Bridal makeup for blondes is not easy, unless you get it done by a professional. I’ll go through some of the general guidelines for stunning bridal makeup for blondes.
There are so many different ways to style your blonde hair for your big day, and we’re here to help you find the best look for YOU.
We’ll start by sharing some tips on how to care for your blonde hair before the wedding—you want to keep it healthy and shiny, of course! Your stylist can also give you some advice about conditioning treatments, as well as what kinds of products are best for keeping your blonde locks looking glamourous.
Then we’ll talk about how to add some pizzazz to your look with makeup. We’ll discuss the different techniques we can use on blonde skin tones, show you some examples of brides who’ve done it well before their big day (including those who went with bolder looks), and discuss ways in which we can achieve these looks without making the bride look like she has too much makeup on.
Finally, we’ll wrap up by talking about all the different shades of blonde hair that exist—from platinum blondes to dirty blondes—and how they’re each unique in their own way!
Bridal makeup for blondes
You’ve found your wedding dress, had that Cinderella moment with the perfect shoes, and spent hours scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest, and Brides searching for just the right hairstyle. With almost every aspect of your bridal ensemble checked off your to-do list, all there’s left to do is find some makeup inspiration that pulls it all together. Luckily, you probably won’t have to look any further than this roundup of the prettiest wedding makeup ideas for every kind of bride.
But where’s a bride to start when it comes to choosing the components of a stunning wedding look? Makeup artist Christina Chen suggests starting off by sending photos to your makeup artist of looks you’re attracted to. “Have them assess your features to see whether it suits your overall look, including your wedding vibe, hairstyle, and wedding dress,” she says.
Meet the Expert
- Christina “Quis” Chen is a licensed esthetician and San Francisco–based makeup artist. She is the founder of Makeup by Quis.
Bridal makeup inspo, you say? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you choose lush, look-at-me lashes, a dramatic cat-eye, a cheek color that’ll turn you into the very definition of a blushing bride, or any combination of the three, we just know you’re going to be gorgeous.
A wedding this regal calls for a makeup look of equal refinement. Soft shadows and elegantly sculpted brows pair beautifully with hazelnut lipstick. Those long lashes, however, definitely steal the show.
Subtle Eyes and a Flushed Pout
We love a simple, natural palette for a beach elopement ceremony. Subtly defined eyes complement the bride’s flushed lips without overpowering the look. Plus, the envy-inducing highlight needs absolutely no introduction.
A Glam Look With Gradient Eyeshadow
Gradient gunmetal eyeshadow and lush lashes give this bride a flirty vibe. Ultra-glossy lips and softly defined brows bring the look together without competing for attention. And those jewels? They totally match the aesthetic of the lavish DC nuptials.
A Bronzed Glow With a Rosy Lip
Bride Olivia certainly understood the assignment when it came to her desert wedding in Zion. A sun-kissed rosy lip and lustrous cheekbones work well with a tanned complexion and subtly defined eyes. We’re picking up all the bronze goddess vibes.
Smokey Eyes and Nude Hues
Monochromatic copper hues blend with the bride’s hair color creating a uniform appearance that showcases stunning eyes. This is how you do a warm smokey eye without a hint of black or gray tones. Talk about a gorgeous look that works well into the evening.
Glassy, wet looks are all over the runways but rarely make their way into the bridal sphere. Frankly, we’d love to see more of it after being introduced to this bride’s glossy reception vibe for her beach-side nuptials. Her brown eye gloss is an ultra-flirty companion to high-shine nude lips and a touch of wet-look highlighter topping the cheekbones.
A Sheer Face
This bride opted for barely there makeup with thinly lined eyes and long lashes for her outdoor wedding with a bohemian vibe. Armed with lipstick in a natural shade, she pulled off the look effortlessly. We love this no-makeup makeup approach for laid-back celebrations.
A Sculpted Cheek
Holy cheekbones! There’s really no makeup necessary when you’re flaunting bone structure like this. A natural look with strong brows is ultra-refined when paired with sculpted cheeks and satiny highlight.
Bronze Lids With Orange Lipstick
Romantic red-orange lipstick married with defined eyes and a gorgeous glow creates such a stunning look. A perfect makeup composition for the couple’s wedding in Italy, saying “I do” as the sun set around them. We love how the gold metalwork and colored gems in the headpiece complement the makeup exquisitely.
Distinguished Eyes and Brows
This winter bride stands out amongst the snowfall with stunningly defined features. Pull off something similar by opting for strong brows, a nude lip, and dark eyeliner. The contrast will look oh so rich against a monochromatic palette.