You’ve nailed down every big detail of your big day — you have a dress, a venue, a wedding party and a song to dance to. You’ve probably done a hair and makeup trial, too, but that shouldn’t be the start and end of your beauty prep. Instead, you should gather together a handful of on the go beauty products to help you get ready on the way to your venue or maintain your look throughout the day and night.
These are the eight most vital items for brides to pop into a cosmetics bag and carry along on the day of their nuptials.
Whether you’re flying to your wedding destination or taking an extra-long car ride, be sure to pop some rose water spray into your bag of on-the-go beauty products. Rose water has a delicate, romantic smell, one that’s perfect to wear when you walk down the aisle. But the all-natural combination has healing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties, too.
For instance, if you have acne-prone skin or rosacea, rose water can soothe the redness. A few spritzes can quench dry, dehydrated skin after a long flight. You can use rose water to take makeup off or add it to your pre-wedding bath to really de-stress. So, buy a travel-sized spray bottle and reap the benefits, no matter where you are.
It should go without saying, but sunscreen is another essential piece of your skincare puzzle. It makes it into your wedding day beauty bag because you’ll want to be extra careful to preserve your skin prior to the big day — needless to say, you don’t want to walk down the aisle with sunburn. A natural, mineral-based sunscreen will protect your skin without any unsavory ingredients.
Again, this one might be a no-brainer, but you don’t want to forget deodorant on your big day. Having a stick in your wedding day grab bag is even better since pre-wedding jitters will cause stress that might cause you to sweat more than usual. You could rely on your day-to-day deodorant, but giving yourself back up with a second stick in this designated wedding bag gives you an added bit of security to keep sweat at bay.
Some brides might neglect to consider their nails in the grand scheme of their wedding-day look. That’s why you should add a bottle of nail polish into your stash of on-the-go beauty products. Even if you do have a manicure scheduled before your wedding, you might want to brush some polish on before your shower, rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party, etc. You can even find vegan varieties from brands like Zoya and Julep.
Tired after a late-night spent wedding planning? Slightly hungover after your bachelorette? By simply curling your eyelashes, you’ll appear alert and awake, no matter how you feel inside. Your eyes will be even brighter with a slick of mascara, but curling your lashes is the first step to really opening your eyes.
There’s nothing more stressful than feeling an errant hair, whether it’s on your chin, lip or eyebrow, and being unable to remove it. This will be especially true at your wedding when you want to look as perfectly manicured as possible. Toss tweezers into your collection of on-the-go beauty products to keep your arches in check.
Standing at the altar and holding hands seems romantic… until you realize that your palms are dry and scratchy. Sure, your spouse-to-be won’t care, but you might prefer to have smooth, supple skin when you walk down the aisle. Plus, everyone will be looking at your hands as you exchange rings — the photographer might snap a few photos of your digits, too.
When it comes to all-natural options, you’re in luck — plenty of companies have come up with organic lotions that soften skin without unnatural additives. Some of the best incorporate ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E to quench even the driest patches.
After a long trip, your hair might show that it’s tired, too. But a greasy mane won’t suit you, especially when you’re about to walk down the aisle, so be sure to pack at least one bottle of dry shampoo in your bag. Not only will this product keep strands fresh, but it’ll revive them if they start looking limp. Post-ceremony, pre-reception, for instance, you could spritz some into your roots for a boost of volume.
Of course, you might worry about the residue showing — some brands spray white, which blends into blonde locks but not into brunette hair. Try mixing up your own dark-hued dry shampoo with natural ingredients like cocoa powder to blend in better.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of the on-the-go beauty products you’ll need on your big day, but there might be essential additions you haven’t considered. Now that you know what you want — in addition to what you know you’ll need — start stocking your bag now. That way, you can head to the altar as calmly and as beautifully as you envision.