Makeup Kit For Brides-to-be: High-end Version

Makeup Kit For Brides-to-be: High-end Version

Sunday, September 08, 2013 Sara Hassan , 26 Comments

Not everybody is familiar with makeup. Knowing nothing about makeup can be maddening especially when you’re in line for a wedding. There are umpteen brands on the market and picking the right ones for yourself can be tricky. To end this dilemma, I have prepared a list of products from the high-end brands that have got good reviews in general. I hope this helps.

Note: I haven’t tried everything from the list so I strongly suggest looking for reviews online before making a purchase.


Dry /Normal Skin:
  • Victoria's Secret Airbrush FX Face Primer SPF 20
  • Merle Norman Foundation Primer
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance
  • Palladio Herbal Liquid Foundation Primer
  • Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Combination/Oily Skin:
  • Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch Oil-Free Primer
  • Smashbox Photo Matte Anti-Shine
  • Inglot Under Makeup Base
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
  • Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector


Dry/Normal Skin:
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Liquid
  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
  • Lancome Teint Miracle
  • MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation

Combination/Oily Skin:
  • Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet PLUS Matifying Foundation
  • Merle Norman Lasting Foundation
  • MAC Prolong Wear Foundation
  • Clarins Everlasting SPF15 Foundation
  • Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation
  • Chanel Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Soft Matte Makeup with SPF 15

  • MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • NARS Loose Powder
  • Becca Fine Loose Finishing Powder
  • Chanel Poudre Universal Libre

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
  • NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base



Gel Eyeliner:
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner
  • MAC Fluidline EyeLiner Gel
  • Stila Smudge Pots gel eye-liner

Liquid Eyeliner:
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Lancome Artliner
  • Merle Norman Pro Pen Eyeiner
  • TheBalm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner

Pencil Eyeliner:
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil
  • Estée Lauder 'Double Wear' Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
  • MAC Pearglide Intense Eyeliner
  • NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner

  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector
  • MAC Prolong wear concealer
  • MAC Select Cover-up
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer
  • Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

  • Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara
  • BeneFit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara
  • Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara


Powder Blush:

Cream Blush:
  • NARS Cream Blush
  • Illamasqua Cream Blush
  • Make Up For Ever HD Blush

  • Bobby Brown Bronzing Powder
  • NARS Bronzing Powder
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer



  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Soft and Gentle
  • Nars Highlighting Blush Powder Albatross
  • TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer


  • MAC Lip Pencil
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil


  • MAC Lipglass
  • NARS Lip Gloss
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss
  • Christian Dior Creme De Gloss

  • Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray
  • Urban Decay All Nighter
  • Clarins Fix Make up

  • Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
  • DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  • Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
  • MAC Cleanse Off Oil
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover

If you have something to add to the list, please share in the comments section below.


  1. Thans baby...u know what..i was worried abt my makeup stuffs..i am bride to be ;) my wish came true and you solved my u loads

  2. as a makeup junkie myself i must say your list of products with good reviews is on the spot!

  3. this was very helpful thankyou...please update a drugstore version too.. my wedding is in december and i have a combination skin that gets dry in the islamabad winters so kindly suggest good products esp a foundation for that weather...i would really appreciate it.. :)

  4. Sarah, can we get a mid-range product list too?

  5. MAC Blot Powder Pressed works wonders for oily skinned people.
    Great list, though! :) xx

  6. thankyou :) this was very helpful... kindly update a drugstore version too.. my wedding is in december inshAllah.. and i have a combination skin that gets dry in the harsh islamabad winters so please suggest some products for that weather too especially a foundation..

  7. Very helpful! Waiting for the drugstore version ;)

  8. Aww, such a helpful post for other girls those who did'nt watch this type of idea on Youtube. Great post :)

  9. great post.From experience I can tell that each and everything is very useful.great and extremely helpful post for brides to be.

  10. Sarah please come up with a mid range product list too. Sincerely, a distressed bride to be

  11. Great post, Sara. Will help A LOT of girls x

  12. Yes ppl wud lov a drugstore version too plus u cn also add Mac prep n prime primer to the list too its result is good on my oily skin

  13. THANK U for posting a such a informative topic for all of us..

  14. Wow, if you could have shared this only four years ago:p
    Thanks for helping all the brides to be:)

  15. sara do the review on budget friendly makeup for brides too :)

  16. Hey Sara! Can i find mac products at naheed super market?

    1. Hey Madiha, I'm not sure about Naheed but I have seen MAC at Farid's Ocean Mall :)

  17. Wonderful post, Sara! Amazing! I'm sure you'd already be planning a Drugstore version of this post as well. I'd request you to please do one on BRIDES (and To-Be's) SKINCARE ESSENTIALS as well - both high-end & drugstore versions :) humble addition to your picks would be:

    The Balm Mary Lou Manizer - HIGHLIGHTER
    Yves Saint Laurent Lipsticks <--- looks AWESOME on the display as well!

  18. Hey Sara. Great review. But dear can you please correct ud vice into vice 2. As you must be knowing vice palette was L.E, and ud recently launched vice 2. :)
    Btw vice palette was too good and I still regret of not having it.

  19. urban decay primer potion a must must must.... my oily eyelids never found a better primer than this one.

  20. a big fan of urban decay primer potion. a must for oily eyelids like mine... never found something which would work until i found this.

  21. Sara much love and thanks for this great post :) can u plz upload a medium end version too? This would help a lot more people out there. thanks and love.

  22. Of all the makeup removers in the world best is Bioderma Sensibo H2O. Its the best as it keeps skin soft supple not oily not dry and is liquid instead of cream. Suitable for contact lense wearer. And you don't need to wash your face after using it. Best for sensitive acne prone skin.


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