School is in session and with each new term comes a new look. While I’m not an advocate of a heavily made up face for High School students ( back in my day, who knew what concealer was and what it was supposed to do, anyway?), I am aware that we live in a different age where persons have a bit more leeway than I might have had. Whether you’re just starting High School or in your last year of University, I’ve compiled a list of beauty do’s and don’ts for you to start your academic year off on the right track.
Do: Look fresh and awake. Always.
Keep it soft & subtle – Avoid looking overdone by keeping your makeup soft and natural. Neutral eyes are always a best bet for the classroom and can keep you looking fresh and awake to face the day. For soft, natural looks have a gander at the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, $54.00, the Revlon Custom Eyes Palette in Naturally Glamorous, $11.00
Look Awake and Banish Dark Circles –Neutral shades on your eyes can camouflage an all-nighter study session (or partying), or you can always try something like the MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream, $31.00 to reduce bagginess. Even a little concealer, like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29.00 or the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal, $5.00 will help brighten up dark circles no matter how much/little sleep you get.
Long Lasting Bases – Long-lasting foundation like Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation, $12.99 is great for school because it saves you from having to do too much touching up in between classes. Setting your foundation with a powder like MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation will help keep your foundation matte, too. The best thing about this is that it can also be worn alone on days that are a bit rushed.
Shape Your Eyebrows – Fill in your brows with a pencil or brow pomade that is two shades lighter for darker hair or two shades darker for lighter hair.
Lip stains– Stains are good for a natural look and last longer than lipsticks or glosses. My favorite to use recently has been the Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balms, $9.49 which provide long lasting color with a glossy finish.
Don’t: Overdo it and try to look older than you actually are.
Wear loud colors – Really bright eye shadow combinations can be distracting and a little over-the-top for a day at school. For a pop of colour, try a coloured eye-liner or a brighter lip-stain to add some oomph to your look.
Pile it on – Applying too much makeup everyday for school can be difficult to maintain and can actually become really expensive. If you want to change your look 1 or 2 days out of the week try something different with your eyeliner or add a pop or color every once in a while.
Forget about skincare – Regardless of how rushed you are on mornings, you shouldn’t forget this important step. Cleansing and moisturizing your face before you put your makeup on is important for healthy skin and a youthful glow.