3 Things to Consider for Natural Versus Vivid School Makeup

 Choosing makeup style for school
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When you’re deciding how to apply your makeup for school, it’s likely that you’ll end up choosing between some form of natural makeup and some form of vivid, more theatrical makeup. Obviously, there are extremes on both sides and a mix of the two in the middle, but different things are going to evoke different reactions. At the end of the day, you get to decide whether you want to go with exclusively neutral makeup or something that’s attention-grabbing.

Which one works better? Three important things make all the difference when it comes to your choice. Consider these when you decide on your everyday school look.

1. What’s Your Personal Style?

Of course, the first thing to look at is your personal style. If you’re generally a reserved person, it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to start creating super attention-grabbing looks. Likewise, if you love making a statement, a “no-makeup” look might undermine that a bit. It’s a reflection of you, and that means everything from how intense your makeup is to how many colors you’re using and which colors you choose to add to your makeup.

Most people aren’t going to be just one or the other. That’s why there’s so much room in the middle. The best way to take advantage of it is to match things up to what you love. Do you love pink? Try out some strong blushes and bright lipstick. Are you more of a fan of dark, dramatic colors? Use deep lipsticks and smokey eyes to bring out that theatrical preference.

2. How Much Time Do You Have?

When it comes to school makeup, time is usually of the essence. Most people don’t get enough sleep for school even on the best of days, and having a school makeup routine that takes half an hour can be a significant strain on your morning. A more natural look tends to take less time; if you run into time constraints, it might be a good idea to stick with a less labor-intensive makeup look.

Even if you do like a more dramatic look, you can get it easily if you have the right tools. Colored eyeliner is a great trend that can help liven up your look as casually as possible. If you want a bit of extra pop, add a blue eyeliner to an otherwise low-effort, neutral makeup look. That way, you’ll be able to add some vivid colors without having to spend lots of time on your face in the morning. Get everything together the night before, and you’ll find that it’s even easier.

3. How Much Do You Want People to Notice You?

Being noticed can be both positive and negative. Some people prefer to blend in, and neutral makeup is the best way to do that. It doesn’t attract undue attention, which means you can choose whether to step out or hide in the shadows. If you’re wearing vivid makeup, you don’t get as much of a choice, which can be great if you like attention, but annoying if you’d rather not attract it.

Of course, there’s a middle ground between the two extremes. For example, you could do a very natural eyeshadow, and then choose an especially bright lipstick to finish everything. In addition, remember that you don’t have to respond to everyone’s notice. Even if someone does notice you, it doesn’t mean you have to respond. If you love a bright, shimmery look, go for it, even if you aren’t usually a fan of being the center of attention.


Subtle or extreme school makeup
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There are plenty of ways to make a neutral or vivid makeup look shine. Whether you barely even put on a coat of foundation or you spend half an hour every morning getting ready, your makeup is an extension of you, and that’s an important part of who you are. All you have to do is create a look, and you’re broadcasting that feeling to the rest of the world.

If you’ve started creating those looks and found that you love it, why not take it a step further. Get in touch with Ogle School to start a cosmetology degree. That way, you’ll be able to take something you love and turn it into a career.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.