Five Must-Have Wedding Day Beauty Products: High-End and Budget-Friendly Options for Every Bride
by Karly Anderson

Wedding Day Beauty Products
Wedding Day Beauty Products

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Whether or not you wear makeup on a daily basis, it is crucial that every bride-to-be wear makeup on her wedding day to ensure her natural features are enhanced and captured in photos.

Lots of brides choose to have their makeup applied by a professional the morning of their wedding to eliminate any pressure or stress of making sure the makeup goes on correctly and to avoid any timing issues and scheduling conflicts. However, thanks to our favorite princess Kate Middleton, brides also are seeking out a lesson or two from a professional in order to gain enough confidence to purchase the correct products and apply them themselves on their wedding day.

Regardless if you choose the professional or do-it-yourself makeup route, there are five essential wedding day beauty products that all brides need to ensure an all-day flawless face.

Wedding Day Beauty Products
Wedding Day Beauty Products

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1. Loose Setting Powder

A must for brides with combination-to-oily skin type, setting powder will help keep the oil at bay and from appearing shiny in photographs. Although there are skin tone-colored powders to add additional coverage, it is recommended to use a translucent setting powder to avoid your face from looking cakey or mismatched color to your skin tone.

High-end pick: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

Drugstore pick: e.l.f. High Definition Translucent Powder

2. Setting Spray

Similar to loose setting powder, a setting spray also will help extend the wear of a bride’s makeup from morning to evening. It also will help to blend together all the products on your face, and you can spray it on multiple times throughout the day for a refresher. There are multiple versions available, from matte to dewy, to suite every bride’s skin needs.

High-end pick: Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Drugstore pick: NYX Makeup Setting Spray

Wedding Day Beauty Products
Wedding Day Beauty Products

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3. Eye Primer

Most brides choose to play up their eyes with their wedding day makeup, so an eye primer is a must to keep shadows intact and crease-free throughout the day. Use a colorless primer if you plan to layer several shadows, or use one with a bit of color to hide any veins or discoloration on your lids.

High-end pick: Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Drugstore pick: NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer

Wedding Day Beauty Products
Wedding Day Beauty Products

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4. Eyebrow Pencil

Eyebrows play such an important part in enhancing a bride’s facial features. Defined, filled-in brows help properly frame the face and eye area and keep a bride from looking washed out in photos. A pencil provides the easiest and most natural application.

High-end pick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Drugstore pick: Maybelline Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

Wedding Day Beauty Products
Wedding Day Beauty Products

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5. Waterproof Volumizing Mascara

Whether you plan to cry or not on your wedding day, a waterproof volumizing mascara is a must. A waterproof formula not only prevents black streaks down your face in the event of happy tears, but it also doesn’t flake and holds a curl much longer than a standard formula.

High-end pick: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara

Drugstore pick: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Don’t forget to pack these essential items in a small travel cosmetic bag to have on-hand for touchups throughout your wedding day. With your makeup dream team assembled, you are sure to look and feel fabulous from morning to night.

We’d love to hear our brides-to-be thoughts: do you plan to have your makeup done by a professional, or are you going the DIY route? What are your must-have beauty products?


Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on InstagramFacebook and Twitter