School dress codes are the worst, but until you graduate, you’ve got to either stick to the rules or make sure no one notices you breaking them. Here are some no-makeup makeup tips and products that won’t get you sent to detention.
Remember: Kilay is life
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Your brows frame your face, and sometimes having them done is all you need. Opt for a fine-tipped product that will let you draw on individual hairs to get that natural, full look that’s all the rage right now.
Lip and cheek tints are your best friend
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Lip and cheek tints make it insanely easy for anyone to add color to their face. Just a few dots of color is all you need — just remember to blend it out right away to keep the product from getting splotchy on your skin. And if you’re applying tints on your lips, make sure to exfoliate beforehand, or they’ll cling to your chapped skin, which isn’t a good look.
Curl them lashes
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Some girls are born with naturally curly lashes, but if you’re not one of them, don’t worry. Most Asians have to deal with stick-straight lashes, so you’re in good company. Curling your lashes instantly make your eyes pop, so invest in a good lash curler and a mascara that can hold a lash. Waterproof mascara tends to work the best at holding a curl.
Skip the foundation
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Save the foundation for special occasions and let your skin breathe. If you feel like you need some coverage, opt for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Just make sure to find a BB cream that matches your skin, as most of them tend to be quite light.
Conceal, don’t feel
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In case you have some dark circles or blemishes you’d rather cover up, find yourself a concealer and just dot them on the problem areas, blending with a sponge or your ring finger. If you’re applying concealer under your eyes, go one shade lighter than your skin tone to brighten them up.
Glow up with a face mist
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You might not be able to get away with a blinding highlighter at school, but you can get that fresh and dewy look with a face mist designed to give you a glow. They’re also great for refreshing tired skin on hot days!
Go easy on the eyeshadow
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If your school dress code’s super strict, putting on eyeshadow would be pushing it. But if you’re feeling a little rebellious, save the turquoise eyeliner for the weekend. Instead, go for neutral shades that won’t draw too much attention from your teachers. Shadows from Korean brands are ideal, as they’re usually less pigmented than their Western counterparts.
Focus on skincare
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It’s not exactly makeup, but if you prioritize your skin’s health, you won’t need to put on much makeup anyway. If you’re not sure where to start, just remember to cleanse, tone, and moisturize at the end of the day, and put on sunscreen before you head out in the morning. Then, work your way up from there. Go on and try different products to find which ones work for your skin. Invest in your skincare routine as early as now and you’ll thank yourself for it years down the road.