Building your bridal makeup kit is about so much more than just your wedding day. It is also the kit you are most likely to carry around on your honeymoon and it’ll come in handy when you have to deck up for all your post-wedding functions and the endless dinner invitations. Which is why we think it’s really important that you pick the right products to go into your makeup kit list for bride . From a few lipsticks for the day and night to a basic eyeliner and blush, you’ve got to make sure that you buy all the makeup essentials. We’ve made a list of our tried and tested products, which our experts swear by and given you budget options. But before we dive into the products, here are a few tips you need to follow while picking your bridal makeup kit essentials.
Before you start shopping for your bridal makeup kit, here are a few tips to keep in mind that will help make your shopping experience fruitful. Learn from our mistakes and stick to these six golden rules.
Be sure of your foundation shade before you buy it. Take help of the in-store beauty expert to determine the shade that best suits your complexion. It’s advised that you take a trial at the store and if you still have doubts, speak to your wedding MUA. Your bridal makeup artist is your go-to person to help you find the foundation for your complexion and skin type. Since it is going to form the basis of your entire makeup look, you need to get your foundation right. Before you buy a specific shade, you can swatch it on your wrist, neck or any other part of your body that you think is the closest to your face’s skin tone. Swatching it on your wrist will also make it easier for you to pick the foundation that is right for your undertone, be it cool or warm. Warm undertones are the most common amongst Indians with peachy, golden or yellow-ish skin tones. And blue undertones are for people who have hints of blue-ish, pink or red complexion. The secret I follow is that I ask the artist at the makeup counter to apply some foundation on my face and I walk around the mall for a good 20-30 minutes to see how it looks on my skin once it settles.
Do not get swayed by fancy brands and lipsticks that look good but can’t make it past one cup of coffee. You’ll be using these products for all your post-wedding functions and you’ll be spending long hours outdoors during your honeymoon. Go for long lasting and waterproof products for your bridal makeup kit.
Also, do check out our list of kiss-proof lipsticks for your wedding night!
Always pick quality over quantity. And that does not mean that your products need to be expensive. But if you are picking a product to be a part of your bridal makeup kit essentials, then make sure the quality is good and you aren’t compromising in any way. You’re likely to shop for a bridal makeup kit only once and it needs to be perfect.
Pick only the essentials, do not go overboard and buy everything you set your sight on. Keep in mind that the more you buy, the more you have to carry around with you. Which is a task! Also, cosmetics come with an expiry date and you don’t want your money to go for a waste. So keep it light and easy breezy, no extra makeup just for the sake of having unnecessary options. Remember, too many cooks spoil the broth!
If you are sure about a product that works for your skin type, lasts you the entire day and is basically your best friend, do not try to replace it! This is the one thing you need the most amidst the chaos of a wedding. Your tried and tested products should form the basis of your bridal makeup kit
Before you purchase unknown products or buy a brand you haven’t invested in before, read up on it. Do not jump into something just because it looks good on your best friend. You need to check how it works on your skin, if it suits your skin tone and texture, and if it meets your criteria. Do not make impulse purchases before reading some reviews first.
If you’ve set your budget for Rs 5,000 and are wondering what are the best products to purchase in this bracket, we’ve made a list of our favourites!
Maybelline’s Fit Me foundation has a wide range of shades to choose from, which is what makes it the best pick for Indian skin tones. The more options you have, the more likely you are to find your perfect shade. Price - Rs 500. Buy it here
A personal favourite, this primer is exactly what you need to make your makeup last longer. It has a matte finish which smoothes out your skin, especially if you have an oily T-zone. It is a bit on the pricey side but lasts you long enough since you only need to use a small quantity when you apply your makeup. Price - Rs 950. Buy it here
A compact will help set your foundation and keep your natural oils in control. Lakme’s 9 to 5 matte compact will soon turn into your everyday essential. Price - Rs 450. Buy it here
This product has been around since I was in school and the reason is that it is freaking amazing! Maybelline’s Colossal collection is hands down the best in the Indian market right now, which is why this list wouldn’t be complete without this long-lasting mascara. Price - Rs 399. Buy it here
Your makeup kit is not complete without an eyeliner. We swear by the Lakme 9 to 5 eyeliner that comes in a variety of shades. It’s long lasting, water-resistant and the intense colour is sure to add all the drama to your eyes. Price - Rs 275. Buy it here
This is a product that is common for both the budgets! MAC’s Ruby woo is almost as famous as the brand itself. The signature red lipstick is something no bride can say no to. Plus, the little MAC lipstick comes in a compact size and an affordable price. You can just drop one in your bag and use it on the go. Price - Rs 900. Buy it here
This lipstick is bae! I have actually written an article about how long it stays. And brides, with your busy schedules and long social events, you need something that stays on no matter how much shagun ki mithai you have! Dreamer is a shade which looks good and different on every skin tone, adapting to the colour of your lips. Price - Rs 650. Buy it here
This palette is a steal with a bronzer, blush and a highlighter that is easy to use and can make your makeup routine way easier. You have two shades of palettes available, which means you can pick according to your skin tone. Price - Rs 999. Buy it here
Once you're done buying the bridal makeup kit, store the products in our Sweet and Sassy pouch, which is as quirky as you!
If you have a budget of Rs 10,000, here is a list of bridal makeup kit essentials that you will love. This kit will be the only friend you need, during and after the wedding too.
MAC’s Studio Fix foundation is every makeup artist’s favourite weapon of choice. The formula is designed to last 24 hours and won’t budge no matter how much you sweat. It also has inbuilt SPF so you can wear it out for your day as well as night functions. It also blends easily and controls shine, so it doesn’t matter if you aren’t a makeup expert. Price - Rs 2,500. Buy it here
This primer comes in two shades, which is it’s USP! It comes in a radiant yellow which works better on deeper skin tones and a radiant pink for fairer skin tones. It also controls oil and smoothes out the skin for the effective application of the foundation. This prep + prime is also rich in Vitamin C and E, making it the perfect purchase. Price - Rs 2,950. Buy it here
The Body Shop’s compact is the best thing you can own if you’re the girl who does her makeup on the go. It also provides great coverage when used wet and a light matte finish when applied in a dry form. It is also easy to use for touch-ups, especially when you’re sweating due to the bright lights at wedding functions. Price - Rs 1195. Buy it here
The only thing you need to feel like a million bucks! This deep dark mascara is the secret behind elevating your eye makeup game even if you don't have any eyeshadow on. Just this and eyeliner is enough to take you through those dinner parties post-shaadi. Price - Rs 875. Buy it here
Not the most expensive eyeliner out there, but definitely one of our favourite beauty picks. The gel liner is long lasting, deep black and easy to apply. From a dramatic wing to a cat eye, you have the freedom to pick with this gel pot by Maybelline. Price - Rs 525. Buy it here
A bride’s staple colour, the red ruby woo by MAC looks good on every skin tone and is a pigmented shade that will last you without any touch-ups. This little lipstick is affordable and travel-friendly, fitting right into your budget and wedding day clutch. Price - Rs 900. Buy it here
If you aren’t the kind of bride who wants to sport a bright lip, MAC’s Whirl is the ideal nude pick. It won’t overpower the rest of your makeup and looks great paired with a smokey eye. Price - Rs 900. Buy it here
Richly pigmented with a satin finish, Inglot’s blush is easy to apply and blend. This 30-year-old brand definitely nails this product, which looks natural on every skin tone and leaves you with a natural looking glow - any bride’s favourite accessory! Price - Rs 1200. Buy it here
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This story was updated in October 2019.