Brides, Here’s How to Make the Most of Your KUSSHI Products
Your Stress-Free Guide to Packing Wedding Beauty & Emergency Essentials
By Emily Orofino
If you’re in the throes of wedding planning right now, we know how overwhelming all the details can be. From seating charts to party favors and everything in between, there are so many moving parts to keep track of, especially if you’re DIYing the event — which makes it essential to stay organized.
Spreadsheets are one thing, but when you’re trying to keep track of lots of small items, you need reliable and functional tools to help. KUSSHI bags and pouches will make it a snap (pun intended!) to streamline your day. Because all of the pieces are interchangeable, you won’t need to unpack and repack your bags — you can have everything set up ahead of time, so all you have to do is take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the day. Here, with the help of a celebrity makeup artist and a professional organizer, we’re breaking down exactly how to pack and swap out your KUSSHI accessories. With these essentials and the help of your maid of honor, you’re bound to have a pretty stress-free wedding day.
“I could not have dreamed of better makeup and travel bags and wish I had known about this fabulous brand when I packed for my own wedding, for which I did my makeup,” says NYC-based celebrity makeup artist Natalia Thomas. She says the key to success for beautiful bridal makeup is to create a look that conveys the most elegant and expensive version of yourself. You’ve already figured out which of your favorite formulas you’ll be packing — and they should all fit neatly into the Vacationer. “It’s a great shape and size to carry all of your odds and ends,” says Thomas. She would pack a bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir as well as two makeup setting essentials, the Skindinavia Primer and Bridal Finishing Spray, plus eye primer, foundation, and setting powder. You’ll also want to add a sleek eye and cheek palette like Beauty Pie One Palette Wonder Face Palette, and a waterproof mascara.
Of course, you need your go-to tools, which you can pack into your Pocket Organizer. “The Pocket Organizer would be the perfect vessel to carry a lash curler, a few eye blending brushes, blush, lip, eyebrow spoolie and powder brush,” Thomas adds. Slip your favorite eye and lip pencils a concealer and lipstick into the pocket side of the Pocket Organizer, and a few sheet masks if you want added insurance against dry, tired-looking skin. “I always like to pack Skyn Iceland undereye patches and a hydrating face mask in case of emergency,” says Thomas. Round out your kit with a makeup sponge and a pack of tissues, which will tuck away nicely into the side pockets of the Vacationer.
If you’re also doing your own hair, you should also have plenty of room left in your organizer for bobby pins, a mini bottle of hairspray, and hair ties. If you prefer, you can pack these into an On-the-Go Pouch Set and hand it off to your maid of honor for photo ops.
“When it comes to weddings, it's really hard to let go of the planning, especially as the day gets closer!” says Diane Lowy, professional home organizer in New York. “Asking for and accepting help from the people around you is such an important part of life before and after marriage, and there is no better place to see this in action than with your maid of honor's emergency kit.” After you’ve done your makeup and you’re ready for first look and other photos, your maid of honor can take over and snap the Double Pocket Organizer out of your makeup bag and into a clutch cover, which will make it simple to tote your essentials around in style.
A second clutch cover (we suggest having two different colors, so your MOH can easily distinguish between them) can house a Double Pocket Organizer. “What I love about KUSSHI’s double pocket organizer is you can have one side for touch-ups and the other side for emergencies,” says Lowy. Try packing breath strips, refreshing wipes, teeth whitening and Tide to Go pens (both great for brides who love red wine!), a pack of facial tissues, cotton swabs, static guard, and extra bobby pins. If you’re getting married outside, The Bug Bite Thing can be an invaluable little helper to have on hand.
The other side should be designated for just-in-case crisis items. Lowy recommends packing full-adhesive Post-It notes to remove lint and stray hairs, blister bandaids and packable flats in case your feet end up hurting (a likely casualty of bridal style!), an emery board in case a nail breaks, safety pins and mini sewing kit, nipple covers (fun fact — these are great for hiding belly button lines under a sleek dress), pain reliever, and tampons. “Your guests don't know all the details and won't know if a few things don't go as planned,” Lowy reminds us. “Your maid of honor kit can keep you feeling your best throughout your special day.”
If you’re feeling confident and everything is going smoothly, your maid of honor can pack your lipstick, breath strips, and a silk scrunchie into one of the on-the-go pouches and either hold it for you or hand it off to you — if you’re lucky enough to have a pocket hidden in the folds of your dress, you can stash it in there. You may be tempted to pack your phone, but reconsider: “I didn’t feel the need to keep my phone near me on my wedding day,” says Thomas. “I wanted to be present and the photographers and guests captured everything that I could possibly think of.”
When the party is wrapping up, ask your maid of honor to get your final Double Pocket Organizer of the night and pop it into one of the clutch covers. In there, you’ll have your hotel room key and all the tips you’ve set aside for your vendors, as well as any final checks you may need to hand off to them. Then, thank your maid of honor with a thoughtful gift — her favorite clutch cover from the evening (we’d recommend one of our leather styles) and one of the double pocket organizers, perhaps with a gift card or piece of jewelry tucked inside. “What really matters about the day is that you can focus on all the people who have shown up to celebrate your union,” says Lowy. Your maid of honor will have gone above and beyond for you on your wedding day, so we know she’ll appreciate the gesture of celebrating her kindness in return.
Emily Orofino discovered her passion for beauty at the age of four and has been chasing the high of that first lipstick ever since. She has over a decade of experience working in beauty across editorial, marketing, product development, and brand consulting. You can find her work on sites including InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, RealSelf, Editorialist, ELLE, Cosmo, Byrdie, Refinery29, and POPSUGAR, where she held a staff position as a beauty editor. She has also held in-house roles at Spotlyte by Allergan, Tarte Cosmetics, and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.
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