The 6 essential items every bride needs in their touch-up kit
Bridal Makeup

Don’t Let Your Bridal Look Fade: The 6 Touch-Up Kit Items You Must Have For Your Makeup

by Waring Makeup 


As a bride, you deserve to look and feel your absolute best, and your makeup plays a significant role. A perfect bridal makeup look enhances your natural beauty and boosts your confidence as you walk down the aisle and celebrate with your loved ones.

However, with all the emotions, hugs, kisses, and dancing, your makeup will need a few touch-ups throughout the day. That's why being prepared is essential to keep your bridal look fresh from the moment you say "I do" to the last dance of the night.

Key Takeaways

  • Essential bridal touch-up kit for a flawless wedding day look.
  • Discover must-have items like blotting papers and setting spray.
  • Keep your makeup fresh and vibrant with expert tips.

This article will share the six essential items every bride should have in her bridal makeup touch-up kit. Having these items with you will ensure your makeup stays put for your entire wedding while keeping your skin flawless and your smile vibrant. So, let's look at the must-haves for your bridal touch-up kit!

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Woman using blotting papers on her face to remove oil

Item #1: Blotting Papers

The first essential item for your bridal touch-up kit is blotting papers. These thin, absorbent sheets are a lifesaver when maintaining a matte and oil-free finish. Even if you have dry or combination skin, the excitement and activity of your wedding day can cause your skin to produce more oil than usual, leading to an unwanted shiny appearance in photos.

Blotting papers are incredibly easy to use and ideal for on-the-go shine control. If you notice any oiliness or shine on your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) or other areas of your face, it’s time to use blotting paper. Start by gently pressing a blotting paper against your skin and then holding it for a few seconds. The paper will absorb the excess oil without disturbing your makeup, instantly giving you a fresh, matte look.

Pro Tips - Blotting Papers

Here are some tips on how to use blotting papers effectively:

  1. Always pat, never rub
    When using blotting papers, gently pat the paper against your skin without rubbing, applying light pressure when pressing. Rubbing can disrupt your makeup and cause your makeup to break apart.
  2. Focus on the T-zone
    The T-zone tends to be the oiliest area of the face. So start there and work your way outwards if needed.
  3. Use a clean sheet for each touch-up
    Always use fresh blotting papers to avoid spreading oil or bacteria.

Many brands offer blotting papers in sleek, compact packaging perfect for slipping into your clutch or purse. Some even include a small mirror, making it easy to check your makeup and touch up discreetly whenever needed.

Remember, you don't need to use blotting papers excessively – just a quick touch-up when you notice some shine. By incorporating blotting papers into your bridal touch-up kit, you'll be well-equipped to keep your complexion looking fresh and oil-free all day, allowing you to focus on celebrating and enjoying every moment of your special day.

Setting powder and brush on a white table

Item #2: Setting Powder

The second must-have item for your bridal touch-up kit is setting powder. This magical product ensures your makeup stays put and looks fresh all day, even through tears, laughter, and endless photo sessions. Setting powder works by absorbing excess oil and locking your makeup in place, preventing it from smudging, creasing, or wearing off throughout the day.

When choosing a setting powder for your big day, it's essential to consider your skin type and desired finish. Opt for a mattifying, oil-absorbing powder for oily or combination skin that will keep shine at bay. Look for a lightweight, hydrating powder that won't accentuate dry patches or fine lines for dry or sensitive skin. And for a natural, luminous finish that will make your skin glow in every photo, try a translucent or finely milled powder that will blur imperfections without adding noticeable colour or texture. Finally, it’s important to avoid using a setting powder with glitter or sparkles, as they can cause unwanted shine in your photos with flash photography.

Pro Tips - Setting Powder

To apply setting powder while touching up your makeup, follow these three tips:

  1. Use a fluffy powder brush 
    For an even finish, use a soft powder brush to apply a light dusting of setting powder all over your face. Tap off any excess product before applying it to your skin. We recommend using a velour powder puff as they’re very compact and user-friendly.
  2. Focus on key areas 
    Pay special attention to the places where your makeup is most likely to wear off or become shiny. T-zone, under-eyes, and around the nose and mouth are the most common offenders.
  3. Reapply sparingly
    When touching up your makeup, use a small amount of powder to avoid a cakey or powdery look. A little goes a long way in ensuring your makeup stays in place.

By incorporating setting powder into your bridal touch-up kit, you'll be well-prepared to keep your makeup flawless and fresh. With the right setting powder on hand, you can confidently enjoy every moment of your special day, knowing that your makeup will stay put while looking flawless in every photo.

A happy woman using setting spray on her face

Item #3: Setting Spray

A high-quality setting spray is the third essential item for your bridal touch-up kit. This remarkable product works like a protective shield, locking in your makeup for long-lasting wear and ensuring it stays through all the festivities of your wedding day. A suitable setting spray not only helps your makeup last longer but also aids it from settling into fine lines or creasing while keeping your complexion looking fresh and radiant.

When selecting a setting spray for your big day, consider the finish you're aiming for and any specific concerns you may have. Various options are available, including matte, dewy, and long-wear formulas and those with added benefits like oil control and hydration. Make sure to choose a setting spray that suits your skin type.

Pro Tips - Setting Spray

To apply setting spray and touch up your makeup throughout the day, follow these steps:

  1. Shake well before use 
    Give your setting spray a good shake before applying it to ensure the ingredients are well-mixed and evenly distributed.
  2. Hold the bottle at a distance 
    Hold the setting spray about 8-12 inches away from your face to ensure an even mist and prevent any large droplets from landing on your makeup.
  3. Spray in a T or X formation 
    Spritz the setting spray across your face in a T or X formation, making sure to cover all areas evenly. Give it a few seconds to dry before opening your eyes or starting the next step.
  4. Reapply if needed
    You can reapply your setting spray throughout the day for an extra boost of freshness and staying power.

By including a reliable setting spray in your bridal touch-up kit, you'll be well-equipped to keep your makeup flawless and long-lasting. Setting sprays play a key role in refreshing your makeup while providing extra protection and are necessary for your big day.

Close-up of woman's lower half of her face while applying lip gloss

Item #4: Lipstick or Lip Gloss

The fourth must-have item for your bridal touch-up kit is your chosen lipstick or lip gloss. As you'll be smiling, chatting, eating, and drinking throughout your wedding day, it's crucial to have your lip product on hand for quick and easy touch-ups. A well-applied lip colour completes your bridal makeup look and makes your smile shine in every photograph.

When selecting a lipstick or lip gloss for your big day, consider the following factors:

  1. Longevity 
    Opt for a transfer-resistant formula that will stay put throughout the day. Look for products labelled as "long-lasting," "smudge-proof," or "kiss-proof" to ensure your lip colour stays vibrant.
  2. Comfort 
    Choose a lip product that feels comfortable on your lips and doesn't leave them dry or sticky. You’ll find the one that works best for you during your trial appointment.
  3. Colour
    Select a shade that complements your skin tone, wedding dress, and overall bridal look. Most brides will select a classic colour like soft pink, nude, or red but don't be afraid to choose a bolder or more unique colour if it suits your style.

Pro Tips - Lip Products

When touching up your lips, follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove any excess product
    Before touching up your lipstick or lip gloss, gently blot your lips with a tissue. This will help to remove any excess product or food particles.
  2. Start from the centre
    When applying your lip colour, start at the centre of your lips and work outwards. This will ensure an even, precise application and prevent the colour from feathering or bleeding.
  3. Use a lip brush for precision
    For a more defined look, use a lip brush. This is especially helpful if you're using a bold or dark shade.
Close-up of woman wearing tan eyeshadow and false lashes with her eyes closed

Item #5: Lash Glue

The fifth essential item for your bridal touch-up kit is lash glue. If you've opted for false eyelashes or individual lashes, it's crucial to have lash glue on hand. Even the best-applied lashes can sometimes lift at the corners or come loose due to tears, sweat, or other factors. Having lash glue readily available will ensure your lashes stay securely in place and look flawless throughout the day.

When choosing a lash glue, consider the following factors:

  1. Drying time
    Opt for a lash glue with a quick drying time to minimize the risk of gluing the lash in the incorrect placement while the glue sets. A fast-drying formula will make touch-ups faster and more convenient.
  2. Colour
    Lash glues come in both clear and black formulas. Clear glue dries transparent and is ideal if you're going for a more natural look, while black glue can add extra definition to your lash line if you're wearing eyeliner or a bold eye makeup look. We strongly recommend using clear lash glue if you’re unfamiliar with lash glue. This will be helpful if you use too much, as it will still dry clear and won’t be visible.
  3. Waterproof
    Choose a waterproof lash glue to ensure your lashes stay put through tears, humidity, and other wedding day challenges.

Pro Tips - Lash Glue

To touch up your lashes throughout the day, follow these simple steps:

  1. Clean the area
    If a lash is loose, carefully remove debris or old glue from the lash band or your natural lash line.
  2. Apply a thin layer of glue
    Apply a thin layer of lash glue to the lash band or the loose section of your lash. We can’t emphasize enough that less is more regarding lash glue. Lash glue is incredibly sticky, so a tiny amount can do a lot of heavy lifting.
  3. Press and hold
    Start by waiting a few moments for the lash glue to get tacky. Then gently press the lash back into place, holding it for a few seconds to allow the glue to set. Letting the lash glue first get tacky means you’ll be less likely to see glue flow over the lash band when you press down. You can use a pair of tweezers or a lash applicator tool for added precision.

By including lash glue in your bridal touch-up kit, you'll be well-prepared to maintain your stunning, fluttery lashes all day. With the right lash glue on hand, you can confidently enjoy your big day without worrying about your lashes blowing off or looking out of place.

Beautiful woman removing her eye makeup with a removal wipe

Item #6: Makeup Removal Wipes

The sixth essential item for your bridal touch-up kit is makeup removal wipes. Including a makeup removal product in your touch-up kit may seem counterintuitive. However, these handy wipes can be a lifesaver in case of unexpected makeup mishaps or smudges. Having makeup removal wipes on hand lets you quickly and easily clean up any errors or excess makeup without disturbing the rest of your carefully applied makeup.

When choosing makeup removal wipes, consider the following factors:

  1. Gentle formula
    Opt for a gentle, alcohol-free formula suitable for sensitive skin and won't cause irritation or redness. Look for wipes containing soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or cucumber to keep your skin calm and refreshed.
  2. Effective cleansing
    Choose a makeup removal wipe that removes even stubborn, waterproof makeup without excessive rubbing or tugging on your skin. Try to avoid makeup wipes that contain a lot of oil, as they can cause the makeup to smear and break up other unintended areas. (Pro tip: Keep those oily wipes for the night's end instead.)
  3. Portability
    Select a pack of wipes that is compact and easy to carry in your touch-up kit. Resealable packaging will help to keep the wipes moist and ready for use whenever you need them.

Pro Tips - Makeup Removal Wipes

To use makeup removal wipes for touch-ups, follow these simple steps:

  1. Be gentle
    Remember to be gentle when using a makeup removal wipe and avoid rubbing or pulling on your skin. Use a light, dabbing motion to remove any unwanted makeup or smudges.
  2. Clean up edges
    Makeup removal wipes can be handy for cleaning up your eyeliner's or lipstick's edges, ensuring a precise and polished finish.

By including makeup removal wipes in your bridal touch-up kit, you'll be well-prepared to tackle any unexpected makeup challenges on your big day. With these convenient wipes at your disposal, you can confidently enjoy your special day.

Pink background with bandaids patterned across it

Bonus Item: Band-Aids

A practical bonus item for your bridal touch-up kit is a few Band-Aids. Though not directly related to makeup, they can be a lifesaver on your wedding day, preventing blisters from your stunning yet potentially uncomfortable shoes and addressing minor accidents.

When choosing Band-Aids, select clear or skin-tone options that blend in discreetly, ensuring they won't be noticeable in photos. Also, opt for a pack of various sizes to accommodate different needs.

By including Band-Aids in your touch-up kit, you'll be well-prepared to handle minor mishaps or surprise blisters, allowing you to dance the night away comfortably.

A bride's touch-up kit is like a fairy godmother in her purse, ready to magically keep her makeup and confidence intact throughout the entire celebration.

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Ensuring an Unforgettable Bridal Look

Your bridal touch-up kit is essential to your wedding day preparations, ensuring that your makeup remains flawless and your overall look stays picture-perfect throughout the event. By including these six must-have items – blotting papers, setting powder, setting spray, lash, lipstick, glue, and makeup removal wipes – along with the bonus item of Band-Aids, you'll be well-equipped to handle any makeup mishap or a minor issue that may arise.

Remember, when choosing items for your touch-up kit, look for products suitable for your skin type. They should complement your desired makeup look and be easy to use on the go. In addition, it’s important to practice using the items in your touch-up kit beforehand, so you're familiar with how they work and can confidently apply them on your big day.

Preparing a touch-up kit before your wedding will give you the peace of mind to fully enjoy your special day. You’ll feel confident knowing you're ready to tackle any makeup challenges and keep your bridal look fresh and beautiful. So, gather your touch-up essentials, and embrace the joy and excitement of your wedding day with confidence and grace.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I start preparing my bridal touch-up kit?

We recommend preparing your bridal touch-up kit at least a month before your wedding day. This will give you time to research and purchase the best products for your bridal look. You’ll also have time to practice using them to ensure you're comfortable with their application on your big day.

How can I ensure my bridal makeup lasts all day and night?

To help your bridal makeup last all day and night, use long-wearing, waterproof products, and apply a primer before your foundation. Additionally, set your makeup with a setting powder and a setting spray to lock everything in place.

What are some tips for preventing smudging or creasing of eye makeup?

Use an eye primer before applying eyeshadow to prevent smudging or creasing. Then opt for waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Use translucent powder to set underneath your eyes to prevent smudging or creasing.

How do I keep my lipstick looking fresh and vibrant throughout the wedding?

The first step is to start by exfoliating and moisturizing your lips. Next, apply a lip primer or lip liner before your lipstick to create a base that will help the colour last longer. Finally, touch up your lipstick throughout the day using a lip brush or disposable lip wand for precision, and blot with a tissue after each application to set the colour.

Are there any makeup techniques to help my makeup stay in place during the wedding?

Using a primer before applying foundation, setting your makeup with a setting powder, and finishing with a setting spray are essential makeup techniques that help your makeup stay in place throughout your wedding. Additionally, apply your makeup in thin layers to prevent it from looking cakey or breaking apart.

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