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Can you believe it’s already back to school season? That means it’s time to reel in our routines to streamline our mornings, and cut back on extra spending!
While in school, I liked to keep my makeup polished while still giving me time to do other important things in the morning like pack a lunch and jot some things down in my planner. This subtle smoky rose look would be perfect for a busy morning, since it looks like you put in a lot of effort when in reality, you’re taking maybe ten minutes tops.
For this look, I used products from essence cosmetics which will also keep your wallet happy— the brand is now at Target which is so exciting since I used to have to order them online. They have a lot of affordable and high quality every-day products that I already in my collection, but of course grabbed a few more things to complete a back to school look on my last Target run.
See below for the full tutorial.
1Quick Fill Brows
After foundation, I started out my look with the essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara ($2.99), which grooms and makes my brows look full. The small wand makes it easy to precisely place and blend color through the brows.
2Low Maintenance Shadow
I dipped into the essence All About Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($5.49), which has some beautiful mauve and rosy tones that are perfect for fall.
Taking the first shade (#1), I highlight underneath my brow and in the tear duct. I use the second shade in on top (#2) as a transition shade, and blend that right under the highlight down to the crease.
I packed the matte mauve (#3) all over the lid, then use the dark brown shade (#4) with a tapered blending brush to pack in the outer corner and blend in the crease.
3Draw the Line
A cat eye is my go-to every day, so I grabbed the essence Eyeliner Pen in Waterproof ($2.99) for a crisp wing. The thin, pointed tip gives you a lot of control and puts the liner exactly where you want it.
4Top Off the Lashes
I love the essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara ($4.99) because of the curved wand that really helps lift your lashes so the volume doesn’t weigh them down. It also does a good job at fanning your eyelashes out for a wide eye look I love.
5Shape Your Face
Double duty products are the best for shaving minutes off your routine. The essence Contour Powder ($3.99) has a really pigmented neutral contour shade paired with a pretty highlighting powder that gives off a subtle glow. Using an angled brush, I work the contour shade under my cheekbones and I usually just use my fingers to blend the highlight out.
Time to add color back into the face— I love the essence Blush Up! blush ($3.99) because you get two shades in one. You can dip the brush in one shade or the other, or swirl together for a new color. This color, called Heat Wave, adds a beautiful warm color into the face. I used the pink shade mostly for this look.
7Cherry On Top: Lipstick
Of course we have to finish the look with lipstick! I actually love mixing two of the essence Longlasting Lipsticks ($2.99) in the shades Nude Love and On The Catwalk! to create this rosy pink. The lipsticks are super moisturizing and comfortable to wear, and the color will last you until the next time you eat.
You can find essence cosmetics now at Target in the beauty section, but I also suggest you enter their contest to win an essence Megahaul! Enter the sweepstakes here.