Back to School Beauty Tips for the Active Girl

The summer is slowly coming to an end and with that comes the beginning of the school year! This is a busy time of year for a lot of people including high school and college athletes, or just those who have a lot of after school activities. I was always very active with school sports from soccer, volleyball, and of course golf. With all the busy long days, I needed ways to keep my face fresh looking and makeup lasting all day that would take me from class to whatever activity I was involved in after school!

The Sydney Elizabeth brand is all about versatility—outfits that take you from the golf course to a night out with the girls. So I have come up with some tips and tricks to keep you looking fresh all during your busy and active day! 

Disclaimer: I do not pretend to be a master make-up artist; these are just products and tips that work for me personally. And I think they will work for you as well! I know us girls are always working on a budget, so I have included some drugstore and high end options for you! I’ve linked everything I use down below!

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

I have oily-acne prone skin and I used to buy into the myth that if I moisturized before applying makeup, that would make me more oily and break out. Friends, this is not true! When you don’t apply a moisturizer, your skin actually compensates for it and produces more oil, causing acne and breakouts. Applying a moisturizer is also a good way to keep you looking fresh and hydrated throughout the day. My favorite one to use right now is the Eau Thermale Avéne Clean-AC Hydrating Cream. This is a more higher-end option, but it just gives your skin just a pretty and fresh glow. A more affordable option that is also great is the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. This one is great because it is oil free and will help you to look hydrated without breaking you out! 

Eau Thermale Avéne Clean-AC         Hydrating Cream // $22

Eau Thermale Avéne Clean-AC         Hydrating Cream // $22

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer // $9

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer // $9

 

2. USE A SUNSCREEN!!!

Ladies, it is so important to protect your skin throughout the day so you won’t have damaged and wrinkled skin down the road. More importantly, it protects you from UVA and UVB rays that can cause life threatening skin cancers. If you get nothing out of this post, get this: wear a sunscreen! For the girl with the active lifestyle I recommend using an oil-free one just because it will not clog your pores and make you look greasy. My favorite sunscreen to wear on my face is the Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Sunscreen . This is a great one because it is super light-weight and affordable! A higher end one that I am obsessed with is the Elta MD Oil Free Sunscreen . It is a little bit more pricey, but it seriously feels like silk going on your skin. 

Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Sunscreen // $8

Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Sunscreen // $8

Elta MD UV Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen // $37

Elta MD UV Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen // $37

 

3. Primers

I used to not be a big believer in primers, but after using them while playing college golf I really started to become addicted. They give your skin a base layer for your makeup to sit on instead of just sinking into your pores and causing breakouts and excess oil. They also make your makeup stay on 10 x longer and help you stay matte through out your busy day. I would get up at 5 am sometimes, play 18 holes, and my makeup would still be in place after using a primer. My personal favorite is the Benefit Porefessional primer, but just as good is the NYX Pore Filler Primer  which you can find at your local drugstore. 

Benefit Porefessional Primer // $31

Benefit Porefessional Primer // $31

NYX Pore Filler Primer // $13

NYX Pore Filler Primer // $13

 

4. Foundation-optional

You can definitely skip this step if you want and just use a bronzer to warm up the skin, but I personally like a little extra face coverage. But I definitely get it—super hot days on the golf course it’s just not worth it sometimes. They key here is to use something lightweight and breathable while you are sweating and being active. I have been using the Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination skin  for years! It is very good at keeping you matte and giving you a some coverage to hide some blemishes. It also lasts all day long which is hard to say for a lot of light weight products. This can be found at the drugstore and it’s so good I don’t even have a higher end product to recommend!

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream // $11

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream // $11

 

5. Concealer

Ok, girl lets face it. On those busy days we just get tired and our under eye area shows it! Thats why we need a good concealer that will stay in place all day and will help you look fresh and awake! I was blessed with lovely little dark circles so this step is a must for me. I recommend the Maybelline Master Conceal because it has great coverage and is also oil free so it won’t “melt off” your face throughout the day. 

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer // $7

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer // $7

6. Powder-optional

Again, you can definitely skip this step but I have found that when you set your face with a powder, it helps your makeup stay on so much longer and will keep you looking matte. My all time fav is the Maybelline Fit Me powder for oily skin. They have several different types depending on your skin type, but I just love the oil-free one because it helps absorb some of the excess oil. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder // $4

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder // $4

7. Bronzer

My favorite part of putting on makeup!!! Some days when I know I am going to be sweating a lot and in a lot of heat, I will just jump right to my bronzer to warm up my skin and call it a day. You definitely want to grab something that has a matte, natural finish like the Benefit Hoola Bronzer , or way more affordable (and honestly just as good!) is the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer. It’s seriously like $3!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer // $29

Benefit Hoola Bronzer // $29

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer // $3

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer // $3

 

8. Blush- optional

So on days when you know you are going to be super active you may not need a blush—just a quick swipe of bronzer will do! But personally, if I am going to school I want to add this extra step just to help give me a natural flush to my cheeks. My favorite one to use right now is the NYX Ombre blush  in the shade “Soft Flush”. So pretty and natural. On days you know you will be sweating, I would avoid blushes with any shimmer in them because they accentuate any large pores or problem areas you may have. 

NYX Ombre Blush in Soft Flush // $9

NYX Ombre Blush in Soft Flush // $9

9. Mascara

It is important to use a waterproof mascara when you know you are going to be active that day. It will help your mascara stay in place all day without rubbing off or causing a black stream running down your face…that’s not a cute look for anybody. My all time FAVORITE is the Loreal Voluminous mascara. 

Loreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara // $5

Loreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara // $5

10. Eyeliner-optional

Eyeliner is just one step I can’t seem to give up no matter how hard I try, but you can for sure skip this step. It’s not necessary for an every day active look. I guess I just like being a little more high maintenance :) Again, reach for the waterproof and go with the Maybelline Unstoppable Smudgeproof Eyeliner. It will stay on all day even throughout heat and sweat. 

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner // $5

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner // $5

11. Eyeshadow- don’t need it!

Honestly, on mornings where I am in a hurry and don’t feel like doing much to my eyes, I will just dip into my bronzer to warm up my eyelids. It’s a quick and easy step that makes you look like you actually spent some time getting ready. I told ya’ll bronzer was my favorite thing ever! 

12. Setting Sprays

I love using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray because not only do I think it makes my makeup look better, but it also helps my makeup stay on All. Day. Long. It’s like hairspray for the face. I honestly haven’t experimented with any drugstore setting sprays, but let me know which ones you think are good!

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray // $30

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray // $30

And that is my 2 cents on beauty tips for the active girl! Comment below what you think of this post, and what are your favorite tips and tricks for getting ready for an active day! 

Thanks for reading!

XO Sydney