Oktoberfest Makeup Ideas | Traditional German Makeup Trends

Lederhosen and dirndl on Oktoberfest

"Wiesn makeup should be fun, festive, and long-lasting. Bold colors and glitter are perfect for capturing the celebratory spirit!" said Lacy Ludwig, a famous makeup artist. While the focus is on enjoying the festivities, the look also matters in Oktoberfest, especially for women. Their pretty dirndl and Lederhosen outfits must be complemented by the right accessories and the best makeup look. 

Trendy Oktoberfest Makeup Looks

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different makeup products to achieve the best festive look. However, consider your dirndl color to pick the makeup look in the shades that give you a cohesive appearance. Also, choose waterproof and mess-proof makeup due to the outdoor settings. Here are some trendy dirndl makeup inspirations for Oktoberfest. You can also wear these looks with German Lederhosen.

Classic German Makeup Look with Bold Lipstick

Look like a true Bavarian by trying out this festive Dirndl makeup. Here are the steps to achieve this traditional makeup look for Oktoberfest.

  1. Apply a lightweight foundation in a shade that perfectly matches your skin tone. Set your base with a translucent powder to maintain shine without looking cakey. 
  2. Conceal the imperfections or dark circles with a creamy concealer. 
  3. Apply a cream or powder blush in a soft pink or peach shade to your cheeks. 
  4. Apply a light eyeshadow base in cream or beige color. Use shimmery or matte eyeshadow on the lids. 
  5. Define the crease with a soft brown eyeshadow. 
  6. Apply black, brown, or colored eyeliner in a bold line with a coat of volumizing mascara. 
  7. Finish the makeup with classic red lipstick, a shade that boosts self-confidence. 

Bronzed Makeup Look with Nude Lipstick 

For warm outdoor settings, the soft, bronzy tones are an excellent Oktoberfest makeup choice. Here is how you can achieve a soft bronze makeup glow. 

  1. Make a glowy base with a tinted moisturizer or a lightweight, dewy foundation. 
  2. Apply cream bronzer to the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline, blending it thoroughly for a natural look. 
  3. Choose the blush in a soft pink or peach shade that complements the bronzer.
  4. Create a warm eye look by applying shimmery copper eyeshadow to the lids and deepen the crease with a warm brown shade. 
  5. Apply brown eyeliner on your upper lash line, create a thin wing at the outer corners, and finish with two coats of mascara. 
  6. Complete the look with nude or peachy lipstick in a matte or glossy finish. 

Natural Makeup Look with Smoky Eye 

This German dirndl makeup is ideal for highlighting your beauty with natural smoky eye makeup, giving warmth and sultriness to your face. While calling attention to your eyes, it is one of the best dirndl makeups, giving you a vintage yet trendy look. 

  1. Skip applying the heavy foundation layer. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream to even out your skin tone.
  2. Use lightweight concealer to cover blemishes and dark circles.  
  3. Apply a cream blush in a soft pink or peach shade. 
  4. Apply a light eyeshadow prime to the lids. 
  5. Choose a natural eyeshadow color like cream or beige and apply it to the entire lid. 
  6. Add a smoky touch using matte brown eyeshadow, darker than the crease. Apply it on the outer third of the lid and blend upwards and inwards. 
  7. Tighline your eyes with brown pencil eyeliner and smudge lightly to create a soft effect. 
  8. Finish the eye makeup with volumizing mascara or apply false lashes. 
  9. Embrace your natural lip color with a tinted lip balm or lipstick in a rose of soft pink shade. 

Full Coverage Glam German Oktoberfest Makeup Look 

A natural glam makeup look is a perfectly fine choice for the day as well as a night of Oktoberfest celebrations. Whether you want a soft, glam, festive vibe with pastel lids and glossy lips or a full glam with cut crease and bold red lipstick, this traditional German makeup elevates your look. 

  1. Apply a foundation according to your skin tone that provides medium to full coverage. 
  2. Enhance your features with bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks, sides of your nose, jawline, and temples. 
  3. Apply a highlighter to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the cupid’s bow. 
  4. Use an eyebrow gel to fill and define your eyebrows. 
  5. Apply eyeshadow in a shimmery nude shade on your lid, then add crease shades for depth.
  6. Use a liquid eyeliner to Draw liner along your upper lash line, then make a flattering wing with a small flick outward.
  7. Apply mascara or false lashes for volume. 
  8. Choose a bold lipstick shade in a matte or glossy finish to complete the look. 

Look Playful with Graphic Eyeliner

This look is all about the graphic liner. Choose any of your favorite makeup styles and add a unique Oktoberfest effect to your look with the colorful graphic liner. 

  1. Apply a white or light-colored eyeshadow base to the lids. It will help to make the liner color pop up. 
  2. Apply colorful eyeliner in shades like blue, green, or purple to create a traditional graphic design on your upper eyelid. You can experiment with shapes like wings, flicks, edelweiss or stag horn, and geometric patterns. 
  3. Apply a coat of volumizing mascara or wear fake lashes.

Oktoberfest Makeup Tips for Long-Lasting Effect

Considering the outdoor environment or beer tents’ heat, here are a few tips that you must follow for each of your Oktoberfest dirndl makeup looks for extended wear.

  • Apply a suitable primer to minimize pores while ensuring a long-lasting makeup effect. 
  • Lock in your makeup with a setting spray. 
  • Use waterproof makeup products to prevent makeup from smudging due to sweat during festivities.
  • Apply a matte setting powder after using liquid-based products. 

Oktoberfest Nail Art to Compliment Your Look

Get festive with traditional Bavarian-themed nail art, essential to your Oktoberfest makeup look. Here are the best Oktoberfest nail art ideas. 

  • Use bold colors like red, yellow, green, and blue to paint your nails. You can paint each nail in a solid color and create a fun color block design. 
  • Create traditional Munich patterns on your nails like deer, florals, geometric, horns, edelweiss, etc. You can even use nail art stickers or decals to achieve intricate designs easily.
  • Apply glitter nail polish with any base color for a sparkling look. 
  • Incorporate Lederhosen or dirndl-themed nail art to exude rustic charm. 

Pro tip: You can customize all these Oktoberfest makeup ideas to fit your unique skin tone, outfit, and other preferences. Play with different colors, finishes, and textures to achieve a unique festive look that goes well with your personality. 


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