Fashion & Beauty

20 Hair & Makeup Looks for Modern Brides

Modern bridal looks are so very diverse. From soft and natural to peppy and colorful, these 20 examples will help inspire your choices for your own wedding day hair and makeup!

1. A Very Nude Lip

Accentuate a frosty nude lip with simple eye makeup and a peachy blush. We also love this bride’s well-groomed, full eyebrows that make this a powerful ‘natural’ look.

2. Full Glam

To go with her intricately-beaded bodice, this bride chose a bright red lipstick and longer-than-long false eyelashes. Paired with the relaxed waves in her lob haircut, this bride is thoroughly modern.

3. Ballerina Chic

This bride’s ballerina bun and soft pink cosmetics embody simple elegance. Perfect for a traditional or vintage wedding, this take on her hair and makeup is absolutely timeless.

4. Sideswept Volume

Today’s brides understand balance in their overall wedding day look. To go with this relaxed boho dress and earth-toned makeup this bride chose an elaborately styled side swept ‘do. Woven into her long waves were strands of glittering thread and little floral buds.

5. A Hairstyle for Every Bride

Half-up hairstyles are universally flattering, no matter what your face shape. This bride’s voluminous hair is blown out with just a bit of wave and goes well with her minimalist jewelry.

6. Mauve Ombre Lip

One of the latest trends to make your lips appear fuller is using an ombre technique with several different shades of the same hue. This mauve lipstick is highlighted with a glossy pink in the center.

7. Garden Wedding Accessory

You don’t need much to make your shorter hair perfect for a garden wedding. This colorful floral headband adds a bit of color and whimsy.

8. Retro Drama

This beyond-stylish retro look was for a courthouse event. To complement her floral sheath dress, she chose a deep berry lipstick, black eyeliner, and a perfectly-arched brow.

9. A Blush Hair Clip

We love how this floral clip with soft petals highlight’s the bride’s dove gray eyeshadow and barely-there gloss.

10. Sleek Chignon

It’s a classic for a reason. This bride secured her pretty blonde hair back into a lovely chignon to show off her delicate drop earrings.

11. Strikingly Twisted

For a non-traditional wedding look, pair a slightly undone, twisted braid hairstyle with a deep and dark lip.

12. Kissproof Lip Stain

Want a bold color on your lips, but don’t want to have to worry about it transferring to the groom after the big kiss or smudging while you eat cake?  Try a lip stain instead. All the color without the muss and fuss.  P.S. Are you also crazy with envy over this bride’s magnificent eyebrows? Because we are completely obsessed.

13. Braided Beauty

Braids aren’t just for the boho and beachy. This elegant, traditional bride opted for an intense swirl of braids and curls in her pearl-accented updo.

14. Winged Liner & Barbie Lipstick

It’s important for your wedding day makeup to reflect your style and personality. This eloping bride above wasn’t going to let an intimate guest list get in the way of being her awesomely gregarious self. She found the Barbiest of pink lipsticks and went with a seriously impressive winged liner.

15. Curly Tendrils

The worst thing you can do is fight your best features for a supposedly more ‘bridal’ look. Got curly hair?  Don’t try to straighten it! Let those spirally tendrils shine with a beautiful loose updo.

16. Smoky Eyes

This desert bride’s headpiece is definitely a showstopper, but it still doesn’t manage to steal the focus from her kohl-rimmed, smoky eyes.

17. Trendy Top Knot

Pile that long hair squarely on the top of your head for a very modern bridal ‘do.  It’s a dramatic statement that also allows her red lipstick to take center stage.

18. Pretty in Pink

There are more boxes than just brunette, blonde, and redhead these days. With hair colors running the gamut from lavender gray to technicolor tangerine, colorful brides are strolling down the aisle in style.  We love the loud pink curls on the bride above.

19. Loads of Lashes

While false eyelashes are not the easiest things to apply (and serious work to keep on if you think you’ll be misty-eyed during the ceremony) they can completely transform your makeup from everyday to special occasion.

20. Grown-Out Bangs

Over the last couple of years it seems like every gal was rocking thick, fringy bangs at some point. And then came the next few seasons of growing them out. If you are in an in-between phase with your bangs, find a style like the one above that sweeps them to the side for a sweetly romantic look.

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