Summer is coming to an end, which means school will be back in session soon. Along with a new season comes the opportunity to try different makeup looks no matter what level of education you're headed into. To help you feel confident for your in-person learning sessions again, we’re sharing 11 back to school makeup looks to try. These are sure to help you make the grade.
Back To School Makeup Look #1: Berry Cheeks
Sure, rosy cheeks are pretty, but if you want to step outside the norm, consider giving yourself a purple plum flush. A violet shade will bring in those fall vibes as the weather transitions. Dust the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil in Berry over your cheeks to get the look.
Back To School Makeup Look #2: Glossy Brown Lips
If sporting a high-shine pout is your forte, glossy brown lips offer lots of pop with a color that is deep and rich. Swap out your matte brown lipstick for a lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Pro Gloss in Truffle. This super-pigmented lip gloss features a rich brown shade that hydrates and stays in place throughout a day full of classes.
Back To School Makeup Look #3: Natural Yet Polished
Get a simple yet polished look by using the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder, Up to 24H Wear. The breathable and weightless foundation is perfect for quick everyday makeup when you want to look put together but natural. It has a blurring effect and matte finish, plus it’s waterproof, heatproof and sweatproof for a flawless look all day long.
Back To School Makeup Look #4: Blue Eyebrows
Play up your eyebrows by dressing them up in blue. To get the look, dip an eyebrow brush into a shadow, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Grand Bleu. Press the brush gently into your eyebrows to build up the pigment. Be sure to clean up any fallout after finishing up your brows using some concealer and tracing along the bottom of the brow.
Editor’s Tip:To tone bright hues, apply some of your regular eyebrow product and blend it in for a natural and lighter finish.
Back To School Makeup Look #5: Pastel Eyeshadow
Colorful eyeshadow looks don’t have to be bold. In fact, they can be soft and subtle for an equally stunning effect. Case in point: pastel eyeshadow. There are plenty of variations to this look, but we’re partial to lavender eyeshadow. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Amethyst Quartz to do just that, easily swiping the color on and blending it out with your finger.
Back To School Makeup Look #6: Lifted Lashes
Long, voluminous lashes will never go out of style. Lifted lashes can create the appearance of bigger, more awake eyes—what’s not to love? Apply a few coats of the L'Oreal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable for an instant lash lift effect.
Back To School Makeup Look #7: Mauve Lips
This deep, dusty rose hue not only looks gorgeous painted on your pout, but it also happens to be one of our go-to shades for a “your lips but better” makeup look. Consider coating your pout with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Gloss Plump in Radiant Mauve. This lightweight formula is infused with hyaluronic acid and makes your lips feel smoother, nourished and comfortable all day long.
Back To School Makeup Look #8: Simple And Fresh
For a subtle and skinimalism-embracing look, swap your foundation for a tinted serum like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum. Pair it with the L'Oreal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% Hyaluronic Acid to brighten those dark under-eye circles you get from studying.
Back To School Makeup Look #9: Colored Eyeliner
Another super-easy way to add some color to your eye makeup look is with colored eyeliner. Swap your traditional black winged eyeliner for a colorful flick or opt to line your waterline with a vibrant shade. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner, which has a creamy, waterproof formula that will not only last all day, but will also create precise, intense color. Some colorful shades to consider for an impressive look are purple, cobalt blue, teal, and green.
Back To School Makeup Look #10: Glowing Cheeks
Who says radiant cheeks have to be reserved for the warmer months? Going back to school with glowing, radiant cheeks will help keep those end of summer relaxation vibes alive. Pop the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops onto your cheekbones to get the look.
Back To School Makeup Look #11: Dewy Skin
There’s just something about a glowing complexion that we can’t get enough of. When targeted glowy cheeks won’t cut it, you can get an all-over dewy complexion with the help of a radiant foundation like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation. Buff it over your skin for medium coverage and a glowing complexion that will help combat that dull fall and winter skin.
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What Is the Back to School Makeup Trend?
Typically, back to school makeup is a light, everyday-friendly makeup look that includes tinted moisturizer, blush, tinted lip balm and mascara. It’s meant to be easy and quick to achieve. That said, it can also be whatever you want it to be, so if you want to go glam for class with contour, shimmery eyeshadow and smoky eyeliner, you can do that too. Between classes, extracurriculars and study sessions, school tends to bring longer days, so finding long-wearing makeup products is super important.
10 Long-Wear Makeup Products to Shop for Back to School
To ensure your makeup looks good for morning classes to nighttime cramming sessions, here are 10 long-wear makeup products to shop right now. And to help make your back to school makeup routine a bit easier, all the products are listed in the order that you should apply them.
Behind every long-lasting makeup look is a solid makeup primer. This one manages excess oils while extending your makeup weartime for up to 24 hours. If oily skin isn’t an issue, try the Redness Eraser, Pore Minimizer or Dullness Reducer from the Prime Lab line.
Lumi Glotion has many different uses: Apply it after makeup primer for a glowy skin finish, mix with foundation to sheer out the formula, or wear it on the high points of the face as highlighter. It’s extremely versatile and TikTok loves it — Alix Earle included. If you have dry skin, mix it with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum for the ultimate dewy, hydrating skin concoction.
This lightweight foundation offers a skin-like finish and a precise shade match thanks to its range of 47 shades organized by warm, neutral and cool undertones. It’s buildable to suit your desired level of coverage, and it suits all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Concealer is used to highlight and contour the skin or to add more coverage as needed. The nice thing about this long-wearing tube is that you can also use it in place of foundation on days when you’re craving a lighter makeup look. The full-coverage formula does a great job of concealing all traces of late nights — whether you were up studying or making memories with friends.
We’d argue that your back to school makeup look isn’t complete without blush because it’s easily one of the hottest makeup products at the moment. This matte powder feels weightless and provides a rosy pop of color with a finish that resists transfer, water, heat and sweat. Blush is often the first thing to fade from your makeup look, but not when you use this formula.
Glowy, bronzed skin is the ultimate sign of a summer well spent when you’re heading back to school. Like Infallible Blush, this bronzing powder has a waterproof, sweatproof and transfer-proof formula. It comes in eight shades with neutral undertones to avoid that dreaded orange and muddy bronzer look.
For winged eyeliner enthusiasts, this liquid eyeliner boasts a waterproof, transfer-resistant finish that lasts for up to 30 hours. The precise felt tip makes for sharp, detailed wings, and it doesn’t skip when you drag it across the lids.
If you’re in a rush, mascara is all you need to make your eyes look awake and ready for the day. We love this Telescopic formula because it lifts the lashes while adding length and preventing clumps. Sport a shade of classic black, or complement your eye color with the purple or blue shade. If you prefer the waterproof mascara variety, that’s an option, too.
If you’re not one to shy away from lipstick, even in an academic setting, this creamy satin lipstick is just the thing to add to your bag. In 52 shades, there’s an option to suit every mood, season and makeup look. Plus, the formula is comfortable and silky, and won’t feather or smudge throughout the day.
This hydrating gloss coats your lips with a juicy, hydrating glow. The formula is silky, not sticky, and it provides sheer color that delivers a your-lips-but-better look.
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