Your wedding day makeup is the centerpiece of your entire look, making it one of the more important decisions you have to make for your trip down the aisle. Whether you’re considering a natural enhancement or a full-on glam moment, it will forever be immortalized in pictures and in your memory, so if you’re puzzling over what style is right for you, don’t worry!
Take a cue from past eras of bridal beauty and popular makeup trends to shape your wedding makeup. You can go matchy-matchy with your dress vibe and pair a romantic vintage gown with an equally retro makeup look, or switch things up by pairing a simple column gown with a smoky eye and red lip. The magic is all in the mix, and tossing in elements of the past can actually modernize your beauty look.
If you want to avoid looking costume-y or too “done,” hone in on what attracted you to the vintage look in the first place. “Pick out the elements of the look you love the most, like the eye, and pair it with more modern applications on the rest of their features as opposed to recreating the look exactly,” says Anne Skubis, bridal makeup artist for HVH Faces. Skubis also recommends updating retro makeup looks with current colors and textures, like a gold-flecked bronze liner instead of black or a subtle highlight on your cheeks versus matte skin.
Throw it back to the glamorous ‘50s, the free and easy ‘70s, or the high-fashion ‘90s with vintage-inspired wedding makeup looks that will stand out in a crowd and bring a hint of historical romance to your big day. We’ve rounded up some of the best vintage wedding makeup looks to get you started.