Sunday, August 25, 2013

B2S 2: Back to School Makeup–Fresh and Natural

Hello again. You may be confused by the title, and wondering why you can’t find B2S 1, if this post is #2, which is honestly fair enough. That post is up on my other blog—Thought-Constellations—and you can find it by clicking right here.

If I had the lighting in my house, I would have liked to have done this post as a video for you, since video tutorials are much more helpful. As it is, I guess these types of posts (I’m planning to do a couple more after this one) will be more of a look inspiration post, just to give you ideas of what sort of products you could use and what type of looks you could make.

The idea for today’s makeup look was meant to look simple and somewhat natural, while still pretty and more pulled-together than no makeup. Here’s what I used to achieve my look:


Garnier BB Creme in Light/Medium:


This is an optional step, especially in a natural look, but it does give extra coverage if you need or want that, especially when layered with a coloured—rather than a translucent—powder. For more coverage, you could used a light foundation; one I would suggest is Revlon’s Nearly Naked.

Clinique Acne Solutions Concealer:


If you need a concealer to cover zits and pimples, like I do at the moment, then I would suggest using one that fights your acne while it’s covering it. This is the one I use, and I quite like it. It doesn’t do as much as my regular zit gel for clearing up the issue, but it doesn’t make the problem worse like other concealers, and it covers well.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Silky Beige:


Even if you don’t want to use a foundation or BB cream, you should use a powder that matches your skin in order to help even out your complexion and help mattify some shine. This is my favourite one.

Benefit Coralista Blush:


This is my favourite blush, and I think it gives a really natural glow, as well as some colour, to your face. I love the coral more than a pink, because it almost doubles as a highlighter, and with the pretty gold shimmer, it also helps to highlight the face. If you want to try this, but don’t have the money, ELF has one in their Studio line called “Candid Coral” which is identical and only $3.

Nyx Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe:


While not essential, filling in your eyebrows helps to pull the look together and ultimately makes you look a lot more polished. There are tons of alternatives to a pencil, if pencils and you don’t get along, such as brow powders, gels, waxes, etc. At the very least, I would suggest shaping your brows and cleaning up any stray hairs, or going to get them done professionally.

Essence I <3 Stage Eye Primer:


If you use the next product that I am as well, you don’t really need an eye primer, as the Maybelline Colour tattoos aren’t going anywhere, but if you use any other shadow, especially a powder shadow, then a base helps to cover up any imperfections on you eyelid and really pumps up the pigmentation of your shadows, as well as increasing their longevity.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze:


These are kind of a miracle product. I can’t believe I waited to try them. I only have this one, but it’s wonderful. It’s super easy to apply, very buildable, very easy to sheer out… very versatile, really. It’s great on it’s own or layered under powder shadows as a base. I’m in love and want more.

For this look, I started on the outside corners of my eyes to put the most pigmentation there, and then sheered it out towards the inner corners.

Covergirl EyeEnhancers Shadow in Champagne:


After applying the Colour Tattoo, I used this shadow just as a highlight around my tearduct on both the upper and lower lash line.

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner Pencil in Perversion:


I used a black liner just on my waterline. This is definitely optional, but I love how it helps to define my eyes. Another option would be to use a white or skintone coloured pencil, and just make sure to apply mascara to your bottom lashes. This would open up your eye more and help you look more awake.

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara in Blackest Black:


Finally, you need to finish the look with some mascara. I’m wearing about two coats of this one for this look. This mascara isn’t phenomenal, but it is a pretty good, basic mascara. If you don’t like a lot of volume or length, and just want something simple, I would recommend this one.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch:


Although I’m not wearing it in the picture below, I’m including this because it seems wrong to call a look finished when you aven’t mentioned the lips. This would be a good choice for a natural look because it just gives a bright but sheer wash of pink to the lips, and it’s also very hydrating and contains SPF 20.

The finished look:


This look is great because it’s shimmery and pretty, but not overdone. Also, since the eye shadow is so long-lasting, this would be a great base to work off if you needed a look to go from day to night. Just add some liquid liner and a wing on top, another coat of mascara, and a bright or red lipstick. And maybe some bronzer to contour.

Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out my other Back to School posts!


Other posts in this series:



  1. What do you think of I <3 stage as opposed to the others you have tried ELF/Urban Decay eye primers?

    1. I quite like it. I like that it has a little pigmentation of its own, so it covers up any visible marks or veins in my eyelids. It's also a little thicker and less wet than the Elf primer, and I feel like colours stick to it a lot better. It also doesn't dry that weird white colour that I find other primers dry to in areas where you spread the primer further than you put shadow. I would definitely recommend it, and its pretty inexpensive.


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