12 Bridal Makeup Products That Should Be in Your Makeup Bag

Stock up on these must-have items before your big day.

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Photo by Alyssa Greenberg

Your wedding day is going to be the most photographed day of your life and chances are you want to look your absolute best because those photos are going to last a lifetime. Aside from just looking picture-perfect for the sake of memorabilia, the big day, and all accompanying events, is also when you have to face a lot of people who may not get the chance to see you very often, so you want to make sure you look your bridal best. Achieving a flawless bridal beauty look starts with what kind of makeup you use. In an effort to put your best face forward, we suggest upgrading your bridal makeup kit well before the big day. To help you find the best cosmetics for your wedding-day look and beyond, we came up with an extensive editor-approved beauty product list and offered tips on how to use them.

Keep scrolling for our list of makeup must-haves for that bridal beauty look you've been dying to nail. Get shopping, brides.


Your wedding day foundation can range depending on your skin type. However, most brides tend to purchase a liquid foundation, as they're easily blended and give the most "natural" of finishes. Of course, if you happen to have a go-to, you need not switch it up on your big day. If you're currently on the hunt for a new foundation, makeup artists lent us some of their favorites.


If you want your makeup to stay in place from ceremony to reception, then it is absolutely necessary to have a primer in your bridal beauty stash. These babies target loads of skincare woes, too. If your skin is more on the dry side, there's a primer for that. A little bit of discoloration? There's one for that, too. One of our favorites is the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. Its silky, airy texture feels amazing on skin, plus it works overtime to reduce the appearance of redness, pores, and wrinkles.

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SHOP NOW: Sephora, $54


Think of concealer as your little multitasking BFF. When applied, they can brighten target areas, hide a pimple or dark spot, and even out your complexion. But when it comes to your wedding day, you want one that's pretty heavy-duty, meaning it will stay put from your first looks to your evening reception. Whether you need this baby to cover dark circles or just hide a pesky pimple, we did some homework for you already. Find several of our favorite concealers here.

Makeup Sponge

Simply put, these guys are a game changer. When used right (never use your sponge dry), your skin will look just like those flawless Snapchat filters. Naturally, we love the OG of makeup sponges, the Beauty Blender, as it promises impeccable coverage with minimal product waste.

For a cheaper alternative, try Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

SHOW NOW: Beauty Blender, Sephora, $20

SHOW NOW: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, Ulta, $5.99

Blush and Bronzer

A quick flush of rose or soft pink can bring life back to your face. When choosing bronzer, aim for one that's at most two shades darker than your skin color. Anything above two shades and you run the risk of looking a little artificial. For busy brides, we recommend NARS Blush and Bronzer Duo. This all-in-one cheek duo delivers the perfect bronze glow with a natural looking flush of color.

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SHOP NOW: Sephora, $24

Setting Powder

Lock in your concealer and foundation with a pressed or loose setting powder. Makeup Forever's Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder blurs and reduces shine with one swipe of a brush, and its lightweight formula absorbs excess oils to give a visibly flawless finish.

SHOP NOW: Makeup Forever's Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder, Sephora, $37


Whether you're looking for length or a bit of volume, mascara is an absolute necessity in your makeup bag. Add a few swipes of your go-to before applying false lashes (if you plan to), and softly darken your lower lashes for an extra hit of definition. We recommend that brides buy a waterproof formula, as to avoid any smudging or flaking in between photos. Looking for a new one? We've got you covered with a few of our favorites here.


Define your eyes with a waterproof yet blendable liner. Try to stay away from black (unless your eye look demands different), as it can appear a bit harsh around the eye area. Opt for brown instead. We like Charlotte Tilbury's "Rock 'n' Kohl" liner in Barbarella Brown.

SHOP NOW: Charlotte Tilbury's "Rock 'n' Kohl" Liner, Charlotte Tilbury, $27

Go-To Eye Palette

Whatever eye look you're going for, chances are you're going to use an eyeshadow palette. Typically, brides aim for a natural eye look, combining shimmery champagnes and soft pinks with matte browns. A perfect palette to achieve this look? Bobbi Brown's Nude Drama Eyeshadow Palette. Containing a range of rich matte browns and shimmery pinks, these eyeshadows blend seamlessly for the perfect nude eye.

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SHOP NOW: Sephora, $59


Your lipstick serves as the finishing touch to your makeup look, so this is a staple in your bridal beauty stash. Unfortunately, given that there are so many formulas to choose from—matte, satin, gloss, etc.—it can be difficult to choose just one. We're here to help with that, too. Looking for a new lippie? We've listed 20 of the most flattering lipstick shades, ranging from nude to plum, here.


There's absolutely nothing like a damn good highlighter to give you that lit-from-within glow. Seriously. It's all about choosing the formula that's right for you, whether it be a powder, balm, or liquid.

Blotting Paper

Last but certainly not least, blotting papers are a must-have for touch-ups throughout the day. Small enough to keep in your purse, a quick swipe will lift away shine without smudging your makeup. Try Fenty Beauty's Invisimatte Blotting Paper.

SHOP NOW: Fenty Beauty's Invisimatte Blotting Paper, Sephora, $16

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