Ashley Kowalewski
Ashley Kowalewski

The Best Bridal Touch-Up Products You Need for Your Big Day

My big day is fast approaching and while I’m still finalizing details like dinner service, speeches and making it all legit (can’t forget that marriage license!), another thing to add to the list is my arsenal of beauty products for mid-party touch-ups.

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Whether you’re DIYing your hair and makeup or having it done by a pro, you don’t want your face and hair falling flat halfway through the night, especially when everyone is going to be wanting to capture a selfie moment with you. From one bride-to-be to another, here’s what I’ll be keeping on hand to make sure I’m always giving good face in between conga lines.

Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets: When it comes to long, hot days with cameras and lights and eyes all on you, blotting papers are your best friends. After a few hours of standing around posing for photos, sweating through your vows and sipping a few libations, your skin might be looking a little on the glossy side. Nix that shine in a second with these handy (and super-portable) blotting sheets. If you don’t already have a pack lodged in your purse, you will now.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: It may seem counter-productive to add a mist to your face after you clear the shine, but this mist (a personal favourite) will reset your makeup and give your complexion a quick refresh. Add a bit to a travel spray bottle to make it easier to pop into your purse and then you’ve got half of your skincare packed for the honeymoon too.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths: The list of things that you can do with these cleansing cloths is endless. Two wedding-friendly fixes: Touching up any messy makeup under your eyes (just use the edge of one of the wipes so you don’t mess up the rest of your face) and wiping away any sweat. Between dancing, drinking and the humid temps of your summer nuptials, you might be feeling the heat. Give your underarms and back a quick swipe to cool yourself down—because no one wants to hug a sweaty bride.

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Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream: People are going to be grabbing your hands to see your bling and you’ll likely have your photographer getting up close for some shots. My hands tend to dry out super-quick, so I just massage a small amount of this balm into my cuticles. It leaves them feeling (and looking) healthy and doesn’t have the greasy texture of most oils.

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L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray: Travel-sized beauty products are always great for a wedding day glam kit, and this hairspray (the brand’s cult fave) is no exception. Tame any pesky fly-aways and give your updo a quick touch-up with a hit of this mist. Grab the unfragranced version so it won’t compete with your signature bridal scent.