Creating a bridal makeup look

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9 Emergency Products to Rescue Bridal Makeup Artists


Always, always, ALWAYS have Q-Tips on hand – and extra ones in your kit! You know how fast makeup artists go through Q-Tips. Whether it’s fixing mistakes or smudging liner, these little saviors are the best thing since…well, makeup!

Lip Balm

There’s nothing worse than chapped lips. If you don’t have a great moisturizing lip balm in your kit already, be sure to head out to the drugstore and pick some up. If you can’t find one that keeps your client’s pout looking soft and smooth, test out a small amount of Vaseline on her lips.

The key is to let the product sink in before applying anything on top. Some lipsticks (especially matte and long-wearing ones) can dry out your client’s lips. This is the last thing a bride would want to deal with on her wedding day!

Mini Hairspray

Bridal makeup artist and hair stylist

Technically the hairstylist’s job, but hey – it never hurts to be over prepared! And if you’re providing hair and makeup services, you should already have a few hairsprays to choose from. But let’s face it, even hairstylists don’t want to be lugging around big cans of hairspray all day. Pick up a few different travel-sized sprays to keep your kit light and you hair flawless.

Mattifying Powder

We know you have a million powders in your makeup kit already, but the question is do you have the right powders?

Translucent powder is a must – it’s lightweight and will set your client’s makeup without getting super cakey. On top of that, you’ll want to stock a mattifying powder designed to eliminate that oily sheen. Test out Benefit’s the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine for a product that will save your bride from tragic flashback in her wedding photos.

Lipstick Sealer

A must for every special occasion. No one wants to spend their big day worrying about whether their lipstick has smudged or worn off! Keep it on with a lipstick sealant that will lock it in (almost) all day. Everyone needs to eat, and you don’t want any clients avoiding their food for fear of ruining your hard work.

Let them know they’re safe to enjoy the day, smudge-free! Check out the affordable e.l.f Lip Lock Pencil.

Depuffing Eye Cream

Bridal eyeshadow base

We’ve all tried the cold teabags and spoon remedies for depuffing our eyes in the morning, but truth it, they don’t always work. And you’re definitely NOT going to let puffy eyes stand in your bride’s way of her dream wedding look.

Stock up on a specialized eye treatment or cream that targets puffiness and dark circles. Recommend your client start using it a month ahead of the actual wedding. This way, you’ll avoid any adverse reactions on the big day, and your client’s eyes will look better than ever!

Our recommendation: Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream by IT Cosmetics.


Even though her bridesmaids probably have this one covered, you’ll want to pack some perfume or body spray just in case. This isn’t really in your job description, but it can rescue a bride who’s stressing out. Keep a rollerball perfume in your kit – it’s compact and will keep every client smelling their best!

And if you’ve been hired on a hot summer’s day, you might end up needing some too! You’ll be working in close quarters with your clients, so smelling fresh is a priority.

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Katie is a blog writer for QC Makeup Academy, where she provides advice to makeup artists and stylists. Katie's tips and career insights range from networking to creating exciting initiatives for new businesses.

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