Budgeting on a student loan and paying back those library fines doesn’t leave much left for splurging on beauty, which is why we’ve teamed up with UNiDAYS to offer 10% off to students. But where to start? As post-grad students ourselves, the EDITed team have compiled a checklist of the beauty products that every student needs, and (based on the lessons we learned) our top tips for surviving university, the Beauty Bay way…
1. Your student years are when you experiment with fake tan, it’s the ultimate ‘going out-out’ beauty prep.
With a social life that involves going out dancing at least three times a week, it’s easy to see why fake tan is such a cliché student essential – you need to be in a constant state of ‘ready’. Which means making sure that you always have a spare bottle and a clean mitt in your en suite – you may have every intention of staying in and studying, but you never know when your flatmates will drag you to a midweek foam/UV/traffic light party.
Student favourite: St Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse
2. Desk to dancefloor? All you need is eyeliner.
You can elevate any beauty look with a slick of black eyeliner. When those spontaneous nights out come calling and your getting ready time is dedicated to applying fake tan and choosing an outfit (from your flatmate’s wardrobe), makeup takes a backseat. If you don’t have time to do a full smoky eye or cut-crease, a bold cat-eye wing is the next best thing, and takes just a matter of minutes. Win, win.
Student favourite: Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner
3. Save your skin, don’t use face wipes! Remove your makeup fast and easy with micellar water instead.
It’s 2018 and everyone knows that face wipes are bad for your skin. But what about when you’re in a rush and really CBA with double cleansing? The answer is micellar water – simply soak two cotton pads and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities in a matter of seconds. It’s both more efficient and kinder to skin than harsh face wipes.
Student favourite: Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Micellar Water
4. Zap blemishes as soon as you feel them coming using an overnight spot treatment.
Prevention is better than cure! Rather than wait for blemishes to surface, attack as soon as you feel one coming. Late nights, deadline stresses, and a not-so-nutritional diet of Supernoodles (sorry, mum) unfortunately means you’ll be more prone to breakouts – an overnight blemish treatment that uses salicylic acid will be your new BFF.
Student favourite: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
5. Bronzer is the one thing that will help you to look alive in 9am lectures.
Late nights in the library/on the dancefloor mean you’ll inevitably be looking (and feeling) a bit worse for wear the following day. Which sucks if you have a 9am lecture to attend and attendance is compulsory… Our solution: just add bronzer. Dust it in a ‘3’ shape down each side of your face and pat any excess into the hollows of your eyes. This trick will instantly add warmth and life back to your complexion.
Student favourite: Milani Baked Bronzer
6. It’s the morning after the night before and you have a tutorial. You need dry shampoo.
Should have washed your hair last night but ended up binge-watching Netflix until the early hours? You can get away with shoving greasy hair into a messy bun in a lecture hall full of students, but in a one-to-one meeting with the lecturer who’s marking your next essay? Not so much. Simply spritz dry shampoo into your roots for instant volume and a ‘just washed’ effect that will fool any professor, no matter how many PhDs they have.
Student favourite: Sebastian Drynamic Dry Shampoo
7. Hydration is the key to curing a hangover. Which means a pint of water by your bed and a really good moisturiser.
The best lesson I ever learned as a student (and one which still comes in handy to this day) was to leave a pint of water and a tube of moisturiser beside my bed for when I got in from a night out. Drink the water in one go and layer the moisturiser on twice as thick as normal. Come morning, your head won’t be throbbing and your skin won’t feel like paper. Thank me later!
Student favourite: Embryoliss Lait Creme Concentre
8. Deadline looming? Use concealer to hide dark circles after pulling an all-nighter.
It’s inevitable that at some point in your student career you’ll have to pull an overnighter (smug first years, just you wait until your dissertation deadline hits…). There’s only one way to hide the dark circles that are evidence of a night spent adding references and hunting for sources, concealer – and preferably an industrial strength one. Apply it with your ring finger in light, sheer layers to prevent a cakey effect.
Student essential: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
9. If you sleep through your alarm, mascara is the one thing you should apply when you don’t have time to do all your makeup.
The best thing about living in halls is that the walk to campus is short enough that you can practically roll out of bed and stroll into your lecture 10 minutes later. But still, setting your alarm for 15 minutes before the lecture starts doesn’t allow much time for makeup application… With time to apply just one product, the majority of women will choose mascara – it somehow helps you to look both put together and more awake.
Student essential: Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara