Graduation is a big event in your life, where you want to look the best from the rest. As the countdown begins, we start ‘mall hopping’, scouting for that perfect dress, and shoes and accessories to go with it. However, your convocation look doesn’t just stop at the clothes you wear. What you wear on your face is just as important as the rest of the look! That is where your ‘graduation makeup’ comes into the picture and we are here to help you ace that. From red lips to no-makeup look and smokey eyes – we have gathered some of the best looks that you should try to excel and own your convocation makeup like a boss.
1. No-makeup makeup look
If you like minimalist makeup, then this no-makeup look is for you. After prepping your face, apply a dewy primer to add a luminous glow to your complexion. We recommend skipping the foundation and going with the concealer directly for a natural finish. Get a flawless base for your graduation makeup look by finding your perfect concealer shade match with the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool. (You can also find your perfect foundation shade match with this tool) Then, give your skin a natural flush by adding the smallest amount of blush to the apples of your cheeks. Go easy on the eyes and keep your eye makeup simple, subtle and almost bare. Enhance the natural colour of your lips by applying a tinted lip balm.
2. Monochrome look
Monochrome makeup helps you to play around with different shades of the same colour. It is universally flattering and allows you to make heads turn. For achieving this look, start by doing your base makeup as usual. Add a pop of coral blush to your cheeks and follow it with a highlighter to enhance your features. Next, use an orange eyeshadow and sweep it across your eyelids. Complete your eye makeup by using eyeliner. Finish off your simple graduation makeup with an orange or coral lipstick.
3. Shimmery eyes
Keep your face makeup simple, and let your eyes do the talking. Take your eye makeup up a notch by adding lots of shimmer. Start by shaping your eyebrows and then, fill your eyelids with a golden eyeshadow. Next, add definition to your eyes and enhance their beauty with a kajal. Complete your convocation makeup with nude lipstick.
4. Splash of colour
Create a show-stopping graduation makeup look by experimenting with vibrant colours and stand out from the crowd. For your eye makeup, first apply a green eyeshadow and then, pair it with a blue eyeliner to highlight your lower lash line. Next, define your eyelashes with mascara. If you wish to go a mile extra, wear a fuchsia lipstick and have fun with contrasting colours.
Deep down we all want some drama at our convocation. While you can take care of that, allow us to add some drama to your graduation makeup with none other than smokey eyes. Start by contouring your cheekbones and jawline. Apply a highlighter on your cheekbones, bridge and tip of your nose, and on your cupid’s bow to turn up the glam quotient. Excel your convocation makeup by creating the smokey eye look and finish it with a stunning lip colour. You can complement your features with a deep red lipstick.
Let your base makeup be simple and use a pink blush to make your skin look fresh and healthy. Level up your eye makeup by creating the cut crease eyeshadow look. Start by applying brown eye shadow on your crease. Then, use a brightening concealer across the lid and cut your crease in a clean semi-circle. Pair your eyeshadow with black and bold eyeliner. For the lips, we suggest applying a pink lipstick.
7. Full glam look
For a glamourous graduation makeup look, apply your base makeup well. Next, use bronze eyeshadow on your eyelids and intensify your eyes by outlining them with kajal. For achieving thick and voluminous lashes, use waterproof mascara. Opt for darker and deeper lip shades such as maroons or dark browns to complete this stunning yet simple graduation makeup look.
Steps to achieve the perfect base makeup:
1. Use a primer to blur your pores and create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup.
2. Create an even complexion and smooth texture by applying the foundation.
3. Conceal your dark circles, spots and banish the blemishes with a concealer.
4. Control oil, shine and sebum on your face by using compact powder.
If you’re unsure about trying these graduation makeup ideas, you can try the Maybelline Virtual Try-On tool that helps you experiment with various face, eye and lip makeup products from the comfort of your home. Once you are confident, slay your convocation in style.