9 Dramatic Beauty Looks to Inspire Any Bride

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Many brides these days are opting for fuss-free, clean and minimal makeup for their wedding. But if you want to make more of a statement, whether your festivities will start mid-morning or at dusk, why not consider a dramatic, less-expected beauty look? After all, you have plenty of other days to rock the no-makeup makeup trend.

They key to pulling off a dark, edgy beauty look on your wedding day? Focusing on the one area or style that you want to highlight instead of trying to emphasize everything at once, picking a look that reflects your personality and aesthetic, and making sure that your makeup and hair complement rather than compete. And definitely don’t forget to take it out for a trial run, test photos included, before the special occasion!

The inspo: Selena Gomez’s smokey eye:

A beautiful classic smokey eye — and big, full lashes — can look sexy but still fresh when paired with flawless skin and a slightly glossy nude lip. The metallic purple eyeshadow adds interest and can be changed up to coordinate with your dress and wedding palette.

The inspo: Kristen Stewart’s bold brows

Dark, statement brows are back, big time. Kristen Stewart’s strong eyebrows are highlighted here with a coordinating brown shadow and liner (with a splash of pigment on the inner-eye), while the rosy flush on her cheeks matches her sweet pink lipstick.

The inspo: Alexa Chung’s burgundy lip

A dark burgundy, matte lip is a cool, dramatic alternative to neutral-pinks and siren-reds. Just remember to exfoliate and moisturize your lips in advance, and reapply colour often on the big day.

The inspo: Adwoa Aboah’s fashion cat-eye

Black eyeliner is the star here. You can go as big and bold as you’d like, or keep things a bit simpler, but the idea is to create a graphic shape that complements your eyes.

The inspo: Margot Robbie’s OTT lashes

When you have perfect skin and good cheekbones, all you need to up the glam factor are amazing (false) lashes. With her sleek updo and super neutral makeup, Margot Robbie’s look here is all about the dramatic lashes anchored with a black cat-eye liner.

The inspo: Olivia Culpo’s brown palette

It’s not for everyone, but we’ve been seeing brown lipstick and eyeshadow everywhere lately. Here, Olivia Culpo rocks both at the same time, but with a flash of gold shadow on her top lids to keep things from looking too monochrome.

The inspo: Chloe Moretz’s dark lip

A dark, almost black lipstick colour adds an edgy touch to Chloe Moretz’s after-party look. Worn with a pretty floral dress, blond waves and pink blush, her vampy, perfectly-lined pout makes a fashionable statement.

The inspo: Joan Smalls’ glittery eyeshadow

A fresh way to wear glitter: model Joan Smalls’s blue and black, blended smokey eye looks elegant, not wild, especially if you’re planning to have sleek, pulled-back hair and a nude lip. Perfect for a winter wedding.

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The inspo: Brie Larson’s embellished eyes

A fairly conventional smokey eye gets a high-glamour update here with the addition of glued-on pearl embellishments. Swarovski crystals could also be used to create a similar 3D effect.