5 Essential Makeup Products for Back to School

During the school year I’m constantly torn between wanting to look cute for class and wanting those extra few minutes of sleep. On the days when I opt for sleep I reach for products that are quick to apply and help to streamline my routine. Today I’m sharing with you the products I recommend as well as specific products that I really like.

One: A concealer that matches your skin color


With this it is super important that the concealer matches your skin. This isn’t a highlighting concealer or a color corrector. I put just a little bit on any blemishes or problem areas, blend, and I’m good to go in way less time than a full face of foundation would have taken me. I love this one by LA Girl Cosmetics.

Two: A flattering blush


A little bit of blush on your cheeks goes a long way to brighten up your face. Powder blush is quicker to apply (at least for me) but cream blush lasts a really long time and I love this shade. This is the NYX stick blush in orchid.

Three: Mascara


Pick a mascara that will achieve the look you want with just one or two coats. Concentrate it near the base of your lashes and it will double as eyeliner too. My favorite is the Maybelline Define-A-Lash, which I have a review of here, but my friend recommended the Rimmel Scandal Eyes and I’ve been liking it a lot. The Define-A-Lash is more lengthening and the Scandal Eyes is more volumizing.

Four: A quick brow routine


My favorite way to do my eyebrows is by just swiping some brown mascara through them. It takes me 10 seconds per brow and keeps them defined and in place all day long. I like using the Maybelline Great Lash mascara for my brows.

Five: A tinted lip balm


Lipstick isn’t the quickest thing to apply and can look unflattering when it starts wearing off. A good tinted lip balm can go on without a mirror and will wear off naturally. I’ve had my eye on this lip balm by Fresh for a while and finally bought it. It’s kind of pricey but really nice.

What makeup products do you use for school? Let me know in the comments!


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