School Formal Makeup
It’s almost school formal time (which we know you will be well aware of if you have a teen child or grandchild). With the school formal comes the dilemma of what to wear, who to ask, how to get there, and what makeup to wear. At least the last question is (relatively) easily sorted. There are plenty of fabulous beauty products that will have your teen looking gorgeous on the night. Following on from our School Formal Skincare piece, read on below for our tips and tricks for the best school formal beauty.
If you need to cover up a few blemishes or imperfections, look for a concealer that works with your skin, and has skincare benefits. A concealer like Dr. Hauschka’s handy Coverstick provides three functions – it conceals pimples, tapioca starch provides a matte finish, and it soothes your skin with lasting effect, helping to nurture and support your skin’s natural renewal processes. The Coverstick combines soothing botanical extracts with moisture retaining precious oils and waxes to support skin clarity. Tea tree and manuka oils reduce the appearance of blemishes while extracts of rose petal, calendula, provitamin A rich carrot and anthyllis help to visibly reduce redness. Available in 2 shades 2g RRP $35.00. For long lasting concealer, with hydration benefits, try the Estee Lauder Double Wear Radiant Concealer. The creamy, comforting formula seamlessly blends into skin, helping to blur imperfections, conceal dark circles and restore radiance for a flawless look. The formula is waterproof, sweat and humidity-resistant, and non-acnegenic. Available in 22 shades 10ml RRP $44.00.
Foundation evens out your skin tone, and provides a base for the rest of your makeup application. You also want your school formal foundation to keep oil at bay, and stay in place all night long – after all, you have better things to do than keep touching up. Look for an oil free foundation like it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil Free Matte formula. While the name suggests it’s a CC Cream rather than a Foundation, the full coverage effect and skin loving ingredients means it works as a foundation and a CC Cream. The formula helps to hydrate and brighten your skin, correcting colour and concealing dark spots as well as minimising the look of pores for a smooth matte finish that lasts for up to 12 hours. Additionally, your skin is protected from UVA/UVB Rays with SPF 40 protection, so you can use it all Summer long. Available in 12 shades. 32ml RRP $61.00. If you prefer a classic foundation, try the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which is designed to minimise the appearance of your pores. The formula contains genius blurring micro-powders that help to minimise the look of your pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless looking finish, that stays in place longer. Available in 40 shades, so you’re bound to find one to match your skin tone. 30ml RRP $21.95.
With your face base set, it’s time to look for luscious lips. We love the Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Colours, which provide the comfortable feel of a balm and the plumped-up sheen of a gloss. Created with a super fruit blend featuring cranberry, blueberry and raspberry extracts, the emollient-rich, full-coverage formula glides on with pure colour pigments and provides your lips with nourishing comfort and moisture. Available in 20 shades, so you’ll definitely find one to match your dress. 6ml RRP $40.00. For a classic lipstick, we like the Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick, which delivers medium to full colour with a natural shine. The lipstick is formulated with red raspberry oil, moringa oil and mimosa flower wax for up to four hours of long-lasting hydration and a smooth, glossy finish. Comfortable for everyday use, it is available in six nude and pink shades. 3.4g RRP $19.95.
They say the eyes are the window to your soul, and you’ll want your looking their best for your big night. For eyes that pop, start with The Quick Flick Winged Eyeliner. This Australian invention makes achieving a perfect winged eye simple every time. The clever pen contains a winged stamp in one end (and each pack comes with a left and right wing, so both eyes look even), which lets you apply the perfect wing each and every time, then you simply line your eye, and join the line to the wing, and voila – matching sharp wings in minimal time. Wing Tips available in 3 sizes, and multiple shades, RRP $34.99. Create gorgeous night time eyes with TheBalm Day2Nite Autobalm, a fabulous take-anywhere palette, with 2 matte, and 5 shimmer eyeshadows to take you from day to night in style, and a black primer that doubles the shade wardrobe. Create bold or subtle eyes – the choice is yours, and you’ll want to take the funky number plate tin with you wherever you go. Palette RRP $29.95. Finish your look with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Waterproof Mascara. Formulated for sensitive eyes, and contact lens wearers, the extreme hold mascara volumises lashes, and stays in place all night long, without irritating eyes, so it’s great for occasions like formals and weddings, when tears may appear out of nowhere. Lashes look visibly thicker, curved, and separated, and the formula removes easily with waterproof eye makeup remover. 7.6ml RRP $29.95.
Nothing says healthy looking skin like a subtle radiant glow (always fake of course…), and with skin still Winter pale, you may need a little help in this area. Finish your look with a Shimmer Powder, and wait for the compliments to flow! We love the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, a best-selling (and award winning) brush on glow, which allows you to create a subtle or bold glow, as befits your skin tone. Simply swirl your brush over the brick, and apply. So, so pretty. Available in 3 shades 10.3g RRP $78.00. Create a bronzed glow with the Designer Brands Get Glowing Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Miami Heat. The creamy, easily blended formula can be used as a soft blush, or as an all-over face bronzer and highlighter. Also available in 2 matte shades if you just want to bronze without the shimmer. 9g RRP $12.99.
A gorgeous mani and pedi will finish any outfit, and with the range of colours available, it’s so easy to do it at home. For a colourful summer look, we love the Mavala Solaris Nail Collection – with soft and bold colours like the soft baked ochre of Shiraz, the subtle brown beige of Venezia, the clear canyon sky inspired blue of Jodhpur, the radiant desert hot orange of Phoenix, the delicate sandy beige of Mykonos, or the decadent chocolate brown of Cacao. Mini Nail Colours 5ml RRP $8.50 each.