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Why 3D Makeup Gives You Your Best Face For The Wedding Day

Want to look your absolute best on your wedding? Of course, you do! Find out how 3D makeup can help you look amazing.


Keeping up with the latest makeup trends is one of the best ways to look absolutely stunning on your wedding day. HD makeup and Airbrushed makeup have been around for some time now. It’s time to explore 3D makeup and ensure that you look your best on your special day!

What is 3D Makeup?

Miya Dang - The Bride in Vogue

3D makeup refers to a technique that is used to make specific features pop. This makeup trick accentuates your best features by pushing them into the limelight. This can mean using makeup to underscore your eyes or your lips, or nose (does anyone like their nose?).

How does 3D makeup application differ from other makeup styles?

Tripti Malhotra

As the goal is to ensure that light hits certain points of your face more than others, makeup artists use a variety of shades to achieve this. Think about the last time you applied your makeup. You probably used a single shade of foundation along with regular eyeshadow, blush, and lipsticks. Perhaps, you went the extra mile and contoured your face too. 3D makeup is like contouring on steroids. So, naturally, the application is very different.

A makeup artist uses multiple foundation shades to accentuate the curves of your face. Apart from a base shade that matches your skin tone, the artist will select a lighter and darker shade to create shadows and highlights.

When applying foundation, recall the steps you follow when contouring and highlighting. Use the lighter shade on your forehead, chin, and cheekbones. Then, use the darker shade under your cheekbones to carve them out. You should also use this shade along the sides of your nose if you want to make it pointier. Brides who want to create the illusion of full lips can dab a little bit under their lower lip.

Why do this instead of contouring the normal way?

Tripti Malhotra

As contours are applied over the foundation, they can sometimes look unnatural up close. Most people do not have the time to blend the contour into the skin perfectly. Conversely, some may lack the skills to do so. Creating highlights and shadows on your face with foundation can help create a more natural look. Of course, this isn’t to say that the makeup won’t be dramatic!

How to use 3D makeup to accentuate your eyes?

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If you want your eyes to pop, you must take care of two things. The first, of course, is the foundation. The second is the eyeshadows you use.


Use the darker shade of foundation to create shadows within the eye socket. To do this, you need to apply the foundation on the lid (right under the socket bone) and pull it out till it touches the curve of your nose. This will make your eyes look deep-set. As a result, your eyes will be the first thing people notice about you.

You can prime your eyes with a regular primer, like M.A.C’s Paint Pot, which works pretty well with most eyeshadows. Or, you can go the extra mile and apply a dot of the light eyeshadow on the centre of the lid. This will create a highpoint and add to the 3D effect.


The colours you use, along with the blending techniques, will impact your 3D makeup look. So, you must be careful while picking them out. Use darker mattes at the outer-V of the eyes and shimmers in the centre and inner corners. Do not use shimmers in the crease as it impacts the eye shape.

Blending eyeshadows properly is vital for a great look. Your eyeshadow should not look like stamps of colour all over the eyes. The aim is to create a gradient of colours so that it looks seamless. Create a light to dark gradient can go a long way in making the eyes pop.

You may use eyeliner to create upward wings to complement this look. Light, wispy lashes can help you tie in the whole thing together!

How to use 3D makeup to accentuate your lips?

Tripti Malhotra

Brides with luscious lips can use 3D makeup to accentuate their lips by using specific techniques with foundation and lipstick.


People generally do not apply foundation to their lips. However, if your lips are very dark or stained, they can impact the overall colour of the lipstick. If you want a fresh slate that allows the colour to look its best, you can use foundation on the lips. To make your lips look fuller, apply the darker shade of foundation right under your bottom lip. Then, blend it into the lighter shade that’s applied on the chin. This technique can help you emulate Kylie Jenner’s trademark pout too!

Lipstick and liner:

Lining your lips is crucial for a cohesive look. To create a 3D effect on your lips, you should use a liner that’s a shade darker than your lipstick. This will create a plumping effect. Use the liner to fill in the corners of your mouth too, if you are not planning to use two shades of lipstick.

Use a darker shade of the colour you want on the outer corners of your lips. Apply the lighter shades in the centre. This will create an illusion of light hitting the centre, making your lips look fuller. If you want matte lips, this is all you need to do. However, if you want to add additional light points, use a shimmery clear gloss only on the centre of your lips.

Liquid lipsticks are the best choice for brides looking for this look, as they tend to last the longest!

Additional makeup products you can use to enhance this look

Nikki Neeladri

Once you’re done making your favourite features pop, you can use a few additional products to enhance them a bit more. Highlighters are pretty popular these days and you can use them on the Cupid’s bow, nose tip, brow bone, and cheekbones.

However, if you have textured skin, avoid using the highlighter as it will bring attention to it. Just stick to the matte look!

Which wedding event does 3D makeup suit the most?

Pooja Sethi

3D makeup is very dramatic. Therefore, it is ideal for night events. You can use this makeup technique during the Sangeet or main wedding function. It may come across as a bit over the top during a day event, especially if there’s lots of natural light. Stick to airbrushed makeup for such events as they are lighter and designed to create a ‘your skin, but better’ look.

Choosing between 3D makeup and HD makeup

Tripti Malhotra

HD makeup is designed to look great on film. If your videographer is planning to shoot your wedding video in HD, then you should opt for it. However, you can implement certain HD techniques with 3D makeup too if you really want the latter. Ask your makeup artist to use less highlighter and stick to a clean, matte finish. This way, you can have the best of both worlds!

Your makeup will tie in your hair and outfit. Thus, it is absolutely crucial to get it right! The best way to go about implementing 3D makeup is to follow your face’s natural shape. This will make you look contoured and ‘snatched’ without effort!

Get in touch with expert makeup salons and artists today for looks that are trending, on-point, and fab!