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10 Graduation Day Makeup Ideas for 2019

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10 Graduation Day Makeup Ideas for 2019 10 Graduation Day Makeup Ideas for 2019 10 Graduation Day Makeup Ideas for 2019

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 that indicates what a boss babe you are, below you’ll find ten graduation makeup ideas—including everything from foundation and concealer to statement-making lipstick—to bring your graduation makeup 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 Longwear Shaping Foundation Makeup Sticks

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 during 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 onto 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 graduation makeup look.

STEP 3: TOUCH UP WITH CONCEALER

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

Editor’s tip: You can also use a concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin tone 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 FEATURES

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 shaping stick (one that’s two to three shades darker than your skin) over the hollows of your cheeks, along the perimeter of your forehead, and down the sides of your nose. Blend out those harsh lines with a makeup blender and fall in love with just how angular your face can look with the help of a little strategic makeup.

STEP 5: HIGHLIGHT

To complete your dewy face makeup look, swipe a highlighter stick along your cheekbones, below your eyebrows, 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 for graduation, 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 brush

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

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush

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 look.

STEP 3: TOUCH UP WITH CONCEALER

Use a makeup blender or concealer brush to apply concealer over any blemishes or other areas you’d rather not 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 all-over dusting of face powder.

STEP 5: APPLY BLUSH

Instead of reaching for bronzer or contour, look to blush to help define your face. To get the look, dust some of our scented blush onto the apples of your cheeks, extending up toward your temples 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.

GRADUATION MAKEUP IDEA #3: NO MAKEUP, MAKEUP

You can’t go wrong with no makeup, makeup look—and that holds true for just about any occasion, including graduation.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist

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

Foundation blender or brush

Concealer

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 you’re opting for a barely-there makeup look, primer is essential. So, just as you normally would, apply your favorite makeup primer from forehead to chin so that your makeup will wear evenly throughout the day. Our pick? Use a priming face mist to quickly hit your whole complexion!

STEP 2: APPLY A GLOW 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 that’s designed to offer sheer coverage while creating the look of a luminous glow. Despite being lightweight and not technically a foundation, we recommend 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 spotsdark circles, or areas you crave a little extra brightening power. Blend with a makeup blender, using patting motions, then move on to the next step.

STEP 4: HIGHLIGHT

To keep things as glowy as can be, reach for liquid highlighter drops and blend them onto your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and right on the tip of your nose. And that’s it, a full face of gorgeous no makeup, makeup that’s super fuss-free!

GRADUATION MAKEUP IDEA #4: ROSY CHEEKS AND LIPS

Rosy cheeks and lips happen to be seriously on-trend at the moment, and there’s no reason you can’t rock them as part of your graduation makeup look. Want to learn more? Here’s a complete tutorial on this trend: Rosy Cheeks and Lips are In.

GRADUATION MAKEUP IDEA #5: NEUTRAL SMOKY EYE

If you want your lip color to really be the star of the show—or graduation ceremony—keep your lids subdued with this natural eye makeup look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Primer/Base

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable 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 in your palette. 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—perfect for graduation.

STEP 2: APPLY A MEDIUM EYE SHADOW SHADE

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

STEP 3: APPLY A DARKER EYE SHADOW SHADE

Next, add some of the darker shade to your crease.

STEP 4: APPLY A LIGHTER EYE SHADOW SHADE

Top everything off by applying the lightest shade on 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 #6: PEACH STATEMENT EYE

Pretty in peach—this is 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: PICK YOUR PEACH SHADOWS

Start by choosing three peachy shades to complete your eye shadow with. Pick one light, one medium, and one dark shade.

STEP 2: SWEEP SHADOW ONTO YOUR LID

Blend the medium peach hue onto your lids.

STEP 3: CONTINUE APPLYING EYE SHADOW SHADES

Next, sweep the darker shade into your crease before applying the lightest shade beneath your brows as a highlight.

STEP 4: APPLY MASCARA AND EYELINER

Top your lids off with a coat of mascara and a small wing (if you’re feeling adventurous).

GRADUATION MAKEUP IDEA #7: BRONZED GODDESS

Let’s be real—nothing says, “School’s out and summer’s here,” quite like a bronzed makeup look. Celebrate your freedom and the start of a sun-filled season with a bronzed makeup look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight

Makeup blender

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Bronze It Bronzer

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme

L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Barely Nude

Get the look by following these simple steps:

STEP 1: GRAB YOUR FOUNDATION

Begin your bronzed makeup look by giving yourself a flawless, natural-looking complexion with the help of a lightweight, full-coverage foundation. Blend the product out with a makeup blender for a seamless look.

STEP 2: BRONZE IT UP

Add bronze touches to your face by applying bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, your temples, the sides of your nose, and your jawline.

STEP 3: MOVE ON TO EYES

Bring the bronze vibes to your eyes with a brown eye shadow palette. Begin by coating your lid in a medium brown shade, dragging that same shade along your lower lash line. Deepen your crease with a darker brown shade, being sure to blend out any harsh lines.

STEP 4: COAT YOUR LASHES

Complete your eye makeup with a few coats of mascara.

STEP 5: PAINT YOUR POUT

To finish off your bronzed goddess graduation makeup, apply a nude lip gloss to your pout—and don’t forget to blow a kiss to your fam when you cross the stage!

GRADUATION MAKEUP IDEA #8: GLOWING LIDS

Ready to catch everyone’s eyes, thanks to your eyes? Here’s how to get glowing lids for graduation day.

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 metallic color onto your lid, extending just beyond your crease at your outer corner.

STEP 2: FINISH WITH MASCARA AND EYELINER

Top your eye shadow off with winged eyeliner, followed by a coat or two of mascara.

GRADUATION MAKEUP IDEA #9: PINK EYE MAKEUP

Graduation day usually falls sometime in spring, so let’s not overlook springy shades. If you’re looking to be en vogue with your makeup choice, opt to dust your lids with a pink hue for graduation. While it’s not a 100% traditional makeup look, it’s still classic enough for this major milestone in your life! Want the full tutorial? Here’s How to Wear Pink Eye Makeup.

GRADUATION MAKEUP IDEA #10: POWER LIPS

Pucker up, grad, it’s time to kiss high school or college goodbye—while wearing a bold lipstick!

What you’ll need:

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

Your favorite shade of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Les Chocolats Scented Lipstick or L'Oréal Paris Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick

Get the look by following these simple steps:

STEP 1: PREP YOUR LIPS

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

STEP 2: APPLY LIPSTICK

Have a little fun and take a new lip color for a spin! Everyone will be wearing the same graduation gown, so your lip makeup is your ticket to standing out from the crowd.

Now that your graduation makeup is on point, it’s time to focus on your skin care routine. Head over to our article, Your Graduation Skin Care Routine, for some tips and tricks.