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.