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As a bride-to-be getting ready for her big day; aside from your attire, hair and accessories, there are a few important items you’ll need by your side on your wedding day and it is your bridal makeup kit! There are some must-have items every bride needs in her bridal makeup kit and I’ll be showing you all of them here. These items will come in handy and will help you stay picture ready all through the event!
Important Note To Have In Mind About Your Bridal Makeup Kit
You have begun the countdown to your wedding day, and you are probably running around faster than you imagined just ensuring that everything falls in place. Depending on whom the groom is, you may find yourself attending several dinners, outings and whatnot. Trust me; you definitely can’t hire a makeup artist for each event you will be attending before the big day! Therefore, it’s time to become your own make-up artist! And who knows, you may not feel too nervous to do your makeup on that day (winks).
So it’s time to prepare a personalized bridal makeup kit that will help you slay like a million bucks on that day and on any special day you need to step out of your house in style! You don’t have to leave the ‘looking good’ for only your day; hence I have some makeup item recommendations to purchase even before the day so you can start putting up the appearance. This complete beauty checklist will help you a great deal, both on that day and on other days so try not to skip any of your essentials.
With all eyes on you since the announcement of your engagement and maybe wedding date, it’s important you look and feel your best on your wedding day and on any event you attend before that day. In order for you to do just that, here are some pro tips and best bridal makeup must-haves you need in your kit so that you can confidently walk down the aisle, unbothered by smudging mascara, because, let’s face it, that’s the last thing you want to think about on your big day.
As far as bridal beauty is concerned, trends like a matte lipstick and colourful eye makeup should be left for your bachelorette party or bridal shower or evening outings before that day. As the bride, opt instead for a more natural makeup look on your big day so that your photos remain timeless.
Makeup Items To Get You Started With Working On Your Face
The beauty magic begins with the products you should pack up for your face. These items are some of the most important items in your bridal makeup kit and picking them would gladden your heart when you see the result later.
For your face makeup, go for these items in order:
A primer keeps your makeup fresh for photos all day long. From the minute you walk into the event, all the way through to the after-party, you are sure your makeup is not sliding down your face. It also forms a base for your foundation and makeup, hiding the pores from view and reducing fine lines. The right primer will also regulate dry and oily skin. So don’t skip this primary and essential product.
Applied after primer, the foundation is used to give your skin an even tone and coverage. Choose the right foundation as it will surely impart a natural look. You could always test a matching shade by applying a streak to the side of your jawline, down to the neck to be sure it will blend well with your face and also match your neck.
When it comes to wedding day foundation, ensure you keep your foundation very minimal because that’s the first thing to crack. Go for a water-based foundation for your face and neck so that you are all one colour. It should also be light to give your skin a beautiful glow and the perfect wash of colour.
A perfect contoured look provides definition to your facial features, enhancing your nose and cheekbones. It leaves you with a sculpted and well-defined look for your day ahead. For newbies in the area of contour technique and style, I’ll recommend buying a small contour palette and having ample practice beforehand to achieve the best effect.
Not all of us are lucky to have absolute, blemish-free skin. And then, scars, pimples, outbreaks and stress also leave their mark on our faces. In such a case, what do you need? Simple, the right concealer to switch up your look.
In fact, with the right application technique, you can brighten your under-eye area and look fresh all day long. You could also opt for the appropriate colour correctors to hide your dark circles and other blemishes perfectly well.
Look out for products that can conceal any spots, imperfections; are lightweight, can moisturize and smooth skin as well. Heavy-duty concealers can work too as long as the product can correct discolouration and fill in cracks.
Adding a shimmery highlight to your naturally glowing features on your big day can ace your makeup game. Highlighter pigments attract light, leading to a brighter, lit-from-within look for your features. You apply it over your foundation and before using the concealer to enhance the features which are naturally lit up by the sun such as cheekbones, above your eyebrows, brow bone, and the bow of the lip.
A Bronzer is used to emulate a sun-kissed glow and helps add subtle warmth to your face. Keep this for night-time parties before or even after your wedding. The best way to quickly apply a bronzer is by making a fish face. This way you would be able to apply it perfectly to your cheekbones. However, I do not recommend using this on your day. Though some people say it’s fine, 90% of the brides I’ve seen who use this always end up having it standing awkwardly on their face after a while of dancing around. A little sweat and no professional to help touch it up or add a bit of makeup to tone it down would leave your face looking like a bulb was lit under your cheek! Trust me, this is not picture-worthy. But on the brighter side, if you can handle it, sure why not!
Whether you have a chiselled face or not, the right makeup magic will ensure that you can carry this look with ease. This happens with the upward sweeps of the blush alongside your cheekbones and your temple.
Remember the duck-faced pout as you apply it alongside your cheekbones (you can suck in your cheeks to locate them).
8. Compact or Loose Powder:
After you’re done with all that hard work, your makeup needs to be set in place. A compact/loose powder would come in handy here. Find a shade that matches your skin tone and apply it all over the face with a brush or sponge applicator. Dab it lightly and don’t overdo it so it doesn’t look like it is standing separately on your face. If you prefer using loose powder over compact, it can still work just fine.
9. Setting Spray:
This is the perfect makeup finish as it would greatly help in keeping your whole makeup in place. Choose a spray that won’t cause oily face or smudge your makeup when you spray it on. Use a brush to blend it well to sit properly on your face. It would help give you that fresh look and also hold your makeup longer.
Makeup Items To Get You Started With Your Lips
It may interest you to know that your lip is one of your face’s core focal areas. Keep these essentials in your bridal makeup kit to make your lips stand out on that day.
The first thing you should have in mind when it comes to wedding day beauty is that you will have to apply an eight hour cream on your lips to help slightly plump the lips and take away any dryness. After hydrating your lips, apply a long-lasting lip stain that will likely not require any maintenance.
Here are some lip makeup items you should consider:
1. Lip Balm:
Lip balms remain a part of all lip care routines because it allows you moisturize the delicate skin of your lips and safeguard it from chapping, cracking or drying under the onslaught of different makeup products. So, any work on your lips should begin with a rich layer of lip balm.
2. Lip Liner:
Do you know that even with the right shade for your lips, a good lipstick is incomplete without a matching lip liner, which would definitely prevent it from bleeding out? Using a lip liner actually prolongs the wear for any lip colour. It also prevents the lip colour from feathering and gives a fuller look to the lips. Just ensure you go for one that blends well with your lipstick or you can stick to using the same colour just to make it look more defined!
Adding colour to your lips using your favourite lipsticks in matte, glitter or crème is up to you. Make sure it is matching, or in good contrast with your outfit or even the embroidery on it. This way your lips don’t be the centre of attention at first glance!
For that subtle and gorgeous look on your big day, pick that lipstick that works best with your skin. A nude or natural colour would blend well with your wedding dress no matter what colour you wear. Plus, you won’t fear that it would get all over your face, the glass or your husband’s cheeks.
Makeup Items To Light Up Your Eyes
Your eyes speak volumes and can give you that dreamy look you want. So, give them character by using the products that would make them pop and leave people looking longer.
Some items to light up your eyes and give you the best include:
1. Eye Primer:
In case you don’t know, using an eye primer should be your first step to set that bridal eye makeup in place. This useful cream can prevent your eyeshadow and other eye products used from creasing and also help make it last longer. Go for one that is not too thick so it doesn’t make your eye makeup look wild.
Trust me, your big day’s eye makeup is just incomplete without eyeliners. Keep different shades handy to create a dramatic effect. And for application, you could choose the style which best reflects your look – be it the dramatic cat eye, the subtle inner eye line or the winged eyeliner effect. For the best and bold look for that day, simply accentuate your eyes with a handy black liner by drawing a very skinny line just on the top lash. One that is shinier would really bring out the eyes.
The right blend of eyeshadows on that day would surely make your eyes stand out. Create drama with a darker shade at the outer corner of the eye and a light colour in the middle. This can enhance even your simplest attire and outfits.
Simply invest in a basic makeup kit and get ample practice ahead of different eyeshadow shades to get that bold look and make your eyes stand out. A natural eyeshadow that has the perfect amount of colour and shine is all you need on the lids for an instantly stunning eye on your wedding day.
4. Eyebrow Pencil:
Invest in a good eyebrow pencil especially if you have scanty brows. Eyebrow pencils define your brows in a precise and controlled manner, adding colour only to the desired areas. If your brows are looking all over the place, use a trimmer or razor blade to give it shape. Then you can go ahead and fill in spaces using your eyebrow pencil.
A very important thing to keep in mind is to not use the eyebrow pencil to draw on a fake-looking eyebrow. Instead, using an eyebrow gel or pencil, carefully fill in your brows to make it look all-natural and real. Use products that glide well and don’t melt under hot weather.
5. Eyelash Curler:
An eyelash curler will add to the drama element for your eyes, by adding the right frame to bigger and brighter eyes. Have it in mind that regular use of the product can also help in lengthening the lashes. It is better to use the eyelash curler before the mascara so that you can cover the entire length of your lashes with it.
Mascara makes your eyelashes noticeable giving you an appearance of bigger and brighter eyes, by darkening and thickening the appearance of the lashes.
This is essential on your wedding day as it’s important to look good for as long as you can because pictures last forever. You have to pick one that is waterproof and volume-enhancing to help darken lashes, add fullness, and even stay put during those tearful moments.
Miscellaneous Makeup Items To Keep Handy
1. Makeup Brushes And Sponges:
Just know that without makeup brushes and maybe a sponge, the makeup products are useless as you will need to use them to get that well defined and extra professional effect. You may think applying makeup with your fingers would work; try putting on Eyeshadow or powder with your fingers and see the result.
2. Makeup Remover:
This would save you in case of mistakes you make while applying a makeup item. It is also essential to use on your face before going to bed to help remove makeup from your face to prevent clogging your pores and making room for acnes and related stuff.
Rosewater is a great solution for sporadic outbreaks, natural toner or even makeup remover if you choose. Keep some with you to help you with breakouts and also spray on your face to look fresh all day. I recommend this TEAK NATURALS 100% Organic Natural Moroccan Rosewater which is also chemical-free. It calms irritated skin, reduces redness, and is used as a liquid toner. Check it on Amazon to see full details and price.
Having these items in your kit for wedding day makeup would pay you better especially if you have been using them even before the day. You can continue rocking the look even after your wedding day because the items are yours for the keeping.
So, any makeup item you have and think it should be in a bride’s makeup kit to complete that bridal look, share with us in the comment box below!