With September just around the corner and school soon back in full force, I've had a few emails asking me about make up products which are Pale Skin friendly but pass the 'teacher test'. Many schools either have a strict no make up policy, or 'discreet make up only' rule, which vastly differs from when I was in school and used to turn up with thick black eyeliner on everyday... *cringe*.
I wanted to keep the products in this post as affordable as possible, not every pre-teen or teenage girl can afford a make up bag full of high end products, (I know I couldn't) I've tried my best to take that into consideration with these products. The goal with these products are to go as undetected as possible, and look as natural as possible to avoid that hellish experience of being given a packet of face wipes and told to take your make up off.
Foundation - Mac Prep & Prime BB Cream, Extra Light £24.00
Foundation is the product that most of us can't live without, but the most likely area a teacher will catch you out. I'm guilty as hell of wearing slightly too orange foundation whilst I was in High School (Dream Matte Mousse anyone?) so for a base product I recommend a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream such as the Mac Prep & Prime BB Cream in Extra Light. Now, I know I said I wanted to keep these products affordable, but I've yet to find a really good drugstore BB Cream, So if you're going to invest in a product - try this one, At £24.00 it's the most expensive item on the list, but a little goes a long way.
Concealer - Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer £22.00 or Collection Lasting Perfection £4.19
An option for all price ranges. I think both are great products, with the collection lasting perfection concealer being a bloggers favourite 'dupe' of the pricier Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Both offer a medium - full coverage which can be built upon, and by teaming a light foundation with a higher coverage concealer, you'll have full coverage on the areas that need it, meaning you'll have a lighter finish.
Powder - Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Translucent £3.99
Powder can be a girls best friend, or your worst enemy if you go overboard. I like to use the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent to set my concealer and my T Zone. It's a staple product to my make up bag and so super affordable.
Blusher - MUA Cosmetics, Blush Perfection Cream Blusher - Dolly £2.00
If you haven't tried any of the MUA Cosmetics blushers before, then do it! For only £2.00 this is a great natural blusher than when applied with either your ring finger or a stippling brush will give you a gorgeous natural hue to your cheeks, without looking over the top.
Brows - Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil - £2.99
To enhance your natural brows, I'd recommend the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil. When It comes to passing the teacher test, less is more here. I wouldn't advise going in with a full power brow, but some soft strokes and brushing through your brows will give you a natural full finish.
Eyeshadow - Make Up Revolution Salvation Palette, What you waiting for? - £6.00
What I love about the Make Up Revolution Salvation Palette is that it's affordable, has great wear-ability and you get so many shades for you money. My advice on this palette, is to keep it simple and matte with a dab of shimmer in the centre of your lids blended out for a wide awake look.
Mascara - Collection Colour Lash Mascara - Brown £1.99
I've chosen a Brown Mascara for this product list and one which doesn't clump, or give too much volume. The Collection Colour Lash Mascara is a bargain at £1.99, and as it's a brown product, will not be overly harsh on pale skin to give the make up game away.
Lips - Carmex Lip Balm - £2.69, Body Shop Born Lippy Tinted Lip Balm - £3.00 Clinique Chubby Stick - Free with Glamour Magazine (July) Or £17.00
For lips, I've included 3 different products, you have a basic moisturising lip balm, such as the Carmex Lip Balm, what I like about this product as it can almost pass as a clear lip gloss, but is a balm if you're questioned on it. The Body shop born lippy tinted lip balm is a low key lip balm but offers a smidgen of colour to even out the tone of your lips and keep them conditioned and finally i've included the Clinque chubby stick if you're feeling spendy and also as a reminder to check the free gifts that often come with magazines! Sometime's you can get pretty lucky.
I hope this post was useful and thanks so much to those who requested it. I hope it helps you prepare to head back to school! Are there any products you'd recommend to those heading back to school? Let me know in the comments!