2021 Bridal Makeup Trends

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Wedding trends come and go, and the details of bridal makeup for your big day alters with the seasons, too. 2021 is filled with many changes in the wedding industry, including how brides adorn their faces as they prepare to walk down the aisle. Learn all about the different 2021 bridal makeup trends to decide if you want to include them in your day-of look.

A Monochromatic Palette

Creamy shades in a monochromatic palette makes for a romantic and dreamy look for any bride, and it’s a popular trend in 2021 bridal makeup. Creamy brown shadows with a matching lip color create a soft complexion with just the right amount of definition.

Bold Lips

A bride outside with her veil blowing in the wind.

While over-the-top eye makeup was once a hot bridal makeup trend, bold lips have taken its place in 2021. Bright colors are replacing the nude, subtle shades that used to rule many bride’s choices. Some beauty experts speculate that this trend can be attributed to mask mandates that make it tough for gals to wear their favorite lip shades in their day-to-day lives, causing an increased urge to go bold on their big day. Shades like bright pink, deep rose, or cherry apple red are all popular. Pairing this with a softly defined eye creates a statement that’s still romantic.

Subtle Sparkle

A little bit of sparkle is the perfect way to add a touch of glam to the hottest bridal looks of the year. Brides are loving a swipe of glitter or shimmer on their eyelids or even on their lashes paired with romantic, soft makeup. This adds just a bit of fun to any bridal look.

Strategic Pops of Color

While over-the-top eyeshadow is currently a thing of the past, that doesn’t mean brides aren’t strategically adding pops of color, particularly around their eyes. A thin line of a vibrant colored eyeliner on the top or even bottom waterline makes quite a statement, and it’s an easy and fun way to add interest to a bridal look. Plus, pairing this color with luscious lashes is bound to look amazing and unforgettable all at once.

Natural Skin

A bride wearing minimal makeup with a veil and cross necklace.

This 2021 bridal makeup trend is perhaps another that was spurred by the pandemic and the decrease of regular makeup use for many women. Brides are opting for a light base with minimal concealer, foundation, bronzer, and blush. They’re going for more of a statement with lipstick, eyelashes, or eyeshadow and sporting their near natural complexion as they exchange vows.

Minimal Eyeshadow

Just like having a minimal base, minimal eyeshadow is another 2021 bridal makeup trend to embrace. Instead of extravagant smokey eyes or over-the-top colors, just a subtle wash of light color on the eyes is all the rage.

Pretty in Peach

One 2021 bridal makeup trend that does play on the base of your makeup is the shade of peach. In fact, some are saying that it’s the new pink! Blush in shades of peach can provide a healthy glow and warm up the complexion in a more subtle manner than rosy options. Because peach is a universally flattering shade, it’s become very popular as it creates a natural, flushed look. In fact, that flushed look is a bridal makeup trend in itself, and peachy shades make it easier than ever to achieve that aesthetic.

Metallic Shades

Another trend brides are loving as far as glam goes this year is shades of metallic. Creamy metallic eyeshadows with a subtle shimmer are the perfect neutral makeup look with the touch of glamour that every bride strives for. A great way to apply this trend is to put a big dose of silver liner around the inner corners of the eyes.

Your wedding makeup should be whatever will make you feel most special on your big day, but knowing the hottest trends makes it easier to narrow down your look.

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