GL's back-to-school beauty checklist

It’s almost the big day! The first day of school can make any girl feel like her tummy’s full of butterflies. We wanna make sure you’re prepped beauty-wise for the big day: Print out this handy beauty checklist a week before school starts and you’ll be ready for anything that comes in your way! 

A week before school starts...

___Whiten your teeth. Try Crest’s 3D Whitestrips, Gentle Routine Dental Whitening Kit. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to whiten those teeth, we’ve heard that all you need are some strawberries and a little bit of baking soda. Mash the strawberries into a pulp and mix it together with some baking soda.  Spread on your teeth with a soft toothbrush and rinse after 5 minutes. Try no more than once a week!

Crest 3D White Whitestrips, Gentle Routine Dental Whitening Kit, $33,
___Experiment with new school looks. Have some fun with this! Invest in colorful eyeshadows and liners. Try to buy as many things as you can with only $25. Or buy one huge palette with tons of colors like e.l.f.’s 100 piece eyeshadow palette. Try out a swipe of blue liner, or a greenish smokey eye. Just remember not to go too heavy for school.

e.l.f. 100 pc Eyeshadow Palette, $20,
___Focus on cleansing your skin daily to prevent embarrassing breakouts on your first day back. We heart this foaming cleanser from Clean & Clear.

Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, $4,
___Optional: Faux glow. This moisturizer should give you a full shade of color in just three days flat. Self-tanners smell weird, so make sure to do this a few days in advance.

Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer, $10,

___ Get a new haircut or hairstyle that screams “I spent my days this summer having fun out in the sun!” (Hint: ombre hair.) Plus, getting a haircut gets rid of split ends that can make your hair not look as pretty.


The night before school starts…

___Decide on a cute first-day hairdo and makeup. Trying it out beforehand will decrease the amount of stress you have on the big day (and will make sure you won’t be late for school!).

___Put a spoon in the freezer the night before. In the a.m., place the cold spoon on your eyes to get rid of any puffiness!

___Apply a zit zapper if you have any pimples (or newly forming pimples).

e.l.f. Essential Zit Zapper, $1,
___Paint toes and fingers. Play around with new designs—a total conversation starter! We recommend Sally Hansen’s Nail Polish Strips because you can find the perf pattern to match your personality and your BTS outfit! For your toes, check this post out for the perf pedi.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, $10,

___Pack beauty necessities in your backpack. Have you thought of some of these?

                  a) Breath mints

                  b) Tampons or pads

                  c) Tinted lip balm/ chap stick/ fave lip gloss

                  d) Hand lotion

                  e) Hand sanitizer

                  f) Oil blotting sheets

                  g) Compact mirror


On the big day…

___Bring a water bottle with you to class to keep your skin hydrated and body refreshed (Make sure to use a reusable water bottle!).

___Give yourself at least an hour to get ready. You don’t want to feel rushed, so set that alarm early!

___Slip on two hair elastics on your wrist. That way, you have one for you (and a friend) if you need one! This is especially handy if you have gym class or after-school sports.

___If you’re using mascara day of, sit on it while you eat breakfast. This will make the product easier to work with because it will soften up a little bit. Handy, right? 

___Unexpected bad hair day? Put your hair into two braids or put on a cute headband that matches with your BTS outfit.

___Keep in mind that if you put on eye makeup, you should wear a nude lip color or gloss. If you want to wear a more colorful lip, wear a more neutral eye.

___Gently brush your lips with a toothbrush after you brush your teeth. This will make your lips soft and smooth. Then put on some lip balm or Vaseline for a kiss of moisture! 

___Wear sunscreen. Yep, the sun is still strong enough now to do some damage.

___Beauty is internal, so make sure to smile and be confident! Good luck!
You’re ready to go! If you already had a beauty checklist, hopefully you can add some of these things onto it.

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by Jane Cha | 2/1/2016