We spritzed, exfoliated, moisturized, slathered, and puckered up to find these game-changing beauty winners. Together, they make up the perfect arsenal to take you from the engagement party to your wedding to your honeymoon—and beyond!
First Comes the Ring, Next Comes the Prep
Start setting beauty goals for the big day with these overachievers.
That glowing bride look sure is nice; now help it along with a daily regimen of cleansing with the derm-favorite, super-mild Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($16, available on Amazon) and a nightly application of Differin Gel ($14, available on Amazon), a prescription strength retinoid that helps banish breakouts.
“Dry skin” will no longer be in your vocab (or on your list of complaints), thanks to Olay Regenerist MicroSculpting Cream ($24, available at Target), which slakes dry, flaky skin. To even out tone and calm redness, reach for Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit ($85, available at Sephora), which works its magic while you sleep.
Your budget will love you: Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner ($3 each, available at Walmart) strengthen and nourish strands (without fading those new highlights) just as well as the pricier salon stuff.
After washing, the T3 Micro Cura Hair Dryer ($200, available on Amazon) will give your mane the shiny, voluminous, frizz-free blowout of your dreams, no matter hair's length or unruly mood—and in record time!
You have a lot of things to worry about when planning a wedding—but fussy makeup shouldn’t be one of them. Go for a you-but-better approach with a light veil of Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($45, available at Nordstrom), a quick swipe of Covergirl Outlast All Day Color and Gloss ($8, available at Walmart), and volume-boosting L’Oréal Paris Voluminous x Fiber Mascara ($11). And for good measure, brush on L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set ($11) for natural, full-looking brows.
Smile goals: teeth as white as your dress. Crest Whitestrips with Light ($100, available on Amazon) comes with a blue LED, and just 10 treatments will get you to the shade you want.
Go All Out for a Girl's Night Out
What’s in store for your bachelorette weekend (beyond all the fun with your bride tribe, of course)? Hairstyling heroes, out-to-there lashes, and statement-making makeup.
Hit the ground stunning with super-shiny Deborah Lippmann Crème Nail Polish ($19, available at Neiman Marcus) and a totally convincing faux tan, thanks to Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer ($9, available on Amazon). If you sense a zit coming on, banish it with Bioré Self Heating One-Minute Mask ($6, available at Target), which clears pores with activated charcoal.
Gorgeous Going-Out Hair
Create a foundation for a full weekend of many, many different styles with Living Proof Prime Style Extender ($20, available at Sephora), which detangles and tames frizz. If you have curly hair, define those ringlets with Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($10, available at Target). And for GNO, your look isn’t complete without a generous dose of Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Volumizing Hairspray ($19). The morning after, perk up your mane with the invisible oil-absorbing IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo ($27, available at Sephora).
Subtly define your lash line—or go full-on cat eye—with Revlon ColorStay 2 in 1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner ($9, available on Amazon). For shadow, Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($50, available at Nordstrom) is a one-pan wonder with versatile hues that will work whether you’re at brunch, the pool, or the club. Finish the look with a few coats of the LBD of makeup, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23, available at Ulta), to achieve full, fluttery lashes. Avoid a makeup meltdown, no matter how much you dance, by misting on some Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Setting Spray ($34, available at Nordstrom).
If you can't wear false eyelashes during your bachelorette, when exactly can you? Ardell Faux Mink Wispies ($7.68, available on Amazon) will give you long, luscious, YOLO lashes.
You know your excuses for skipping sunscreen—it makes you break out, it’s chalky—are so lame. And the perfectly sheer, oil-free Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Liquid Lotion ($9, available at Target) blows them out of the water.
For the ease of a gloss’s wand but the staying power of lipstick, you’ll love Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nudes ($10) and its cool, almost-matte finish.
Wedding-Worthy Products That Last All Day
These wedding-day essentials will get you through all the feels (butterflies, stress, laughter, tears)—and have you looking beyond gorgeous in photos.
To keep makeup from smearing and disappearing with tears, start with Marc Jacobs Under (cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($44, available at Sephora), and follow it up with Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43, available at Sephora), which delivers an airbrush-like finish. If you want something akin to an IG filter, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($38, available at Ulta) will bring out your best features with its candlelight glow. Match it with Kevyn Aucoin the Creamy Glow ($26, available at Neiman Marcus) for a sheer, healthy flush that seamlessly blends into your skin.
“Nailed it!” Mani
Essie nail polish ($9, available at Ulta) can be your something old—as in totally timeless. For decades, brides have been reaching for this brand’s impressive range of neutral, rosy, and blush hues.
You may suffer some sleepless nights before the wedding. But no one will ever know, thanks to the whisper-weight of Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($15, available on Amazon), which soothes tired skin and gets rid of redness, and Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($70, available at Nordstrom), which erases dark circles in a single swipe. Then baby your skin from head to toe with the ultra-hydrating Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($11, available at Walmart).
This is our vow to you: With the right products, you can do your hair once—and then not worry about it for 24 hours (at least). Tame flyaways and polish a sleek updo with a few pumps of Pantene Pro-V Smooth Frizz Fixing Serum ($6.50, available at Walmart). Or, if you prefer the tousled-and beachy look, work Redken Guts 10 ($20, available at Ulta) into your roots before styling. And to make it all last through the after-party, spritz on the weightless Tresemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray ($5, available at Target).
Happy tears. Stress tears. Verklempt tears. Don’t be surprised if you cry once or twice (or 20 times) today. But you can fearlessly bring on the waterworks when you accentuate your eyes with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner ($22, available at Sephora), and mix-and-match shimmer and matte shades from Tarte's Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($46, available at Sephora). Finally, be sure to coat lashes with the standout smudge defiant Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara ($30, available at Nordstrom).
Keep Your Glow on Through Your Honeymoon
After the vows have been said and done, and you're headed off to your dreamy honeymoon with your new spouse, don't forgot to pack these travel-friendly must-haves in your carry-on.
Stun in the Sun
H2O is no match for this SPF. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($40) has sun-shielding abilities that get stronger when exposed to water (or sweat). For a sun-kissed glow without the UV damage, sweep on Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68), and Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment ($20, available at Nordstrom) gives just a hint of color—but lots of SPF.
Fewer toiletries in your bag means more room for shoes and clothes (duh!). The little orb of Secret Freshies Deodorant ($5, available at Target) fits in the palm of your hand, and the soothing, cleansing Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes ($7) will be the best multitaskers in your carry-on.