Bride essentials – Making your bridal makeup kit for you

Bride essentials – Making your bridal makeup kit for you

December 28th, 2021 | by

Let’s get you D-day ready! Your wedding might be the most photographed event of your life, and the pictures will be treasured for a lifetime. It’s the day when your fairytale sees its happily ever after and you must look nothing but straight out of a dream. 

Achieving a flawless bridal beauty look is all about what’s in your makeup bag. While the HMUAs are always well-prepared for your big day, with all the essentials on hand, what about the days leading up to and following the wedding? With all of the ceremonies going on, and the bride having to look just as lovely? Putting together a bridal makeup kit ahead of time solves those beautiful bridal concerns without a worry.

To assist you in discovering the best cosmetics for your wedding day and beyond, we compiled a list of products that are editor-approved and all the rage in the beauty industry today.

1. Lipstick

We can leave out a lot of things in our makeup bag, but never the lipstick! Lip colors are our first makeup choice because they illuminate our faces like nothing else! We are always willing to try new bright/dark and subtle nude lip shades. As a result of our extensive testing, we have zeroed in on the top, moisturizing, long-lasting lipstick for your bridal makeup kit that won’t budge!

The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline Matte Ink waterproof lipstick lasts all day, regardless of how many bites, sips, or kisses you take or give.  It provides a long-lasting flawless matte finish in a plethora of new super pigmented shades ranging from simple nudes to iconic reds, mauve, pink, and peach.

There’s a shade for every event and mood in the Super Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick. These liquid lipsticks aren’t exactly underrated, so you’ve probably heard about how they don’t move, have great pigmentation, and don’t look dry. The formula is truly one-of-a-kind, resembling an inky, paint-like lacquer with a slight sheen.

They don’t look like parched clay on the lips, unlike most transfer-proof lipsticks. They have the look of a traditional bullet lipstick with the longevity of a liquid lipstick. This lipstick has to be one of the most iconic launches of the last decade, in our opinion.

2. Mascara

Whether you want to add length or density to your lashes, mascara is a must-have in your makeup bag. Apply a few strokes of your favorite mascara before applying false lashes (if using), and softly darken your lower lashes for added definition. To avoid smudging or flaking between photos, we recommend that brides purchase a long-lasting, waterproof formula. 

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

It’s impossible to deny that we’ve all had our eye on this brand for a long time. This is your sign to go for it – it’s your wedding after all! The waterproof, long-lasting mascara defines, curls, and elongates lashes without smudging, clumping, or flaking. Wear it alone or coat it over any Bobbi Brown mascara formula to make it waterproof instantly. This little beauty MUST have a place in your bridal makeup kit, whether it’s for your bachelorette or Haldi.

3. Compact

With our highest-rated product for your bridal makeup list, you can touch up your makeup and keep the perfection of your wedding celebration intact. Never leave out a good compact for it really makes sure your look stays put together.

Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation Compact 


Lakme has been around for a long time. It’s evolved to cater to every generation. This brand recently got a lot of attention after its 9 to 5 Range and for the right reasons. Besides its aesthetically pleasing rose gold packaging, this multitasking primer, foundation, and powder provides even coverage with a matte finish. The primer hides fine lines, the foundation blends in smoothly, and the powder provides a comfortable, long-lasting matte finish. This is the best investment you could make for your wedding.

4. Foundation

The foundation you use will be determined by your skin type and colour. But when it comes to formulation, most brides opt for a liquid foundation because it is easy to blend and provides the most “natural” finish. The idea is to make makeup easy and life easier, especially when other things take up so much of your time. 

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 

MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15 is ideal for achieving a camera-ready finish that lasts throughout the day. Despite its light texture, the oil-free formula delivers a powerful coverage that won’t leave you shiny. 

5. Primer

You’ll want your makeup to stay in place even when you’re letting your hair down in celebration, so a primer is a must-have in your bridal beauty kit. Irrespective of your skin type, always go for a hydrating primer. The more moisture, the merrier.

Plume Silk Blur Moisturising & Hydrating Primer-

 A long-lasting and dependable primer that keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. It is suitable for all skin tones and types. It is a unique primer that also maintains your eye makeup looking vibrant at all times. The humidity and sweat-resistant formula keep shadows from creasing and fading while keeping colors true, for up to a full day. The primer is lightweight and comfortable, infused with hyaluronic acid and avocado extracts.

6. Highlighter

A quick twinkle of rose or soft brick can bring your face to life. When selecting a highlighter, choose one that is the shade of your undertone. It can either be yellow or pink, so pick accordingly. A pink shimmer is glamorous during the day whereas a peachy brown would be perfect for the evenings. 

SUGAR Cosmetics Own The Light Liquid Highlighter

Radiant skin is a must-have for bridal beauty, and liquid or cream highlighters are the way to go for the most glamorous and pearly glow. Unlike powder versions, which sit on top of the skin, these melt into it, leaving your complexion dewy.

Try this option, which has a bouncy and cushiony texture as well. Furthermore, unlike many other highlighters, it comes in four different shades, ensuring that there is a flattering option for every skin tone. Clean makeup queens will also appreciate that the brand prohibits the use of a long list of dubious chemicals in all of its products.

7. Kohl

Kajal or Kohl stick, an age-old favorite makeup item, can add a refined charm to your eyes. Kajal, which is made of charcoal residue, protects your eyes from infections and draws them like dreams.

Faces MagnetEyes Kajal

Make a strong impression with this intensely pigmented waterproof formula that lasts all day! This kohl provides one-stroke dramatic black color with a subtle luminous finish that lasts for 24 hours. In one swipe, you can achieve intensely saturated eye color that can also be used in the waterline. In six bold shades, the extremely soft and creamy kohl liner provides excellent and even payoff. Define your eyes with this smudge proof formula that glides like a dream!

8. Eyeliner

Without eyeliners, your eye makeup kit will always be missing some key. Keep a variety of shades on hand to achieve a dramatic impact on your bridal eye makeup. Depending on the occasion, you could go for a cat eye, a subtle inner eye line, or a winged eyeliner effect!

Faces Canada Ultime Pro A Matte Made In Heaven Ink Eyeliner-

This range from Faces is so effective and affordable in comparison to the other products from its competing brands. Personally, we loved this MagnetEyes launch. This Faces Canada eyeliner is black in color and gives a very high opaque pigmentation. As you apply the liner it gives you a jet black color but dries revealing a bit of a glossy finish. It has an amazing long-lasting power that stays for as long as you want it to. It doesn’t smudge or melt if it comes in contact with water.

9. Eyeshadow Palette

Talking of dreamy, dramatic eyes, what bridal look would be complete without some eyeshadow? Make certain that you have a color scheme in mind. You may also have to choose from various styles and trends, such as smokey or cut crease. A good palette contains a balanced mix of metallics, shimmery, nude, and dark shades to create a variety of eye looks and contours. Confused? We’ve got you.

Swiss Beauty Ultimate 9 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Begin by looking at the power of pigment. These saturated shadows in decadently colored hues are now available in four never-seen-before textures, all of which squeal weddings. The shimmery semi-matte formula has a cream-powder feel to it, which gives the shades a denser look. It is lightweight, long-wearing, slick, and easy to blend, allowing you to create a new sultry look each day, ranging from a natural to a more glam evening look. These mineral-based eye shadows have a smooth texture that is ideal for contouring the eyes and creating multi-dimensional looks. 

10. Blush

To up your diva quotient, prepare your cheekbones with the right shades of pink or red. Add the spark of a newlywed to your look with the right flush of jovial colors. Nothing refreshes your look like the tint of bright shades in a perfect blush.

As you apply the blush to your cheekbones, keep the duck-face pout in mind (suck in your cheeks to locate them). Apply a small amount to your temples to balance the flush on your entire face.

Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia Blush 

We absolutely adore Benefit’s GALifornia golden pink blush, which adds a perfect shimmering gold, sun-kissed glow to your bridal makeup. This is a must-have bridal makeup kit essential with a signature scent of pink grapefruit and vanilla. 

11. Brow kit

Eyebrow kits should also be on your list of bridal makeup products because they can amplify your eye makeup to look more even. Having perfect brows is essential because they make a significant difference in your overall makeup look. After all, it’s all about the details, and everything comes together to give you the perfect bridal look.

L’oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit

The brow kit comes in a small package with black on the bottom and silver on the lid. It has a perfectly functioning lock mechanism. When you close it, you will hear a ‘click’ sound. It includes an internal mirror and a tiny applicator with an angled brush on one side and a spoolie brush on the other. Because the powder is fairly pigmented, it’s best to take it slow. It applies smoothly and easily blends. The wax is non-greasy and provides a strong foundation for the powder to adhere to.

12. Setting spray

Strolling around the lanes of your wedding venue, greeting guests, and having a gala time with your friends and family sounds exciting and fun, but you have to make sure that your priceless wedding bridal makeup look doesn’t fade with the frolic. That is why makeup setting sprays exist! Lock in your look with a new setting spray that will keep your makeup in place. This is an absolute must-have in your bridal makeup kit.

Wet n Wild Seal The Deal Photo Focus

The best primer is back on this list, and for good reason! We can keep this in our makeup bag as well as our travel bag, knowing that it will be the perfect primer and setting spray for us. This has been the most trusted brand both professionally and for intimate events as well. As the name suggests, this spray is just the perfect one for your week full of pictures.


1. Makeup brushes and blenders

Without the right brushes and sponges, you can’t perfect your makeup application. Finding the right applicators can be difficult, but our suggestions can help you narrow down the brushes and sponges you’ll need for your bridal makeup kit.

2. Blotting paper

Blotting papers are an absolute necessity for touch-ups throughout the day. A quick swipe will remove shine without smudging your makeup and is small enough to keep in your purse.

3. Makeup Remover

A bridal makeup box set would be incomplete without a makeup remover. All that goes onto the beautiful face but must be removed duly too! Here are our top picks for your makeup bag.

4. Small mirror

 Mirrors are essential components of any Indian bridal makeup kit. You would want to check your wedding makeup on a regular basis to ensure that you haven’t messed up amidst the craziness of the wedding parties.

5. Extensions, hairnets, and hairpins

Little things. It’s always the little things that matter the most! You’ll need extensions, hairnets, and hairpins to keep your hair in place at all times.

6. Safety pins

You never know when you’ll require one of those (we hope you don’t, though). It is always a good idea to keep them in a girl’s makeup kit.

7. Hairbrush

A flat hairbrush is all you need for a perfect hairstyle. It usually aids in the removal of knots that you may have formed during your dance party a moment ago.

8. Sindoor and Bindi

If you are an Indian bride, you know will need them, so include them in your makeup kit already. Choose a variety of styles, sizes, and colors so that you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Because it is a simple task, most brides prefer liquid applicators to vermillion powder for Sindoor.

9. Sanitary napkins

Keep sanitary napkins on hand and easily accessible in case of an emergency.

10. Rosewater

Rosewater can be used to treat minor outbreaks, as a natural toner, or even as a makeup remover. Keep a bottle on hand, if you need a quick refresher too. 

11. Cotton Pads or Cotton Balls

These will come in handy for you and your gal pals when changing the color of your lips or removing that extra stain of liner on your cheek.

Happy wedding! 

Samarpita Mukherjee