A lot of you smarty-pants are graduating very soon congratulations if so! You can finally tuck away a degree on your CV's and relax after 3/4 years of working your socks off. When I graduated last summer I spent quite a long time trying to decide what I wanted to wear and how I wanted my makeup for my graduation. I sort of wish there was blog posts with inspirational makeup looks for graduating, so I've kind of done that for those of you who are not entirely sure yourselves.
These are pretty similar/mostly what I wore for my graduation too!
Since you will be spending most of your day smiling and getting lots of photos taken it is good to have a solid base that won't ruin your day. The Hylamide Finisher HA Blur* is the perfect primer for prepping your skin. This hydrates, minimizes pores and plumps your skin, it also helps reduce any redness and lets my foundation glide on so much easier. As the day goes on you won't find your makeup cracking or starting to melt off. Since graduating is a special day it's nice to wear something with a bit more coverage so Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is a great option. I used this foundation for my own graduation and it definitely made my face look a lot more put together on photographs. It covered any imperfections I had and stayed in place all day. To set your foundation in place it's good to apply and carry in your bag a powder. I use MAC MSF and I've always used this throughout my teenage years.
For my graduation I kept my makeup quite simple so I applied a tiny amount of the Soap&Glory Solar Bronzer around my face and then Max Factor Creme Blush on my cheeks. This just leaves my base with some shape and colour without it looking too much. If you are wanting a little bit of a subtle, dewy highlight pop some of YSL Touche Eclat under your eyes and blend with a sponge. This instantly lifts your eyes and makes your makeup to look so healthy!
For eyeshadow I used my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Quad since it was a special occasion. I absolutely love this palette the shades are so pigmented and do not budge at all, they are definitely worth wearing for special occasions. To draw a little bit more attention to your eyes NYX Milk Eye Crayon is perfect for brightening up that inner corner. This crayon instantly makes your eyes look more awake and it looks amazing in photographs.
For my graduation I actually used a YSL Lipstick in 'Volupte Shine' but if I was to go back in time I would definitely use the NYX Lip Cream in 'Abu Dhabi'. This is the most perfect lip shade if you want a nude/brown/pink all in one. What I love about these lip creams is they don't budge from your lips which are perfect for a graduation or any other occasion where you are too busy to keep reapplying.
I like to finish my makeup off with a setting spray as they are really refreshing and have always kept my makeup in place. I've recently been reaching for the NYX Matte Finish Spray and it has been amazing for keeping my makeup from melting or starting to shine as quick.
What is your graduation makeup essentials??