Makeup Bag: Back-to-School Looks

There’s no easier way to reinvent your style for school than with a makeup makeover. Take these cues from Charlotte, N.C.-based makeup expert, Danielle Maddox, to head to the top of your class.

The Academic: Pretty, chic, and natural
Going for a natural look doesn’t mean wearing no makeup—it just means wearing less. Instead of a heavy foundation, try a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone. And since you’re wearing less makeup, play up features, such as your eyes with mascara. Don’t feel like you have to stick with basic black, either; mix it up with a dark brown or dark blue shade. These hues can help brighten your eyes and make them pop. Top the look off with tinted lip gloss and a rosy blush for a little hint of color.

Danielle’s Tip: Eyeliner can draw more attention to your eyes. But if you only have time to line either the top or bottom of your eyes, go for the top—lining the bottom, alone, just makes you look tired.

Our Pick: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer


The Drama Queen: Daring, bold, and in your face
Adding a little drama to your look can definitely be a good thing, and the best way to do that is with a smokey eye. Instead of opting for dark eye shadows, go for shimmery greens, purples, and blues to keep your look young and fun. Add even more drama to the eye with eyeliner. Since your eyes are the focal point, tone down the rest of your makeup, and just use a lightweight powder and nude gloss. Skip the blush.

Danielle’s Tip: Use the smokey eye with caution. If you’re going for a very dramatic smoky eye, use it only for evening and special events. Make it daytime appropriate with the fun colors listed above or by using a neutral eye shadow in gray, violet, or taupe.

Our Pick: NYX Smokey Look Kit in Purple 

The Artist: Funky, eclectic, and colorful
Take your look from cute to edgy by adding a splash of color. Colored eyeliner is a great way to do this. Electric blue, red, or purple eyeliner will make you and your eyes stand out. To add more flair, use different color eyeliners on the top and bottom.

Danielle’s Tip: Always have a focal point when using color; apply it to one area— your eyes, cheeks, or lips. You don’t want to use color everywhere on your face because your makeup will look sloppy, instead of put together.

Our Pick: MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Undercurrent

Which of these looks will you be rockin’? Share below or Tweet us your favorites!

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About Brooks Newkirk (4 Articles)
I'm a southern girl with a New York state of mind trying to navigate my way through this crazy, amazing journey called life.

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