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I have always been passionate about my education, but imagining all of the different makeup looks I plan on creating during the upcoming school year has made me look forward to returning to college even more. I know that everyone has different preferences when it comes to cosmetics, so instead of just creating one makeup look and hoping everyone likes it, I decided to create three different makeup looks; whether you enjoy barely-there beauty or soft glam, be sure to keep scrolling because you will be sure to find your perfect look below.

{LOOK #1 – First Day Glam}

Perfect for the first day of class or yearbook photos, this makeup look incorporates everything I love — flawless, glowing skin, stunning neutral eyeshadow, and pinky-nude lips. If you enjoy wearing a glamorous full face of makeup, but want to do so in a more tasteful and sophisticated way, then I think this look will be for you!

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~Products Used~
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in ‘Deep’
Milani Rose Powder Blush in ‘Romantic Rose’
Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in ‘Precious Petals’
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in ‘Medium Brown’
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette
(‘M.F.E.O.’ in crease, ‘Faint’ on lid, ‘Buns’ on outer corner, ‘Soda Pop’ on lash line)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in ‘Seduction’

{LOOK #2 – ‘No-Makeup’ Makeup}

 If you want to appear more polished and put together than when you first woke up, but don’t want to look like you are actually wearing any makeup, then I love opting for this type of look. For a truly natural effect, I enjoy using all cream products and applying them with a beauty sponge instead of brushes.

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~Products Used~
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector SPF 25 Concealer
L’Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer in ‘Medium-Deep Neutral’ 
(for cream contour)
Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in ‘Pinched’
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in ‘Opal’
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in ‘Chai Latte’

(‘Base’ shade on lid, ‘Crease’ shade in crease and brows)
Neutrogena Healthy Lenghts Mascara
Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in ‘Sweet Papaya’

{LOOK #3 – 5 Products in 5 Minutes}

For my final makeup look, I chose to use an assortment of five beauty products, all of which can be combined to create a minimal makeup look in under five minutes. If you are a good skin day, this foundation-free face will be ideal, especially if you are running late or just feeling lazy on early school mornings.

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~Products Used~
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in ‘Streak’

(bronzer, blush, and highlighter also used as eyeshadow)
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in ‘Soft Brown’
Smith’s Rosebud Salve in a Tube

Will you be trying out any of these makeup looks for school?

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Makena

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