As brides, we often feel pressured to look and feel our absolute best for the big day. And trust me – as someone who just recently got married, I totally get it! In fact, up until the point that I got engaged, I made so many mental notes of high-end products that I was SURE I was going to invest in as a bride-to-be. Did that happen? No. Because once I got engaged, I realized that funds were limited and those high-end products were not going to be feasible. Lame.
However, considering I had three bridal showers, a bachelorette, rehearsal dinner, and more, I wanted to make sure I still looked high-end for each event…on a cheap bride’s budget.
Luckily ladies, all was not lost. Amazing and affordable beauty products do exist! In fact, I did some digging and rounded up 30 products that are perfect for brides-to-be and won’t break the wedding bank. Keep scrolling, cause I think you’re really going to love these!
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Life-Changing Beauty Products Brides Should Use Now
Whether you’re looking for glowing skin or luscious locks that can’t be stopped (sorry, that was corny) you’ve come to the right place. Check out these 30 beauty products that will perfectly prep you for the big day.
Looking for the perfect way to prep before a bridal shower or engagement party? These handy little face masks definitely do the trick and at an unbeatable price as well. Whether you’re trying to brighten or nourish, they have a variety of options to work best with your skin’s needs.
Check it out here: Sephora Rose Face Mask - Ultra Moisturizing
This mask is the perfect way to de-stress after a long weekend of wedding planning. The combination of charcoal and clay energizes dull skin and helps to even out your skin tone making you picture-ready for your next wedding event!
Check it out here: L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Mask Detox & Brighten, 1.7 fl. oz.
This cleanser is a serious must-have! It cleanses (duh), hydrates, and is great for sensitive skin. Honestly, does it get any better than that?
Check it out here: CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Every bride needs a good day/night cream and you guys…this stuff is the bee’s knees. Not only will it totally plump up and brighten your stressed-out skin (because let’s be honest, being a bride is super stressful), but it helps keep skin looking younger, too. That’s a win-win in our book.
Check it out here: L'Oréal Collagen Moisture Filler Night Creme
Because what bride-to-be doesn’t want to glow at every occasion? The Pixi Glow tonic is an exfoliating toner that helps to firm, tighten, and brighten aging skin. What’s not to love about that?
Check it out here:Pixi Glow Tonic
With bridal showers, a bachelorette party, and (not the mention) the wedding all coming up, chances are, you’re going to be wearing a lot of dresses and showing some skin! Brighten it up with this detoxifying treatment that will really make you glow!
Check it out here: Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub
This stuff is like a miracle-worker for hair and will be your new go-to for achieving smooth, sleek, and soft locks for your next event. It works as a detangler, heat protectant, and leave-in-conditioner all-in-one!
Check it out here: It's a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
This volumizing and texturizing spray is a must-have for any bride looking for big, voluminous locks to steal the show. My friends and I used this at my bachelorette party and let’s just say, this stuff is what #hairgoals are made out of.
Check it out here: Big Sexy Hair Powder Play
Bring your stressed-out hair back to bridal life with this soothing and conditioning hair mask. Use it a few times a week for hair that will make you feel like you just stepped out of a shampoo commercial!
Check it out here: Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Masque
This is especially needed if you’re getting married in the summer or fall months after spending lots of time in the sun. This nourishing oil treatment will bring your hair back to life and even decrease drying time by 40-50%. Woo!
Check it out here: Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment
Alright…if you haven’t tried dry shampoo yet, I honestly commend you because this stuff is my ride or die. I’m not really adding this to the list because it will make your hair look extra bridal-y (although it does add some good volume!), but because it’s going to be necessary on Monday morning when you are too lazy to wash your hair from a long night of envelope stuffing. Just saying.
Check it out here: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
If you haven’t heard, coconut oil is like the saving grace to all of life’s problems. It literally fixes everything. Honestly, just throw this stuff on your face, in your hair, on your skin, etc. and I promise you, you’ll be glowing.
Check it out here: Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
This is one of my absolute faves and is perfect for every occasion. Whether you’re going to dinner with the rents or getting dolled up for a bridal shower, this versatile palette, made up of warm neutrals and pinky tones is seriously a must-have! Is it on the spendier side of this list? Yes. Is it worth it and totally perfect for creating all of those bridal-y looks? HECK YES!
Check it out here: Tartelette in Bloom Clay Palette
This stuff is what bronzer dreams are made of. Seriously, you guys, this has been a cult favorite for as long as I can remember and rightfully so! This stuff is a great, everyday staple and feels so silky smooth on your skin!
Check it out here: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
You guys…this liquid lipstick has 24 hour staying power. 24 hours! The 2-step process might seem a bit tedious, but it actual offers a built-in balm so your lips stay soft and comfortable the whole day! Did I mention it comes in 36 colors!?
Check it out here: Maybelline New York Superstay, 2-Step Lipcolor
This is one of my personal favorites and is great for an everyday look! The curved wand creates long, full, and separated lashes that will make it look like you’re wearing falsies!
Check it out here: theBalm Mad Lash Mascara, 0.27 oz.
Talk about variety. Lime Crime’s matte liquid lipsticks are available in 44 colors, which means no matter your style or skintone, you’re bound to find a shade you love. The best part is that these dry to a velvety feel so that you won’t have to deal with drying, crusting lips when talking to your future in-laws.
Check it out here: Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick
Talk about a fan favorite. This concealer is like an instant eraser (hence the name) and will really brighten up your face for all of those wedding occasions coming up! Trust me – between now and the wedding, you’re going to be in a LOT of pictures – a good concealer is a must.
Check it out here: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
This stuff is my jam. It’s a simple, light-weight, everyday foundation that can definitely be built up for heavier coverage. It’s seriously SO flawless looking and makes your skin glow in photos.
Check it out here: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
This is literally the holy grail of neutral eye palettes. It literally has every shade to take you from a day to night look with ease. And don’t let the price fool you! Morphe is known for their highly pigmented, long lasting shadows that makeup artists swear by!
Check it out here: Morphe Pro 35 Color Eyeshadow Makeup Palette 35K
What a steal! This NYX setting spray is super lightweight and ensures that your makeup stays put through a long day of mingling and fit-opening. Oof. Talk about exhausting…
Check it out here: NYX Professional Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray
You know that ‘glow’ I’ve been talking about? This lightweight, cream highlighter really does the trick! With just one swipe (and a little bit of blending), you’ll get that trendy glow that everyone’s obsessing over.
Check it out here: Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Highlighter
Just one look at the reviews and you’ll be sold. This long-lasting volumizing mascara will give you those big, fabulous lashes you’ve always wanted. It lengthens, curls, defines, lifts, separates, is cruelty-free, smudge-free…oof…you get the point, right?
Check it out here: It's So BIG Volumizing Mascara
Available in 27 colors, this liquid lipstick is perfect for literally every upcoming wedding event. It offers color-lock technology that lasts up to 16 hours and won’t kiss off, feather, or bleed. Win!
Check it out here: Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor
Beauty Accessories (and Other Things)
I seriously cannot tell you how many times I wish I would have had these on-hand when jumping from bridal shower to bridal shower and every other wedding event. These demi-wispies are natural enough for for an informal event, but dramatic enough to really make your eyes pop.
Check it out here: Demi Wispies Lashes (5 Pack)
You’ve probably seen something similar in random Facebook and Instagram videos, but according to the reviews, people are really loving this stuff! If you’re looking to get brighten up your smile before the big day, this charcoal powder whitens with no sensitive, is great for your gum health, and actually works!
Check it out here: Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder
Gone are the days of crappy childhood press-on nails. These are the real-deal, you guys! Rather than paying salon prices for every bridal shower, bachelorette party, or even the big day, try these instead! These press-ons come in a variety of styles, colors, and really do look like a $40 gel manicure!
Check it out here: ImPress One-Step Gel Manicure
Okay, so admittedly, this has nothing to do with being a bride, but seriously, how cute are these!? I’m pretty sure they are a must-have for every beauty-obsessed girl.
Check it out here: Unicorn Makeup Brushes Set
This is a take on the original Beauty Blender, and honestly, a total must-have. This makeup sponge will give you that flawless, airbrush finish that every bride-to-be is looking to have!
Check it out here: Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge
Obviously you need something to store all of these goodies in and what better way to do so than to flaunt your new bride-status?!
Check it out here: White Canvas Bride Cosmetic Bag
15 Beauty Rules You Should Definitely Be Following
I’m sure you’re plenty familiar with most of these tips, but seriously you guys, if you want that gorgeous, glowing, “I just got married and am the happiest girl in the world” skin, you need to be following these rules.
Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. We all know this, but it sometimes it seems easier said than done.
Invest in a good quality daily moisturizer. Your non-wrinkly skin will thank you later.
Don't forget to moisturize your neck. It should always be treated as an extension of your face.
Layer products from thinnest to thickest. Toner. Moisturizer. Foundation. Done.
Always wear at least spf 30+ on your face. It’s easiest to just get a moisturizer with this built in so you don’t have to worry about the extra step.
Exercise 3-4 times per week. At the very least, try to get out for a short walk every day. You’ll be amazed at how much better your skin looks and your body feels.
Remove your makeup before working out. It’s so important to let those sweat glands breathe!
Take 10 minutes for yourself each day. Whether you read, meditate, journal, etc. it’s so important to take the time to relax, reflect, and just unwind.
Always take off your makeup at night. Does this one really need an explanation?
Eat clean. Your skin will thank you.
Exfoliate regularly. But no more than 3 times a week.
Drink 8 glasses of water per day…at the minimum.
Take warm, not hot showers. Hot showers can strip your skin of its natural oils. This same rule applies when washing your face.
Change your pillow-cases weekly. Just think of all the dirt, oil, and gunk that builds up on those bad boys.
Be happy! It’s the greatest form of beauty there is.
What beauty products are you currently obsessed with? Have you changed up your beauty routine since getting engaged? Let us know in the comments!