Why You Should Get Into Bridal Beauty, Even If You're Single AF

Photographed by Kimberly Genevieve.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Parks and Recreation, it’s that there’s no reason you should need a significant other to go all-out for Valentine’s Day. We’d like to extend that kind of open-minded approach to wedding traditions. Because why not? The perks of marriage shouldn’t be limited to a union between two individuals — as proven by the growing number of people who have wed themselves.

The advantage, of course, is that you get to pick and choose which traditions you want to engage in. And if you want to leave out that whole marriage part entirely and just treat yourself to a bridal beauty experience instead, then have at it.

And believe it or not, there’s a way to give yourself a big day that doesn’t involve burning a wedding-sized hole in your pocket. In fact, we’ve rounded up eight different kits that’ll help you get the most bang for your beauty buck. So much cheaper than a Vera Wang dress.
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Go to bed with your face slathered in this decadently creamy brightening mask; awake to the luminous, line-free skin of a virgin bride.

Tulasāra Wedding Masque Overnight, $65, available at Aveda.
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This makeup-setting spray is meant to last through a full day of wedding festivities. That includes kissing, crying, sweating, cake-smearing — you know the deal. The point is that it’ll get you through just about any situation with your makeup unharmed.

The Makeup Finishing Spray – Bridal, $39, available at Skindinavia.
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This set contains four of Philosophy’s cult-favorite hero products: a gentle, sensitive skin-friendly cleanser, a does-it-all moisturizer, and a shower gel and body lotion duo scented with the brand’s beloved Amazing Grace fragrance.

Here Comes The Bride Bridal Beauty Gift Set, $32, available at Philosophy.
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Regardless of your romantic status, long-lasting makeup in universally flattering shades is always a do.

I Do 7-Piece Makeup Kit, $49, available at Ulta.
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Your standard “emergency kit” just got a lot better, with 101 (!) of the most essential essentials inside. That includes fun stuff like last-minute vows ideas and a wedding day checklist, which you can immediately discard or crack jokes about with your other single friends.

Pinch Provisions
Bridetastic Deluxe Wedding Emergency Set, $80, available at Pinch Provisions.
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If you could use some airbrush makeup in your life, this comprehensive kit is a pretty good place to begin. It contains anything you could ever need to master professional-quality airbrushing, and/or pull it together in a pinch for impromptu Vegas vows.

Temptu Air A-List Kit, $399, available at Temptu.
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Do you hate blue and prefer gray? Are you having an under-the-sea-themed wedding? This duo has you covered.

Butter London
Something Blue, $15, available at Butter London.
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Okay, so this one might be a little bit exorbitant — but if you’re looking to drop a chunk of change on a professional makeup kit and want all the necessary ingredients for a natural-but-better effect in one place, this one’s for you.

Bodyography Bridal Professional Kit, $655, available at Bodyography.
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