Best Makeup of The Knot's 2019 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.

  1. 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,

  2. 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,

  3. Best Primer

    Best Primer 

    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 going full-on disco ball. This creamy luminizer goes on smooth and is subtle enough to look dewy without overdoing it. And, its sleek design makes it a must-have for a day of emergency kit.

    Milk Makeup highlighter, $24,

  4. 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, contours and highlights.

    Too Faced Born This Way super coverage multi-use sculpting concealer, $29,

  5. Best Blush

    Best Blush

    What makes this the best blush in the bunch? A little of this gel-cream goes a long way, allowing you to build a rosy glow. Bonus: It’s totally compact and doesn’t require a brush—so it’s easy to apply wherever you are.

    Glossier Cloud Paint, $18,

  6. 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.

    Il Makiage Infinity long-wear matte lip cream, $22,

  7. 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,

  8. 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 mascara coats lashes in an innovative shrink-wrapping formula that curls, separates and lengthens. And, it will survive even the most heartfelt vows and toasts.

    SPACE.NK.apothecary Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Curling mascara, $28,

  9. 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,

  10. 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. This intense, long-lasting formula means even the most elaborate cat eye won’t crease, smear or fade away. Plus, this liner’s organic, plant-derived ingredients won’t irritate your eyes.

    Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Liquid Line & Define, $24,

  11. best false lashes

    Best False Lashes

    It may come as a surprise, but we found the best false lashes are actually not your classic strips. These falsies come in sections, so you can choose the level of lash drama that works for you. Apply a few to the outer corners of the eyes for a subtle look or go all in for a glam vibe.

    Lashify Control kit, $145,

  12. 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,

  13. 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. This creamy luminizer goes on smooth and is subtle enough to look dewy without overdoing it. And, its sleek design makes it a must-have for a day of emergency kit.

    Milk Makeup highlighter, $24,

  14. 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.

    BareMinerals Warmth All Over face color, $22,

  15. Best Setting Spray

    Best Setting Spray

    The best setting spray for your wedding day is definitely a splurge, but hear us out: Not only does one spritz of this fancy mist keep your makeup from melting, creasing or cracking, it also smells amazing and dries pretty much immediately.

    Dior Airflash Radiance mist primer & setting spray, $50,

  16. 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,

  17. Best Makeup Brushes

    Best Makeup Brushes

    The best makeup brushes are a triple threat: Super-soft synthetic bristles guarantee perfectly blended makeup every time, they won’t break the bank and they’re infused with bacteria killing charcoal powder to keep them fresher longer.

    Sephora Collection Deluxe charcoal antibacterial brush set, $62,

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