Gorgeous Makeup For College Girls – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Get ready in no time for your classes with these effortless yet genius makeup tips.

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College days are the time to live your life carefreely. It is also the time for some experimentation with your looks. From simple to rebellious, your makeup for college often manifests and reflects your personality.

While some of us like to keep up with the new trends, others stick to their unique tastes and preferences. In this post, we share a step-by-step makeup tutorial for college girls to help you create the desired look effortlessly and not fall prey to some faux pas. So, forget your worries about looking fake or overdoing your makeup, and focus on having fun with your friends and learning new things — all with your makeup on point. Swipe up!

protip_icon Keep In Mind
  • Basic Skincare: Basic Skincare To achieve healthy and clear skin, daily application of sunscreen and under-eye creams, using a gentle cleanser twice a day, removing makeup before sleeping, and exfoliating twice a week must be a ritual.
  • Makeup Trends: Basic Skincare Identify which makeup trends work for you during the first few months of college. Skip the night-out looks for regular wear and stick to something more simple and suitable for daily wear.
  • Find Hacks: Basic Skincare Squeeze a few eye drops into your mascara to make it last longer and use 2-in-1 beauty products like a stain that can be used on both lips and cheeks.
  • White Liner: Basic Skincare Use a white or nude color liner on your waterline to brighten up your eyes and avoid looking sleep-deprived.

Things You Need To Do The Perfect Makeup For College

  • Powder
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Eye pencils
  • Brushes
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Mascara
protip_icon Quick Tip
Always ensure to do makeup under the brightest light or near your window, to avoid overdoing it in a rush.

Makeup Tutorial For College Girls

Step 1

Keeping your makeup minimalistic is the key to perfecting a natural and fresh look. Start by applying a compact powder all over your face to prevent excess oil and shine. If you have a few minutes in hand, you can use a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream to brighten up your face instantly.  While you might want to use a concealer on a daily basis, you can limit the use of flashy or glitter highlighters for special events. Here, I have used MAC’s studio fix powder, which quickly evens out the skin tone.

Step 2

Once you are done with Step 1, apply a hint of blush in a lighter shade like pink or coral onto the cheeks using a fluffy powder brush. This would add life to your face, making it look healthier.

Step 3

Step 3 of makeup for college is to use an eyebrow pencil and create thin hair like strokes

Move onto the brows. Use an eyebrow pencil and create thin hair like strokes, keeping it as natural as possible. Finish by blending it with a spoolie brush.

Step 4

Next, use an eye pencil to line your upper eyelid. Here, I am using a dark brown eye pencil. Smudge out the harsh line and blend it completely with the help of a smudging brush or a pencil brush. Smudging the eye pencil will give a softer and natural look to your eyes.

Step 5

Set the smudged pencil line with a light brown matte finish eyeshadow. It is always recommended to avoid shimmer and satin finish eyeshadows for college makeup as it can look overdone and unflattering. You can use an eyeliner to enhance your eye makeup. Depending on your eye color and eyeshadow look, you can experiment with colorful eyeliners instead of just opting for a classic black shade.

Step 6

You can use an eye pencil in your preferred shade on the lower lash line. Here, I am using a white pencil on the rim of the lower lash line to open up the eyes a bit.

Step 7

Once you are done with the eye makeup, coat your lashes with loads of mascara ­ both the upper and lower lashes. This will enhance the appearance of your eyes.

Step 8

Finish the look by swiping a coat of your favorite lip color. You can also use a lip balm or a lip gloss in place of a lipstick to keep your makeup natural. Here, I have used a mixture of two pink lipsticks.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Always use simple neutral lip shades like caramel and pink-based hues. They complement the natural makeup look without any dramatic effect.

Final Look

And you are done!

Infographic: 8 Easy Steps To Nail The Perfect College Look

College is the time when you experiment with different looks that reflect your personality. But if you are unsure and don’t know where to begin, don’t worry. We have got you covered. Check out this infographic for a step-by-step tutorial on how to nail your perfect college look.

8 easy steps to nail the perfect college look (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

College is where you start socializing, attending parties, and learning the ropes of being a part of society. Many people start learning to use makeup at this stage of growing up. Try the above tips out to make your presence count. However, remember that this is also the age when your skin experiences painful breakouts. So while you learn the art of makeup, make sure that you adopt a suitable skincare regimen to prevent acne and blemishes. Also, do remember to wash off your makeup before bed every night.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can girls with glasses wear mascara?

Girls with glasses can certainly wear mascara. But make sure to use a waterproof formula to avoid staining your glasses.

How can I make my makeup last all day during classes?

To make makeup last longer, use a primer, a setting spray, and water-proof products overall.

How do I choose the right foundation shade for my skin tone?

Try out different foundation shades on the side of your cheek or your wrist to find the right undertone and shade for you. Pick the one that seems closest to your complexion.

Are there any budget-friendly makeup options for college students?

Try drugstore brands that offer high-quality products. Go for products with multipurpose uses such as a lip and cheek tint or an eye pencil.

What makeup products are essential for college students?

Eyeliner, concealer, blush, classic red lipstick, and everyday nude lipstick are a must-have for every college girl.

Is it necessary to wear makeup to college?

No, makeup is a choice. Pick between natural, dramatic or no makeup, as you will.

Key Takeaways

    • A natural look involves minimal makeup products, such as a BB cream, eye pencils, blush, lipstick, and mascara.
    • You can use a spoolie brush to blend in the eyebrow strokes.
    • An easy trick to achieve a natural look is to smudge the eye lines.
    • A shimmer and satin finish eyeshadow may look flattering for makeup for college.

Looking for a simple and natural makeup look for college? Check out this fantastic tutorial specially designed for teenagers. Enhance your beauty effortlessly and feel confident every day!

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Angela Jackson
Angela JacksonLicensed Cosmetologist
Angela Jackson is a Maryland board-certified cosmetologist with over 28 years of experience. She received her cosmetology education from Dudley Beauty College in Washington, DC. She has trained under various hair and makeup artists and served bridal and in-salon clients and worked on various photoshoots and branding events.

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Jyotsana Rao
Jyotsana RaoBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She is passionate about writing about everything related to beauty - makeup, fashion, hairstyles, skin care, or hair care and has 4 years of experience on writing in these genres.

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Madhumati is an associate editor with seven years of professional experience. She has previously worked as an editor, proofreader, and a writer with various organizations, helping her navigate through the various facets of content creation and refinement with ease.

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Vaishali Sinha
Vaishali SinhaBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Vaishali Sinha is a beauty and lifestyle writer with five years of experience in writing for various genres. She has a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She combines her passion for beauty and lifestyle topics with her artistic background as an Indian classical vocalist to bring a fresh and creative perspective to her writing.

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