The facial serum
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For skin that needs a little boost, this instant pick-me-up serum is just the ticket! Our panel reported plumped up, tighter skin in a matter of days – if only it worked on bingo wings too...
Regenerating Collagen Gel, Resultime £47
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This luxurious cleanser will change your life forever (well, transform your skincare routine at the very least). The oil-enriched balm dissolves all traces of make-up and soothes stressed-out skin.
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Elemis £40
The eye cream
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Up all night stressing about table plans and colour schemes? Don’t let it show! This multi-action eye cream works by nourishing, firming and de-puffing the delicate eye area. After just a few uses our testers noticed a real improvement in appearance.
Divine Eyes, L’Occitane £49
The overnight cream
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With a calming blend of essential oils, this beauty elixir will not only rejuvinate your skin ready for the day ahead, but also help you drift off to sleep. Sweet dreams!
Beauty Sleep Concentrate, Neal’s Yard Remedies £32.50
The facial moisturiser
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Now this is the definition of a hero product. The hydrating formula glides on, sinks in quickly and keeps the skin feeling super-supple. We know it’s not exactly cheap, but a pea-sized amount is really all you need each day.
Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Elemis £82
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To say this product came up smelling of roses would be spot on (and not just because of the gorgeous scent). Our beauty experts rated the handy spray bottle and were impressed with the refreshingly-light formula.
Damask Rose Floral Water, Melvita £15
The facial exfoliator
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Introducing the game-changing scrub! The vitamin-infused paste mixes with water to create a milky consistency and the super-fine buffing grains work wonders on lacklustre skin.
Micro Exfoliating Balm, Oskia £48
(Our brides-to-be also loved Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – £34 – a very worthy second place).
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There’s no point splashing out on a fabulous foundation to cut corners with your prep. This incredible blurring primer will even-out your skin tone in seconds and forms the perfect base for a long-lasting bridal look.
Protect and Prime SPF30, Emma Hardie £45
The facial mask
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Think of this wonder mask like a healthy fruit smoothie for your face – packed with essential nutrients, the rich, moisture-boosting formula will give your skin a whole new lease of life.
Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Dermalogica £35.70
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You know how an Instagram filter can just magic away those imperfections? Well our testers reckon this concealer is on par with Valencia or Hudson. This handy compact hides dark circles and pesky blemishes, making it a must for your bridal clutch!
Creamy Concealer, Bobbi Brown £19
The foundation – spend
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Perfect for brides who want a ‘no make-up’ make-up look. The revolutionary gel-cream formula keeps skin nourished while giving a healthy, dewy finish.
Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, bareMinerals £26
The foundation – save
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A silky-smooth application, great coverage and a lasting finish – all that for under a tenner. Bravo Bourjois!
City Radiance Skin Protecting Foundation, Bourjois £9.99
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T Leclerc has struck the harmonious balance between an instant colour hit and a subtle finish. The pigmented powder adds a flush of colour, but the fine consistency allows for effortless blending.
Powder Blush Petales de Rose, T Leclerc £28
The contour set
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Cheat your way to chiselled cheekbones with this clever little compact. The creamy texture is easy to layer and the colours are really natural, which is why it rated so highly with our beauty panel.
Contour Kit, Cover FX £40
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It might have been the ever-so elegant case that instantly won us over, but even after months of testing this beautiful palette remains our go-to for a model-like sheen.
Skin Illuminating Powder Duo, Tom Ford £56
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We know summer has started when Clarins bring out their limited edition bronzer and each year the new one takes pride of place in our beauty bags. A quick sweep across your cheekbones is all it takes for a bronzed-goddess glow.
Limited Edition Summer Bronzing & Blush Compact, Clarins £30
The eyeshadow palette
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With so many suit-all shades in matte and shimmer, this versatile palette will take you through your wedding day, honeymoon and beyond!
Full exposure palette, Smashbox £38
The eyeshadow primer
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This Smashbox primer acts like a magnet for your eye make-up, keeping it in-tact all day and unlike other brands it doesn’t leave any nasty eyelid creases.
Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer, Smashbox £19
The facial gadget
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Meet the buddy that’s about to become your new best friend! It buffs away make-up and impurities while lightly cleansing the skin. The handy size is great for travelling too!
Buddy Sonic Face Brush, Pulsaderm at M&S £70
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Your bridal clutch isn’t complete without a shine-busting saviour. Lord & Berry’s powder has a lightweight formula to hold make-up in place and give a lasting matte finish. Now you’re ready for your close up!
Loose Powder, Lord & Berry £18
The make-up brushes
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From a buffing brush to a fine liner, this do-it-all kit has everything you need for a flawless make-up finish. Our beauty jury loved the chic bamboo handles and the super-soft vegan bristles.
Bamboo Vol. 2 Brush Set, Zoeva £65
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The Holy Grail of all lipsticks! There’s nothing quite like the buttery-smooth finish of a Tom Ford lipstick and let’s not forget the totally uh-mazing packaging – divine!
Lip Colour in Pink Dusk, Tom Ford £38
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Clumpy mascara has long been our beauty nemesis, but there’s no need to worry about that with this bargain buy from Revlon! The specially-designed brush separates each lash to give an impeccably-defined look.
Dramatic Definition Mascara, Revlon £9.99
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With all the staying power of a Sunday hangover, this incredible gel deserves a medal! It won’t budge at all – even through a teary ceremony and a sweaty reception.
Long-wear Gel Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown £18.50
The brow product
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If your Instagram feed will tell you one thing, it’s still all about the brows! This easy-to-use felt tip pen allows you to create natural-looking definition by adding in feathery strokes to look like individual hairs. Genius!
Brow Ink, Cosmetics à la Carte £25
The nail treatment
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Paper-thin, brittle nails just won’t cut it when you’re waving around that engagement ring. Give your nails some much-needed TLC with this miraculous strengthener. A few months in and our nails have never looked so healthy!
Nail Strengthener, Nail HQ £4.99
The eyelash curler
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It’s really not surprising that these trusty curlers have taken the winning crown once again. A firm fave with make-up artists (and the PW team alike), they create a lasting curl in a matterof seconds. A cult classic!
Eyelash Curler, Shu Uemura £20
The fake tan
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This fast-absorbing gradual tan has restored our faith in tanning completely (no more dodgy orange patches – hurrah!). After one application we had an all-over, even glow and after a second coat we were positively bronzed. The perfect pre-honeymoon treat!
Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion, Elemis £34.50
The body moisturiser
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Just one whiff of this luxe body cream and you’ll be transported to a tranquil spa (one of those posh ones in the Maldives, you know?). The enriching shea butter bathes the skin in moisture and leaves it silky-soft to touch.
Superskin Body Cream, Liz Earle £33
The nail varnish
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What we want from a nail varnish is an easy-to-apply, long-lasting, chip-free, quick-drying formula… We thought we could be asking for too much until Ciaté came along
and ticked all the boxes. From pastel pinks to shimmering golds – we’re obsessed with the entire range!
Paint Pots, Ciaté £9 each
The perfume – romantic
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This oh-so feminine, floral fragrance is a dreamy blend of damask rose and sandalwood. It’s light, airy and perfect for any blushing bride.
Botanical Essence No.20 Eau de Parfum 50ml, Liz Earle £49
The perfume – modern
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A musky, intoxicating scent made for those rule-breaking brides out there. The rich, woody tones linger on the skin all day and we haven’t even mentioned that bottle!
Decadence Eau de Parfum 50ml, Marc Jacobs £69
The facial oil
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Both of these beauty heavyweights exercised their moisturising prowess
to the max, so it’s a draw! If it’s a sweet-smelling bargain you’re after opt for Time Bomb, or for an intense oil experience you can luxe out with Crème de la Mer.
The Renewal Oil, Crème de la Mer £155
Youth Juice Secret Oil, Time bomb £38
The body exfoliator
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Say hello to the next generation of exfoliator – the beauty hybrid! The super-fine buffing grains remove dead skin cells, while the rich oil injects moisture – an innovative combo that will get your skin in tip-top condition.
Gentle Oil & Salt Exfoliator, Katherine Daniels £25
Mountains of beauty products, four months of testing and a dedicated army of real life brides and beauty addicts... we are now ready to reveal 2016's best bridal beauty products!