What To Buy For Your Makeup Trousseau – 2023 Edition

What To Buy For Your Makeup Trousseau – 2023 Edition

Lehengas and suits aside, there is one part of your bridal trousseau that no bride should ever miss out on. Makeup! Whether you are a minimal gal or a bride who loves her makeup, everyone needs a basic to super glam bridal makeup kit. For all those pre-wedding dinners, poojas, smaller functions, you need your kit. But what do you pick? We went ahead and did that for you by creating a 2023 makeup edition with all the must-have products that a bride will need. We have holy grail products, budget finds and even some luxury picks, so choose what your heart (and skin!) need and you are ready to rock some glam looks!

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Finding the right foundation is one of the more daunting makeup tasks for anyone. Now, throw a bride into the mix—choosing the perfect base can be even more challenging. You need something that is going to last and that’s going to look great both in photos and in real life. So, we bought you the best of best list!

WMG Recommends

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation – there is a reason MUA’s swear by this one!

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. Easy to use and doesn’t cost a kidney.

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Oil-Free Hydra Foundation. For all those brides who love a matte look.

NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint. Not a foundation but this has great coverage and doesn’t budge for hours. Not recommended for dry skin girls.

Budget Buy Recommendations:

Makeup For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24-Hour Fresh Wear Foundation

Things To Remember Before You Pick Your Foundation:

Make sure the foundation you buy doesn’t contain a High SPF and does not contain titanium dioxide. (A high SPF/ Titanium dioxide can result in a ‘white cast’ on your face when you are photographed with flash. No body wants that!)

Always test out the foundation on your jawline, not the back of your hand.

Pick foundation according to your under tone, not skin tone. Warm-toned, go for orange/yellow foundations while cool toned, go for pink-toned foundations If you are in between, opt for a neutral one.

Some foundations oxidise on your skin and turn darker after half an hour of wear, please make sure you test out the foundation before you buy, especially a luxurious one.


When it comes to makeup heroes, there’s no beauty product that works harder than your favourite concealer. The best concealers ever can cover acne, shadows, and other imperfections like a champ, never crease, are long-lasting, and waken your face just like a morning cup of coffee. So which one should you pick?

WMG Recommends:

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.  This one has been a holy grail for years and for all the right reasons!

Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer. Recently launched in India, this one is brilliant.

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer with Hyaluronic Acid

Dior Backstage Concealer

Budget Buy Recommendations:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer. Unbeatable!

E.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer

Things To Remember Before You Pick Your Concealer:

Go for a concealer that will highlight your under eyes and high points. For correction, go for a colour corrector.

Ensure your concealer adheres to your skin type. A liquid concealer on oily skin may not work well. Opt for a cake style or a cream concealer.

Invest in a good makeup sponge (we recommend the beauty blender!) so that the concealer doesn’t crease your under eyes or around your laugh lines.

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Whether or not you have scrunched up your face at the name of a lipstick is immaterial, you need some of these in your stash for sure! You definitely need one medium-toned pink that goes with all the Indian clothes, a neutral nude and if you want to have some fun you can throw in a red and some peaches.

WMG Recommends:

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk. From Hollywood to Bollywood, nobody can get enough of this one!

MAC Twig is a great everyday kind of effortless pink- brown. It doubles up as an office lipstick as well as an Indian wear shade.

Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick in Inspire

MAC Taupe is a fabulous peachy nude

Shiseido Perfect Rouge 142 Sublime is an absolutely brilliant coral-red hue

MAC Cosmo & MAC Chatterbox are great pink shades.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Icon

MAC Mocha & MAC Kinda Sexy are fabulous nude shades

Budget Buy Recommendations:

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color in Exhilarator

Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick – Sundari

Kay Beauty Matte Drama Lipstick in Head Turner

Things To Remember Before You Pick Your Lipstick:

Always swatch the colour before you buy. The colour may look very different in the tube, plus you understand the texture of the product too.

Have a mix of liquid and tube lipsticks, so that you can create different looks.


For those doll-like eyelashes, the perfect mascara is so essential. You may not always want to wear fake lashes, so that’s where your mascara will help!

WMG Recommends:

Two faced better than sex mascara

Huda Beauty Empowered Legit Lashes 2 Mascaras

Budget Buy Recommendations:

Loreal Lash Paradise

Maybelline New York Falsies Lash Lift Mascara

Image via Nikita and Avinash


Highlighters are something you NEED to own. Highlighters give a sheen of pop on your cheeks as the light hits your face and that elusive bridal glow that everybody loves to talk about!

WMG Recommends:

The Bobbi Brown shimmer brick is a really great option as it is a blush and highlighter mixed in one. It gives a high shine effect!

Smashbox X Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Limited edition, get it soon!

The Benefit Girl Meets Pearl highlighter is stunning – it gives a soft, candlelit glow

Budget Buy Recommendations:

Colorbar Radiant Touch highlighting pen

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

Kay Beauty Illuminating Highlighter

Things to remember before you pick your highlighter:

Depending on your skin type, pick liquid or powder highlighters. Drier the skin, the more liquid the product.

Get a fan brush if you pick a powder highlighter to give you the correct placement of product.


Blush is a key element that adds a touch of colour and dimension to your overall makeup look. It can help to brighten up your complexion, enhance your face shape, and give your skin the appearance of a healthy glow.

WMG Recommends:

MAC Gingerly, MAC Mocha and MAC BlushBaby

NARS Powder Blush In Orgasm

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Blush Wand in Pillow Talk Dream Pop

Budget Buy Recommendations:

LoveChild Masaba Crème Blush in Bubblegum Baraat

Colorbar Cheekillusion Blus in Coral Craving

Things To Remember Before You Pick Your Blush:

Drier the skin, more liquid the product. All dry-skin brides, opt for cream, or liquid blushes while oily-skin girls go for powder ones

Blush is usually the first thing that wears off so go with a blush that has good pigmentation and stay-on capacity

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Well done eye makeup can alleviate any look instantly. And the one product that always helps is eyeliner. Whether you like gel ones or pen-ones, always have one handy for that quick pick-me-up when you want to look dressy but don’t have a lot of time!

WMG Recommends:

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Pat McGrath Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Budget Buy Recommendations:

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner

Colorbar Waterproof Liquid Liner

Things To Remember Before You Pick Your Eyeliner:

Go with the type you are most confident with; you are more likely to use it more. Not confident with a brush style, go for a pen-style eyeliner

Pick an eyeliner in blue or brown for some fun eye looks. Even a navy blue simple eyeliner can really amp up a simple look!

Setting Spray

The final and most important arsenal in your bridal makeup trousseau, a setting spray. This will not only lock your makeup but will also give it a glow!

WMG Recommends:

MAC Prep and Prime Fix Spray.  Absolute winner, no questions asked!

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Makeup Setting Spray

TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Budget Buy Recommendations:

NYX Cosmetics Matte Makeup Setting Spray

*Updated by Apoorva Pagar

If you are a bride-to-be,in the hunt for the perfect makeup tip, check out Makeup and Hair Tips and Tricks for Monsoon Brides!

Also, Real Brides Reveal – The One Thing To Remember Before Booking Your Bridal Makeup Artist!

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