Back to School Makeup Tutorial | Easy Soft Glam Using Drugstore Makeup

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To watch full tutorial click here!

Perhaps you can tell by my title I had no idea what to name this look. All I know is I wanted to do an easy makeup using drugstore makeup. Now that I am a bit seasoned when it comes to makeup and the importance of blending, easy really isn’t easy to do. This look is more on the glam side, it’s lightly smokey, but easy enough where you don’t need a wing liner or crazy lashes. It’s simple, but definitely not basic.

You certainly don’t have to use quite as much products as I did. For example, I used a BB Cream and a CC cream, you can choose one and be done with it. However, for the purposes of this tutorial and for the sake of my pictures, I opted for both to provide better coverage and a finish I’m used to. Also, I used quite a bit of eyeshadow quads. My days of buying eyeshadows at the drugstore are long over. Once you find a good brand that blends like butter and has fantastic pigmentation, it’s hard to look back. I did have a few left over from my hay days, so I went with a few different ones to achieve this look. You can certainly buy one and just apply the techniques in my tutorial (links above).

Now onto what I used!

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Prep: I used Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel for light weight moisture before applying anything on my face. This stuff is amazing, it’s light weight and smells amazing. It’s perfect for those with oily skin if you don’t want a really heavy moisturizer but it’s also great for us dry skin people for the perfect light weight, water like moisture.

  • Primer/ Light foundation: L’oreal Magic BB Cream in Medium
  • For more coverage: Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC Cream in Light/Medium
  • Concealer: L’oreal True Match Concealer in C4-5
  • Blush: Kiko Soft Touch Blush in 102
  • Powder to set face: Air Spun Loose Face Powder
  • Bronzer: Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer in Bronzed Chic
  • Highlight: Physicians Formula Glow Pearls in Beige Pearl
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  • Base: Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream
  • Crease: Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Designer Chocolate. I used the darkest brown and blended that with the light brown color in the quad to create a soft crease.
  • Lid: Rimmel Glam Eyes in Smokey Brun. The slight pinky shade was used on the lid, the gold bronze color was used to start blending the lightest color onto the darkest color, and the dark brown shade was used on the outer corner and lower lid for more depth and to glam it up.
  • Smokey liner (optional): Revlon Color Stay Eyeshadow Quad in  Exotic. I used the black color to slightly smoke out a liner. This wasn’t at all visible in the finished product so it’s completely optional. I didn’t want to make it too harsh so I made it soft and almost invisible.
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara


  • Rimmel Provacalips in Pucker Up

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To watch full tutorial click here!

And that’s it! It seems like a lot, but you can cut corners where you want, especially on the eyes. I hope you enjoy it, if you want to recreate any of my looks, take a picture and use #esbeautyrealm to be featured on my page!

Thanks for stopping by!



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