Back To School Makeup


At 27 I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t expecting to ever do a ‘back to school’ anything again unless it was for my kids so this is a little bizarre but it was requested by a lot of my YouTube viewers so I put together some products that I feel most suit younger skins/teenagers who don’t necessarily need the makeup but perhaps want to wear it anyway. I think I was about 14 when I started wearing makeup for school every day and I was in my 20s (perhaps not even til I started YouTube) before I was wearing a foundation every day so if you’re reading this and you’re 12 please don’t think you have to wear a ton of makeup, you really don’t. I understand that a little definition and colour can make us feel more confident but honestly when my daughter is older I will be suggesting mascara and blush at the most until she’s 16, haha.

*What I Used*

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream – £6.99 / Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer – £4.99 / e.l.f Cover Everything Concealer – £2.50 / Revlon Nearly Naked Powder – £7.99 / MUA Blush Perfection in Dolly – £2.00 / Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer in Blonde – £6.00 / Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold – £4.99 / L’Oreal Volume Million Excess Mascara – £10.99 / MUA Lipgloss in Shade 3 – discontinued but similar here for £1.00


When you add that all up it comes to a staggering £43 and I wouldn’t expect an average teenager to go out and spend that but it’s not often you’re in a situation where you have to buy a whole face of makeup, you usually buildup your ‘kit’ over time. That being said if you are starting from the ground up on a limited budget here’s what I’d recommend..

MUA Undress Your Skin Foundation – £5.00 – This will even out your skin and the finish is semi-matte so if you’re not too oily it will also mean you can go without a powder. It’s buildable so could potentially double up as a concealer providing you have nothing heavy duty to cover and all in all it’s a great product whether you’re on budget or not. NYC Showtime Mascara – £1.99 –  a great price and one of the only mascara’s with a synthestic bristle brush rather than a rubber wand that actually does anything for my lashes so I’d highly recommend anyone give it a go and there’s few people that can’t afford to try something for £2! MUA Cream Blush In Dolly – £2.00 – I’m going to stick with this pick cause it’s very nice and low cost, it’s cream to powder so gives a little sheen but nothing too shiny. Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss – £2.99 – You could stick with the gloss from above of course but if you’re wearing less makeup overall it might look a little much to have uber glossy lips. Baby lips will give a sheer wash of colour with the added benefit of hydrating your lips and posing as a lip balm if your not technically allowed to wear makeup for school.

I hope that was useful and if you want to see the products in action you can watch the video below, it’s in a slightly different format to my usual ‘tutorial’ videos so let me know what you think and whether you prefer it.

Miss BB



  1. 23 August, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    I haven’t tried anything from MUA yet….maybe I should! Nice post!

  2. Jodie
    23 August, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    I don’t understand people who say that teenagers don’t need foundation, its when you’re 14-17 that you have more spots than you’ll ever have in your life, of course you’ll want to cover them. I wore foundation and concealer to school everyday and it was only when I got to about 18 that I started experimenting with lighter foundations and BB creams. The only other thing I wore to school was mascara and eyeliner. I don’t think any one under 16 should be wearing lipstick and lip gloss because they have no business wanting their lips to look appealing haha.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 August, 2013 / 4:07 pm

      it all depends on the individual.. I’ve always had the same skin, occasional monster spots but no real acne and I think it’s a common misconception that every teenager is covered in them. If you need a bit of concealer then fair enough but unless your skin is really causing you heartache there’s no reason to be suffocating it with a layer of thick foundation.. if anything it will make it worse.

  3. 23 August, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    I love bb cream in the school year

  4. 24 August, 2013 / 10:17 am

    At last, a beauty blogger who understands that not all teens can’t afford Benefit and other high end make-up brands! I’ve seen so many ‘back to school’ tutorials recently and some of the products that have been used are so so so inappropriate for that age bracket/budget.

    When I was a teen there was no way my parents would have given me £20 to spend on just one product. Thank you for this post.

    Slightly Skint Blog

  5. becky
    24 August, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    would you pleeeeeease do a work/ school lunch ideas
    at school i never liked my lunches and so i would just not eat them. my mum and dad help loads trying to find new ‘exciting’ things to put into my lunch but now im at work and make my own lunches i feel myself getting bored of them again.

  6. 25 August, 2013 / 8:38 am

    Very pretty natural look! I love that you focused on the base and kept everything else natural and pretty.

  7. 29 July, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    Hi – I was wondering if you were doing one of these for 2014 and if you would consider doing a sixth form college one or even a uni student one as most people in college and uni are skint too and may be wanting to wear more makeup. Also I am 16 and I use high end products but I wouldn’t go buying all bare minerals or all mac because I think its better finacially and sensibly to just buy the things I want like nakd pallete/chubbysticks/primer potion and mineral foundation then use budget brands for blush, shadow liquid foundation and eyeliner etc.

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