Back-to-School Beauty Tips for Teens and College Students

It’s hard to believe the summer is just about over! In a few short weeks we’ll be back to the books and all the rules of school. Whether you are starting a brand new school as a freshman or simply going back to your old school, don’t forget to think about your back-to-school beauty routine. From cool nail polish to the latest trends in eye color, you can freshen up your look for fall by the time you start the new school year.

As you prepare to get your back-to-school beauty regimen in place, keep in mind the rules of your school, especially if you attend Catholic school or private school. If your school does not have a dress code, skip below to the back-to school beauty suggestions. In case your school does have a dress code, just be sure you are familiar with it. A friend once told me her friend came into school with a short pixie haircut and was forced by the school to wear a wig until her hair grew out! To avoid getting in trouble or serving detention, make sure your makeup and hairstyle comply with the school’s dress code rules – for example, in terms of unusual dyed hair colors, excessive eye makeup, and so forth.


Back-to-School Beauty Tips for Nails
Painted fingernails show off a little bit about your own personal style. You can paint a manicure in your favorite colors, in your school colors to show a little team spirit, or a classy and timeless French manicure that will look great no matter what you decide to wear. If you are feeling more adventurous or artistic, consider adding some nail art to your manicures with Fimo, nail decals, or nail art pearls or rhinestones. Keep up with the fall nail polish trends for additional ideas of how you can do your nails for back-to-school time.

Back-to-School Beauty Tips for Eyes
When it comes to choosing your eye makeup, your own preferences may be different from the next. Individuality is good in appearance! You can use a few generic makeup tips, but don’t lose sight of your own sense of style and comfort. Eye makeup comes in countless shades, textures, and combinations. Mascara is a basic must-have for most girls. You can get mascara in a number of colors and styles – lengthening, thickening, waterproof, etc. If you want to look a little older or make your eyes pop, dark eyeliner is a good way to do that. You can also freshen up your look with pretty colored eyeliner like teal and purple.

As a best bet, make sure you check the makeup aisle for products that are designed with your particular eye color in mind. Physician’s Formula has options for brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, and hazel eyes, making it super easy to know what eye shadow colors will look best on you.

Back-to-School Beauty Tips for Lips
Lip color really is a personal preference, but you can always enhance your look by keeping your skin tone in mind. Some people really do look better with neutral or brownish shades while others can totally rock pink, maroon, or red lipstick. Lipstick really isn’t a necessity for school, but you can wear it if you like. Perhaps a more fun option would be a lip stain, lip tar, or tinted lip gloss. Even if color isn’t your thing, you can enjoy all the flavors and lip softening effects of products like Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, Blistex Fruit Smoothies, Alba Coconut Crème Lip Balm, and Softlips Lip Balm. Many of these also include sunscreen (typically SPF15 or SPF20), making them perfect for your after-school activities and sports teams.

Back-to-School Beauty Tips for Hair
A new haircut is often a great way to start a new school year… unless something goes very wrong at the hair salon. To prevent a major hair disaster for the first few weeks of school, be sure you test out your newest haircut ideas before school’s back in session. Give yourself at least two weeks to try a new hairstyle at the hairdresser. That way if you really hate the new haircut or hair color, you still have time to let it grow out a little or time to get a new style in time for back-to-school.

When it comes to choosing a new hairstyle to wear in the first few weeks of school, take a look at the latest celebrity hairstyles for some inspiration. You can mimic a haircut of your favorite celebrities. Most of the time, these are the people who start the hair, makeup, and fashion trends anyway. For best results when getting a new haircut, bring a photo of your desired haircut with you to the stylist. Speak up about what you like and don’t like – do not go home with a haircut you dislike if you can help it! By sharing your preferences with your hairstylist, you should easily be able to go home with a haircut you love.


These are just a few suggestions for back-to-school beauty that you can try before the new school year. Remember to embrace your personal style and only follow the trends that you really like. Also, back-to-school time is a great time to treat yourself to a few new beauty products, so be sure to pick up a new mascara, eyeliner pencil, lip balm or lip gloss, and a few new hair accessories if you like. Have fun with your new back-to-school look!

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