**Updated July 2017
Heading back to college in the fall means new clothes, notebooks, pens, and backpacks. It also means it’s time to stock up on beauty basics that will keep you looking beautiful and fresh throughout the day. Look your best for your first day of college and beyond with ease by stocking up on all your back to school beauty essentials. From dark red lips to low-key smokey eye, you’ll have no problem deciding on what to add to your shopping list thanks to our helpful back-to-college beauty checklist.
Back to School Beauty Essentials
A rich, bold lip is a quick and easy way to change up your makeup look and sometimes all the makeup you need before heading to class. For an everyday look, we recommend: Laura Geller Moisturizing Lip Crayon Set (in Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which ends August 2nd.)
Having a stash of these all-purpose multi-tasking wipes are essential in any beauty bag. Recommend: Yes to Soothing Cucumber Hypoallergenic Facial Towlettes
A shower caddy may not be glamorous, but it’s the perfect purchase to store all your college beauty essentials. Trust me, it will come in handy. Recommend: Quick Dry Hanging Toiletry and Bath Organizer. Here’s an alternative one.
Stumped on a great daytime look for your first day? Go for a low-key smokey eye look. Recommend: Lorac PRO Palette
Whether you plan on hitting up a frat party or just hanging out at the dining hall, take your lashes to new heights. Recommend: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Lengthening Mascara
Long night partying? Give your half-awake body a pick-me-up by showering with a fruity body wash. Recommend: Clean and Clear Morning Burst Body Wash
Keep your lips hydrated and moisturized throughout the day with a sheer and non-sticky balm. Recommend: Korres Lip Butter (more shades available).
Waking up to hair that won’t cooperate can be a nightmare especially when you have only a few minutes to be in class. That’s why it’s good to have bobby pins and hair ties at your disposal. Recommend: Goody Color Pop Bobby Pins
Between campus life and classes, days can get pretty hectic and you might not have time to wash your hair often. A quick sprinkle of dry shampoo can easily bring life back to your hair. Recommend: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo
Your shower time is precious, so use a good razor during your rushed shaving routine. Recommend: Gillette Venus Razor
A tinted moisturizer is a quick and easy way to moisturize your face while giving it a hint of color to even skin tone. No foundation required. Recommend: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue
You don’t want to leave your facial soap bar around the dorm shower stall. A liquid soap is more hygienic and can easily fit inside your shower caddy. Recommend: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
Moving from class to class especially when they’re on opposite sides of campus can leave you a little sweaty. Have deodorant or a small body spray handy to ensure you always smell fresh. Recommend: Degree Women with motionSENSE Deodorant
Unfortunately, it’s common to develop pimples throughout college. Keep your skin glowing and acne-free with an acne cleansing kit! We recommend: Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit
Gently buff away dirt, oil, and dead skin with an exfoliating cleanser.
We recommend Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (in Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which ends August 2nd.) Here’s a good one for men.
Look great with a moisturizing lip gloss. Keep in your bag when you need a touch up or when you’re out on the weekend. We recommend Stila Moderm Blooms Lip Glaze Collection (in Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which ends August 2nd.)
Rid your skin of dirt and toxins with a purifying mud mask. We recommend: Ahava Purifying Mud Mask.
A liquid liner is perfect to create an on-trend winged eye look for a weekend party. It also has all day staying power so it’s perfect to wear to class. We recommend: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
A flat iron is most collegiates’ secret weapon to sleek, gorgeous hair. We recommend: Chi Professional 1-inch Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron.
Wearing sunscreen is a must in college no matter the season. We recommend: Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50.
Keep your skin soft and well hydrated during the colder months with a body moisturizer. We recommend: Korres Body Butter in Guava (more scents available).
No need to clutter up your dorm room with tons of beauty products that will keep your skin and hair soft and silky. Bring a multifunction product that can be used on the face, body and hair. We recommend: NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil.
Keep your brows well groomed with a good tweezer. We recommend: Tweezerman LTD Mini Slant Tweezer.
Since space is limited in your college dorm, only take makeup brushes you’ll need on a daily basis and will still make you look flawless. We recommend: MAC Look in a Box Advanced Travel Brush Kit (in Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which ends August 2nd.)
Now you’re all set and ready to go! If you already had a beauty checklist, hopefully you can add some of these top beauty essentials to your list. Be sure to also check out our back to school shopping guide!