Back To School Makeup Essentials

Smart skincare, P.E.-proof formulas, and more A+ picks to create the ultimate makeup looks for school.

Back To School Makeup and Skincare Essentials

As summer comes to a close, it’s that time of year again: back to school shopping season. New notebooks, pencils, backpack—check! But don’t forget about all your back to school beauty essentials for creating effortless, everyday looks to put your best face forward for the new year ahead.

Ready to ace your back to school makeup look with confidence? Get ready, because class is in session! With a few tips, tricks, and all the right affordable and effective products, we’ll teach you how to do simple makeup in six easy steps:

Step 1. Cleanse & Hydrate Your Skin
Want to learn how to do subtle makeup for school? Gorgeous makeup actually all starts with the right skincare routine that targets what your skin needs. Think: a complete skin regimen with a daily cleanser, toner, and face cream.

Our gently soothing Pure Skin Back To Basics Mini Skincare Kit features a complete dermatologist-tested routine that’s great for all skin types (including sensitive skin).

If you have dry skin, try a hydrating skincare mini kit that is is bursting with skin-loving ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Peptides to keep your complexion looking and feeling healthy and hydrated.

The mini sizes are perfect for tossing in your gym bag or keeping in your dorm room!

Step 2. Prime Your Face
For those long days on campus, you want to make sure your makeup stays put all morning and afternoon. The right primer will grip makeup and lock in your look for the perfect finish, while benefiting your skin type and what it needs.

Oily-prone skin? Try a matte face primer absorbs excess oil for a shine-free, smooth complexion. If you want a radiant glow, reach for a luminous primer. For a poreless, flawless look, our holy grail Poreless Putty Primer glides over skin to smooth over imperfections while hydrating skin with Squalane.

Pro Tip: Use the Putty Primer Applicator for easy and hygienic putty primer application.

Step 3: Complexion Perfection
What sets the foundation for a naturally put-together look? Foundation! Our highly blendable Flawless Satin Foundation is available in 40 inclusive, wearable shades that deliver medium-to-full coverage that feels lightweight. Plus, it’s formulated with glycerine to keep your skin feeling hydrated and soft, even throughout back-to-back lectures.

And don’t forget Broad Spectrum SPF, especially for the outdoor homecoming game! Our Camo CC cream is the ideal product for achieving a natural looking complexion with full coverage, plus SPF 30 to protect from sun damage. Added perk: it’s also infused with Peptides and Niacinamide to plump, hydrate, and smooth the appearance of your skin.

For a little extra coverage where you need it, our highly-pigmented 16H Camo Concealer corrects and perfects imperfections, redness, and even under-eye circles (late-night studying will do that to you!).

Step 4. Add Color to Your Cheeks

Think blush is too much for every day? Blush up and think again: it gives your cheeks that flushed-from-within glow that looks pretty without trying too hard. A lightweight, vitamin-enriched cream to powder blush seamlessly blends into your skin with a non-greasy finish, adding a pop of color that stays put from study hall to dining hall.

Step 5. Make Your Peepers Pop
For an A+ eye look that’s naturally stunning, it all starts with the basics. Our award-winning Big Mood Mascara is a makeup for school must-have to volumize, lengthen, and enhance your eyelashes. We love it because the nourishing formula holds your lashes’ curl all day without flaking. Even better, try a waterproof mascara for long lasting wear.

For a touch of easy-to-apply color with a natural, light finish, versatile eyeshadow sticks glide on as an eyeshadow or eyeliner to create a range of looks (and fits right in your pencil case).

Heading to the pep rally? Have fun with some color and sparkle using liquid glitter eyeshadow and colorful eyeshadow palettes.

And don’t forget to groom your eyebrows, which frame your face and complete your look. An eyebrow palette and eyebrow pencil are both amazing essentials for lining, defining, brushing, and filling in your brows so they “wow!”

Step 6. Lip Balm Dot Com!
Don’t cheat yourself and forget about your pout. A little kiss of color and sheen on your lips goes a long way in completing your au natural makeup look. A tinted lip balm is a backpack staple—swipe it on to keep your lips moisturized, slightly tinted, and softer than ever.

For some high-octane shine and a sheer wash of color, brush on a vitamin-enriched lip lacquer lip gloss.