Graduation Makeup and Hair

Here are some tips for those of you who are wondering what to do with your makeup and hair for graduation.

Apply makeup that you’ve done before, like your everyday natural makeup. Most likely, you’ll be nervous and excited in the morning, and it’ll be easier to get ready if you already have a good idea of what makeup you want to wear and how it will look like. For my graduation, I did a makeup look similar to something I’ve done before (since I’ve been creating new makeup looks everyday for this site). I wanted a natural brown look with some gold (and my blue contacts), since my school colors are blue and gold.

Waterproof mascara is a good idea, especially if you have watery eyes like I do.

– MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” (entire lid)
– MAC E/S in “Flip” (center lid and inner corner)
– MAC E/S in “Handwritten” (outer V and blend along crease)
– Prescriptive E/S in “Fire” (apply and blend where Flip and Handwritten meet)
– MAC E/S in “Ricepaper” (highlight)
– Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in “Black Ink” (upper lash line)
– MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in “NC15/NW20″ (lower lash line; blend with a MAC 219 Pencil Brush or a Q-tip)
Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in “Black” (top and bottom lashes)

– Benefit Bronzing Powder in “Hoola” (contour)
– TEMPTU AIR pod Blush in “404 Sheer Berry” (on apples)
– TEMPTU AIR pod Highlighter in “301 Champagne” (upper half of apples and up towards temples)

– MAC L/S in “Touch”

For your hair, it’s easiest to keep you hair down while not adding extra volume to the top of your head. Your cap will stay on easier and will look nicer in pictures if you keep the top as flat as possible. When I was getting ready for graduation, I wasn’t sure whether to keep my hair straight or curly, so I took pictures of both to see how it would look. Here’s my hair straight, which is how it looks naturally:

Or you can curl your hair, like I did here (and how I ended up wearing my hair for graduation):

I used my Enzo Milano Curling Iron, which gave me natural-looking curls that lasted from 9am when I curled it to midnight when my graduation party ended.

When you attach your cap, use a few bobby pins to secure it down, so you don’t have to worry about it moving around throughout the convocation and afterward when you take a bunch of pictures with your family and friends. I recommend making an “X” with 2 bobby pins on each side and again on the back for a very secure hold.

Good luck, and congrats to those of you who are graduating! :)


LilyJune 3rd, 2010 at 9:41 am

Congrats! You look great!

IvelinaJune 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I really like this natural look! Congrats again, Wycee!
I am going to do this look tonight for my brother’s graduation.

WyceeJune 4th, 2010 at 12:01 am

Thanks gals! I’m happy that I’m done and that the curls and makeup lasted for so long! :)

Congrats to your brother too, Ivelina!

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