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

By Carly Cochrane - 2 years ago | Updated
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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.

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Long-lasting, picture-perfect makeup all starts with a good base, so who better to recruit for the job than Milk Makeup? Their Hydro Grip Primer is a cult-favorite for a reason: it's insane ability to keep makeup in place, all day long. Sweep the stick over fresh skin to blur pores, fine lines and uneven texture and prepare for a fool-proof foundation base.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

It’s the cult-favorite 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 glam.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

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 Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer 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.

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose 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.

DIOR Lasting Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara

The DIOR Lasting Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara 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 thicker. Oh, and we’ve made sure this one is waterproof, just in case a few pesky tears manage to escape.

ZOEVA Together We Shine 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.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio

Hearing your partner say 'I do' will no doubt have you blushing like a school kid, but Anastasia Beverly Hills is here for the long run. This professional blush palette laces cheeks with a long-lasting flush of color.

Jane Iredale Greatshape Contour Kits

There's no contouring palette better suited to a wedding than the Jane Iredale Greatshape Contour Kits. Perfect for both winter and summer ceremonies, it effortlessly chisels cheekbones and gives skin a natural radiance.

Benefit Floratint Lip & Cheek Stain - Cherish

Add the final touch to your wedding day look with a pop of color. The Benefit Floratint 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.

Benefit The POREfessional: Super Setter

The infamous Benefit POREfessional: Super Setter is an essential for any and every occasion. The mist locks down makeup 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?

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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