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Editor's Pick: Best Bridal Make-up Kit Essentials & Buys For All Budgets

If you are preparing your bridal makeup kit for post-wedding dinners and new-bride makeup looks, find the best products to splurge on here.

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The countdown has begun, and as a new bride, you will soon have several events and dinner parties to attend. While you are at the centre of everyone’s attention and decked up in your favourite outfits from your wedding trousseau, your makeup kit should have products by the most trusted brands. While the magic touch of a bridal make-up artist is a must for your wedding/reception celebration, with a perfect handy Indian bridal makeup kit and top-notch makeup products, you can create stunning looks for your dinner/lunch plans with your family, friends, and relatives post-wedding day.

We are here to make your journey of compiling the best full makeup kit for girls easier. It's time to prepare a personalised bridal makeup kit that will help you slay all your ethnic looks! Find a complete beauty checklist with all the latest bridal makeup kit items to ace your celebrity-inspired or favourite wedding looks.

In this article:

Bridal Makeup Kit Essentials For Your Face 

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Choosing the right makeup for your face is definitely trickier than one can imagine. Your bridal makeup kit should comprise products that are perfect for your skin tone and your type of skin. For example, there are various shades of foundation to choose from that can compliment your skin tone perfectly. To make the choice of purchasing all the best makeup products easier, we have compiled a list of WWI recommended bridal makeup kit essentials for your face below. 

1. Primer

A primer is the first and most integral part of a girl's makeup list. It prepares your skin to hold your makeup in place right after you apply your skincare products. It keeps your makeup fresh throughout the day. It also forms a base for your foundation and makeup, hiding the pores from view and reducing fine lines. The right primer will also regulate dry and oily skin. So don’t skip this primary and essential step. 

Oily/Combination Skin: 

  • Recode Primer Ace of Base: has an extremely lightweight formulation and fills in the pores and fine lines like a silicone blend. (Recommended especially for Oily skin.)  Price: 799/-
  • Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Long-Lasting Makeup Primer: Blur perfect makeup primer, available for different skin types. Price: 850/-
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter: A customizable complexion booster with the versatility of a primer and the glow of a highlighter. Price: 4600/-

Normal Skin: 

  • Mac Prep+Prime Fix+: A hydrating and refreshing primer. Price: 2450/-

Dry Skin: 

  • Renee Cosmetics Glass Glow Pre-Make-Up Oil: Adds hydration to your skin and prepares it for multiple layers of makeup. Price: 315/-
  • Swiss Beauty Real Make-Up Base Highlighting Primer: A hydrating formula with pearl powder to hydrate skin and add a natural glow. Price: 429/- 
  • Kay Beauty Illuminating Primer Drops: has hyaluronic acid for instant boost of hydration. Price: 929/-

2. Concealer

Add a concealer to your bridal makeup kit if you would like to hide pigmentation, dark spots, redness, or fine lines on your face. Who needs face filters and photo editing apps when our top-reviewed concealers are here to save the day? 

For Acne, Dark Spots, and Pigmentation:

  • Insight Cosmetics Concealer: a lightweight concealer to blur out blemishes and conceal dark circles and redness. Price: 120/-
  • Swiss Beauty Liquid Concealer: non-sticky formula to cover dark spots, redness, blemishes, and break-outs. Price: 249/- 
  • L.A Girl HD Pro Conceal: a crease-resistant concealer with opaque coverage featuring a creamy but lightweight texture. Price: 695/-
  • Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer: An instant age rewind concealer for radiant finish and medium coverage. Price: 729/

For Dry Skin: 

  • Kay Beauty HD Liquid Concealer: high-hydrating formula for a seamless HD matte finish. Price: 849/-
  • Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer: oil-free and hydrating, full coverage, 4-in-1 multi-tasking concealer. Price: 2550/-

For Uneven Skin Tone, Brightening and Lightening:

  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible Full Wear More Than Concealer: maximum coverage in one stroke to cover under-eye circles, acne scars, and discoloration. Price: 849/-
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Full Cover Concealer Mini: skin full cover concealer that targets under-eye dark circles. Price: 1600/-   

For Sun Protection

  • M.A.C. Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer: A lightweight and creamy concealer that offers SPF 35 protection. Price: 2950/-  

3. Foundation

Never underestimate the power of your foundation. Choosing the right foundation as per your skin tone is one of the most important steps to creating the perfect bridal makeup kit. Find our top foundation recommendations as per your skin type below:

Oily/Combination Skin: 

  • Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation 16H Oil Control: A non-comodegenic oil-free formula. Price: 649/-
  • M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation: A power foundation that controls oil and shine for upto 8 hours. Price: 3600/- 

Normal Skin: 

  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation: full coverage formula with Replexium to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Price: 4600/- 

Dry and Sensitive Skin: 

  • M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15: sweat and humidity-resistant foundation that provides long-term moisture. Price: 3600/-

4. Face Compact 

Touch up your makeup and keep the perfection of your looks’ intact with WWI's recommendations for your bridal makeup kit list. 

  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder: 24 hour-long wear, foundation-like coverage. Price: 1099/- 
  • M.A.C. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation: controls oil and shine for up to 8 hours and reduces the appearance of pores. Price: 3600/- 
  • FENTY BEAUTY Invisimatte Instant Setting & Blotting Powder: A refillable finishing powder that blurs the look of pores. Price: 3700/-  
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Refillable: compact powder for a soft-focused, airbrushed-looking finish. Price: 4500/- 

5. Contour

A contoured look provides definition to your facial features, enhancing your nose and cheekbones. It leaves you with a sculpted look for the day ahead. For newbies to the technique and style, we recommend buying a small contour palette and doing ample practice beforehand. If you want to add a contouring stick to your bridal makeup kit box, check out our recommendations below: 

  • SUGAR Contour De Force Face Palette: A trio of matte blonzer, radiant highlighter, and blush. Price: 799/-  
  • Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer: A multi-tasking concealer to conceal, contour, highlight, and retouch. Price: 2550/-
  • FENTY BEAUTY Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick: Buildable cream-to-powder long-wear formula. Price: 3200/-
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand: lightweight and blendable formula to create a well-contoured face. Price: 3950/- 

6. Blush

Prep those cheekbones with the perfect shades of pink or red to up your diva quotient. A girl's makeup kit needs the right flush of jovial colours to add the spark of a newly wed to your look. Nothing freshens up your look quite like a perfect blush with the right tint of bright shades. Remember the duck-face pout as you apply the blush alongside your cheekbones (suck in your cheeks to locate them). Dab a little to your temples to balance the flush in your entire face. 

Powder Blush: 

  • Swiss Beauty Cheek-A-Boo 3 In One Blusher Contour And Highlighter: 3 in 1 on-the-go palette featuring 1 Highlighter, 1 Contour and 1 Blusher. Price: 349/-
  • Kay Beauty Matte Blush: Perfect blush for that extreme matte finish. Price: 899/-
  • Too Faced Cloud Crush Blurring Blush: 6 unique and playful shades to choose from. Price: 2650/-
  • Charlotte Tilbury Xmas 2023 Mini Hollywood Blush & Glow: for blushed and lifted-looking cheeks. Price: 2800/-
  • M.A.C Matte Powder Blush: Available in 6 iconic shades. Price: 3100/-

Cream Blush:

  • Swiss Beauty Cheek It Up Lumi-Matte Finish BlushLumi matte finish blush enriched with Jojoba. Price: 399/-
  • Just Herbs Lip & Cheek Tint and Blush3-in-1 multi-purpose hydrating and nourishing tint. Price: 695/-
  • Kay Beauty Creme BlushHighly pigmented formula for a glowy flush. Price: 849/-
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips & CheeksMulti-tasking cream color for lips and cheeks. Price: 3850/-

Liquid Blush:

  • Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte MousseLightweight formula available in 12 shades. Price: 725/-
  • Benefit Cosmetics Benetint: A celeb favorite for rose-tinted lips and cheek stains. Price: 1950/-

7. Makeup Setting Spray

Having the best time of your life during your wedding events and after your wedding sounds extremely fun but you need to make sure your bridal makeup doesn’t melt away with the running around. That’s what makeup setting sprays are for! Lock in your look with a fresh setting spray that will ensure that your makeup stays put. This one’s a must-have in your bridal makeup kit box. 

  • Swiss Beauty Long-Lasting Professional Makeup Fixer Setting Spray With Vitamin E & Aloe Vera: Enriched with the goodness of Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. Price: 289/-
  • Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Setting Spray: 24-hour oil control make-up setting spray for a mattifying finish. Price: 699/- 
  • M.A.C. Prep + Prime Fix+ - Original: Melds make-up for a natural looking and seamless finish. Price: 2450/-
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray: weightlessly primes and sets for up to 16 hours. Price: 3500/-  

8. Mirror

Mirrors are must-haves in any Indian bridal makeup kit. You need to take a quick look at your wedding makeup from time to time to ensure that you haven’t messed up your look amidst the craziness of the wedding parties. 

  • Majestique Beauty Mirror, Single Sided Mirror: Handheld compact small mirror. Price: 145/-
  • Majestique Glitter Portable Makeup Mirror: Compact and portable mirror made of premium grade. Price: 299/-

9. Sindoor and Bindi

You will need them after you get married so include them in your makeup set for girls. Opt for different styles, sizes and shades, so that you can mix and match to your delight. For Sindoor, most brides opt for liquid applicators over vermillion powder because it's an easy-to-do task. 

Bridal Makeup Kit Essentials For Your Eyes

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They say your eyes are the mirror to your soul. Draw your eyes perfectly with the best available eye makeup kit to tell a million stories with your bridal makeup look. Eyes play a vital role in defining your overall makeup; you could opt for stunning smokey eyes, the cat eye trend, gradient eye makeup and so much more, depending on your choice of attire for the event. Find our favourite picks below to achieve dramatic bridal eye makeup. 

1. Kajal and Eyeliner

Add a refined charm to your eyes with this age-old favourite makeup item: a Kajal or Kohl stick. Made of charcoal residue, this product in your full bridal makeup kit will protect your eyes from infections and beautify your look at the same time. 

  • Maybelline New York The Colossal Kajal 24-Hour Smudge Proof: Waterproof kajal with soothing aloe-vera. Price: 199/-
  • Faces Canada Ultime Pro Intense Gel KajalMade with candelila plant wax for smooth gel finish. Price: 575/-
  • Colorbar Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: Infused with the goodness of Vitamin C, E, and Aloe Vera. Price: 599/- 
  • Maybelline New York Line Tattoo High Impact Liner: Liquid ink with intensity for upto 48 hours. Price: 599/- 
  • Kay Beauty Quick Dry Liquid Eyeliner: smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and water-resistant eyeliner. Price: 599/- 
  • Colorbar Just Smoky Eye Kajal: 3-in-1 smudge-proof kajal. Price: 750/-
  • M.A.C In Extreme Dimension 24-Hour Kajal Eye Liner: intensely pigmented waterproof formula. Price: 850/-

2. Mascara

Don’t you just love how mascara can enhance your eyelashes and make them look fuller and bigger? It gives the appearance of bigger and brighter eyes, by thickening the appearance of the lashes. Your bridal makeup kit is not complete without the best mascara available within your budget. 

  • Maybelline New York Hypercurl Mascara: Smudge-proof and water-proof curling mascara. Price: 429/- 
  • Lakme Eyeconic Curling Black Waterproof: Intensely curled lashes in a budget. Price: 499/- 
  • L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara: An ultra-creamy and balmy formula with castor oil to hydrate your lashes. Price: 899/- 
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Film-forming polymers to lock curls at place. Price: 1350/- 

3. Eyeshadow Palette

Eyeshadows are the ultimate makeup items to create drama in your look. A perfect Indian bridal makeup kit always comprises more than one option of eye shadow shades to compliment all your wedding party attire. We suggest investing in several eye shadow palettes to have a wide variety of shades at your disposal. 

  • Swiss Beauty Ultimate 9 Pigmented Colors Eyeshadow Palette: 9-in-1 long lasting and light-weight shades. Price: 329/-
  • Kay Beauty Eyeshadow Palette: 9-in-1 palette with matte and shimmer shades. Price: 1299/- 
  • M.A.C. Connect in Color Eye Shadow Palette: One swipe, pure pigment pay-off. Price: 3900/- 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette: Warm and Cool tone shades in travel size. Price: 4800/-
  • Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eye Shadow Palette: 16 highly pigmented modern nude shades. Price: 5250/-  

Bridal Makeup Kit Essentials For Your Lips

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At the WWI Editorial desk, we can leave a lot of things from our makeup kit out but never the lipsticks! Lip colours are our first makeup choice because they light up our faces like no other. We are always willing to experiment with new bright/dark and subtle nude lip shades. Owing to our elaborate experiments, we have zeroed in on top-of-the-line, hydrating, long-lasting lip shades for your bridal makeup kits.

  1. Lipstick
  2. Liquid Lipstick

1. Lipstick 

  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick: 20+ shades infused with Shea butter. Price: 329/-
  • Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lipstick: Primer-infused formula for nourished lips. Price: 599/- 
  • SUGAR Matte Attack Transferproof Lipstick: Lightweight, non-drying formula infused with Jojoba oil. Price: 749/-
  • Manish Malhotra Hi Shine Lipstick: high-shine smooth and glossy textures. Price: 799/- 
  • Sugar Matte as Hell Crayon Lipstick: long-wear, weightless crayon lipstick. Price: 849/- 
  • M.A.C Lipstick / Mini: Easy to carry matte finish, mini lipsticks. Price: 1450/-  
  • M.A.C. Matte Nude Lipstick: M.A.C.'s evergreen lipstick has 15 shades to choose from. Price: 2300/-
  • Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color: Ultra-hydrating blend super fruit blend featuring fruit extracts. Price: 2400/-  
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution: Matte formula in a long-lasting lipstick. Price: 3350/- 

2. Liquid Lipstick

  • Nykaa Matte to Last! Mini Liquid Lipstick: Extreme matte finish that is weightless and doesn't dry out lips. Price: 325/- 
  • Nykaa Matte to Last! Transfer Proof Liquid Lipstick: Matte to last liquid lipsticks with the most creative shades. Price: 675/- 
  • Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick: Fade-proof and transfer-proof 16 hour lipstick. Price: 699/- 
  • Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse: Lightweight mousse like texture with matte finish. Price: 725/- 

Bridal Makeup Kit Essentials For Your Hands & Feet

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1. Hand & Foot Cream

No, we are not talking about the all-purpose moisturiser that you apply on a daily basis. Opt for hand and foot cream and add them to your makeup kit. This will keep your hands moist, conditioned, and ready for the perfect nail paint. 

  • Plum Bodylovin' Hawaiian Rumba Hand Cream: Enriched with shea butter for deep moisturizing. Price: 275/-
  • Nykaa Rose & White Musk Hand & Nail Creme: Enriched with Avocado, almond, olive and jojoba oil. Price: 299/-  
  • Vaadi Herbals Foot Cream With Clove Oil & Sandalwood: Repairs and softens rough, hard and cracked heels. Price: 210/-
  • Nykaa Happy Heels Foot cream: Soothing treatment to repair cracked heels. Price: 249/-  

2. Nail Paint 

Even the most well-kept and manicured hands fall short on occasions if they are bereft of any colour. Try a pop in a shade (or two) that strikes your fancy and see the difference.

  • Elle 18 Nail Pops Nail Polish: 60+ glossy and metallic shades to choose from. Price: 55/-
  • Faces Canada Splash Nail Enamel: unique quick-dry solution. Price: 129/-
  • Lakme Color Crush Nail Art: Choose from chrome, gliterrati, stargaze, unicorn, and shimmer shades. Price: 165/-
  • Lakme 9-5 Primer + Gloss Nail Color: long-lasting color with glossy shine. Price: 190/-
  • O.P.I. Nail Lacquer: Unfiltered bright and pastel shades. Price: 850/-

Brushes and Makeup Removers

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1. Makeup Brush sets, Sponges and Applicators 

You can’t perfect your makeup application without the right brushes. Finding the right applicators can be a challenge, but our recommendations can help you zero in on the brushes and sponges you need to curate the bridal make-up kit. 

  • Bronson Professional Bamboo Makeup Brush Set: 11 premium-quality bamboo makeup brushes. Price: 550/-
  • Swiss Beauty Professional Face & Eye Brush: Set of 6 face and eye makeup brushes made with synthetic bristles. Price: 1299/-
  • PAC Absolute Basics Brush Set: 14 brushes for the experts in makeup. Price: 4950/-
  • Colorbar Blend-itude Beauty Sponge: Edgeless egg-shaped makeup sponge applicator. Price: 199/-
  • Bronson Professional Ultimate Classic Beauty Blend Makeup Sponge: Makeup sponge for a flawless finish. Price: 250/-

2. Makeup Remover

You can’t have a bridal makeup box set without a makeup remover. The remover is the ultimate saviour for wiping all the makeup blunders away. Here’s our most trusted picks for your makeup kit. 

  • Colorbar on-the-Go Makeup Remover Wipes: Makeup wipes infused with Aloe Vera, Chamomile, and Glycerine. Price: 95/-
  • Himalaya Moisturizing Aloe Vera Facial Wipes: Soft and non-alcoholic Aloe Vera facial wipes. Price: 120/-
  • Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water: Removes water-proof makeup with Argan oil. Price: 249/-
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Micellar Cleansing Solution: Deeply cleanses makeup, dirt, and pollution. Price: 349/-
  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin: Micellar water to remove make-up and dirt. Price: 449/-

3. Nail paint remover

Keep a nail paint remover handy in your wedding bridal makeup skit to drive all nail paint blues away!

  • Lakme Nail Polish Remover with Vitamin E: Enriched with Vitamin E. Price: 99/-
  • ColorBar Nail Polish Remover: Infused with Vitamin B5. Price: 145/-

4. Cotton balls

Need we mention why these should be in your makeup kit? Cotton balls are a must-have to ensure quick and clean makeup removal. Don't miss adding this essential to your full bridal makeup kit. 

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