Shop Back to School Beauty Supplies 2017

You may not long for the days of mid-terms or hall passes, but if you’re anything like us, you probably still have a soft spot in your heart for shopping for back-to-school supplies.

We’d hit the nearest office supply store every August, armed with a list of essentials we just had to have for upcoming school year: pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, and – the holy grail – a new backpack.

We’d scour the aisles searching for just the right items that would fit our budget, our needs and our (supposed) coolness quotient.

Those days are over, but our zest for a fresh start remains, so we’ve channeled our nostalgic energy into the beauty arena to give you the best new options for make-up items that’ll remind you of those school-supply favorites.


Shop concealers, clockwise from top left:

  • Benefit Cosmetics Erase Case Concealer Kit ($26,
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25 ($70,
  • Sephora Collection Make No Mistake High Coverage Concealer ($14,
  • L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer ($5,

If you loved shopping for erasers as a kid, fill the void by browsing one of the many new under-eye concealers on the market.

Benefit’s Boi-ing Concealer Kit comes with four cover-up options that you can mix and match depending on the level of coverage and brightness you want to achieve. The pencil-shaped case it all comes in helps fill that school-supply void, too.

If you’re willing to splurge, the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer will not let you down. The cult-favorite has been reformulated to include a built-in SPF 25, making the $70 that much more worth it.

On the other end of the spectrum, the $5 L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer comes in 28 shades and reviewers say they love how easily it blends into their skin.

At $14, the Make No Mistake High Coverage Concealer from Sephora Collection is your best middle-of-the-road option. It comes in 16 shades and is highly pigmented, earning it a five-star rating on


Shop eyebrow fillers, from left:

  • Sleek Makeup Brow Intensity ($12,
  • Chanel Stylo Sourcils Waterproof ($33,
  • Nyx Professional Makeup Precision Brow Pencil ($10,
  • Burt’s Bees Eyebrow Pencil ($10,

You already know that not all pencils are created equal. There are those people who prefer a mechanical version and others who live for a straight-up No. 2 that needs to be sharpened the old-fashioned way.

The same can be said for eyebrow enhancers.

Brands like Sleek Makeup, Chanel, and Nyx make twist-up versions with soft-lining, angled tips that help you draw realistic brow hairs in seconds. For people who prefer something that feels less high-tech, Burt’s Bees recently launched a full line of color cosmetics, including a pointy-ended brow pencil.


Shop eyeshadow palettes, clockwise from top left:

  • Clinique Jonathan Adler Collection Chic Color Kit ($39,
  • Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 28 ($239,
  • Wet N Wild Nude Awakening Color Icon Au Naturel 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($10,
  • Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette – Rose Gold Edition ($65,

Because we’re focusing on a school in this story, see if you can solve this analogy: Composition notepads are to individual pans of eyeshadow as five-subject notebooks are to _________.

Correct answer? Eyeshadow palettes. And just like those tabbed, spiral notebooks, the latest palettes come in every configuration and color scheme imaginable.

For the true make-up connoisseur, Natasha Denona’s 28-shade palette lets you create pretty much any look you could ever want, while newbies may want to start with ten neutral shades found in the affordable Wet N Wild version.


Shop cosmetics cases, clockwise from top left:

  • Zoella Beauty Jelly & Gelato Beauty Bag ($18,
  • Sephora Collection License to Leopard: The Weekender ($38,
  • Cricket Fix Your Ponytail Ties Tin ($9,
  • Impressions Vanity Co. SlayCase Vanity Travel Case ($219,

Your school bookbag had to pull double duty; it had to hold all of your books and supplies while simultaneously conveying a message of self-expression to classmates.

Make-up cases these days aren’t much different.

For toting around everyday essentials, the Zoella Beauty Jelly & Gelato fold-over pouch is both practical and stylish. For the serious glamour girl, however, the lighted rose gold travel case from Impressions Vanity Co. is a must.


Shop highlighters, clockwise from top left:

  • Ciate London Dewy Stix ($26,
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38,
  • Catrice Liquid Luminizer Strobing Pen ($6.50,
  • Soap & Glory Wonderbronze Cheek Stick ($12,

You used yellow, pink, blue and green highlighter markers to call attention to important notes you wanted to remember from class.

Their beauty equivalents help you to call attention to specific features on your face – and yes, they come in a multitude of colors as well.

For example, swipe the Ciate London Dewy Stix in Lustre over the tops of cheekbones and under the brow bones for a natural-looking pinky glow. Or apply the heavily shimmer-y Catrice Liquid Luminizer Strobing Pen for a more intense way to bounce the light off your skin.

No matter which option you choose, people’s eyes will be drawn to wherever you apply it.


Were you more of a ballpoint person or an ink-gel girl when it came to your writing instrument of choice?

The number of today’s liquid eyeliner options are just as dizzying as the ones you used to pour over before selecting your pens for school.

Some, like the Stellar Hype Eyeliner Liquid Pen give you a straightforward inky black line via a fine-pointed marker, while others, like the MAC Rollerwheel Liquid Liner make use of a pizza-cutter-esque applicator to help their formula glide on.

The choice is yours. Happy shopping.