Best Makeup of The Knot's 2020 Beauty Awards

Our picks for the best makeup for your wedding day stand up to happy tears, first kisses and marathon celebrations—all while helping you to look amazing in high-definition photos.
by Shelley Brown
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To find the best makeup for your bridal beauty arsenal, we tested hundreds of products and polled our readers. Why is amping up your beauty game before your day so important? Your wedding is a celebration unlike any other, meaning it requires some pretty specific products that both photograph flawlessly and can last all day without creasing, melting or wearing off. And whether you're a dedicated beauty buff who keeps up with every new product launch and is always dropping serious cash at Sephora, or you're a total newbie who prefers to go au naturel, the best makeup for your wedding day may look slightly different (or a lot different) than your everyday routine. 

Planning a wedding while also trying to suss out the best mascara to stand up to emotional vows, the best lipstick for first kisses and the best setting spray that will survive even the craziest after-party can seem overwhelming—but we've got you covered. The Knot's editorial team spent months trying out the most buzzed-about makeup so you don't have to. Below, everything you need to get gorgeous and camera-ready for your wedding day.

Best Foundation

Best Foundation 

There are no shortage of good foundations on the market, but any good foundation won't cut it where high-definition photographs are concerned. This cult favorite is the absolute best foundation for HD photos and marathon celebrations for good reason: its tried-and-true formula offers just enough coverage, has a matte, photogenic finish and major lasting power (like a whole 24 hours of wear). Another plus? We love how it comes in a wide range of colors, so you can find the best foundation match for your skin tone.

Estée Lauder Double Wear stay‑in‑place foundation, $42, Sephora.com

Best Powder

Best Powder

When it comes to finding the best setting powder, look for one that both mattifies your complexion and keeps your foundation in place. The name of this winner says it all. Not only does this setting powder give your complexion an appearance worthy of the most flattering Instagram filter (or Facetune, depending on how savvy you are), it also staves off dreaded t-zone shine.

Charlotte Tilbury Genius under eye & face Magic Powder, $45, Sephora.com

best makeup primer

Best Primer 

A cooling combo of CBD extract, blue agave extract, aloe, hyaluronic acid and B vitamins hydrates, blurs pores and grips onto makeup for up to 12 hours.

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip primer, $30, Sephora.com

best concealer

Best Concealer 

Experiencing wedding-planning induced dark circles or stress breakouts? Not just any concealer will do. Our pick for best concealer covers up blemishes without settling into fine lines.

Clé de Peau Beauté broad spectrum SPF 25 concealer, $73, Bloomingdales.com

best blush

Best Blush

What makes this the best blush in the bunch? Its sheer formula creates a natural-looking flush and has just the right amount of golden shimmer.

NARS Blush in Orgasm, $30, Ulta.com

best lipstick

Best Lipstick 

The best lipstick should be a multitasker that goes on strong, stays put and hydrates your lips. This highly saturated lip color goes on easily in one coat without drying or dreaded clumping. Best of all, it stays put through first kisses and after-party eats.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick, $34, Sephora.com


Best Lipgloss

Best Lipgloss

If you thought lip gloss was a thing of the past, think again. To find the best lip gloss for you, look for one that leaves behind a lustrous shine but doesn't make your lips feel sticky. Just one swipe of this Rihanna-approved one gave us fuller pouts—but no unwanted residue.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb universal lip luminizer, $18, Sephora.com

best mascara

Best Mascara

Even the most natural of beauties among us usually have a favorite mascara, but a day filled with happy tears calls for the best waterproof mascara on the market. This flexible brush follows the shape of your lash line, curling every last lash without clumping. Plus, its waterproof formula will survive even the most emotional vows.

Volum' Express The Falsies waterproof mascara, $9, Ulta.com

Best Eyeshadow

Best Eyeshadow

The best eyeshadow for our purposes always comes in palette form—that way, you have lots of shades and textures to choose from. Whether you're going for a dramatic smoky eye or a more natural wash of color, you'll use this versatile mix of 12 neutral, matte and shimmery shades well beyond your wedding.

Urban Decay Naked3 palette, $54, Sephora.com

best eyeliner

Best Eyeliner 

While traditional eyeliner pencils have their merits, the best eyeliner for a long day of potentially tear-inducing moments is a liquid that stays put. Whether you're opting for the purr-fect cat eye or something more low-key, this indestructible liquid formula creates a sharp line that won't crease or fade.

Too Faced Better Than Sex easy glide waterproof liquid eyeliner, $21,  Ulta.com

best false lashes

Best False Lashes

Created with former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, our pick for best false lashes add fluttery length and glamorous volume but are understated enough to pass for the real deal.

Huda Beauty Olivia classic false lashes, $19, Sephora.com

Best Brow Pencil

Best Brow Pencil

Conquer your brow goals once and for all with the best brow pencil our editors have ever used—and trust, we've used a lot. This handy retractable one offers a triangular precision tip, buildable, soft color that won't smudge and a spoolie brush for blending—all in one.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, $23, Ulta.com

best highlighter

Best Highlighter

Given that most shimmery makeup products tend to look too sparkly on camera, the best highlighter for high-definition photos will amp up your bridal glow without making you look shiny. Play up your cheekbones with subtle shimmer that goes on like velvet and says "dew drop" but never "disco ball."

Flesh Beauty Flesh to Flesh highlighter, $28, FleshBeauty.com

best bronzer

Best Bronzer

Not all bronzers are created equal. The best bronzer will subtly contour your features without creating harsh lines. Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features and give your complexion a sun-kissed effect.

KOSAS The Sun Show moisturizing baked bronzer, $34, Sephora.com

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Best Setting Spray

Avoid a makeup meltdown for up to 16 hours with our pick for best setting spray. This matte formula also controls shine—no matter how out of control the dance floor gets.

Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, $33, Ulta.com

Best makeup remover

Best Makeup Remover

The best makeup remover should effortlessly remove longwear products and leave your skin feeling refreshed—not dried out or irritated. This cleansing micellar water cuts through stubborn waterproof mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won't leave your face feeling stripped of its natural oils. We call that a skin win.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water, from $6, Amazon.com

best makeup brushes


Best Makeup Brushes

The best makeup brushes aren't your typical brushes—and that's precisely why we love them. Their unique shape means the supersoft bristles give even results no matter what makeup you use (cream, powder or liquid).

Artis Elite 5-piece brush set, $175, Nordstrom.com

best makeup sponge

Best Makeup Sponge 

Get an air-brushed finish with this egg-shaped sponge that seamlessly blends liquid and cream makeup into the skin. Wet thoroughly before using for optimal results.

BeautyBlender The Original BeautyBlender makeup sponge, $20, Sephora.com

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