Back to School Week: First Day of School Makeup--All Drugstore and No Brushes Needed!

Yesterday, I started off Back to School Week with cute School-Inspired Nails, created with Sharpie markers! Today, I'm sharing makeup for the first day of school. This is for those of us on a budget (me!). These products are all drugstore prices and no brushes are needed! Even if you aren't in school (me!) you might want to check out a few of these to possibly add to your morning routine. What I'm sharing is comparable to what most girls wear today for makeup, but these are only suggestions. Wear what works for you! Enjoy.

back to schoo week: first day of school makeup (drugstore and no brushes)

  1. Most teens don't need a lot of coverage. I suggest a BB Cream, like this one from Maybelline. I'm using this brand a lot on this post, but it's not sponsored in any way. They're just affordable and have some good products. It works on all skin types and can be applied with clean fingertips. If you have acne, I would suggest a foundation with more coverage, like Revlon ColorStay or Cover Girl Outlast.
  2. Next, add concealer if needed. If you want a highlight, go with one a shade or two lighter than your skin tone to help you look more awake. Or, if you need to conceal zits, use one that matches your skin tone. I like this Maybelline Fit Me concealer because of its staying power.
  3. You'll need a powder to help keep oil at bay. Try this ELF Mattifying Powder. It comes with a mirror and soft powder puff. I also suggest Rimmel Stay Matte, but you'd need a brush or puff to apply it.
  4. It's the first day, and you'll probably be tired since you're getting up early, especially after a summer of staying up late. You'll want something fast and easy for the eyes, as well as looking awake. I really like the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. Just apply with clean fingertips to the lid. The shade looks good on most skin tones, and has just a slight shimmer to make eyes pop. You can even apply it a little darker to the outer edge of your eye for depth. Another favorite shade is Inked in Pink.
  5. Speaking of making eyes pop and looking more awake, something you might want to try is this Rimmel ScandalEyes nude Kohl liner. You can use it right below your brows or inner corners of your eyes as a highlight. I like it on the waterline to really make your eyes look brighter. Try white if you have darker skin.
  6. This is another optional product, but I really like this L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner. You can apply to your top lid as liner and then gently smudge underneath your lower lashes with a QTip.
  7. It's time to finish the eyes, and while mascara is a totally personal thing, I've been loving the Maybelline Big Eyes mascara. It comes with a wand for bottom and top lashes. It makes my lashes look long and lush. If you have sparse lashes, the original CoverGirl Great Lash is a classic.
  8. For a little color, try a cream blush, like this one from NYX, on the apples of your cheeks. Dab on with clean fingers and blend in. You can also use the color on your lips, too.
  9. One of my favorite lip products is the Revlon Lip Balm Stain pencil. It starts off a little glossy and fades to a pretty stain. It's easy to use. No mirror needed for those quick touch ups!
So these are some my fave drugstore products for back to school makeup--what are yours?


  1. I love the revlon lip balms. It gives me long lasting colour and moisturizes my lips:-)

  2. It is that time already, isn't it? One product I recently tried and loved--that I purchased from a drugstore--was Essie nail polish. I'm getting ready to go back and buy more. :) xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  3. I can't believe it's that time already. Well, actually we have 3 weeks of summer vacation left, but it's going to fly by!

  4. Oh boy, reading this made me feel OLD, lol :-) My school days are long behind me.

  5. Another great set of tips:) I wish I had your blog in high school.

  6. When I was at school I used only mascara & gloss.

  7. @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com
    Me too. Trust.

    @Mihaela Pojogu
    So much simpler then, right? This is what girls today usually wear in high school for makeup. I wish I had access to such great makeup when I was in school.

  8. That NYX stick blush looks amazing!

  9. Great picks! I need to try out that Maybelline Fit me concealer!

  10. I need to try that nude liner on the waterline...I definitely look (and feel) tired when I get to work!

    The Tiny Heart
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  11. Cool suggestions! Ah, I remember my first days of school.

  12. Great selection Elle! You are reminding me to try the lip balm stain soon as well!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  13. I just forwarded this link to my neighbor's daughter- she's starting her first day of sophomore year tomorrow and this post will most def come in handy. :)


  14. Back to School posts are some of my favorites! Revlon ColorStay or Cover Girl Outlast are both drugstore foundations that I have heard great things about and thus would like to try. I've been in great need for a good drugstore concealer and your suggestion for the Maybelline Fit Me concealer was my affirmation that it was worth a go since another Youtuber said it was great! Rimmel ScandalEyes nude Kohl liner, Revlon Lip Balm Stain, and the NYX cream blush are all products that I would like to try too! :)

  15. That fit me concealer and NYX blush sound like amazing products. What an awesome selection.

  16. I'm wayyyy past my going back to school years, but who doesn't love a good quick & easy makeup routine and without brushes even?! Sign me up haha.

  17. That's a great post, even though I'm not in school, I think those are some great products for people that don't have a lot of time to get ready and just want an every day look. I have a few of the items you mentioned in your list, I might have to check out a few of the others as well for my everyday look! :)


  18. I love this. I'm not going back to school but I think this would make for a great casual look anytime!

  19. I never tried a BB cream before I bet it is is similar to a tinted moisturizer I use a tinted moisturizer by Smash Box in the summer and I LOVE it.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  20. i need to try #9!

    i do not understand cream blush AT ALL. i don't get it! i recently bought a few, and they drive me crazy. i don't know what my problem is, but i have gone back to powdered blush. maybe i can use the cream blushes for my lips. maybe!

  21. Really needed a new eye-liner in my life! I'll try out #6 when my old one is done. Thanks for the tips!

  22. really cool :)) maybe we can follow each other? let me know! <3 http://exality.blogspot.com/

  23. this is a great list Elle! This is a good tip for working women too! I remember not having time at all in the AM but I have to since I'm front desk person hehehehe.

  24. NYX cream blush are amazingggg, so pigmented! I am going to buy 'Rimmel Stay Matte' to try out, been reading/ hearing rave reviews about it! Once again, great stuff, Elle!

  25. Cute choices, I have and tried some of these items too, xoxo.

  26. BB cream during the school year is my best friend<3

  27. Oh my word, I want to print this out and head to the store for all of these products. I need you to come to Utah to be my personal stylist and show me what to do with makeup. :)


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