August 19, 2015 Diana Crisan Looks

The Back-to-School Checklist for the Grown-Up Girl

Any reason is a good reason to revamp your beauty routine — going back to school, a new job, the same job, really anything. Forget pencils, Trapper Keepers and graphic calculators because fresh makeup is what we really need!

Makeup Checklist

Killer Foundation Finish: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact
A flawless foundation finish is a requirement — whether you’re going back to school, er, work. Plus the compact can fit in your bag for on-the-go touchups!

RELATED: The Ultimate Foundation Application Guide

Luminous Skin:
YSL Touche Éclat Blur Perfector
Keep your late nights a secret from your principal boss with this pretty pink skin perfector. It transforms from a balm to a powder to instantly blur imperfections, minimize pores, and gives your complexion a transparent, rosy-glow.

No Chip Mani:
L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Laque 1-2-3
Chipped nails are literally the WORST! And with your hectic schedule, there’s no time to keep going to the nail salon. Give yourself an ultra-glossy gel mani in just 3 steps!

Perfect Plaits:
Redken Braid Aid 03 Defining Hair Lotion
A braid is our go-to hairstyle for those mornings when you hit the snooze button one too many times! Braid Aid adds extra grip to your hair so you can keep your plait looking sleek and polished, even on the most hectic of days! Just remember, if someone gives them a tug, it’s because they think you’re cute! Or at least that’s what mom used to say …

Bold Brows:
Urban Decay Brow Tamer
The one statement you can’t leave the house without — bold brows (OK, and mascara and lipstick). Fake the full look and tame even the unruliest of brows in one swipe!

Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette:
Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris
The classroom calls for a neutral eye look. But after school is ALL about the sultry smoky eye, and this 16-shade palette can do it all!

On-Point Contouring:
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
We don’t remember a time when skin WASN’T contoured. Everything you need to contour and highlight is right in this one palette. Just don’t let your razor-sharp cheekbones land you in detention.  

RELATED: How to Contour Your Face Like a Pro

Poppin’ Lipgloss:
Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss
Throw back to younger years, right? Shimmer, cream or jelly — these grown-up girl lip-glosses totally crush your Lip Smackers.

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.