Back to School Beauty Essentials


Back to school means one thing: shopping lists! After you’ve scored pens, protractors and book covers, you can move onto stocking up on beauty essentials. These six must-haves are perfect for fall. If you’ve already graduated, no problem—consider these extra credit for a no-fuss morning routine.

Brows: Isaac Mizrahi for Tweezerman Tweezers

This year, the popular grooming tool line tapped the eponymous fashion pro for its Limited Edition Designer Series Collection. The result is a line of slanted tweezers that, in true Mizrahi fashion, get glammed up in bold colors and fun patterns.

Teeth: Go Smile ON THE GO Teeth Whitening Pen

As a student, time, and money aren’t always on your side. But with a price point under $25, Go Smile’s whitening pen is convenient and effective at brightening teeth. Just brush it on and let it sit for 20 minutes to do the trick. After a couple of weeks of daily use, you should notice a difference. Bonus: The mint flavor keeps breath fresh, too.

Hair: The Tangle Teezer

Okay, so it may look like a medieval torture toy, but this handle-free brush is as gentle as they come. The product first launched in 2007, but thanks to recent press including this story in the New York Times, the web is buzzing about it again, and for good reason. The secret is in the flexible bristles, which get through the most tangled locks without causing damage or pulling. Its been heralded as a lifesaver for coarse hair, and is especially great for those with extensions.

Nails: HIPPxRGB Highlight

Want to change up your mani in a pinch? Apply a coat of HIPPxRGB Highlight over your current nail color, and you’ll get iridescent dimension and shine that looks like you got a full-on polish change—or try a thin swipe down the middle of the nails for a different effect. The formula is also chip-resistant, which means it works well on its own for neutral nails that glow as they catch the light.

Face: L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer

Long nights of hitting the books can lead to under eye bags, or worse, blemishes. With this one crayon, you can fix all of that. Use the fine point to cover up acne spots head-on, and the side of the crayon to tackle larger problem areas. The super-pigmented formula contains liquids and waxes, so the product blends really well, and because it’s lightweight it dries with a flawless finish.

All-Over: rms beauty Raw Coconut Cream

A multi-purpose cream that’s like a little miracle in a jar. Dab a little over your eyes to remove even the most clingy waterproof mascara, while conditioning lashes in the process. You can use it pretty much anywhere to hydrate skin—all over your face, on dry elbows and knees, cuticles, and hands. If you’re feeling crafty, try it in this two-ingredient DIY hair mask.