Back to School Beauty with Burt's Bees

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It's back to school time and even though I am not going back to school, I like to pretend I am by first, buying new "school" clothes and second, refreshing my beauty products cabinet. For me, these were the things that made going back to school tolerable when I was a student, plus they make you look/feel your best. Confidence! That's what it's all about! And almost nothing makes me feel confident like having great skin. So today we've teamed up with our friends at Burt's Bees to share a couple of our favorite products for achieving back-to-school skin. Plus, the fabulous Brennan at B. Beautiful Artistry is joining the party to show us how to incorporate these products into your routine and create a back-to-school makeup tutorial that will make you feel super glamorous for the first day!

To start, before you apply makeup you need clean, hydrated skin, and one of my favorites is the new Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil that I found at Target. I had heard about oil cleansers, but stayed away from them because I have acne prone skin, and I thought that oil + acne might result in WWIII on my face. But after giving this product a try, my skin is actually clearing up, doesn't get irritated, and is so soft and smooth. I love how this product gently removes dirt and makeup with natural products and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily. It's so good! Here's how I use it:

 Step 1: Dispense oil cleanser into dry hands.

Step 2: Gently massage product over dry face.

Step 3: Wet hands and continue to massage product into skin.

Step 4: Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

AND with my skin being acne-prone, I decided to also try the Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion, and it works like a charm. For the following makeup tutorial, you will want your skin to be thoroughly moisturized, so for best results, use an extra hydrating moisturizer in place of an acne control lotion.

 With a clean and moisturized face, we are ready to apply makeup!

The first step is to apply under eye concealer. Brennan recommends a yellow concealer for the best coverage and to add light. This will make you look awake and young, and who doesn't want that?! You can also apply illuminator to the skin for extra glow, followed with foundation. Make sure you use the right kind of foundation for your skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc). 

Next, we contour! Apply a completely matte contouring product around your hairline, under your cheekbones, on the outside edge of the bridge of your nose, on your jawline, and under your bottom lip. Tip from Brennan: Use a cooler tone if you have light skin and a warmer tone if you have dark skin.

Then blend, blend, blend that contour into your skin. After it's blended, add some highlight to your forehead, middle of your nose, and under your eyes. Use a shade or two lighter than your skin shade. Then set it all with powder. After setting your skin makeup, add blush to your cheeks. And then it's eyebrow time! Shape them until you are satisfied. Brows should be sisters not twins, etc etc.

Add a neutral eyeshadow to your eyelids. Then apply eyeliner to the upper lash line. Brennan uses black eyeliner 99% of the time because it makes eyes pop! Use a small brush and some brown or black eyeshadow to put a soft line under the lower lashes. Curl lashes and add mascara. You can then add a little shimmer to the top of your cheekbones and bridge of nose to make light bounce off your face. Add a little lip gloss, and...

 ... BAM! You are ready to go!

Can you believe the difference? It all started with Burt's Bees getting my skin glowing and the AMAZING Brennan taking it from there!

With these tips and Burt's Bees in your beauty arsenal you are ready to conquer a new school year or just another Monday. Either way you are going to be looking + feeling GORGEOUS.

Have you tired the Burt's Bee Collection? I'd love to hear your favorite!
ox. Sam

Photo credit: B. Beautiful Artistry