Friday, August 10, 2012

Neutral, Not Boring; A Back to School Look!

Hi everyone!  Today's post is going to be a perfect look for back to school.  The makeup is a fairly neutral look that lets your natural beauty shine through.  It's super simple and shouldn't take you more than a few minutes.  The clothes are super comfortable yet stylish!  Even though this is a back to school tutorial, it's perfect for everyday wear!  Let's get started!

The first step when putting on any makeup is a primer.  I started off by priming my eyes with my Urban Decay Primer Potion.  Next, I applied my MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters to my entire eyelid.  This is a beautiful golden color that flatters any skin tone!  I recently hit pan on it which is exciting because I've never hit pan on an eyeshadow before.  That goes to show how much I love this color!  Then, I put my NARS eyeshadow in Fez to my crease and outer corner to give dimension to my eyes and brought a little bit down onto my lower lash line.  Afterward, I applied a thin line of my Bare Minerals eyeliner in  Espresso to my upper lash line.  And finally I curled my lashes and applied a few coats of one of the my favorite mascaras, Maybelline Falsies (which I forgot to include in the picture!).

For face, you do not want your first impression to be one with a cake face.  Keep face makeup simple by wearing a bit of concealer and powder.  For a bit of extra coverage, opt for a BB cream or tinted moisturizer instead of foundation for a lighter, more natural look.  You also want to add a bit of color to your cheeks.  A perfect way to do that is by using the perfect blush.  One of my all-time favorite blushes is my Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink.  It's super pigmented but easy to blend out, giving you a subtle flush of color.

For lips, I used my Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment that I got as a birthday gift from Sephora.  It keeps your lips super moisturized and still gives your lips a bit of color.  Here's a sparkly little secret; if you sign up for their rewards card, you get a set of two Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments for free on your birthday!

As for outfits, you want to stand out but not be overdressed!  A perfect way to do that is to wear a funky and unique shirt that's a neutral color.  I got this shirt on sale at Anthropologie but I've seen similar ones at Forever 21 for way less!  I wore a black bandeau underneath it.  I paired it with my darkwash jeans from Abercrombie and nude sandals from Nordstrom.  I wore my set of "xoxo" rings on my left middle finger and a cameo ring on my right pointer finger.  Dainty jewelery works best with statement tops like this one!

Close up of shirt

When it comes to hair, I'm not very skilled. I usually just leave my hair down natural!  Sometimes I'll curl it or straighten it but I'm not good enough to give you guys any tips!  But check out Audrey or Landon's AMAZING hair tutorials that would look perfect for back to school!

I hope this gave you some ideas.  Whether you're going back to school or not, this look is perfect for any occasion you have to make a good first impression.  Let me know if you'd like to see any other back to school posts, I would be more than happy to to write them!  If you tried out any of this let me know.  It makes my day when I hear from you :)  Have an amazing day!

xoxo Francesca :)

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