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The back to school beauty essentials you need

The back to school beauty essentials you need
Team LF
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It's back to school time, which means it's time to overhaul our makeup routines and check we've got all the essentials in our kit.

Pencil & pens

The most important items in any back to school kit are pencils and pens, which is why we're looking at some of the best for your makeup collection.

Generally, pencils are best for eyes and brows, and pens are better for the complexion due to their unique textures. Both can be used across the lips.

The best beauty pencils are the NARS Velvet Matte Pencil for lips, the BBB London for brows, and the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil for eyes.

For the complexion, try the Illamsqua Skin Base Concealer Pen to conceal and the By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Crayon for lips.

One of our favourite newest launches is the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Click;a fragrance in pen form for on-the-go scent.


Everyone loves an array of highlighting pens in different colours, so why should our makeup highlighter be any different?

The Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder Palette is exclusive to lookfantastic, and contains 3 shades so you can mix up your makeup look. Shades include Nectar Glow, Pink Gold Glow and Golden Bronze Glow.


Sometimes we all need to erase makeup mishaps, which is why a beauty eraser should be a staple product in your back to school kit.

For erasing signs of a late night, try benefit's Boi-ing Brightening Concealer (formerly known as Erase Paste), which helps to neutralise dark circles for a revitalised finish.

For erasing too much makeup, try the GLOV Hydro Cleansing Travel Set. It contains a microfibre cleansing glove, which removes all makeup, as well as a cleanser, glove cleanser and travel hanger to keep the glove clean.

Art brushes

When it comes to starting a new school year, you never forget to buy your art brushes, so why shouldn't you do the same for your makeup collection?

Sleek MakeUp's 7 Piece Brush Set contains all the essentials you need for a flawless complexion and eye makeup look.

Pencil sharpener

No pencilcase is complete without a pencil sharpener, and there's no better tool than the MAC Universal Pencil Sharpener.

It can be used to sharpen pencils across different brands and has a removable case which holds sharpenings so you can use on the go.

(Pencil or makeup?) case

Finally, all products need a case to keep them in, and we love the simple but effective Bobbi Brown Cosmetic Bag.

It's roomy, and made from a black nylon that can easily be cleaned in case of spillages!

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