How to Build Your Bridal Touch-Up Kit

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 bridal makeup kit 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 makeup kit and highlight our must-haves to keep you looking great from morning to night on your wedding day.

Who’s 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.

Bestow 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 Makeup Kit List 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.

If you have a makeup artist:If you’re hiring a professional to do your makeup, be sure to ask if they will be providing a touch-up kit and if yes, what will be included? If not, ask her to supply you with a bridal makeup list to include in your touch-up kit. Ideally, the recommended products will be the same ones she’s using to create your look on your special day.

If you’re doing your makeup yourself:

If you’re not going to be getting your makeup done professionally, you’ll want to do some preparation before your big day. First, figure out how you’ll be doing your makeup and which products you’ll be using. 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!

Bridal Touch-Up Kit Essentials

While everyone’s needs are different, here are the essentials to keep you looking flawless throughout the celebrations:

For Your Sparkling Eyes

1. Eyeliner: Pick a simple black eyeliner from your local drug store. Almay Liquid Eyeliner has a fine point so you can easily fix any smudges that appear. 2. Lash Glue: In case you start to tear up and your lashes come undone, try DUO Clear Lash Adhesive. You can find it at just about any local drugstore, and the best part? It’s invisible once it dries!

For a Flawless Face

3. Makeup Finishing Spray:Refresh your look after it’s finished 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. Powder & Puffs: Make sure you have extra powder puffs on hand to apply powder to your face when you start feeling oily or just want an extra glow. To be consistent, try applying the same powder that your makeup artist uses. 5. 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!6. Brow Kit: Brows are the new window to the soul, and you want them on their best behavior on your wedding day. Smudges will happen as you give out lots of hugs, but don't fret: e.l.f.’s Eyebrow Kit makes touching up quick and easy thanks to its small brush and mirror. You can find it at Target for less than $5, making this item a steal for brides on a budget.

For Luscious Lips

7. 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 will have you ready to pucker up and say "I do!" 8. Lip Stain: After your lips are soft and silky, it’s essential to have a colored lip stain handy to make them pop. The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain delivers a long-lasting look and is available in just about any color. You can even choose from a matte or satin finish depending on how much shine you want. Available at all Sephora locations.

What are some of your favorite wedding day makeup essentials? Drop us a line in the comments!

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