So you’ve been issued a bridesmaid dress in a bright or pastel shade. Even if you’re excited to wear this particular color, deciding what makeup will complement it can be a confusing task—and if you’re not excited to wear the color, it can be slightly terrifying. Thankfully, this week’s Golden Globes offered fresh inspiration, with a handful of actresses wearing gowns in favorite wedding colors. Here are the makeup shades that were paired with each.
Rather than match Paltrow’s bubble-gum-pink gown, makeup artist Leslie Lopez opted for lipstick in a slightly different pink, to avoid a dated matchy-matchy effect.
On the eyes, stay soft and sheer. “I didn’t want to overdo it on the eyes, so I used a sheer layer of the silver shade in the beautiful Dior Versailles palette, which was perfect,” says Lopez. Don’t forget a little bronzer if you feel like a very pink dress is washing out your complexion.
With a purple dress, you could try the same pink-and-sheer-silver palette seen above on Gwyneth Paltrow—always a safe and flattering option when you’re wearing pastel. Or, if your personality (and the wedding’s vibe) beg for something bolder, add glints of feminine jewel tones. On Nyong’o, makeup artist Nick Barose added a contrasting fuchsia lip (Lancome Color Design Lipcolor in Hit List) and dusted her eyelids with twinkling, vivid blue and violet from the Lancome Bright Eyes Color Design 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Jacaranda Bloom. If your skin is pale, try applying the colors in a lighter, more sheer way to avoid going overboard.