Summer is nearly over, and though you may still be trying to savor your last few days of fun and sun, it’s just about time to head back to school.
But there is an upside to returning to reading, lectures, and exams: new clothes, dorm decor and Fall makeup, of course. Be prepared to power through the school week with our top picks for back-to-school beauty products that are quick, easy, and natural looking; then glam up for some well-deserved weekend partying with something shimmery and bright.
Let’s start with the weekday face. When hurrying between classes and extra-curriculars, you need a foundation that’s light, yet long-lasting. Try Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup ($38.00). This soft, smooth, oil-free foundation will keep you feeling comfortable throughout even the busiest of weekdays; plus, its semi-matte finish will leave your skin looking natural, not cake-y. And if the stress of college plagues you with sudden breakouts, Shiseido has you covered (literally), with Natural Finish Cream Concealer ($25.00). No foundation is required, so this concealer is great for combating sudden blemishes on the go.
Ran to class without your emergency spot relief? Never fear, Beyond Clear has you covered with FAST Spot Clearing Accelerator ($14), a fast-acting breakout troubleshooter with 2.0% salicylic acid for use at home or on-the-go. This must-have skin perfector targets individual pimples to help accelerate clearing and healing. Your skin will look and feel healthy enough to tackle whatever the school day throws your way. And if mountains of homework leave you sorely sleep-deprived, use Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Flash Touch Wake-Up Eyecare ($44.00). This roll-on pen is great for tackling signs of fatigue after an all-nighter.
When it comes to weekday eyes and lips, look for products that are both easy to apply and natural looking (no need to look club ready when you’re actually sitting in a history lecture). For eyes, try Sephora’s Microsmooth Eyeshadow Trio ($17.00). Each piece comes with 3 expertly coordinated colors that go on smoothly and are easy to blend. Plus, it’s available in neutral shades to keep you looking natural and beautiful at the same time. For a natural glow, try Tarte Femme Naturale Eye Palette ($44.00). This easily portable palette comes with ten naturally inspired shades of eyeshadow, plus a double-ended eyeshadow brush and a double-ended eyeliner pencil. Finally, if you want great, natural lip color on the go, try the Too-Faced Natural Kiss Neutral Lip Color Collection ($24.00). This cute palette comes with cream, gloss, and shimmer finishes that complement all skin tones. Plus, the palette fits easily into your purse (or backpack!).
When the weekend finally rolls around, it’s time to let loose and hit the town! Go wild this fall semester with some fun, sexy, and glittery beauty options. For the face, try Diorskin Shimmer Star ($44.00). Enriched with Jeweled Microdust™, this shimmering powder gives your skin a bright luminosity when applied to cheeks, forehead, chin, and temples.
Have fun with your weekend eye makeup with Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner ($18.00). This luminous liner comes in 11 glittering hues that will have your eyes staying bright, even as midnight rolls around. If you want some bold, sexy lashes for that big Saturday night party, try Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara ($24.00). It’ll give you great volume without clumping. And don’t forget to create bold lips to match; check out Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss ($19.00). Not only is this gloss non-sticky and super shiny, but it comes in fun, sexy, lively colors like Firecracker and Va Va Violet.
Finally, if you want to go all-out with your wild weekend wear, try Make Up For Ever’s collection of Glitters ($14.00 each). These lightweight glitters are so much fun; apply them to your face and body with a wet brush, and give yourself a radiant, glamorous glow. Party on! Just don’t forget to wash it off in time for class on Monday morning!