Weddings have a special place in every little girl’s heart. Growing up, you have all earnestly looked forward to the day. From picking a dress that makes you look like a dream to choosing the kind of décor that will make you think that you’re hav* a fairy tale wedding, you have all daydreamed about every small detail.

But wedding and makeup have a super intimate love affair. Makeup forms an important part of everyone’s wedding preparations. From picking out various makeup looks, choosing a makeup artist to endless makeup trials, a well-planned wedding has it all. But as a bride-to-be or a newly married bride, it is equally important for you to have your own bridal makeup kit. It comes in handy when you need to get dressed for those lunch gatherings, dinners and what not since you can’t possibly have an MUA at your disposal for every family gathering, this SOS bridal makeup kit can help save face in case of an emergency situation. 

Your wedding will definitely involve a lot of dancing (read: sweaty moments), bingeing on sweets (i.e. smudged or faded lipstick) and crying (meaning runny mascara). Hence, you will need makeup that helps you survive these and a lot more storms, but you also need to be fully prepared for makeup meltdowns. This is why it is important for you to have an emergency bridal makeup kit that will have all your essential makeup products, important tools and few other things that will help you cover makeup faux pas if any.

Read on to find out all the products that your bridal makeup kit would need to have, put them in a pretty pouch and hand it to your trusted friend for safekeeping...


1. Primer

Primer in bridal makeup kit

No makeup kit is ever complete without the trustworthy primer, let alone something as important as a bridal makeup kit. Bridal makeup needs to be flawless and long lasting, to say the least. If you want your makeup to stay in place through the wedding festivities, then it is absolutely necessary to have a primer in your bridal beauty stash. These babies target loads of skincare woes, too. If your skin is more on the dry side, there's a primer for that. A little bit of discolouration? There's one for that, too. One of our favourites is the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer. Its silky texture feels amazing on the skin giving it a smooth texture, plus it works overtime to reduce the appearance of redness, pores, and wrinkles.


2. Foundation

Foundation in bridal makeup kit

You want to obviously look perfect for your wedding day and what better way to do that than use a foundation. But it is important to use a foundation that suits your skin type. Also, since you are also going to be photographed a lot, you need to ensure that your foundation does not look cakey or ghostly on your skin. Use a matte finish foundation in a texture you prefer, as it is super long lasting and also helps reduce shine. Try the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in the shade closest to your skin tone for a base that lasts all day.


3. Concealer

Concealer in bridal makeup kit

Concealer is the little multitasking BFF that your bridal makeup kit absolutely needs. A concealer does so much more than just concealing. It helps brighten up target areas, hide a pimple or a dark spot and even helps even out your complexion. But make sure that for your D-day, you pick a heavy duty concealer that will stay put no matter what. You can try the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer that not only perfectly conceals and brightens the face, but is also infused with SPF 25 to give sun protection.


4. Setting powder

Setting powder in bridal makeup kit

For your pictures, you want your makeup to look absolutely flawless and perfect to HD cameras and wedding photographers. For this reason, a setting powder becomes an extremely necessary part of your bridal makeup kit. Using a bit of pressed powder for light touch-ups, effectively cover imperfections and fight off shine is a great idea. Setting powders have an ultra-fine texture that does not look even a little bit cakey and they also make your skin look oh-so-radiant. Use the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation Compact spreads easily and evenly over makeup and gives your skin the perfect matte coverage.


5. Blush

Blush in bridal makeup kit

A blushing bride is a lovely sight to behold. But if the wedding preps and festivities are threatening to take the glow away, then add some blush to your bridal makeup kit. Using a little bit of a blush in a rose, peach or soft pink colour can give life to your face and makes you look fresh and stunning. If you have oily skin, go with a powder formula and if you have dry or combination skin, a cream blush will look a lot more natural on your skin type. We recommend using the Lakmé Face Sheer Blusher that comes in two stunning shades to suit a variety of skin tones. Additionally, the in-built sponge applicator offers a stress-free application for a warm tint of colour.


6. Mascara

Mascara in bridal makeup kit

Mascaras are probably the only things that make your eyes look bigger and brighter and make you look wide awake. Whether you're looking for length or a bit of volume, mascara is an absolute necessity in your bridal makeup kit. It would be wise to pick a waterproof formula as you don’t want to look like a panda with streaks of mascara running down your face. We recommend you to pick Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara that has dark black pigment, is waterproof and gives your lashes the right amount of volume and length.


7. Lipstick

Lipstick in bridal makeup kit

You are all aware that lipstick is that product that adds a finishing touch and pulls your entire look together beautifully and any emergency bridal makeup kit is obviously going to be incomplete without this product. A good quality, long lasting, matte lipstick is a staple in your beauty stash. But if you’re worried about what lip colour to pick for the kit, then we suggest that you pick one that is the closest match to the colour your makeup artist is planning to use for that particular event. The Lakmé Absolute Matte Melt Liquid Lip Color would be an ideal choice for your beauty stash because it comes in 8 stunning shades ranging from nudes to plums to reds and literally lasts all day.


8. Blotting paper

Blotting paper in bridal makeup kit

Last but certainly not the least, blotting papers should form an essential part of any bridal makeup kit. If you have oily or combination skin type, or are getting married in the summers, keep blotting papers handy at all times. These are an absolute must-have to wick away excess shine from your face and keep sweat and oiliness away without ruining your makeup. Blotting papers are also a great way to refresh your makeup without having to do your makeup again. Dab them on your nose, forehead, chin or any other areas that need a little extra help. It does not ruin your makeup and is a quick fix to make your skin look flawlessly matte.


9. Highlighter

Highlighter in bridal makeup kit

What’s a bridal makeup kit without a bit of bling? Honestly, if you do not have a highlighter with you, you are missing out on a lot. A highlighter comes in various textures; liquid, cream, or even powder format and you can pick one that suits your skin best, in the shade that is closest to the skin tone. A highlighter, along with a good bronzer is the best tool in strobing and highlighting the high points of your face, giving it an illuminated look. Use it on the bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow, eyebrow highs, cheekbones, and you are done. It’s a bling armour you should have in your bridal makeup kit. You can pick the Lakme Absolute Highlighter which comes with a reflective shimmer finish and yet settles comfortably on the skin to give you a gorgeous glow. It helps you highlight as well as contour. Packaged in a practical and portable packaging, this is a two-in-one marvel you should get your hands on!

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10. Makeup Setting Spray

Makeup Setting Spray in bridal makeup kit

A product that is much in vogue and for good reason! A makeup setting spray is the best way to ensure your makeup not only sets and blends in well without any harsh lines or unblended portions, but also helps your makeup stay longer than usual. You are going to be a bride, so you will definitely need a spray that is not only enabling the aforesaid functions, but soothing your skin too. Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner is a good fix here. This spray toner can easily double up as a setting spray. Further, its alcohol-free formulation and ingredients such as lavender and witch hazel soothe and nourish your skin with every spritz.


11. Bronzer

Bronzer in bridal makeup kit

How can we talk of strobing and not bronzing? After all, both are required for that perfect sculpted look that every bride desires on her special day. While strobing and highlighting with the apt product takes care of your facial high points, contouring takes a look at the depths and gives a narrowing effect where necessary. It’s a foolproof technique to give your makeup a more refined rather than flat look. There are many good bronzers available in the market, and you can pick one in cream, mousse, or powder texture, in the shade that you want. However, for the bridal makeup kit, you would want a practical packaging as well. You can take a look at the Lakme Absolute Highlighter here too, because it comes equipped with a bronzer for a complete facial sculpting experience. You would not want your bridal makeup kit to be heavy, after all. Carry both your highlighter and bronzer in the same packaging.

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12. Lip Balm

Lip Balm in bridal makeup kit

Honestly babe, you need something to nourish your lips constantly. Even though you would be all decked up in your bridal makeup, a lip balm is something that you would need to top off the dryness which will be escalated if you are getting married in Winters. We would suggest a coloured one with a boost of moisture. Not only will it fill in the chapped lips but also make up for the lost lipstick colour over time, due to snacks or otherwise. Bonus if it has SPF. We suggest you take look at the Lakme Lip Love Chapstick with SPF 15 which comes in an array of juicy shades.


13. Kajal and Eyeliner

Kajal and Eyeliner in bridal makeup kit

Very, very important. While you may have the best armour in the form of an eye makeup that can brave the ‘Bidaai’ waterfalls, keep your favourite kajal handy. Just like your lip colour, your kajal may also fade off during the entire ceremony. You can always touch it up with yours. Keep it in your bridal makeup kit. We suggest picking up the cult favourite Lakme Eyeconic Kajal which now comes with even deeper pigments. You can even have the Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Gel Kajal which is rich with natural pigments if you want a velvety black finish with the goodness of ingredients such as aloe vera. The best part about these products is that they can double up as an eyeliner. Your bridal makeup kit needs to be complete and not heavy. So these multipurpose products serve that purpose.

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FAQ on bridal makeup kit

FAQ on bridal makeup kit

Q. What are the essentials (not makeup) that I should have in my bridal makeup kit?

A. Apart from the makeup products, there are certain other nitpicks and things that should definitely form a part of your bridal makeup kit (not a runaway one *winks*). These are, cotton balls or pads, a small mirror, a nail clipper, a nail paint remover (dip one if possible as it is not messy and there are no chances of a bottle leaking or cracking), hairpins and clips, a small comb, a sanitary pad (just in case), and makeup removal wipes.

Q. How should I decide what to put and what not in my bridal makeup kit?

A. Try to pick multipurpose products, such as kajal that can double up as eyeliners, palettes of lip colours and even bronzers and highlighters, etc. Palettes and multipurpose products ensure that you have everything ready for a quick touch-up, yet does not make your makeup kit too heavy or cluttered.