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Go back to beauty school with these essentials

Er… did you EVER go back to school without a nice new pencil sharpener? Thought not… so, why not take the fact that hordes of children are currently cooing over their pristine pencil cases and oh-so-fancy slimline highlighters (want very badly), as an excuse to execute some necessary updates of your own? 

Yes, we’re enablers. That’s what we do… (no need to thank us). You will need: posh pouch for putting things in, nice tweezers to facilitate good plucking, shiny eye lash curlers (yours have mould on (sort of)) and the ultimate lip balm (and then some).

For starters… Cult Beauty’s {Travel Make Up Bag} is practically perfect in every way. See-through? Check. Wipeable? Check. It’s the pencil case/make up bag to trump all make up bags. 

Be honest, you’ve owned those eyelash curlers since your teens – purchased with pocket money from Claire’s Accessories? Guessed as much… Lilly Lashes’ {FABU-Lash Eyelash Curlers} are some of the best in the business, and should still be perming your fringes to perfection, when the noughties are distant enough to be cool *shudders*.

No beauty kit’s complete without some tweezers – to-ease-us through those awkward, ‘tween wax days and keep a Frida-sitch at bay. Rubis {Gold Classic Slant Tweezers} are perfectly balanced, and used by Swiss watchmakers (plus they’re shiiiiiiiiiiny!). Use alongside Anastasia’s {Brow Stencils}, to ensure you’re equipped with some enviably supercilious arches.

Erase skin mishaps with Too Faced’s {Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer} – it covers everything, so nobody need ever know you stayed up too late eating ice cream and crying over Dawson’s Creek. Spots, veins, redness and dark circles are all smudged out by this miracle potion – a must-have for grown-up-adolescent days.

No self-respecting pencil case would be complete without a highlighter. Cute and appropriately kitsch, Karl Lagerfeld’s {Liquid Luminizer Strobing Pen} comes in three shades to emphasise cheek, brow and décolleté (“Do some buttons up, Beauty!”).

Not neglecting pencils! Our very favourite kind of stationery, Lime Crime’s {Velvetine Lip Liner} comes in a spectrum of 22 shades (see below) to match all of your favourite matte lacquers. Just don’t let your BFF borrow it (you won’t get it back).

And with a quick and convenient stick to address all your mid-lesson make up requirements, {Nudestix} have pencils to colour-in lips, lids and lend your complexion a soft, dewy flush. With a wardrobe of everyday shades that will take you from registration to your ‘after school club’, the {Jetsetter Palette} by (A-List!) MUA Mary Phillips is a one-stop shop (complete with sharpener).

And speaking of sharpeners, NARS chic {creation} has two standard-sized holes to ensure your crayons are unfailingly pointy. With a ‘lid’ to catch all of the shavings and clever blade cleaner, this beats that excuse-for-a-tool you’ve been using since time immemorial…

Pens pens pens pens! Gah – we LOVE new pens, and few more than Stila Cosmetics {Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner}. With its rich, glossy ink and ultra-fine nib, you can use it to create the ultimate cat eye (and then scrawl his number on your forearm). It’s waterproof (hurrah) so you’ll still have his digits come morning – and can call him on your burger flip ‘phone.

And in case telephone-talking turns to kissingroundthebackofthebikesheds, you’ll need Buxom’s {Powerplump Lip Balm}. It’s cute as paint with a minty taste and pearly sheen, so keep one in your pocket at all times, in case of snog-emergency.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…