Beauty Survival For the Exhausted College Student

July 20, 2019lifewithcattitude

8 am classes are the absolute worst. I am surely not the first person to tell you that. The transition from high school early morning classes to college early morning classes is very tough. It was easy to get up and get glammed for high school, but once you get to college, everything changes. That snooze button will be your best friend. You will have the best intentions of getting up early to shower and put yourself together. But in reality, you’re going to hit that snooze button until you only have time to throw your hair up in a messy bun and sprint for your morning cup of coffee. So how in the WORLD are you supposed to stay on top of a beauty routine, when all you want to do is sleep in? As someone who probably loves sleep more than I love any human in my life, I have come up with my own tips and tricks for having a minimal beauty routine that will still get you compliments!


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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Make sure you are in a solid routine of drinking water and staying hydrated. Not only will you feel better or more refreshed in the morning, it helps your skin so for the days when you have literally no time for makeup, you still have glowing skin. Get you a stainless steel bottle and carry it with you wherever you go!

Moisturize daily

Even if you don’t plan on wearing makeup that day, it is still super important to put some moisture on your face. I recommend this moisturizer because it’s affordable and good for any skin type, even dry.


Keep a small bag of essentials in your purse or bookbag

Get a cute bag from Dollar Tree, and then fill it with my recommended essentials so you can touch anything up before class:

  1. tinted moisturizer with SPF
  2. mascara and a curler
  3. concealer
  4. a brow pencil
  5. a lip product 
  6. a little compact mirror


Dry shampoo is a must

If you’re not into getting up early to take a shower, dry shampoo will become your best friend. I always liked to take my showers at night in college (when every wasn’t fighting over them), then I blow dried my hair, and the next morning I’d throw some dry shampoo at the roots to give it some volume. Of course, dry shampoo should NOT be a substitute for good hygiene, but it helps keep your hair healthy so you’re not constantly shampooing it (especially if you have colored hair like I did and still do).

Use your eyeliner to your advantage

If you use eyeliner, use light-colored eyeliner on your waterline. This will make your eyes appear bigger. Black eyeliner, while it gives a sultry look, makes eyes appear smaller.


Shimmery cream eyeshadow is worth a try

A trick I learned very early on in college is to put a bright shimmery champagne or gold eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye. It really adds that extra “oomph” when you want to not look like you were up until four studying for exams. I like to get a bright cream eyeshadow, that way you can just apply it with your finger instead of needing a brush. Give this a try, and I guarantee you will look well-rested!


Do NOT sleep in your makeup

I made this mistake constantly (and still do). Whatever you do, please do anything in your power to not sleep in your makeup. Not only does it age your skin, it also creates breakouts because it gets on your pillowcase and even on the nights when you do wash all your makeup off, there will still be residue from that other night. If you don’t feel like going through the whole routine of washing your face, some makeup pads and the Garnier Micellar Water are a great investment. With semi daily use, one bottle lasted me four solid months, so one bottle per semester should be plenty.


Get your sleep routine in check

All the makeup in the world can’t rescue you from not having a good sleep routine. If you’re constantly pulling all-nighters when you don’t need to be, your body will suffer the consequences, believe it or not. You’ll get more breakouts. Your skin will look dull. Your eyes will look tired. You’re more prone to getting sick and STAYING sick. Stay on top of your classes and homework, and hone your time management so that you can get a good night’s sleep.


I hope these tips can put your mind at ease if you were thinking you had to give up sleep in order to look put together for your early morning classes! Let me know in the comments if you have your own beauty survival tips for broke and tired college kids!

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