Setting Up a Makeup Routine for Success

Girls see more people at school than anywhere else that they go; therefore, they want to be showing their best face. The old adage that says, “Too much of a good thing can be too much of a bad thing” applies to makeup, especially when it comes to makeup for the classroom. Pre-planning a simple, yet stylish makeup routine is key to showing their best face in the classroom.

A Makeup Routine for Success
Skin Care
Sunscreen should be applied before any makeup, even in the winter time and even if the makeup contains SPF, to prevent damage from exposure to the sun’s rays.

Face washing is vital to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, which will reduce the risk of acne and other skin problems . Facial wash in only necessary at night before bed; using facial wash in the morning is redundant and only dries out the skin even more. The best facial wash to use is one that does not contain soap because the chemicals in soap are drying to the skin. Moisturizing after face washing is also beneficial for preventing dry skin and future wrinkles.

Tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or a light foundation should be used for coverage because they will not smother the pores and will be less likely to look caked on. Face coverage should be as close to the natural skin tone as possible provide adequate coverage while not looking like a spray tan.

A mere dab of concealer is necessary in most cases, and the concealer should be blended well. A concealer that contains salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide is best to use because it will combat acne.
Neutral eye shadow colors (e.g. browns, golds, and taupes) are best for the classroom. Colorful colors (e.g. purples, blues, and greens) can be worn if the right tones are used and are blended well.

Eyeliner and mascara colors should not be too dark for your hair and eye color. Black eye liner and mascara will not be too dramatic for girls who have darker hair, darker eyes, and olive skin. Girls who have light hair, light eyes, and fairer skin should stick with brown eyeliner and brown mascara and/or clear mascara.

Blush should be applied lightly to the apples of the cheeks. Fair skin tones should stick with peach and light pink tones. Darker skin tones should stick with berries, corals, and darker pink tones.
• Lips
Lipstick and/or lip gloss tones should be neutral for school. Flesh tones, light pinks, and peaches are the best tones to stick with.
Whether it is lipstick or lip gloss depends on the girl’s preferences. Lipstick lasts longer than lip-gloss, so less frequent applications will be required. However, lip gloss is moisturizing, more neutral, and easier to slap on. For rich color, shine, and moisture, lipstick and lip gloss can be worn simultaneously.

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