DIY Wedding Makeup: Eyeshadow

Yes! You can do your own wedding makeup. Choosing the right shades of eyeshadow can help you tie your look together, make your eyes pop in photos and feel confident. may recieve commissions on purchases made through links on our website.

Choosing Eyeshadow

When it comes to eye makeup, eyeshadow is the most versatile and exciting element. Eyeshadow can transform your look and add depth and dimension to your eyes. With eyeliner and mascara, eyeshadow can help your eyes stand out in photos. Defined eyes also make it easier for guests in the back row to see you!  Choosing the right eyeshadow can be daunting, especially if you are new to makeup. Here are some quick tips to help you choose the perfect eyeshadow for your wedding day look. And remember, like any makeup you buy for your DIY wedding makeup look, try it out with your complete wedding day look before the big day.

Eye Color & Skin Tone

The first rule of choosing eyeshadow is to consider your eye color. The right eyeshadow shade can enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. For instance, if you have blue eyes, warm copper, gold, and brown eyeshadows will make your eyes pop. On the other hand, if you have brown eyes, shades of green, purple, and blue eyeshadows will complement your eye color.

Your skin tone is another crucial factor to consider when choosing eyeshadow makeup. Warm-toned eyeshadows work best for warm skin tones, while cool-toned eyeshadows work best for cool skin tones. If you have a neutral skin tone, you can experiment with both warm and cool-toned eyeshadows.

The NYX Ultimate Shadow Pallet in Utopia is a fun mix of neutrals, color and glitter that work with a variety of eye colors.

The NYX Ultimate Shadow Pallet in Warm Neutrals offers a variety of colors that compliment warmer skin tones.

The NYX Ultimate Shadow Pallet in Phoenix includes bold and beautiful colors that can be combined for dramatic looks.

Compliment Your Wedding Look

Your wedding day outfit(s) are another factor to consider when choosing eyeshadow. If you are wearing traditional white, cream or beige, you can experiment with bolder eyeshadow colors. If you decide to wear a non-traditional bright and bold color, you may want to opt for more neutral eyeshadows, so your eyes don’t compete with your outfit. If you plan on changing outfits, keep your makeup simple and choose an eyeshadow that will compliment both outfits.

Wedding Tone & Theme

Your wedding theme, colors, formality and location are other important factors to consider when choosing eyeshadow. For a casual daytime wedding, you may want to opt for more natural and neutral eyeshadows. For a themed wedding, you can experiment with bolder and brighter eyeshadows that compliment the theme. Whether your wedding is indoors or in the mountains, look for smudge proof eyeshadows to help your look stay put. 

Choose The Right Finish

Eyeshadows come in various finishes, such as matte, shimmer, and metallic. The finish you choose can affect the overall look of your eye makeup. Matte eyeshadows work best for natural and subtle eye looks, while shimmer and metallic eyeshadows are perfect for creating a bold and dramatic look. Are other elements of your wedding day look matte, shimmery or metallic? If so, will your eye shadow’s finish compliment your other products? Questions like these are why practicing before the big day is so important!

DIY Wedding Makeup

Looking for more DIY wedding makeup tips? We have curated the best eyeliners and more makeup lists are on our DIY Fashion & Beauty page. If you are experienced at applying your own makeup, then creating your own DIY wedding makeup look is a great way to accent your eyes, coloring and style. If you are unsure how your look will photograph, test it out before hand and ask a friend to take a few headshots. 

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