Bridal essentials for your handbag

Something that often gets forgotten in the run-up to a wedding is handbag essentials for the day. This is applicable to the bride, the wedding party and guests too. Here are the three most crucial products for a busy day to keep you looking and smelling fresh:


Setting powder is essential for your bag. In the morning your MUA will likely have used some loose power to complete your look, but now that the dress is on a pressed compact is the best way to top up and eliminate shine. Huda Beauty Easy Bake and Snatch is a pressed setting and brightening powder to help you maintain that bridal glow but absorb any oil, making the skin flawless and perfect for the photographs. You’ll be amazed at the difference in staying power in your makeup. Huda Beauty has also reformulated the iconic Easy Bake Loose Setting Powder as a pressed powder this time, which is fragrance and talc-free! This is something that Huda fans and Easy Bake fans have been asking for a long time and Huda has finally made it happen. It is available in all 8 original Easy Bake shades and is packaged in an on-the-go compact (€30).


In Victorian times, the bouquet was used to scent the bride as toothpaste and deodorant weren’t commonplace. However, now we have an abundance of self-care products, we just need a memorable scent to help remind us of that special time. Jo Malone London is always a great choice. If you are having an autumn wedding, why not try their new pear scent - English Pear & Sweet Pea (€64)? This garden-fresh light floral fragrance looks to the blousy, fragrant sweet pea to create a new marriage of fruits and flowers. There is also a candle so you can have an immersive experience in the morning and take the scent through the day. I personally love Peony Blush Suede from the brand and Dark Amber and Ginger Lily is a gorgeous groom's scent, although all of the fragrances are designed to be unisex and can be layered. You can also book into their boutiques for a consultation.


Your wedding day lipstick should be long-lasting (there is a lot of kissing!), comfortable and it will usually be matte. Armani has just released a bullet-shaped matte lipstick that is perfect for top-ups on the go. In Lip Power Matte, formulation and design unite to create the lip colour’s gliding application. The spherical powders’ smooth surface allows them to reflect light evenly, resulting in a uniform finish. Also contributing to the intuitive application is its lipstick bullet’s form, crafted with Lip Power’s drop shape for precision when applying the lipstick, and an matte lip look. The case has also been reimagined, and its base is now crafted with a new matte look.