Best Bridal Makeup: The Essentials a Bride Needs on Her Wedding Day

By Carly Cochrane -
best bridal makeup

It goes without saying that as bride-to-be, you want to look your best self for both the big day and those life-long photographs.

But more often than not, small essentials that make all the difference – like makeup – are lost among the chaos that comes with wedding planning.

While the standard bridal makeup seems pretty straight-forward – natural, glowy and sophisticated – the products you use can either make or break the look.

In a bid to help you achieve a flawless face, we've rounded up the makeup essentials every bride needs on her wedding day, with everything from flashback-proof foundation to waterproof mascara accounted for.


1. Smashbox Photo Finish Super Light Smooth and Blur Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Super Light Smooth and Blur Primer

Long-lasting, picture perfect makeup all starts with a good base, so who better to recruit for the job than primer-experts, Smashbox?

This oil-free gel primer ensures pores, fine lines and uneven texture are smoothed and blurred so you can lay down a flawless foundation base.


2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

It’s the cult-favourite foundation that beats heat, humidity, sweat and shine, making it the number one choice for special occasions like your wedding day.

Boasting a lightweight, transfer-proof formula, you can rest assured that no tears, hugs or first dances will take their toll on your makeup.


3. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer

It's likely that nerves are going to keep you up on your wedding eve, meaning you’re going to want to snap up the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for the next day.

The much-loved formula is a go-to for beauty junkies, editors and makeup artists as it effortlessly hides dark circles and blemishes without creasing or sinking into fine lines.


4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Looking back at photos only to find your face covered with a white cast is frustrating, and a mishap that you'll definitely want to avoid on your wedding day.

Flashback-approved, this powder keeps skin shine-free and laced with a natural glow.


5. Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara

Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara

The Hypnose is our go-to mascara when we’re looking for a lash lift like no other. Gliding on smoothly, it boosts the volume of lashes and makes them six times thicker. Oh, and we’ve made sure this one is waterproof, just in case a few pesky tears manage to escape.


6. Yves Saint Laurent Couture Eyeshadow Palette

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Eyeshadow Palette

While eyeshadow is totally optional, it’s a fab way to add a little ‘oomph’ to your peepers. On occasions as special as your wedding, it’s good to stick to neutral shades with a little shimmer to create a sultry but sophisticated look.


7. NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheek Blush Palette

NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

Hearing your partner say 'I do' will no doubt have you blushing like a school kid, but NYX is here for the long run.

This professional palette laces cheeks with a long-lasting flush of colour.


8. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

There's no contouring palette better suited to a wedding than the Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

Perfect for both winter and summer ceremonies, it effortlessly chisels cheekbones and gives skin a natural radiance.


9. MAC Versicolour Stain

MAC Versicolour Stain

Add the final touch to your wedding day look with a pop of colour. The MAC Versicolour stain gives lips a long-lasting tint so you never have to worry about things like touch ups or lipstick on your teeth.

Available in a variety of shades, you can pucker up with a bold red lip, a nearly-there nude or a subtle pink.


10. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

The infamous All Nighter Setting Spray is an essential for any and every occasion.

The mist locks down makeup for up to 16 hours, without melting, fading or settling into fine lines, meaning your beautiful bridal look will stay in place from ceremony to service.


Now that you're kitted out with the best bridal makeup, why not kill two birds with one stone and check out 30 Wedding Hair Ideas?

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