Makeup for School: No-Foundation Routine

Hi ladies!

So school for me officially started this week and I also know for some of you it has already started. For the brave ones that actually will wake up sooner than necessary (definitely not me lol) today I will show you a super simple makeup tutorial.

I think that since we spend so much time in school it’s really not necessary to have a full face (if you do, feel free to do so) so I decided to show you my no-foundation routine.

I actually resort to this look, but not for school (since I refuse to wake up earlier than necessary), instead I use it when I am back in Angola and due to the super warm weather I usually skip foundation. So if like me, you go makeup-free to school, this can serve as an inspiration for a super casual face for other occasions:

1.Start with a clean, moisturised canvas since you won’t be using foundation:


2.I follow by spritzing my face with fix+ from MAC because I feel that foundation gives a bit of a “slip” for the products to rest. Given that I am not wearing it, I use the fix+.I then proceed to doing my brows. I usually just resort to a random black kohl pencil that I find, because all eyebrow pencils I ever bought are too light on my eyebrows and since they are quite expensive I cannot afford to be trying all colours out. I set my brows with the Anastasia clear brow gel.

  1. I now go on to use concealer. Since it is the only thing that will be covering your face, pick a concealer quite close to your skin colour. I use my NARS Creamy Concealer in Cafe. I love the texture as it is super blend-able  and removes perfectly any imperfection you may have.
  1. I set all the concealer with the Laura Mercier translucent powder and let it “bake” i.e. be quite heavy handed with the powder and let it sit there for about 2-5 minutes.


  1. As the powder is setting, I contour my face. Since is a simple look I contoured with powder, since I haven’t bought a powder dark enough to make a difference against my skin tone, I use an eyeshadow. I am using MAC Embark. I proceed to take off the powder that I left for baking:
  1. Contour your nose with the same eyeshadow as well as your eye crease. Using the same contour powder as your eye makeup not only gives a more homogenous look it makes your makeup look much simpler since it looks more like shadows than actual makeup:
  1. Finish off with eyeliner and mascara. As well as blusher, I love my MAC Ambering Rose

Lastly, I finish off with simple chapstick. I used mine from NIVEA:


And voilá, here you have the finished look:


Hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and down below let us know if school has started for you and also what course you are taking!


-Elle (L)

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17 thoughts on “Makeup for School: No-Foundation Routine

  1. Mel

    Great post! When I was in university/on my internship teaching I found I would do the same sort of thing. It’s just so much to put on a full face of makeup in the morning!

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  2. bijouxquibrillent

    I have have any baking time on my hands these day, I whip off my Sacha butter cup powder off some seconds after I apply it, the i ‘Bounce’. Your way looks simple and easy as well.

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