Now that on-site classes are finally back, it's the best time to refresh your makeup bag! Since you've probably used up most of your savings on cute school supplies (we're not judging, BTW), we took it upon ourselves to look for practical makeup finds that won't break the bank. Beginner-friendly and multi-purpose, these beauty staples will have your back from Monday to Friday. Shop them below!
10 Makeup Essentials for College Students
1. Skin Tint: BLK Cosmetics Universal Skin Tint SPF 30
Foundation can be a bit too heavy for your unairconditioned classes, so we suggest going with a lightweight skin tint instead. This sheer one from BLK also doubles as a hydrating sunscreen!
2. Concealer: Maybelline New York Fit Me Flawless Natural Concealer
A concealer will save you after a hectic all-nighter with your groupmates. Look for a creamy formula that offers long-lasting and natural coverage, like this bestseller from Maybelline.
3. Powder: Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Color Powder
To banish grease and keep oils at bay, try Innisfree's mattifying powder! FYI, this cult-fave also comes in a pressed variant if you don't want to keep loose powders in your bag.
4. Brow Pen: Strokes Microblade Pen Perfector
Your kilay should stay put even when you're running laps in PE class. That's precisely why we recommend Strokes' smudge-proof brow pen!
5. Cream Eyeshadow: Sunnies Face Eyecrayon
We know students aren't really into eyeshadows, but this creamy pencil from Sunnies Face will convert you. Just swipe once and voilayou're a pro makeup artist!
6. Lip & Cheek Tint: Happy Skin Kiss & Bloom Water Lip & Cheek Tint
With the right lip and cheek tint, you can save time, effort, and much-needed backpack space. Try this multi-use tint from Happy Skin if you love that dewy drunk blush look!
7. Tinted Lip Balm: Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy
Chapped lips are the worst when you've forgotten your favorite lip balm at home. This tub from Vaseline is so tiny that you can just leave it in your purse and forget about it until your next retouch.
8. Setting Spray: Nichido Make-Up Setting Spray
Don't forget to lock in your makeup with a trusty setting spray! NICHIDO's mist is our number one choice due to its affordability and non-sticky feel.
9. Makeup Remover: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
We try to avoid makeup wipes when we can (for several reasons you can read about here), but we'd be lying if we said that all of them are bad. For instance, Neutrogena creates wipes that are extra soft and gentle so you can minimize tugging on your skin.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, P498, Available on Lazada
10. Beauty Sponge: Juno & Co Microfiber Velvet Sponge
Why carry around a whole brush set when a single sponge can do everything? Juno & Co's Microfiber Velvet Sponge will cover all your needs, from blending out your concealer to cleaning up your lip edges.
*This story originally appeared on Candymag.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.