Whether you are in 8th grade or college this makeup look will start your year off fresh and beautiful.
Step One: Prime
Primer may not be an everyday essential to many people but for the first day back you want to be looking your best. Primer will keep your pores small and your oil contained. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional ($30) is a great light weight but effective choice.
Step Two: Even Your Skin Tone
Many people think foundation should be able to cover every imperfection, but when it does, that is usually when you look like a cake face. Foundation should be used to eliminate redness and even our skin tone. Revlon Color Stay ($9.99) is a good foundation that can be applied lightly for a natural finish or built up for full coverage for those of us with less than perfect skin.
Step Three: Conceal
You know how you always go to bed unusually early before the first day back? But instead of getting a good night's sleep you toss and turn and can't stop thinking about what your'e going to wear or what everyone is going to think of your outfit. So instead of going to school with bags under your eyes use concealer to brighten up those peepers. Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer ($6.99) has good coverage and comes in a variety of shades so you can definitely find your perfect match.
Step Four: Bronze Yourself
You just came from summer so of course you can't come back to school without a tan. Fake a sun-kissed glow or enhance your tan with some bronzer dusted on your temples, cheeks, nose, and chin. Jouer's Sunswept Mattifying Powder Bronzer ($28) gives the perfect glow and will also keep your oil controlled with it's mattifying properties.
Step Five: Natural Flush
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher Color Icon Blusher Powder in Pearlescent Pink ($1.99) (wow, that's quite the mouthful) is a great color that looks great on any skin tone!
Step Six: Bronze Eye
To play up your tan even more, add a bronzed eye for that summer beach babe look. Cream shadows are great because they are easy to apply and blend and they leave the eye looking dewy. Revlon Illuminance Creme Eye Shadow in Skinlights ($4.94) is a great quad to have. It also is small enough to fit in your purse or locker for touch ups in the day.
Step Seven: Define
If you need eyeliner I recommend Urban Decay 24/7 DOUBLE-ENDED GLIDE-ON PENCIL ($12). What's so great about it is that you can have black for when you want more definition and drama and brown for more natural and subtle look and you only need one pencil!
Step Eight: Lashes!
No makeup look is complete without mascara. I'm sure you already know my current obsession with Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions Lashblast Mascara ($8.49) and when you try it you'll understand why.
Just add your favorite balm or gloss and you are ready for your first day back!
What are your back to school makeup essentials?