Hell week is fast approaching, and with the long hours and late nights, looking fresh-faced is more important now than ever. But with all your papers, reports, and projects, where are you supposed to squeeze in the time to put on a full face of makeup every day?
Still, that’s not an excuse to show up to class looking haggard—you never know when that cutie in your Chem class might ask for your number! Try these easy makeup moves so you’ll look put-together without breaking a sweat:
1. Groom your brows
A pair of defined arches can instantly lift the face, making you look more put-together. This step is absolutely non-negotiable, whether you’ve got bushy brows or sparse ones! Pluck any stray hairs, and fill in your brows starting at the part near your nose and work your way outwards, filling in the gaps.
2. Foundation day, the right way
Brush aside the perception that foundation will make your skin feel heavy and look cakey. When applied correctly, it can make a world of difference. First off, choose a lightweight foundation for a smooth, satiny finish that’s totally okay for your everyday look. Try the light-as-air BYS Pure Silk Serum Foundation, which melts perfectly into the skin to blur out skin imperfections and unevenness. Dab it on and blend with your finger, or apply it with the BYS Featherlight Foundation Brush for an even better finish.
BYS Pure Silk Serum Foundation, P899 each; BYS Featherlight Foundation Brush, P799
3. Fake a flush
Adding a bit of color to your cheeks is the easiest way to brighten up your features, especially if your face is looking extra pale. Sweep your favorite powder blush across your cheeks for an instant glow, or use a cheek tint or a cream formula for a flush straight out of your fave K-dramas.
4. Brighten up
A school year wouldn’t be complete without long nights completing papers and projects. The unfortunate downside? Dull, sleep-deprived skin. Fool everyone into thinking that you had an eight-hour beauty sleep by using an illuminator to fake a well-rested glow. The BYS Brightening Sticks will instantly add a dewy glow your complexion: Simply apply it under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose, and other areas that could use a little extra radiance, and blend with your fingers. Its wind-up packaging is also perfect for on-the-go students like you!
BYS Brightening Sticks, P299 each
5. Use the right tools
A great set of brushes will have your makeup looking so much better. Invest in a fluffy powder brush with soft, lightweight bristles, like the BYS Featherlight Powder Brush, to seal in your makeup for a cake-free, flake-free look that will last all day.
6. Contour lightly
Give your face some extra definition by applying a matte color two shades darker than your usual foundation on your temples, the hollow of your cheekbones, and on the tip of your nose, then blend. Use the BYS Featherlight Contour Brush to blend it in for a seamless finish.
BYS Featherlight Contour Brush, P699; BYS Featherlight Powder Brush, P899
7. Prime your puckers
A natural-looking rosy hue on your lips can easily brighten your features. Stay away from vivid reds and vivid neons, and go for classroom-appropriate MLBB (My Lips But Better) hues like mauves and dusky pinks. The BYS Velvet Lips Liquid Lipsticks in Crème Brulee, Burnt Caramel, and Guilty Taupe are great lippie picks.
BYS Velvet Lips Liquid Lipsticks in Burnt Caramel, Guilty Taupe, and Crème Brulee, P399 each
Remember, Candy Girls: Knowing you look good is an instant confidence booster, and when you feel great about yourself, you'll perform better in school. Now, go get those As!