At my school, make-up is totally banned. The thing is, I feel so much more confident with it. This is not to say that I am not comfortable with who I am or what I look like – hey – I’m putting my picture up here for the whole world to see, but the truth is, I feel happier and more self assured with a little bit of make-up. I wear it every single day and have mastered the art of applying it so that it is actually really difficult to tell if I am wearing it or not.
If I went to school ‘au natural’, everyone would see my teenage spots and the dark bags under my eyes. I wouldn’t bother to style my hair or pluck my eyebrows and I’d have my gappy teeth and braces on show. Oh and my glasses would be the finishing touch. Nice! That would leave me looking beaut – not!
Here’s me ‘au natural’ …
Instead, I choose to wear a little bit of make-up to make me look like a prettier version of myself.
Here are my top tips on wearing school make-up and how to get away with it!
1. Skin care – First of all, make sure you become almost obsessive about your daily skincare routine – cleanse, tone and moisturise! At the moment, I am loving the new Elemis FreshSkin range, but Liz Earle is also a firm favourite of mine.
2. Spot Control - In addition, you might need to help control spots using specialist products. I have discovered Skinetica – it’s a totally natural, water-based product that really works at minimizing spots as soon as they appear – I have been amazed by the results of using this product. I also use the new Clearasil Blemish & Marks Scrub to help prevent spots and keep my skin really smooth.
3. Eyebrows - Carefully pluck any stray eyebrow hairs. The super model, Cara Delevigne has set a trend for thicker eyebrows so make sure you don’t over pluck as they will never grow back. Eyebrows are sisters, not twins so don’t get hung up about making them look exactly the same. I like to fill in any bare patches using a matching brown eye shadow so my brows look more defined but still really natural.
4. Foundation - It is totally vital to get the right colour foundation to match your skin tone. You have to get this checked by the experts at the beauty counters. The skin on your face is not the same as the colour of your skin on the back of your hand! There is a real difference between cheap and more expensive foundations – buy the best one you can afford. Cheap foundations can cake and clog your pores and look flaky. I love the Benefit Counter at John Lewis and use ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow’ in the shade ‘Ivory Believe in Me’. I use a concealer to properly cover up any problem areas or spots – right now, I’m using Melvita which is a great new and natural range that helps treat spots while hiding them.
5. Blending your foundation is key. I use a Beauty Blender to apply mine – you really don’t need much, but the blender helps to create an even toned complexion and leave you with flawless looking skin. You can also use a brush or a make-up sponge. Fingers are fine, but you have to make sure you don’t miss any patches. Badly applied foundation is a big giveaway to wearing make-up.
Here’s an example of badly applied foundation…check out the patchy orange and tide mark around the side of my face! I look tango’d! hey, we’ve all done it! Also, look at the black eyeliner – another big school make-up giveaway.
6. Setting the foundation - I dust my face with an oil-absorbent loose powder such as Corn Silk which is really cheap and you can buy it in Boots. It helps get rid of oily shine, which is useful especially around the T Zone.
7. Blush - I use a really pale pink blusher on the apple of my cheeks – just to give me a healthy, rosy glow. My favourite colour for school make-up is ‘Dandelion’ by Benefit. It’s just totally natural looking. Remember to smile when you apply so you can see where the apple of your cheeks are otherwise you’ll end up with two blobs like the picture above.
8. Eyes - I don’t bother with eyeliner for school. Thick black eyeliner is a major giveaway that you’re wearing make-up. Instead, I curl my lashes and then apply a few strokes of mascara to give my eyes definition. At the moment, I am using the ‘Rocket Volume Mascara’ by Maybeline – it’s much cheaper than ‘They’re Real’ by Benefit, but just as good.
9. Lips - Finally, I dab some ‘Rosy Lips Vaseline’ onto my lips. It is completely natural looking and keeps my lips soft and conditioned.
NOW FOR THE HAIR…
See my earlier post on ‘How to do tousled hair’ and then simply scoop it up into a pony tail using a Molly Mabel hair band – I got mine in my Miss GlossyBox.
So what do you think?
I feel so much happier heading off to school looking like this, rather than ‘au natural’. I feel confident, fresh and prepared for my day. Surely that’s a good thing? Most teenage girls don’t want to go around with their spots showing. It makes them feel rubbish. I do understand why schools get cross with girls who wear make-up really badly with orange faces and black mascara running down their cheeks.
I hope this post gives you an insight into how I wear make-up to school and get away with it …. Mostly! Just don’t get too close to the teachers!
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