WAYYYYYY back at the beginning of 2016, I decided I wanted to write a little bit about my makeup collection. I love makeup and I use it as a creative outlet and some me-time, which is hard to come by during this school year.
So I decided to share my most-loved makeup products for teachers because, let’s be honest, our mornings are and will always be hectic. Whether you’re trying to squeeze in a work out, dropping the kids off before you get to work, commuting, or just trying to get to work as early as possible, the sad truth is, teachers never have enough time in the morning. It’s always a race to get everything done before the first bell or that lovely bustling sound of hundreds of kids heading to their classrooms. I’ve realized that no matter what, I will always be rushing to school every morning to try and squeeze in a little more work-time sans kids. Even if I’m two hours early to school, I’m still in a rush to get there. Sigh.
So, all that having been said, I would like to share makeup products that are three things:
I’ve tried so many makeup products, both drugstore and high-end, and I think I’ve finally found “my set” of products that fit the bill. I haven’t included my entire makeup collection or anything, just the makeup that I think is particularly teacher-friendly and I use on a regular basis to get ready for a day at school. So without further ado, here are my teacher-friendly makeup must-haves.
Yes to Tomatoes Balancing Moisturizer: This doesn’t take long at all to “sink in” so you are ready almost immediately to put on primer or foundation.
Benefit Porefessional Primer: I put this in just a few spots on my nose and forehead to fill in my larger pores in that area. It is pricey, but you can get the sample size for $12. This lasts me forever!
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream: I just use my fingers to apply this all over. I rub it between my fingers to warm it up a little, and then I spread it all over my face and push the product into my skin until it feels even and blended. This product is pricey. It is $38, but an alternative would be the BareMinerals Hydrating Gel Cream for $29, or the L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation for $12.99. Personally, I still think the IT Cosmetics is worth the splurge.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: I use this under my eyes in an upside down triangle, down my nose, a little in the middle of my forehead, and on my chin. I blend in with a dense brush. It is sheer enough that it never looks cakey and it doesn’t break up throughout the day. Great for covering and highlighting at the same time. I do go through it fast, but it’s $6.99 so I’m not mad about it, ha.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve: I use my finger and put this on my lips every morning when I do my makeup. $6 at the Ulta check out display. You can get it in a tin or a squeezy tube and it lasts forever.
Lorac Buildable Blush in Tinge (or any other color): This blush is so easy. You can’t over-do it and it lasts all day! It’s a very light natural pink color that looks so perfect on lighter skin tones. A true no-brainer product.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer: This bronzer lasts all day and also is difficult to over-do. It never looks orange and it flatters lots of skin-tones. Another no-brainer product. You can now buy the mini of this product for 15$, and I have been using my mini for 5 months now without hitting pan. Definitely go for the mini!
L’oreal Brow Stylist Definer: I use this skinny pencil every day just a little bit to add some definition and fill in sparse areas. I top it off with the Nyx Control Freak Brow Gel.
Laura Geller highlighter in French Vanilla: Another no-brainer product. I put it on my cheek bones and my nose as well as right above my eyebrows. I have this in a face palette and a mini size. The mini size is sold for $16 at Ulta.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude: No fail, I always put this on my lower waterline to look a lot more awake. It is very soft and doesn’t always last all day, but sometimes it does surprise me and it’s there when I get home at night. I haven’t been able to find an alternative that I like more. I have tried the Nyx Wonder Stick, and I like the color better, but it isn’t as soft of a formula and it lasts maybe a couple of hours.
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster in Deep Brown: super quick, super natural, super long lasting. It’s a liquid eyeliner that you pretty much can’t mess up. I used to only use dark eyeshadow, but honestly this is faster.
Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray: I always top off my makeup with this stuff. It is $7 at Ulta and it just finished everything off by taking away any powdery spots on my face and also sealing in everything for a long day of teachin’ kids!
Finally, the following categories are steps that I take and have suggestions, but I don’t have one particular product that is perfect for a quick routine on a work day. I’ll just share some of my favorites!
Eye shadow: I use any of these palettes on work days: Lorac Pro 3 (nudes), Naked Basics 1 (even more nude), Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons (cooler tones, not all nudes), or the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette (browns and purples, but still natural). My fave would have to be the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons.
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder I would say is the quickest, easiest option, but my favorite powders are the Tarte Smooth Operator Loose Powder and the BareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil. The BareMinerals powder is the most beautiful by far, but can tend to break up on me by the end of a long day (about 12-13 hours for me) because I have oily skin. Dry skin peeps, you might have better luck.
I have so many favorite mascaras. In my opinion, they all take the same amount of time, so I’ll list some of my all-time faves: L’oreal Million Lashes, ButterLondon Double Decker, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes (only if you use it like twice and the let it sit for two weeks…and then use it regularly), Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, Lancome Hypnose Drama
In terms of brushes, my core, quick-n-dirty set of brushes are here: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (for concealer), Real Techniques Blush Brush (bronzer), Ulta Angled Liner Brush (eyeshadow for eyeliner), Ulta Blush Brush (blush), Elf Blush Brush (setting powder), Real Techniques Setting Brush (highlighter), IT Brushes for Ulta No. 105 (eyeshadow), Elf Defining Eye Brush (eyebrow highlight and inner corner highlight for eyeshadow).
I do take quite a few more steps than many people I know, but hopefully you can find at least one product in here that saves you some time and helps you feel confident and put-together. All of these products except for three can be found at Ulta, which is where I always shop because I love their rewards program. The Marc Jacobs mascara and Laura Mercier eye shadow palette are found at Sephora, and the Elf Defining Eye Brush can be found at Target or Walmart. It’s $1. And I love it.
Happy makeup shopping! It’s my favorite kind of shopping! Until Next Time!