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Summer is coming to an end, which means school is about to be back in session. While you may be up to speed on all of your summer reading, dress code-appropriate apparel, and school supply shopping, there could be something you’re forgetting to prep for going back to school: your school makeup! Along with a new season comes the opportunity to try different makeup looks for school and don products in autumn-inspired shades. To help you make the switch, below, we’re sharing 10 back to school makeup looks to try, as well as the key makeup products—ranging from foundation to lipstick—that you’ll want to consider adding to your makeup bag to start the school year off right.
Let’s dive right in—here are ten back to school makeup ideas, including a few ideas straight from celebrity makeup artist Sir John, that’ll have you looking (almost) too cool for school.
Just because you’ll be making your back to school makeup debut in the fall doesn’t mean you have to give up the pretty pastels that are associated with spring and summer. In fact, baby pink lids are a totally on-trend way to keep your eye makeup school appropriate without resorting to the standard no makeup, makeup look. Simply swipe your lids with a light pink eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Always Pearly Pink, then carry the color down to your lower lash line, too. After "punctuating the eye," Sir John recommends pairing this look with a bronzed complexion and a few coats of mascara—we love the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara—then you're ready to strut your stuff.
Sure, rosy cheeks are pretty, but if you want to step outside the norm, consider giving yourself a faux marigold flush. This orangey-pink shade will keep summer vibes nearby, even as the weather becomes colder. Dust the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil in Marigold over your cheeks to get the look! Even if you’re attending virtual school this fall, your flushed cheeks will help you look awake and ready to take on the school day whenever you’re on camera.
Orange lipstick is a makeup trend that may strike you as unwearable on a day-to-day basis, but we’re here to put that theory to rest! In fact, there are many orange lipstick shades worth adding to your back to school makeup repertoire, and an orange lip is the perfect way to rock a statement lip—which Sir John notes is a must for fall. Consider coating your pout with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lipstick, Sheer Lipstick in Nectarine Plump.
Chances are you don’t want to wear a smokey eye to class, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick to pastels. If you prefer a neutral look that will make a subtle statement, give bronze lids a try. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Bronze Light to your lids, blending the color onto your crease. This shimmering bronze shade will add just the right amount of glitz without going overboard.
Speaking of makeup colors that go outside your comfort zone, we’re all about burgundy lashes for fall. They’re the perfect way to subtly boost your makeup look without committing to anything too bold. After you’ve applied the rest of your makeup, give your lashes a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara in Deep Burgundy. Need a little application advice? Here's what Sir John has to share: "Wiggling back and forth at the root will give you lots of separation and massive amounts of volume."
Editor’s note: If you find yourself hooked on burgundy after coating your fringe, we’ve got you covered. Click through to learn How to Create a Burgundy Makeup Look.
If orange lips aren’t your thing, consider swiping on a mauve lipstick instead. This rosy pink shade is the perfect “my lips but better” hue. Here are Our Best Mauve Lipstick Shades to try.
Who says radiant cheeks have to be reserved for the warmer months? While you may not be psyched to go back to school and end your summer of relaxation, glowing, radiant cheeks will, at the very least, give the appearance that you’re hyped. Pop the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops onto your cheekbones to get the look.
An easy way to add a pop of color to your look while still staying under-the-radar is by rocking colorful under-eyes. This trend involves using a colored eyeliner to line your lower lash line while keeping the rest of your eye makeup look simple. While there are a plethora of shades you can play with, we’re partial to purple hues, as they’re flattering on nearly everyone. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Le Signature Easy-Glide Mechanical Eyeliner, Waterproof in Violet Wool to get the look.
We get that perfectly sculpted brows may not go with the rest of your school day makeup look—especially if you’re keeping the rest of your face relatively simple. That being said, a little eyebrow makeup can make all the difference in your overall beauty look. For a natural-looking yet totally on-trend look, give brushed up brows a try! Head over to our article, How to Get Brushed Up Eyebrows, to learn how to get effortless-looking arches.
There’s just something about a glowing complexion that we can’t get enough of. When targeted glowy cheeks won’t cut it, you can get an all-over dewy complexion with the help of a radiant foundation like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation. Buff it over your skin for medium coverage and a glowing complexion that will help combat that dull fall and winter skin.
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for touch-ups. That’s why we recommend keeping certain essentials in a makeup bag that you can stow in your backpack or locker. Keep your back to school makeup look in tiptop shape with the following makeup bag must-haves.
Taking school pics? Try adding a natural finish foundation to your makeup routine to create the look of flawless skin. Squeeze the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight onto the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, and stipple it onto your skin starting at the center of your face and working your way outward.
It’s time to head back to art class! Color correcting utilizes the color wheel to help counteract the appearance of imperfections. The theory is that colors opposite each other on the wheel cancel each other out. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayon comes in five colors: green to neutralize redness, yellow to hide blue or purple areas, peach for dark circles on those with fair to light skin tones, bisque for dark circles on those with light to medium skin tones, and orange for dark circles on those with medium to dark skin tones.
Stayed up late finishing homework last night? No problem! Grab a handy concealer to cover up your dark circles before first period starts. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage to conceal and highlight at the same time. Apply concealer in upside-down triangles underneath your eyes, between your eyebrows, down the bridge of your nose, and in the center of your chin.
Next up: perking up your cheeks with blush. Add the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush to your makeup bag to deliver a lively flush and a delightful aroma all at once.
Editor’s note: Want to brighten the look of your eyes? Try blending a little bit of blush around the inner corners of your brows.
We mentioned the wonders that highlighter can do for your makeup look, which is why it’s a must for your makeup bag. All you need is a few dabs on your cheekbones, and you’re good to go. Even better, follow one of Sir John's biggest back to school beauty tips—picking products with more than one use—and find a highlighter that can double as a light-reflective eye shadow. That's a total pro-tip for speeding up your school day makeup routine!
When your brows need a boost, an eyebrow pencil is a must. Frame your face by filling in your brows with an eyebrow pencil, such as the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil. The angled tip makes filling in your brows quick and easy.
Want to be known as a makeup trendsetter this year? This back-to-school season, switch up your eye makeup with a wash of all-over matte or metallic color. Bring your eye shadow look to life with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow.
Show off your personality by reaching for a colorful eyeliner shade this season. Embrace fall’s most popular shades with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Grey and Forest Green.
Make sure your lashes are on point for your first day of school by applying a mascara! Just place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep up to the tip.
Your makeup bag is nearly filled to the brim, but there’s always room for lipstick, right? This fall, gloss finishes reign supreme. Show off your pretty pout in the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lipstick, Sheer Lipstick and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick.
And there you have it: Your makeup bag is officially stocked for a stylish school day, and your daily makeup regimen is officially upgraded.
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