Okay, so when your teachers talk about school supplies, they’re technically referring to locker staples like pencils, highlighters, and a notebook. But let’s be real- getting ready for classes to begin entails SO much more than a simple trip to Office Max. We’re talking about backpacks to carry your stuff in, the perfect outfit for the first day, and even grade A nail art. And even after you’ve got all these things, there’s still one more item to check off your list: makeup. Luckily you don’t have to look far for inspiration, considering Hollywood is overflowing with awesome beauty ideas from some of our favorite style stars. Holland Roden, Blake Lively, and Rihanna have all been turning out gorgeous beauty game recently, rocking everything from a statement lip to a perfect cat eye to a beachy glow. So however you’re feeling on the first day back, check out our beauty breakdown and get ready to put your best face forward.
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As a longtime member of the MTV family, we have a special spot in our heart for Holland Roden…not only for our Teen Wolf addiction (duh) but also because the actress is a total style magnet. She’s no stranger to the statement lip, consistently working bright reds, hot pinks, and vampy burgundy on the red carpet, a move that perfectly complements her porcelain skin. Recreate the gorge look yourself starting with a pinch of pearly blush like Benefit Posietint Cheek Stain ($29). Frame your eyes with a swipe of Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara (an old staple for just $5!) and Almay’s Eyeliner/Highlighter duo. Then it’s time for the piece de resistance, the bold bright lip. We love Makeup Forever’s Rouge Artist collection, not only because it’s super creamy but because it lasts FOREVER. Seriously, just try to swipe this baby off….we dare you.
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There’s nobody who reps the beach babe look better than Blake Lively, considering the California-bred actress practically has salt water running through her veins. On and off the red carpet the Savages star keeps things pretty lowkey with a few beauty staples like a sunkissed glow, bright eyes, and surfer-girl hair. Even if you’re not lucky enough to live within walking distance to the ocean, replicate her bronze beauty game with Supergoop’s Sunscreen/Self-Tanning hybrid ($21). The mousse spreads on clear, smells great, AND gives you a subtle, natural tan while protecting you from the sun. Afterwards, dust on CoverGirl’s TruBlend Mineral Blush ($8.99) for a rosy sheen and make your eyes pop with Urban Decay’s Naked Palette (it’s a bit pricey at $50, but we swear by it!). Lastly, top it all off with L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara ($6), BangStyle’s amazing Sea Salt Mist ($17 at salons), and run out the door.
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Whether she’s working a half-shaved head, Cleopatra makeup, or going au naturale , Rihanna has always been a wild card on the beauty front. One thing’s for sure, though- the girl loves her cat-eye. For RiRi’s dramatic look to really shine, it’s best to keep the rest of your makeup simple. Get it yourself by prepping skin with Garnier’s BB Cream ($13). This drugstore version of the cult Asian beauty product evens out your skintone, brightens your face, and works double duty as a moisturizer AND sunscreen. We use it everyday and are seriously obsessed- trust us. Next, add some flush with Tarte’s Maracuja Blush and Glow, a multi-tasking blush/highlighter/bronzer that adds a subtle shine on cheek and browbones. After you add mascara (we like Clinique’s natural-looking Lash Power, $16) and swipe some color onto your lips with Maybelline’s new Babylips stick ($4), it’s finally time to focus on your eyes. Although pretty much any liquid eyeliner will get the job done, we’re giving a special shoutout to Stila’s Stay All Day waterproof marker ($20), which has been our ultimate cat-eye secret weapon since day one. In a world of major makeup commitment-phobes, this is one product we’re NEVER leaving.
Holland, Blake, Rihanna…whose beauty look do you want to copy for the first day of school? Let us know!