Wedding Guest Makeup Looks That Look Good With or Without a Mask

April 22, 2021 logo
By: | by L'Oréal

With COVID-19 restrictions loosening up in time for summer, chances are the wedding invitations are starting to land in your mailbox. Once you’ve RSVP'd, it’s time to start thinking about what you'll wear and most important — in our opinion at least — how you’ll do your makeup for the big event. Need some inspiration? We’re sharing two step-by-step tutorials for wedding-ready looks, one for the beauty minimalist and one for the maximalist. And don’t worry, both looks work with or without a face mask! 

A Minimalist Wedding Guest Makeup Routine

STEP 1: Foundation

Start with a lightweight foundation like the NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Pro Foundation and apply to skin with a brush or makeup sponge. Use one to two drops for a sheer finish or add a few more for a full-coverage beat.

STEP 2: Blush

Next, apply a rosy blush on the apples of the cheeks for a natural flush. We love the Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush, which has a weightless, dewy finish. 

STEP 3: Eyeshadow

For an elevated neutral look, reach for a metallic brown shadow like the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Stick in Roach. It’s easy to apply and can be blended out for a diffused finish.

STEP 4: Eyeliner

Next, line your upper lid with a precise liquid liner like the Lancôme Artliner Precision Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner. Hug your lash line with the formula for a defined look, and leave the wing to the maximalists. 

STEP 5: Mascara

To amp your natural lashes, coat them with a lengthening formula like the Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

STEP 6: Brows 

Next, brush up your brows with a clear formula like the NYX Professional Makeup The Brow Glue Instant Styler. It gives brows a cleaned-up look and long-lasting hold. 

STEP 7: Lip Gloss

Finally, swipe on a sheer pink lip gloss, like the Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss in Coconut, to complete the look.

A Maximalist Wedding Guest Makeup Routine

STEP 1: Foundation

To create a smooth, even and flawless canvas, we recommend the Dermablend Continuous Correction CC Cream SPF 50+. With up to 24 hours of staying power, it’s perfect for wearing under a face mask. 

STEP 2: Contour

Next, contour and highlight your face using the Uoma Beauty Double Take Contour Stick. Pro tip: When contouring, draw a “3” on either side of your face to outline your forehead, cheeks and chin.

STEP 3: Blush 

Swirl on some blush to the apples of the cheeks to warm up your complexion. We like the Lancôme Blush Subtil in Keep Calm & Blush.

STEP 4: Setting Powder

To lock in your look, set your makeup using a translucent powder like the Maybelline New York Lasting Fix Banana Powder Loose Setting Powder.

STEP 5: Eyeshadow

You can’t go wrong with a smoky eye, but if you’re feeling extra bold, try a colorful look instead, using  the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in Festival

STEP 6: Eyeliner

Apply winged liner and tightline your waterline and bottom lash line using the Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Lacquered Liquid Liner.

STEP 7: Mascara and Falsies

With the pigmented and lifting YSL Beauty Radical Volumizing Mascara, coat your natural lashes before applying a set of falsies.

STEP 8: Brows

Fill, shape and fluff your brows with a fiber-infused formula like the IT Cosmetics Brow Power Filler.

STEP 9: Lipstick

For a pigmented and smudge-proof nude lip that’s anything but boring, swipe on a shade from the L’Oréal Paris Les Nus by Colour Riche collection. 

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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