This tag has been floating around lately so I thought I’d do it too! Makeup is something that I’ve always seen as a way of building on what you already have, not masking it. Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with not wearing makeup to school, there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to wear a little to make you feel that extra bit more confident. As a student at school, I would always save up my pocket money to buy makeup, and most of my (very minimal) kit was all from the drugstore. So in today’s post, I’m sharing a few of the pieces that I wore whilst I was at school – but also some newer products that I’ve discovered since (which would probably have worked better for me all those years ago).
I never really wore foundation to school, only ever a little bit of the Collection 2000 (remember those days?) Mineral Concealer Powder. That has since been discontinued but if I could go back, I’d opt for the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It’s a product that I’ve raved about all year on my blog but it’s truly one of the best concealers I’ve found and it’s super affordable at £5.99. There’s nearly always an offer on, so I often buy in bulk when it’s even less.
I didn’t really do much for eyes (my secondary school was very particular about makeup rules) but a little brown liner just along the lash line really helped to add a little definition. The Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in brown was my go to option, but if I’d had the choice, I would have always gone for black (I’ve been addicted to black eyeliner ever since). It lasts really well without fading or smudging all over the place so it was the perfect choice for school.
Mascara wise, Maybelline Falsies Flared was always my favourite, particularly in upper school. I used to wear this every single day back when I hadn’t really tried anything else – but I still go back to it because it’s just a really great mascara! It does all three things that you want a mascara to do: it adds length, incredible volume and holds a beautiful curl all day long.
I didn’t really wear blush. When I was feeling particularly daring, I would have a look in my mum’s makeup bag and use her Clinique Soft Pressed Powder Blush in Chestnut Brown. I didn’t know how to apply it so I’m sure it looked incredibly strange… either way, I’m glad there’s no photographic evidence! But, I’ve recently discovered how wonderful the H&M Beauty blushers are (post coming soon), and they’re really great affordable options for a bit of colour on the cheeks. The shade selection is huge – from peaches, to corals to pinks, there’s a shade for everyone. I love the shade Brown Sugar, it’s a perfect muted blush shade which makes it ideal for a bit of natural colour – perfect for school.
I wasn’t allowed to wear much colour so lips would involve a very sheer tint or completely colourless lip balm. I used to use Carmex for this, but Maybelline Baby Lips or the Rimmel by Kate Lip Conditioning Balm are also perfect options for back to school.
And that’s it! With a spritz of my favourite perfume I was ready to go.
What products did/do you wear to school?