My Quick & Easy Go-To Makeup For University

My Quick & Easy Go-To Makeup For University

Hello and welcome to day one of #BackToUniWeek! I still can’t believe I’m doing this. As you read this, there’s a good chance I’m either in or on my way to university for day one of my third year, which is crazy. Make sure to check back on Wednesday for my thoughts about going into my final year.

Now, I don’t know about you but I’m not great in the mornings. But once I’ve got my makeup on and have had a coffee or two, I’m a little bit more in control. So here’s half of that pre-uni ritual, my go-to makeup for the days when I’m sitting in a lecture, trying not to flip when my lecturer skips the slide too quickly. It’s super quick, easy and a little Glossier centric.


I prep with the Glossier Priming Moisturiser because I think it’s a great, no faff base product. It definitely smoothes out and hydrates my skin.

Then I take my best bud, the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser which is so perfect for the good skin days where I want something glowy with a buildable coverage. It’s obviously not got the coverage of a foundation but it feels so minimal on the skin and looks so natural and pretty.

Next up, I dab a sponge into the Glossier Stretch Concealer and bring this over any major blemishes and under my eyes. It’s a really nice formula, it blends beautifully and is glowy and skin-like. Then I set my under eyes and forehead with the smallest bit of powder.

You guessed it, the next staple is another Glossier product, the Cloud Paint in ‘Dusk’ which has surprised me so much. I didn’t really think it’d be my thing as I find it hard to work with different textures – but this really is gorgeous. I pop a little on the back of my hand and dab it in with my fingers or a sponge. It blows my mind every time how healthy it makes me look. Recently, my routine has become much more skin based than anything else and I’ve found myself reaching for this every time.

The Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in ‘Medium Tan’ has always been my go-to bronzer. It blends beautifully on top of everything and works really nicely with the blush. The formula’s not chalky or heavy at all and doesn’t look completely matte or flat. Using this shade always makes me laugh because when I first went into Mac and asked for this powder, they matched my skin tone to this colour. Don’t think so.

I’ve been using the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’ for a while and I think it’s really pretty but most highlighters work with this look. Then I turn any still visible spots into freckles and enhance the few ones I already have using a tiny brush and some brown eyeshadow.


Importantly, with this look, I don’t put any product on my eyelids. I personally think that as soon as you cover your eyelids, be that with foundation, concealer or powder, the whole thing becomes a lot less natural. Plus, skipping the eyes saves time.

I throw some Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow on with a small brush, carve out my brows a little with concealer, then comb through with the one and only Glossier Boy Brow. I’ve given up ever trying to make them match to be honest. After a thousand pumps of the lash curler, I’m ready for mascara. The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is an oldie but a goodie – especially for someone who has temperamental lashes like I do. I need to repurchase this as soon as possible.


I line my lips with whatever nude liner I can find that’s actually sharp, then apply generous amounts of Glossier Generation G Lipstick in ‘Cake’. Whilst I don’t recommend these lipsticks for everyone, I personally like the slightly waxy texture. It’s definitely on the natural side in terms of pigment, but it’s beautiful nonetheless.

Thanks for being here as I attempted to explain another dodgy makeup routine of mine. You can see some previous posts like this here and here. Tune in tomorrow for day two of #BackToUniWeek on my blog!



  1. 24th September 2018 / 7:22 PM

    Your makeup looks gorgeous, and reading this has only made me want to try Glossier makeup even more! Especially boy brow!

    Jodie //

    • elanawaite
      24th September 2018 / 8:29 PM

      Thank you darling! It’s deffo worth it X

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