Beauty Products You Need for Your Wedding Day
words by // Jamie Birdwell-Branson
Naturally, you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day—but the number of products out there can be pretty dizzying when you’re trying to determine what you need. We asked Toledo area beauty expert and professional makeup artist Billie Jo of Beauty by Billie Jo to see what we products we should be packing in our makeup bags on the big day.
The Bride Who is Getting their Makeup Done by a Professional
While you might not think you’ll need any beauty products if you’re getting your makeup done by a professional—think again. Although you won’t need to stock up on the specific makeup you’ll be using on the day, you’ll want to think about what will need to be in your touch-up kit.
“I actually give my brides a touch-up kit. I give my brides everything they need to touch up, like eyelash glue, powder and beauty blotter,” she says.
On your trial run with your makeup professional, ask them if a touch-up kit is something that is typically included or if she could put one together for you for an extra fee.
Products Billie Jo Recommends for a Touch-up Kit:
Eyelash Glue: Callas Eyelash Adhesive in Clear (Latex Free)
Powder: Cover FX Blotting Powder| Oil Minimizing Pressed Powder or MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder
“It’s white but translucent when applied,” says Billie Jo.
Beauty Blotter: Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Facial Blotting Sheets
The DIY Bride
Even if you’re going the DIY route for your wedding makeup, it’s still important to see a professional beforehand so that they can recommend products and help you pick out colors that will work best with your dress and your skin tone. It’s also important to make sure that your face is ready for a long day of heavy makeup.
“I always tell my brides that they have to see an esthetician before their wedding,” she says. “I tell them, ‘You can’t put paint on a non-spackled wall. You gotta prep it and prime it beforehand.’”
If you’re determined to DIY, here’s what Billie Jo recommends for a complete beauty kit on your wedding day:
Makeup Primer: Sonia Roselli Water Balm Skin Prep
“This is best for all skin types. It is a primer and moisturizer in one. You can order at soniaroselli.com,” says Billie Jo.
Foundation: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation or MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation
“This is great for oily skin types!” says Billie Jo.
Eye Makeup Primer: Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette
“Palettes are usually best. The colors are made to work with one another. A beautiful highlight color is Stila’s Kitten,” says Billie Jo.
Waterproof Eyeliner: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner
Waterproof Mascara: L'ORÉAL Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
Blush: LimeLife by Alcone Perfect Blush or MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush
Lipstick: LimeLife by Alcone Enduring Lipstick, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick or Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
“I prefer a liquid lipstick to a creamy one because they dry down matte and are pretty kiss-proof and non-transferring. If you feel it is too drying you can put a gloss over it once it sets,” says Billie Jo.
If you’re going the DIY route, Billie Jo recommends that you go visit a makeup professional to take a makeup lesson with the specific products you’re buying for your wedding day.
As for timing, brides should be purchasing their beauty products at least six months in advance of their wedding date so that they can get a good feel for the product. Because you never know if the product is going to cause a breakout, it’s always a good idea not to try something new right before the wedding.
What About the Groom?
We often focus on the beauty products for the bride, but guys gotta look their best, too! For the grooms, Billie Jo recommends beard grooming oil if they have a beard. Also, if they have acne-prone skin, it’s a good idea to get a facial a few weeks before the wedding day. Lastly, a good moisturizer (without SPF, as it’s not great for pictures) goes a long way.