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What To Put In Your Bridal Makeup Trousseau

My makeup trousseau was one part of the my trousseau that took the least effort because as soon as my wedding date was set, the first thing I did was to make a list of things I would need. I have some products I like to use so it was a no brainer to buy them and then there were things that I tried during the year and decided to include. I have been getting alot of requests to do this posts specially from a couple of a friends who getting married in the upcoming months and have zero clue what to include so with the wedding around 20 days away and my makeup trousseau finally in place, I just though it is right time to share the basic things you need in your bridal makeup trousseau.


I am dividing the post into two parts – Need to Have and Optional. Need To Have are obviously essentials that you should carry in your trousseau while Optional is all about extra stuff you might need depending on comfortable you are in using extra accessories and products while working with makeup.



In general after the wedding you have might need to attend alot of big and small functions, multiple lunches and dinners so basically you will be a social butterfly for the initial months. Now all these socializing included alot of selfies and pictures so it is pretty important to include a nice foundation. While buying a foundation you need to keep in mind two things: Purpose and Coverage. Now by purpose I mean whether you are attending a small casual gathering or  a big function and the coverage part goes hand in hand with that. For the casual outing you can ski[p wearing heavy makeup and stick to BB & CC creams or a very light coverage foundation. For dinner parties or weddings post your wedding you might need some extra coverage so a more heavy based foundation which has a decent staying power. Avoid products with SPF as they tend to give a whitish cast in flash photography

Light Coverage: Lakme CC CreamDeborah Milano 5 in 1 BB Cream, L’oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder

Heavy Coverage: Revlon Photoready Foundation, MAC Studio Fix Foundation, MAC Pro Long Wear Foundation, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation

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Concealer is not really something you must have. I have alot of pigmentation in my under eye area which does not get covered with the foundation so I need a concealer for that extra coverage but if you have a flawless skin then you can totally skip buying it. For the rest of my panda eyed friends, I would suggest trying the concealer before you buy it because they come in different textures and you need to see which one suits you. For example I have a very dry under eye area so I usually opt for creamy concealers instead of the liquid ones because they tend to crease on me. DO NOT by concealer online or in one go. Go to the makeup outlet, find the correct shade and wear it for a few hours to make the texture works for you and it doesn’t fade or crease.

Lighter Coverage: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer, Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Concealer, Lakme Absolute White Intense Concealer Stick, Revlon Photoready Concealer

Heavy Coverage:  Inglot Freedom System Cream Concealer Refill, Mac Prolongwear Concealer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit


Powder/ Compacts

This completely depends on the skin type you have. I have an oily combination skin so it is definitely an indispensable part of my trousseau but if you have dry skin you can totally skip getting it. Also, alot of people ask me the difference between a loose powder and a compact….compact is loosed powder in pressed form and it generally gives more coverage while you can use loose powder when your base without the heavy finish. I have seen a lot of people going for a lighter shade of compact for some very silly reason. Do not do that…like your foundation, your compact needs to match your skin tone to the tee.

Budget Friendly: Lakme Perfect Radiance Multi Mineral Skin Light Compact SPF 23, Rimmel London Stay Matte Compact Pressed Powder

Expensive:  Mac Mineralize Skin Finish, Mac Studio Fix Powder & Foundation



This is kind of essential for me and most Indian brides plus it is the easiest way to jazz up the eyes without putting the effort of applying eyeshadows and stuff. Liquid liners are a little tricky to work with so if you are not too confident, pick up a roll on liner or maybe the ones that come in the pen form as they give you more control in terms of application.  The market is flooded with colored liner….pick the colors you like. Trust me, they will instantly solve the problem of wearing something different on the eyes on special occasions.

Budget Friendly: Faces Eye Pencils, Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel, Maybelline The Colossal Liner, Lakme Eyeconic Kajal ( Shades Available), Maybelline Colossal Kajal

Expensive: Sephora Liquid Liners, MAC Fluidline Eye Liner Gel



Personally, I don’t think you need to buy too many of these apart from the basic pinks and peaches. These are usually when you feel like dressing up a little bit. Skip buying a cream based blush if you have oily skin

Cream Based: Maybelline Dream Touch Blush, Faces Glam On Creme Blush, Inglot AMC Cream Blush, MAC Cremeblend Blushes

Powder Based: Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush, Faces Glam On Perfect Blush, L’Oreal Paris True Match Blush, Revlon Powder Blushes



This was like my favorite part of the trousseau because I am such a lip product addict. Lipsticks are a tad confusing because of the texture and finish consideration so try a couple of lipsticks, see which textures and finish you are comfortable with and then buy them. You don’t have too many lipsticks, just a red, a basic neutral shade, a bright pink or peach, a maroon and a slight brown shade. Try to buy a long stay lipstick because you might not have the luxury touching up your lipcolor between the pool of relatives who will always surround you.

Budget Friendly: Maybelline Color Show Lipstick,  Lakme 9 to 5 Crease-less Creme Lipstick, , Faces Go Chic Lipstick, Inglot Matte Lipstick, Inglot Freedom System Lipstick Refills, Colorbar Matte Touche Lipsticks

Expensive:  Colorbar Take Me As I Am LipstickRevlon ColorBurst Matte Balm, Lóreal Paris Color Riche Matte, MAC Mocha, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Girl About Town


Eye Shadows

I did not invest much in the eyeshadow department because I had a zillion almost unused palettes lying with me already. But that might not be the case with some of you so here is a quick guide to what you need. Firstly, you don’t need to many eyeshadows…you just need some basic colors like golds and bronze because they go with everything. I have already mentioned how you can play around with colored liners if you are not in a mood for applying an eyeshadow.

Single Eyeshadows: Revlon Colorstay Shadow Links Eye Shadow, Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Squares, MAC Eyeshadows (  Amber Light, Woodwinked and Bronze)

Quads/Palettes: Lakme 9 To 5 Eye Quartet EyeshadowFaces Glam On Eye Shadow, Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette



This is one product I will urge you to buy even if you don’t use it now.The right kind of mascara has this amazing power to open up your eyes and give your lashes the lift they need for that extra dramatic look. Even if you just wear a kajal with loads of mascara and little bit of lipstick…trust me you will look like a million bucks

Budget Friendly: Maybellline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara, Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara, Maybelline Volume Express Falsies Mascara

Expensive: Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara, Benefit They’re Real Mascara


Nail Paints

Stock up on the Maybelline Color Show, Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania, Colorbar Minis, Lotus Herbal Color Dew Nail Enamels…loads of options and colors available for you to choose from.



Base & Primers

I have put base and primers in optional because the last time I suggested a friend that she needs a primer to make her makeup last longer, she gave the weirdest expression as the only primer she had heard of was the one used on walls before they get painted. Not a lot of people need or use primers, I for one can’t survive without it because I need the extra staying power for my makeup thanks to the oil mine I carry in my t-zone. Also I have oily lids which is not something that eyeshadows like so again need a primer to keep the eyeshadows in place.

Face Primer: MAC Prep + Prime, Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, Colorbar Perfect Match Primer, L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

Eye Base/Primers: Inglot Eye Makeup Base, MAC Painterly Pot

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Contouring Powder & Highlighter

Again,contouring and highlighting is not something everyone likes to do so you don’t need the products. I love to do it so it is part of my trousseau but you can totally skip it.

Contouring: Not a lot of options available in Indian Brands so I usually buy compact in the darker shade or a matte bronzer. Inglot AMC Powders or Sephora Pressed Powder are options that have really dark shades than can be used as a contouring powder

Highlighting: Colorbar Radiant Glow Face Illuminator Pen, Colorbar Body Shimmer, Revlon Highlighting Palette, Colorbar Shimmer Bar, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. A neat trick is to use a pale shimmery eyeshadow as highlight.


Eye Brow Kit

Again totally an optional thing specially if you are blessed with good heavy brows. I have the skimpiest eyebrows that end way before they should so this a part of my trousseau. Working with eye brow enhancers can be a little tricky because it is very easy to go over board and end up with Helga kind of brows so it is better you use the product for a few days before you add it to your trousseau.

Budget Friendly:  Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper, Colorbar Stunning Brow Pencil

Expensive: Inglot Eye Brow Pencil, MAC Eye Brow Pencil


Brushes, Sponges & Tools

While you might not need these but a nice set of makeup tools help you get the desired result with minimum effort. I am definitely a total makeup tools snob so much so that I cannot function without my makeup brushes.

Brushes: Vega beginner brush sets, Vega Professional Brushes, Basicare Cosmetic Set, Real Technique Starter Set, Real Technique Core Set, MAC Tapered Blending Brush (224), Body Shop Face & Body Brush, Body Shop Blush Brush

Sponges: Basicare Sponges, Colorbar Sponges

Tools: Eye Lash Curler


Setting Spray

I like to apply a setting spray specially if I know I am going to be out and about for a long time. It just ensures that everything stays in place so you don’t have worry about touch up for atleast a good few hours.

Budget Friendly: Kryolan Ultra Setting Spray, Colorbar Skin Stay The Day Finishing Mist, Kryolan DermaColor Fixing Spray

Expensive: MAC Fix Plus


Well this is the list that I followed. let me know if I missed something and I will add it to the post.