towards the center of your lips. Then, apply a nude lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Gloss Plump in Sunlit Shimmer.
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