Wedding season is in full swing and whether you’re a bride or a guest, wedding hair and makeup are things you probably think about often. While it can be overwhelming to find the right look, once you crack the code, it’s a formula you can recreate for every wedding you attend going forward — kind of like a wedding uniform.
Part of building that uniform is having the right set of tools, AKA, the right makeup products for the job. When you think of all the pictures that are taken during the ceremony and celebrations, your makeup has to look good and the products that you choose matter. Ahead, discover all the best wedding makeup products to stock in your makeup kit for any upcoming nuptials.
10 Products to Keep In Your Wedding Makeup Kit
Whether you're the bride or a guest, you'll need these makeup products to complete your look.
Makeup primer helps to create a smooth base for your makeup and it also helps to extend your makeup wear time — plus, you can also pick a formula to address common skin concerns like large pores or excess oil. If priming is a step you normally skip, you shouldn’t, especially for a wedding. A solid primer will make a huge difference in ensuring your makeup lasts through the ceremony and well throughout the reception.
Our pick for large pores: L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Pore Minimizer
Our pick for dull skin: L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Dullness Reducer
Our pick for redness: L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Redness Eraser
Our pick for oily skin: L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter
Foundation is going to even out your skin tone and conceal blemishes, so like primer, it’s not a step you want to skip. Even if you don’t wear foundation on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to wear one on your wedding day so your skin looks pristine and glowy in all the photos. Look for a formula with buildable coverage and a natural finish for a skin-like appearance, or, go for a full-coverage formula to get a flawless and ultra-glam skin look.
Our pick for a glowy finish: L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation
Our pick for full coverage: L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation
Our pick for a matte finish: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder
Concealer adds extra coverage in the areas where you need it, and it can serve as a contour or highlighter to create a more chiseled and defined visage. To add more coverage, choose a shade that matches your skin tone, to contour, choose a shade that’s two to three shades darker than your skin tone, and to highlight, choose a shade that’s two shades lighter.
Bronzer adds dimension to your complexion and it can be used to contour to create the appearance of a slimmer face shape and chiseled cheekbones. Look for a formula with a neutral tone to avoid the appearance of orange skin.
Blush adds a little bit of color and life to your complexion. We don’t recommend skipping on this step when it comes to your wedding makeup because it can make your face look flat. Additionally, we suggest a matte formula because it won’t include chunky glitter or emphasize texture.
Blush adds color to brighten your complexion, while highlighter adds a glow that gives your skin a radiant, healthy-looking appearance. Look for a cream formula that can melt into the skin — it will make your visage look refreshed, well-rested and plump.
Eyeliner, whether used to create a timeless wing or smudged and smoky lines, serves to emphasize your eye shape. Use it for your bridal makeup look or for wedding guest makeup look because it will really make your eyes pop in photos.
Our pick for winged eyeliner: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner
Our pick for smoky eyeliner: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Like eyeliner, mascara helps to define your eye shape à la voluminous lashes. We highly recommend mascara for your wedding makeup look because it will open up your eyes and complete your overall look. A waterproof formula may be a good option for all the happy tears you may shed during the occasion.
Lipstick brings your entire makeup look together. It’s an absolute must, the only thing you have to decide on is the finish and the color. A pink nude lipstick in a velvety matte finish is a timeless choice for a wedding, while a vibrant red lip is a stunning way to make a bold, vibrant statement for a blushing bride.
Our pick for matte lips: L’Oréal Paris Intense Volume Matte Lipstick
Our pick for satin lips: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick
Setting spray is like insurance for your makeup — it sets everything in place, it makes your makeup last longer and it can protect your makeup against sweat and oils. You’ll want to use it for a wedding (as a bride or as a guest) so your makeup looks just as good during the celebration as it did during the ceremony.
Photographer: Ted Cavanaugh, Producer: Becca Solovay, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Prop Stylist: Katrina Rozeville, Prop Assistant: Emily Ramirez, Photo Assistant: Ben Berkes, Digi Tech: Aaron Barton