Night Wedding Makeup

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Dazzle, even at night!

Knowing how to correctly apply night wedding makeup could mean the difference between wedding photographs you hide, and those you want to show off.

Wedding Makeup

Next to the dress and hair, makeup is a huge concern for any bride on her wedding day. No bride-to-be wants to look under or overdone on one of the most momentous days of her life. For this reason, many women don't want to risk applying their own makeup on their wedding day. After all, wedding makeup can make or break a bride's overall appearance.

This reasoning helps to explain why many brides choose to leave the job up to a makeup artist. If you plan to do so it's important to consult with your makeup expert prior to your wedding day to strategize about ways to look your best, especially for all the photos that will be taken before, during, and after the ceremony.

Night and Day

During your consultation it is vital that you tell the makeup artist whether you are planning to have a night wedding. There is a major difference in the types of makeup used for a night wedding versus one that takes place in the morning or afternoon. Daytime portraits typically call for lighter makeup, in the form of muted eye shadow colors and matte lipstick. Conversely, evening ceremonies require heavier eye makeup, darker blush and deeper color lipstick.

Tips for Applying Night Wedding Makeup

A bride wants to look stunning in person while she exchanges vows with her beloved, but she also needs to look fabulous for wedding pictures. When you are getting married at night, properly applied makeup will help you achieve both goals.

The following tips will help you appear breathtakingly beautiful in your night wedding makeup:


When doing makeup for an evening wedding, most makeup artists recommend that you select either your lips or your eyes as the focus. While heavier eye makeup or dark lipstick is advisable, heavy foundation is not. Resist the temptation to cake on too much foundation. Instead, evenly blend lightweight foundation with yellow undertones. This type of foundation looks best in artificial light and with flash photography.If you feel like you need more on your face, then apply extra blush. Also, use a light dusting of translucent powder to prevent any unwanted shine. If you have extremely fair skin you might want to apply a bronzing powder to warm your skin tone and give it a natural glow, especially if you are getting married after sunset.


Light eye makeup won't cut it for a night wedding. Rather, you will need something that is bold that will standout under the stars.

  • Eyeliner: Consider going with a smoky eye with shimmery gray eyeliner. With this look, the softer you go, the better; you can accomplish this be smudging the eyeliner for a smoky effect. When applying the first layer of liner, get it as close to the lash line as possible, and then you can draw wider and thicker lines on top of it.
  • Eye shadow: Jewel-toned eye shadow looks especially bold and beautiful at night. Too look ultra glamorous, consider using violet, green, gold, or aqua to make your eyes pop during your night wedding. To further enhance the color, press the eye shadow onto the center of your lid.
  • Eyelashes: If you really want to make a statement with your makeup on your wedding day, then add a couple of individual false lashes to the outer corners of your upper lash line. Next, apply multiple coats of black mascara, paying close attention to the longest lashes at the outer corners of your eyes for a sultry look.


If you decide to create dark, defined eyes with your night wedding makeup, then it's a good idea to go for a lighter lip shade. Use a lip liner that's the same shade as your lipstick to avoid a noticeably dark lip line. If you think your lips look too understated, then pump them up a notch by applying a bit of gold gloss. A tiny bit of gold gloss blended in well will make even the most demure lipstick sparkle.

More Tips

Despite the lack of sun at a night wedding, don't be fooled into thinking that you will make it through the ceremony and reception without perspiring. The constant activity mixed with artificial lights is bound to make any bride break a sweat. To avoid appearing too shiny, remember to have some blotting papers on hand.

Another way to avoid looking too shiny in your wedding photos is to apply a light coat of powder between the ceremony and the reception. However, don't add too much. Just a small amount of extra powder is needed to avoid to keep you looking beautiful the entire night through.

Night Wedding Makeup