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Makeup for Rust and Terracotta Dresses: Best Ideas & Looks

Makeup for Rust and Terracotta Dresses: Best Ideas & Looks

Not sure what makeup to wear with your rust or terracotta dress? If that’s the case, you’re in the right place! Our guide has the best eyeshadow and lipstick suggestions to help you achieve a flawless look for any special occasion, such as a wedding, prom, or fancy night out.

To help you in the best way possible, we’ve teamed up with the talented makeup artist Sílvia Rafael, who’ll share her secrets and special tips with you. She’s even got some recommendations for all you lovely bridesmaids out there!

So let’s dive in and find the perfect makeup look for your rust or terracotta dress!

Who is our expert? Sílvia Rafael is a certified professional makeup artist specializing in bridal makeup. Her expertise includes a comprehensive background in blending techniques and color theory.

What makeup goes with a rust or terracotta dress?

Before we begin, let me tell you that you should always consider the occasion before choosing the right makeup for your rust or terracotta dress.

Details such as the type of event or the time of day can totally influence the eyeshadow and lipstick shades that would work best.

For instance, if you’re going to be a bridesmaid, smoky eyes in shades close to your dress are the best choice for a more light and natural makeup.

On the other hand, a fancy evening party is the perfect opportunity to highlight your eyes or try out some daring lipstick colors!

But don’t worry! Whether for a wedding, prom, or any other formal party, I’m sure you’ll find below all the inspiration you need to achieve that perfect look you’re aiming for!


The best eyeshadow colors to pair with a rust or terracotta dress are nude, brown, terracotta, rose, or red shades. If you’re aiming for a natural makeup look that gives you that perfect skin sensation, you can’t go wrong with smoky eyes in these shades!

Terracotta dress with brown eyeshadow
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To go bolder and enhance the color of your dress, you can opt for a makeup look with brown or copper eyeshadow, with a hint of blue on the lower eyelid. Alternatively, you can also apply a blue eyeliner on the waterline.

Black smoky eyes are also an excellent choice for a bolder look. However, make sure not to go too heavy since we want to keep that lovely balance with the earthy tones of your dress!

But if you go for it, remember to pick a subtle lipstick color – something like a nude shade would be perfect! And if you’re leaning towards a more daring lip color, go easy on the eyeshadow instead and try a smoky eye using colors that match your dress.

Our recommendation is to highlight just one area, either the eyes or the lips, especially if you’re going to wear a rust or terracotta dress!

Makeup for rust dress
Tania Bastos


Picking the perfect lipstick color really comes down to your skin tone. However, some shades will match perfectly with the earthy hues of your dress, adding an extra touch of romance to your look!

In a nutshell, the lipstick colors that pair best with a rust or terracotta dress are:

  • Light skin tone: nude, taupe, rose, copper, or wine
  • Medium skin tone: nude, rose, red (with an orange undertone), or cherry red
  • Dark skin tone: nude, hazelnut, brown, hot pink, magenta, burgundy, or eggplant 
Lipstick colors for rust and terracotta dresses
Lipstick shades that go well with a rust or terracotta dress

Rust and terracotta dresses are ideal for weddings in the spring or summer. For these occasions, pink or red-orange lipstick is an excellent choice and will help create a more romantic look!

Terracotta dress with pink lipstick
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When choosing the right lipstick color, you should always pay attention to the shade of your dress. If it has an orange hue, go for a lipstick with an orange undertone. But if it’s more on the red side, pick red lipstick instead to dare more.

Accessory tip: In both cases, go for gold accessories, especially when it comes to jewelry and shoes. As for the purse, a hot pink clutch is perfect for an even more glamorous and romantic look!

Terracotta dress with red lipstick
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On the other hand, nude lipstick is also an elegant and safe choice, regardless of your skin tone! If you’re going to be a bridesmaid or aiming to keep the focus on your dress, this will be the best option for a lighter and more natural makeup look.

Lastly, if you’re heading to a fancy evening party, cherry red, burgundy, or wine-toned lipstick will be a bolder but equally elegant choice. This will look especially good with a nail polish in a similar shade and gold accessories.

And since we’re talking about weddings, don’t forget to opt for waterproof products! These events are an emotional roller coaster, so it’s important to ensure your makeup stays flawless from start to finish!

Rust dress with red lipstick
Tania Bastos

Looking for some inspiration to pick the perfect nail color for your rust or terracotta dress? If so, check out my latest article with the best nail polish suggestions for a flawless look!

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Featured image: Tania Bastos