Every bride-to-be dreams about the perfect wedding day. Unfortunately, some things don’t always go according to plan — and makeup is one of them. Through all the tears, laughter and dancing, it’s crucial to have a bridal makeup touch-up kit on hand to ensure you look flawless all day long.
But what makeup items should you include in your emergency bridal kit, and who should be in charge of guarding such a precious item on your big day? We’ll cover who should be responsible for your bridal touch-up kit (not you!), how to build your bridal touch-up kit and highlight the must-haves to keep you looking great from the standing up from your makeup artist chair to the late night on your wedding day.
Who is Responsible for Your Wedding Day Kit?
You’re going to be busy enough on your wedding day, and your makeup is one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about. You most likely will not have time (or need) to fully re-apply your makeup in between your first look, photo sessions, cocktail hour, reception, and after-party, which is why a touch-up kit is so vital.
Best on the task of holding on to your bridal makeup touch-up kit to your maid of honor or a family member. This way, you’ll know where it is at all times without having to fret over carrying around a bag of makeup all day.
Whenever you need a touch-up, make sure to let your friend or family member know. Likewise, instruct her to let you know if your makeup could use some refreshing throughout the day to keep you looking fresh.
Building Your Bridal Touch-Up Kit List Essentials now that you know who will be responsible for your wedding day kit, it’s time for the fun part. You can go about building your touch-up kit one of two ways: Ask your makeup artist for a list of recommended products, or create your own kit from scratch.
Bridal Touch-Up Kit Essentials
While everyone’s needs are different, here are the essentials we are recommending to keep you looking flawless throughout the celebrations:
For a Flawless Face
1. Cotton buds, blotting paper: Cotton buds are perfect for catching tears and won't smudge your makeup like a tissue, while blotting papers are a quick and easy way to take off any excess shine and keep your makeup looking perfect for longer.
2. Mineral or Setting Powder & Puffs : Make sure you have extra powder puffs on hand to apply powder to your face when you start feeling oily. Any makeup can make your skin stop producing oils, especially in hot and sunny days. Apply small amount of powder on the skin every 2-3 hours ONLY AFTER blotting it with paper to absorb all excessive oils. To be consistent, try applying the same powder that your makeup artist use. Our favorite powders are: Laura Mercier Translusent Setting Powder or Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.
3. Refresh your look after powder step and whenever you make minor touch-ups throughout the day. Our favorite is MAC Prime + Fix+, which comes in a cute and convenient 1-ounce travel size.
4. Kleenex: This is a multi-purpose, must-have item! Make sure you always have Kleenex. on hand to dry a tear or to pat your face. Your friends and family may want to share some with you, too!
For Luscious Lips
5. Lip Balm: Keeping your lips moisturized throughout the day is so important, especially for an outdoor wedding, or after you get wedding cake on your face. We are obsessed with Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm — its moisturizing formula and alluring pomegranate scent.
6. Lip Stain or Lip Color: After your lips are soft and silky, it’s essential to have a colored lip stain handy to make them pop. Pick your favorite lip color in local Sephora and reaplly when its necessary.
Next, get some trial or travel size versions of those products to make them easier to carry in your bridal touch-up kit. Store your makeup in a clear bag to make everything easy to find, which means more time on the dance floor!