Back to School Week: First Day of School Makeup

My weekend was so fast! I rolled my ankle putting on my jeans (I'm the clumsiest). I didn't let it keep me down! I hung out with old friends and made lots of new ones. How was your weekend? Has school started back where you are? Most of the schools in Atlanta are either starting today or have already started. Yikes!

So welcome to my annual tradition of Back to School Week! All of the posts this week will be geared for the Back to School set, but will also be applicable for everyone, so no worries! If you have a request, let me know. First up, an eye look that is perfect for school as well as the office. It features a neutral eye with just a tiny bit of color. It's great for beginners or those that wear little makeup. And it's very budget-friendly. Enjoy.

T O O L S:
  • Eyelid primer (ELF)
  • Shadow palette (Cover Girl's Shimmering Sands or WNW's Walking on Eggshells)
  • Mascara (XXL Pro)
  • White liner pencil (NYX)
  • Cover Girl BB cream, concealer of choice (review coming soon!)
  • Powder (ELF HD)
  • Blush (Dream Bouncy)
  • Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
  • Polish (Sally Hansen's Shell Will Dance)

M E T H O D:
  • I like to do my foundation, concealer and powder first, but that's a personal preference. I'd also suggest a skin primer for longer coverage, but the BB cream works well. For those interested, I'm posting a flawless foundation (aka how I hide the freckles & pores) routine in the next couple of weeks.
  • Since I want my shadow to last the day, I'm using an eyelid primer--ELF makes a great one for $1. No primer? Try using your concealer, or if your skin is darker, the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk works well. If the primer gets on your lashes, that's ok. It'll sort of work as a primer for them, too.
  • I shared two palettes that are neutral, with a pop of color, but are very similar. If you want a more expensive version, use Balm's Nude Tude Palette. I started with the pink shade and placed that all over my lid.
  • Next, brush the brown into the crease.
Jabbing a pencil in your eye will wake ya up!
  • Finish the look with highlighting the inner corners and under the brows with the lightest shade. Using shimmery shadows will make eyes look bigger and brighter. Use matte to make eyes look smaller.
  • Mascara is another area of personal preference, and I used one that lasts all day.

  • Add blush and lip color. I used the balm stain because it lasts so long, isn't sticky like a gloss but is still shiny, and isn't messy to carry in your purse. I reviewed the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains here. You could also use this as a blush.
  • Paint nails a soft pink if you'd like--the one I used is an Essie dupe for Ballet Slippers. 

PS: Check out my Makeup for Picture Day here.


  1. This is really nice. I just got a palette of neutrals that I'm trying out, too! Thanks for this!


  2. I really need to get that white liner pencil! And you do look very awake! :)

  3. Is that you in that last pic? That looks like a model.

  4. Rolling my ankles is like one of my least favorite things - it just feels so weird! And this is a great back to school makeup look - light and very pulled together.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  5. excellent products AND they are economical. it definitely makes sense (cents)! :) have a great week elle and so sorry to hear about your ankle. i do the same thing almost every other week. lol

  6. i like the layout change :)

    i wish i could do eye makeup properly; i usually end up looking like a clown or a whore :(

  7. this is such a pretty look. I've tried to use a white eyeliner along my waterline to look more awake but I think maybe I apply too much cause it just looks weird on me.

  8. I love this look, it's one I'll definitely try. Even if I'm not going back to school this year :) (Except maybe to sub.)

  9. Very fresh, natural and glowing makeup.. perfect for any occasion! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti from Style Delights Blog
    *Giveaway* - Win a gorgeous piece of jewelry from Jeweliq

  10. First of all I love the new look! Secondly, I wish I was young enough to have it be back to school week. If only... LOL.

    Love the look, sweetie. So natural and pretty and fresh. Have a good start to the week!

    Oh and sorry about your ankle. Glad it didn't get in the way of your fun :) xoxo

  11. Love the make-up!!! :) Your blog is awesome-just became a member/follower of your blog. I hope you'll follow me back and we can keep in touch. Happy Blogging!!! 

    Elle xoxo


  12. Very pretty for everyday! I did some shopping this weekend (going to post that video tonight) and it felt like Back To School Shopping even though it's been YEARS since I've been in school. :-)

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  13. I adore your style, Elle! Lovely makeup!

  14. Your make up looks gorgeous! Great tutorial :)


  15. 1. You look gorgeous

  16. hooray for back to school makeup :) i like the colors you chose.

  17. When did you change the blog design? LOVE IT.

    Great new photos as well.

  18. Love your makeup doll and your steps are always easy to follow!!

    p.s. sorry to hear about your ankle!!

  19. This is a great neutral look. Very pretty.


    P.S. You know the request button is showing up underneath all of the posts and not on the sidebar? Wasn't sure if it looked different to you or if you were moving things around:)

  20. I like the neutral colors. It looks good on you!

  21. I am definitely someone who reacts to strawberries on my skin! But it looks so refreshing!! The makeup look is great, very pretty!

  22. Look how pretty you are! Love this! Okay I have issues with lining the waterline, it never seems to last...


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