When you’re getting ready to head back to school for the new year, it’s important to be prepared. This means making sure you have all of the books, gadgets and other supplies you need to make it through the first few weeks. A lot of girls forget that these aren’t the only back to school essentials, though.
Once you’ve gotten everything on your regular school supply list, it’s time to move on to the other list of essentials ñ makeup, sunscreen and skincare! After all, you can’t survive the school day without keeping your face looking fresh and perfect.
You might be a little lost when it comes to shopping for simple makeup and skincare to bring to school, but that’s okay! I’m going to give you a list of our staff’s absolute must-have picks for skincare and makeup to always keep in your bag. These picks are suited to just about every skin type as well, so we really do have you covered!
Okay girls (and guys!), sunscreen is first because it is the single most important part of any beauty regimen. A good sunscreen provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, which means you want an SPF rating of at least 40 and a PA rating of at least ++.
The best sunscreens do more than just protect you from UV rays, though, which is why we absolutely love the Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion. It’s SPF 40 and PA++, so your skin will definitely be protected all day long. The reason this is our top pick is actually not about the UV protection, though. This sunscreen has several other great skincare benefits that make it the perfect multi-step replacement product to make sure you get to class on time without any fuss.
First, it is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that absorbs into your skin quickly and works well under other products. It has lots of hydrating ingredients that leave your skin moisturized and refreshed, which means you can skip layering other moisturizers on in the morning.
It also works as a makeup primer! Not only does it give you a primed, glowing face to apply makeup over, but it also has a slight blue tint that helps to cancel out redness and protect your skin from getting overheated in the sun. Like the Klairs calming cream, it is formulated with guiazulene, which gives it the bluish tint while also providing soothing protection to your face all day long.
2. BB Cushion
Long days in class mean that your makeup will need refreshing at least once while you’re at school. Nobody has time to run to the bathroom and deal with the hassle and mess of reapplying BB cream with their hands though, right? Instead, you should bring a cute BB cushion with you. They’re mess-free and it’s super easy to snap it open, grab some product with a puff and quickly pat it over the places that need a little extra coverage.
For an extra fun cushion that all of your friends will be jealous of, we recommend pairing the Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish BB Cream with our exclusive DIY cushion case. The case comes with an extra puff, a sponge for your BB cream and five different cover stickers that allow you to make the case fit your style. The Illuminating Blemish BB is the perfect formula to add to this cushion because, like the sunscreen we love, it also has multiple functions.
First, it gives you a little extra sun protection, which means one less thing to carry in your bag! Second, this BB cream gives you the ultimate “my skin but better” look. One layer is enough to give you a dewy, glowing look that covers redness and blemishes while still letting the natural beauty of your face be seen. If you need extra coverage though, the formula is very buildable and won’t cake up or give your skin a grey hue like many other BB creams.
Just squeeze some of this BB cream onto the spare sponge included in the DIY cushion case and toss it into your bag for quick and easy touch-ups whenever you need them.
A good, easy to work with concealer is a necessity for back to school makeup. The right concealer can be used to highlight your skin as well as cover up blemishes. For this, we love the Klairs Creamy & Natural Fit concealer.
It comes in a simple tube with a handy doe foot applicator, so you don’t have to worry about getting concealer on your fingers if you need to bring it with you for touching up. The creamy formula gives you full, natural-looking coverage with just one swipe, which is perfect for early morning makeup or quick refreshers before class. It also gives your trouble areas a little extra hydration to keep them from getting oily or irritated throughout the day. We’re all about products that make your day easy!
4. Lip Balm
You should never be without a hydrating lip product, especially not when you have a long day of classes ahead of you! That’s why we never leave home without Delight18’s Finger Made Tintox Balm. This lip balm pretty much does it all ñ it hydrates, plumps and pH adjusts to your lips to give you a perfectly natural flush of color. The tin is the perfect size to toss into your purse or backpack, and a little goes a long way!
After you’re done shopping for new outfits and school supplies, don’t forget to shop for these beauty back to school essentials to help get you through the year!