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Your makeup artist isn't tagging along for touch-ups, but you don't want to lug 9,000 lbs. of full-size cosmetics? Create an easy DIY touch-up kit.

  • Buy a seven-compartment pill container at the drug store (you know, the ones with the plastic lids marked for each day of the week).
  • Fill each slot with just as much of each product as you'll really need, from your shadow to your lipstick.
  • Use a permanent marker to relabel each slot, unless you think you'll remember that Monday = foundation and Tuesday = concealer.
  • Pack it up, along with a bunch of cotton swabs or disposable makeup applicators, and you're good to go!
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Bridal Beauty: Your Wedding Day Beauty Kit

Kiss. Hug. Kiss. Close up! Get your face reception-ready with our big-day beauty wedding kit.

Photo: Elizabeth Grubb

Of course, the key to avoiding wedding day beauty emergencies is planning ahead. A week or so before your wedding day, find a midsize beauty bag and pack as many of the following checklist items as you deem necessary. Dispatch one of your bridesmaids to the pharmacy a few days in advance to find travel-sized products of as many of the items as possible, but for makeup, don't waver from the products you are using on the big day. (If your makeup is being done professionally, ask your artist which products you absolutely need to maintain the look before you buy.) And leave products you've never used before at home -- your wedding day is not the time to discover a new allergy.

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Do not, we repeat, do not try to redo or overhaul your makeup or hair at the reception, even if you're unhappy with them. Just touch up.

  • A few tissues, cotton balls, and cotton swabs
  • Bobby pins
  • Breath mints/spray
  • Concealer/cover up
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Eye drops
  • Hair brush
  • Hair spray
  • Hand cream
  • Lip gloss or lip balm
  • Lip liner
  • Lipstick
  • Mascara
  • Nail polish
  • Your perfume
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Give your beauty bag to one of your bridesmaids for safe keeping -- and safe arrival -- at the reception. Ask her to keep it with her purse. Reception sites often have a room set aside for the bridal party's personal things.

-- The Knot

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