Monday, August 9, 2010

School Makeup Bag Essentials

Hey everyone!

This will be the beginning of my "Back to School Week", with posts featuring back to school beauty tips. I'm kicking it off with some advice on what to carry in a makeup bag that you can easily stash in your backpack. This is stuff that you can use if you only have 5 minutes or less to do makeup in the morning, like if you've overslept your alarm, or pulled an all-nighter and you look like a hot mess. (I've been in both situations; trust me, not fun!!!) Here's some essentials to make you look wide awake and can easily be stored in a cute little makeup bag.

Counterclockwise from top left:

Concealer: You should have a concealer with you that can cover both blemishes and under eye circles. I like MAC Studio Sculpt concealer because it's thick and creamy, but easily blended out.

Powder: After you applied concealer, use powder to set it and also apply powder to any oily areas, no foundation needed! I use CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Powder.

Blush: A slightly shimmery blush will act as both highlighter and blush, warming up your face. This is MAC Plumfoolery, but a good drugstore one is Wet n Wild Pearlescence Pink.

Brush: A kabuki or buffing brush will work well for both your powder products so you can save space in your bag. This was in a Sephora Professionel brush set.

Mascara: This is essential to open up your eyes! It will make them look wider with just a few coats. This is my current favorite, CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion. You can also use a lash curler to help your eyes look even more awake, but I don't have one so I can't picture it :(

Eyeshadow: I use the shimmery white eyeshadow in this palette and apply it on the center of my eye, on the inner corner, and under the brow bone which highlights your eyes and helps you look more awake. For application, you can use the brush included which saves space! This is one of the best trick I know; it really works!

That's it, but what school makeup essentials do you use? Leave me a comment below and let me know!


PS Sorry for the quality of pictures, but I can't find my camera charger so I had to use my webcam. Hopefully after I finish cleaning my room tomorrow I will have been able to find it!!!


  1. great post! I have so many more essentials!

  2. Thanks; I had a hard time narrowing it down since I have so many too, but I figured, what would I take if I only had 3 minutes in the morning and I wanted to do a full face? So that's how I chose :)

  3. great post :) I love the WnW blush that you mentioned by the way, I got it the other week and I'm obsessed with it! It's crazy pigmented!

  4. @Caitlin- I know, right? These blushes are so great! I also have Heather Silk, and it reminds me of MAC Plumfoolery just without shimmer.

  5. Good choices! I think I might start bringing makeup with me to school this year just because I don't think I'll have enough time in the morning! But right now, I have been bringing all sorts of lip products with me!

  6. Great post! I am going back to college this year and definatly will be keeping a lot of this in my bag! ;)I really want to check out that blush now!!!

  7. @The Beauty Bargainista- Thanks! I highly recommend it, I love the formulation of MAC blushes!


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