It's almost August and that means a new semester is right around the corner. Whether you're in college or high school, the later you can sleep in and not mess with a full face of makeup, the better, amiright?
I'm actually starting school again this fall, and now that I'm a stay-at-home mom to a 1 year old, also pregnant, and no longer in my spunky early 20s, knowing I'll have to get ready to be presentable to the public already has me exhausted.
I'm not one to wear a ton of makeup as is, but I'll definitely be looking for something I can quickly apply without fussing too much so I can head out the door. Here's some of my favorite picks for easy, back to school looks:
- LimeLight By Alcone Botanical Foundation
I love this because it's so pigmented, so it doesn't take much time or product to give me a finished look. You can use a beauty sponge, a brush, or just use it as concealer to conceal the spots needing coverage. I don't typically need to use concealer when using this foundation, which also saves me on time.
- FitMe Matte and Poreless Foundation
For a drugstore option, I'd go with the FitMe Matte. I personally love the Dewy one, but you do have to set that with a powder and it's not the best choice for oily skin. So for long days at school, a matte formula is more likely to hold up better if you don't have time to take the extra step for powdering or using setting spray.
- LimeLight By Alcone Complete Waterproof Concealer
If you do need an extra bit of coverage, or you don't want to put on foundation and just want to conceal dark spots and blemishes, go for this waterproof concealer. It will last all day and is opaque without being noticeable.
To bring a little color to your face after concealing, you can very lightly pinch or massage your cheeks while you're walking out the door. But if you actually have time to apply blush, I'd recommend the cream blushes from NYX. Lots of beautiful colors, and a few swipes on your cheek is all you need for a natural, glowy, flushed look.
- CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara
For drugstore, this is my Holy Grail mascara. It gives me lots of volume and length and the wear time is great. Nothing fancy or over the top, just one or two coats and I'm good to go.
Honestly, I don't apply eyeshadow when I'm in a hurry. I use mascara to bring some life to my eyes but that's it. A good option for quick, neutral eyes is simply using a bronzer if you have one. Swipe it on your lid and into your crease to define your eyes but keep it natural and fast. For color, you could use a blush but some red pigments are not safe for eyes so you may want to check the packaging first. Also, MakeupGeek and ColourPop both have good, affordable eyeshadows.
A simple touch of color lip balm works wonders, so swipe some on and you're ready to go!