5 Minute Makeover: Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

All the products you need to get a beautiful, fresh-faced look in record time. Grab a pen and get ready to take notes, because school is now in session.

Forget notebooks and bookbags—all the back-to-school supplies you need belong in your makeup bag. We’re making your everyday beauty routine a breeze with products and tips from the industry’s top makeup artists. Get ready to look refreshed and polished, even on days when you hit the snooze button.

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First things first: Master the basics

If you’re tight on time, sunscreen is still a non-negotiable. Apply PERFECT SUNSCREEN SPF 30 to your face before brushing your teeth, so it has a chance to sink in.  

Wake up your face with a few strategically placed dots of PERFECT FOUNDATION to correct any redness around the nose, chin, and eyes. Use at least two foundation shades (it’s available in 34 shades) to mimic natural tone variations of skin. Use a slightly lighter under your eyes, and opt for a skin-matched shade everywhere else. Buff out any uneven areas with a moist BLENDERFUL NON-LATEX BLENDING SPONGE.

To cover blemishes and imperfections, warm a bit of foundation between your fingers, then pat the formula onto the target areas. Rubbing the product will cause it to migrate away from your blemish. 

Makeup artist tip: Most people forget to apply foundation on the outer corners of the eyes,which tend to get red. Swipe foundation up towards the outer edge of the brow to create an instant lift. 

Enliven your skin

Stroke PERFECT BALM onto cheeks for a sheer, dewy lit-from-within flush, then blend into skin with your fingers. The push-up stick is virtually goof-proof (no mirror required). Next, sweep a pearly highlighter like PERFECT GLOW DROPS Coconut Illuminator along cheekbones, the center of your forehead, bridge of your nose, and beneath your brow bone for a fresh-faced glow. 

Wake up your eyes

Pull your look together with a few finishing touches. Enhance your brows with a few strokes of STRIKE RICH BROW GEL. The tinted formula deposits tiny fibers that create a thicker effect.

Makeup artist tip: If you have sparse brows, brush the tinted gel upward to fake a fuller look.

Apply two coats of PERFECT MASCARA to instantly tint, lengthen and lift lashes. This formula will not smudge or flake, even after a long, action-packed day.

Makeup artist tip: To prevent clumping, let mascara dry between coats. The extra 15 seconds are worth it.

Show lips some TLC

Hydrate and nourish your lips while depositing a wash of color with PERFECT BALM. Formulated with sunflower seed oil and shea butter, this sheer stick comes in four flattering hues that give you a refreshing zing of grapefruit scent. 

Cheat Sheet: The Ultimate On-the-Go Kit

Our list of well-edited essentials help you transition from AM carpool to PM cocktails. Keep them in your handbag, desk drawer or gym bag for easy access and touch ups.


Rim your eyes with ENDURING EYELINER PENCIL, and brighten your lids with a shimmering champagne shadow, like PERFECT EYESHADOW in SWEET DREAMS (01)


Swipe on a shiny coat of PERFECT LIP GLOSS (comes in 18 saturated shades).


To give your look extra staying power for evening, mist on OIL STRIKE oil-free setting spray, which absorbs excess facial oil and prevents smudging.


When you need to take the heat, we’ve got you covered. Our new HIGH FIVE ALUMINUM-FREE DEODORANT keeps you fresh while preventing odor-causing bacteria naturally. 


These convenient, individually wrapped MAKE-OFF REMOVER WIPES take off makeup without leaving residue or drying your skin.

Class dismissed! Now, who’s ready for recess?

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