Festive wedding makeup ideas


A festive wedding holds a special charm and magic, so you’ll want to capture the beautiful feel of the season in your wedding day makeup. From a frosty, sultry smokey eye, to a berry lip, we explore our favourite festive wedding makeup looks below.

A bold lip

Festive makeup is all about the bold lip and there are many gorgeous lip colours that are perfect for a winter wedding. A pillarbox red is a classic festive shade that reflects the glamour and character of this time of year; this shade works especially well in a matte formula, which will give you a classic look.

In contrast to a bold, festive red, a dark, reddish berry is a gorgeous look that also looks glamorous and suits the season. Berry has made a big comeback in 2016 and it’s the perfect option for a modern beauty look.

If you’re going for a bold lip, be sure to pair your bright hue of lipstick with subtle eye makeup, as going for both can be overpowering, especially in your wedding photos.

The eyes have it

The festive season is the perfect time to play around with your eye makeup. Frosty, silvery tones reflect the beautiful snowy weather of the season and these look especially striking on bride’s with very pale skin. In contrast, a bolder eye colour works well with a range of skin-tones and will make a big impact on your wedding day look; a demure dark eyeliner will make the eyes pop, without overwhelming delicate features.

A smokey eye is a classic festive makeup look, as Cosmopolitan says: “Like the little black dress, the smoky eye is timelessly sexy.” However, the smokey eye can be intimidating, as it can look like a difficult look to achieve; if you’re not hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day, browse some of the many makeup tutorials online for advice on how to get the look right.

Go for shimmer

A festive makeup look is all about the shimmer, as More explains: “There’s a reason we love tinsel on Christmas trees and strings of lights around our homes: They make everything look beautifully glowing. The same is true for highlighting makeup. To get your own shimmer, sweep a glittering powder over your cheekbones, below your brow bone and on the inner corner of your eyes. If your skin is light, reach for a pink-based highlighter, while medium- to dark-skinned women should try golden tones.”

To make sure that a shimmering make-up product translates well for your wedding day photos, go for a product with finely-milled shimmer particles, as opposed to large chunks of glitter.

Festive feel

If you’re planning a wedding around Christmas, these popular festive makeup looks will leave you feeling extra glamorous.

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