When I do weddings there are certain essentials that need to be used. I want my brides to feel their absolute best and most important, look their absolute best. I always use products I would use on myself and that I believe are top notch. I have a little of everything in my kit. I’m literally prepared for anything. From multiple shades of foundation to blue eyeshadow to hot pink lipstick, I’ve got it.
To try to nail down my top items I must have in my bridal kit is like dangling a glass of wine in front of me and telling me to not drink it. It’s literally not possible. But I’ve thought about it and I believe these five products are my absolute “have to have” items that a makeup artist should keep in their bridal kit.
Concealer is a must when it comes to bridal makeup. They haven’t slept, they’ve partied at the rehearsal dinner, and on and on…they literally request concealer by the tub full. For these cases, I like to go a step further and add in my correctors along with my concealer. It’s an absolute must. From dark circles to that little friend that pop up on the chin to say hello, concealer alone is not gonna cut it. I like to use an orange/peachy tone corrector for under the eyes and a green corrector for anything pink or red. These are total life savers if I’ve ever seen it.
This is one of my favorite products in my kit. It’s a moisturizer and primer in one and works for all skin types. I don’t like to use an oil when I’m working with brides. It could make the skin look to oily and make the foundation “skip” off the face when applying. Not a good look. Embryolisse helps moisturize the skin perfectly without overdoing it and won’t mess with the look of the makeup throughout the day. I discovered at the makeup show one year and everyone was talking about it, so I had to try it, and I never looked back.
Every bridal kit REQUIRES waterproof mascara. There’s no ifs, and, or buts about it. I get questions every wedding, mostly from the mother of the bride, asking if the mascara is waterproof. No one ever wants the look of black tears on their face for one of the most special days of their lives. For that extra insurance, you definitely need to have waterproof mascara. I have been using Maybelline Great Lash waterproof mascara for YEARS. It’s the blackest of black mascara and absolutely never fails in the harshest of crying moments. I also recommend using this one and this one for the big day.
Strip lashes are for the birds. I personally find it hard to wear a strip lash. They tend to be too tight, one end unglues in the middle of an event, and they overall are too heavy of a look. For bridal makeup, I like to keep it simple. I have a lot of brides that want a more natural look. Most are very intimidated my a strip lash and instantly say no to lashes. Well, then I introduce them to the Ardell Individual Naturals Lashes. I actually love to wear these for a night out or to glam up any look I’m wearing. They’re especially the best for bridal makeup. They go on one by one and you can customize between short, medium, or long lashes. You can also do a single layer or a fuller, double layer of lashes. After applying these, brides are wowed and so happy with the result.
You want your makeup to last, especially on your wedding day. I work is so many conditions living in Florida so I want to know that my bride is going to look her very best from the beginning of the day to the end. Makeup is one of those things that cannot be taken lightly on your wedding day. Between those intimate pictures with your new hubby to dancing with guests till the early hours, if your makeup fails, I fail. That’s not happening on my watch. I have kept this Mac Cosmetics Prep & Prime Setting Spray in my kit since the beginning. I have my own personal stash as well that I use daily. It just helps lock in every morsel of makeup (with a fabulous scent might I add) and won’t budge for the rest of the day/night. It’s literally a miracle in a bottle.