August 19, 2014

Back to School Makeup Tips

Hey everyone,
So on Sunday I put together 5 outfits for your first week back to school, and I wanted to supplement that with a post on back to school makeup! When I was in school, I wanted a makeup look that was high coverage  and glowing but still looked natural and effortless. To be honest, it took me many years to get it right- I start to cringe when I look at photos from high school and middle school. But, I was able to pick up a lot of tips along the way as I learned the do's and don't's of school-appropriate makeup.

1. Keep it Simple

Some things just aren't school appropriate- such as glitter eyeliner, bright neon eyeshadows, lip tattoos, etc. Feel free to try some trends if they're a bit more on the subtle side, such as burgundy lips for the fall, golden shadow and subtle contouring. But for the most part, try to keep it simple and natural-looking. 

Eyes: The most popular color for eyeliner is black, but brown eyeliner is actually great to enhance the eyes without looking overdone. Stick to one or two coats of mascara on freshly curled lashes, and save the false eyelashes for parties or weekends.
Lips: If you're younger, try out lip gloss or tinted lip balm, as it tends to look more subtle than lipstick. For a pretty, subdued look, try colors such as pale pink, peach, light coral or even a mauvey-pink a la Kylie Jenner.
Face: If you feel the need to  even out your skin tone, try to spot cover with concealer since you most likely don't need full coverage everywhere. Top the concealer with a powder to keep it in place and keep the oils at bay.

2. Use Foundation and Concealer Correctly

Since an overwhelming majority of us suffer from dark circles, and a lot of young girls have some acne to cover as well, concealer is a real godsend. But don't make the mistake of piling it on, and don't use it incorrectly under the eyes. Use the triangle method under the eyes, instead of making that half-moon shape directly over your dark circles. And with foundation; if you really, really want to wear it, at least go for something light. Some awesome drugstore ones are the Neutrogena Healthy Skin, the e.l.f. Studio Acne Fighting Foundation, or the NYX BB cream.

3. Careful with the eyeliner

Eyeliner can be great for making your eyes pop, but it can go bad so easily! I personally dislike the look of lining the waterline with black eyeliner (it doesn't look natural and actually makes your eyes look smaller), and would instead use a nude or white color which will make you look bright and awake. Keep the black or brown eyeliner, too, but only use it on the top lashline if you want to more naturally bring out your eyes and make your lashes look fuller.

4. Spend more time on your skin than your makeup

Don't skip out on the important skincare steps- cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize. And ALWAYS remove your makeup before bed. The better your skin looks, the less makeup you'll want to wear and the more confident you'll feel. Even if you're great at creating the full-coverage look, you don't want to have to worry about things like humidity, sweat, and long-wear to fade your face makeup away to reveal your insecurities. So take care of your skin and feel confident about it!

 5. Play with it!

While you're in school is the perfect time to experiment with the way you wear your makeup. Before school starts, try picking up a few new lip colors and eyeshadows so you have something to play with. You'll be able to get feedback from friends and find out which application techniques work the best for you. Trial and error is really the best way to find your perfect makeup look!

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