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7 Graduation Makeup Ideas

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7 Graduation Makeup Ideas 7 Graduation Makeup Ideas 7 Graduation Makeup Ideas

The day has finally come—it’s time to graduate! Along with choosing your dress and shoes, it’s time to think about how you want to do your makeup for your big day. Whether you want the focus to be on how luminous your skin looks, a gorgeous statement eye, or a power lip to indicate what a boss babe you are, below you’ll find seven makeup ideas—including everything from foundation to concealer to highlighter to lipstick—to bring your look together.

Graduation Makeup Idea #1: Dewy Face Makeup

If you want to rock a luminous face makeup look, follow the steps below.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Shaping Foundation Makeup Sticks

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Shaping Highlighter Makeup Sticks

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime Your Face

Let’s be real, you don’t want to take the time to apply a face full of makeup if it’s only going to melt off through the day’s festivities. So, before applying any foundation or concealer, be sure to start your routine off with a radiant finish primer. Blend it into your face, then move onto the next step.

Step 2: Apply Foundation

Once your primer is on, use a makeup blender to stipple a radiant finish foundation onto your skin. Remember: Stipple or pat—never rub—if your goal is to achieve an airbrushed makeup look.

Step 3: Touch Up with Concealer

Take a peek in the mirror and take note of what’s still peeking through your face makeup. On those areas, dab some concealer and blend it in with a makeup blender.

Editor’s tip: You can also use concealer under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, and in the center of your forehead and chin for an instant brightening effect.

Step 4: Contour Your Bone Structure

Once the base of your face makeup has been applied, it’s time to work a little contouring magic. To do so, swipe a makeup stick into the hollows of your cheeks, along the perimeter of your forehead, and down the edges of the bridge of your nose — just be sure to use one that’s two to three shades darker than your regular skin tone. Blend with a contour makeup blender and fall in love with just how angular your face can look with a little cosmetic companionship.

Step 5: Highlight

To complete your dewy face makeup look, swipe a highlighter stick along your cheekbones, arcing into your eyebrow bones, down the bridge of your nose, and just above your cupid’s bow. Voila!

Graduation Makeup Idea #2: Matte Face Makeup

If you want to rock a matte face makeup look, follow the steps below.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Makeup blender or makeup brush

Concealer

Concealer blender or brush

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Powder

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Highlighter

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime Your Face

Once again, start with primer for this makeup look. Choose a primer that has a matte finish to help keep shine at bay.  

Step 2: Apply Foundation

After applying primer, reach for a matte finish foundation and apply it with a makeup blender for a seamless appearance.

Step 3: Touch Up with Concealer

Use a concealer blender to apply concealer over any blemishes or other areas you’d rather not have be noticeable on graduation day.

Step 4: Set with Face Powder

Now that you’re done adding cream products to your face, lock in your matte makeup look with an allover dusting of face powder. Be sure to use a fluffy powder brush to do so, so as to not cake powder into the cream. A light setting will create the perfect veil necessary to maintain your matte makeup look all day.

Step 5: Apply Blush

Instead of reaching for bronzer or contour, take to blush to create an equally as defined face makeup look. To get the look, dust some of our scented blush onto the apples of your cheeks, extending up towards your temple for a draped effect. Don’t stop there though, use a fluffy eye shadow brush to gently swipe some of the color along the inner edges of your eyebrows. Sure, it might sound crazy, but this is a tried-and-true MUA-approved tip that can really help tie a face makeup look together.

Step 6: Highlight

Complete your matte makeup look with a mattified glow that still makes skin look as radiant as can be. To get the look, dust a powder metallic highlighter along your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and above your cupid’s bow.

Graduation Makeup Idea #3: No Makeup Makeup

If you want to rock a no makeup makeup look, you’ve come to the right place.

What you’ll need:

Makeup primer

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer

Foundation blender or brush

Concealer

Concealer blender

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime Your Face

Even when your graduation day agenda includes a no makeup makeup look, primer is essential. So, just like usual, apply your favorite makeup primer from forehead to chin so that your makeup will wear evenly throughout the day.

Step 2: Apply a Super-Lightweight Lotion

Forget about foundation, if you want to truly embrace the no makeup makeup look, it’s best to reach for a BB cream or something along those same lines, like a lightweight highlighter lotion, which is designed to offer sheer coverage while creating the look of a luminous glow. Despite being lightweight and not technically a foundation, be sure to applying it with a foundation blender or brush for optimal results.

Step 3: Touch Up with Concealer

You know the drill: Dab concealer onto any dark spots, dark circles, or areas you crave a little extra brightening power. Blend with a concealer blender, using patting motions and move on to the next step.

Step 4: Highlight

To keep things glowy as can be, reach for liquid highlighter drops and dab a few of them onto your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and right on the tip of your nose. Who knew a full face of no makeup makeup could be so fuss-free?

Graduation Makeup Idea #4: Neutral Smoky Eye

If you want your lips to stand front and center, keep your lids subdued with this natural lid look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Primer/Base

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Open Your Eye Shadow Palette

Take inventory of the bottom right shades. These are the colors you’ll use to bring your neutral smoky eye to life. The soft, natural hues will work together for an eye update that isn’t overdone for graduation.

Step 2: Apply a Medium Eye Shadow Shade

To get the look, start by choosing three colors—a light, medium, and dark—and apply the medium color to your lid and just beyond your crease.

Step 3: Apply a Darker Eye Shadow Shade

Next, blend some of your darker shade into your crease.

Step 4: Apply a Lighter Eye Shadow Shade

Top everything off with your lightest shade in the center of your lid between your lash line and your crease, as well as just under the tail end of your eyebrows.

Step 5: Fill in Your Eyebrows

From there, sculpt your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil.  

Step 6: Swipe on Mascara

Complete your neutral lid look with a quick swipe of lash primer, followed by mascara.  

Graduation Makeup Idea #5: Peach Statement Eye

Pretty in peach—the perfect color palette for a sweet, sweet welcome to summer.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Take a Look at Your Eye Shadow Palette

Open your eye shadow palette and take inventory of the top left shades. These are the colors you’ll use to bring your peach statement eye to life.

Step 2: Choose Your Eye Shadow Shades and Start Applying

To get the look, start by choosing three colors—a light, medium, and dark—and apply the medium color to your lid and just beyond your crease.

Step 3: Continue Applying Eye Shadow Shades

Next, blend some of your darker shade into your crease and top it off with your lightest shade in the center of your lid between your lash line and your crease, as well as just under the tail end of your eyebrows.

Step 4: Apply Mascara and Eyeliner

Top your lids off with a coat of mascara and a kitten tip if you’re feeling adventurous.

Graduation Makeup Idea #6: Glowing Lids

Ready to catch a few stares with a glowing stare of your own? Here’s how to get glowing lids for graduation dy.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner

Mascara

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Apply Metallic Eye Shadows

Get excited for a super-simple lid look. Dust your chosen color between your lash line and crease, extending just beyond your crease on your outer corner.

Step 2: Finish with Mascara and Eyeliner

Top your eye shadow off with a wing tip using liquid eyeliner, followed by a coat or two of mascara.

Graduation Makeup Idea #7: Power Lips

Pucker up, grad, it’s time to kiss high school or college goodbye in a bold lipstick huse!

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub

Lipstick (L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Les Chocolats Scented Lipstick or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Lipstick)

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prep Your Lips

Before reaching for your lipstick, prep your lips by applying a lip scrub to help get rid of dead skin cell buildup.

Step 2: Apply Lipstick

For graduation day, we love the idea of untraditional pink pouts in matte finishes and ultra-shimmering metallic lip looks. Which will you choose?

Now that your graduation makeup is on point, it’s time to think about how you’ll style your hair. Our article, 5 Graduation Hairstyles for 2018, will give you a few ideas.