How to create a light graduation makeup look

If you're about to graduate this summer, then first of all congrats, you made it! And second of all, it’s time to plan your graduation day makeup look. Walking across the stage and getting your diploma is an event that actually deserves your time and effort. So, get your makeup bag ready and start scrolling through to get an easy guide on how to create a light, gorgeous graduation makeup look for your big day.

This light, natural look is ideal for those who prefer simpler makeup – but will however still make you stand out at any angle on your graduation day!

1. Flawless skin

Any special occasion should always begin with a good skincare routine to get a hydrated, glowing base. It’s therefore important to prep the skin, as a well-moisturized skin is a canvas for your makeup to go on smoothly, thereby avoiding a cakey look or even your makeup slipping off during the big day.

To make sure that your foundation doesn’t slip off or gather around the fine lines, it’s a great idea to start with a primer before applying the foundation. This Mini The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Primer by Benefit Cosmetics is perfect for the purpose! It quickly minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines and helps makeup stay put all day.

Choosing a perfect foundation is not always an easy task - especially on your graduation day you should definitely pay attention to your skin type if you want flawless skin and the makeup to last all day and night. If you’ve dry skin, you should use a foundation that moisturizes during the day to avoid a flaky or cakey look after a few hours. If, on the other hand, you got oily skin, go for an oil-free foundation, which will keep your skin dewy and matte. Apply just a dab of foundation on each side of your nose, and in the center of your forehead and chin, then blend outward. After blending, see if there’re any imperfections, blemishes, or dark circles you want to cover up even more by applying a light layer of concealer. However, don’t overdo the face makeup, as the makeup should feel light and look natural.

If you tend to have an oily t-zone or maybe just want to set your foundation, you can apply a light layer of powder.

2. Glowy and fresh cheeks

We all know that one might look a bit more tired than usual after long days of preparation and studying. That’s why flushed cheeks and bronzed skin are your perfect way out!

To add some warmth back to the face, you can apply a bronzer at the temples, along the hairline, the bridge of the nose, and the apples of the cheeks - which will create a light contouring effect and a sun-kissed finish.

Then apply a few light strokes of a pink or peach blush. Apply the blush directly on the apples of the cheeks in an upward motion and slightly above your eyelids. A touch of blush will instantly freshen up your look – and give you real "I woke up with a degree today" vibes!

Are you looking for a beautiful, peach blush, then this blush by Clinique in the color
Peach Pop is a great choice! It’s a long-wearing and vibrant, yet natural-looking blush that gives a virtually powderless finish.

3. Soft, brown eyes

Waterproof products are must-haves on your graduation day! Let's be honest, someone will be crying on your graduation day, which is why waterproof products definitely will save your day.

Start by using an eyelash curler to make your eyes appear bigger and to curl and shape the lashes beautifully. Our eyelash curler is designed to catch every lash and leaves a beautiful and dramatic curl that lasts all day. Beautiful lashes speak for themselves, and you will be surprised at how much a curled lash can do for your eye makeup look.


Brown tones are the perfect match for a natural look, as black shades often can create a more dramatic expression. Our Master Stamp & Stroke Eyeliner is perfect for an easy, effortless, and elegant graduation look, as it’s easy to use, waterproof, and creates a stunning result. Use the eyeliner in the size 8 mm. in brown to draw two perfectly even wings on both eyes, which creates an elegant yet subtle finish.

To complete the soft eye look, apply Supreme Lash Mascara in brown. The mascara is long-lasting and embraces every single lash by giving a beautiful fullness and length. The combo of brown winged eyeliner and brown full lashes will look stunning in all your graduation day selfies and pics!

If you want to fix your eyebrows, it’s a good idea to use a colored brow gel. A brow gel will keep your brows in place and add a slight bit of color and fullness.

4. Vibrant lips

Since the makeup is quite natural, you can apply a more colorful and vibrant lip color to balance out the look. One of the most trending makeup trends of the summer is bright coral lips, which give great summer vibes and add a perfect pop of color!

Do you want to do a coral lip to spice up your graduation look, then this coral lipstick by Mac is a perfect option! The lipstick is a creamy rich formula with a high color payoff in a no-shine matte finish which ensures that your lips stay beautiful without crackling or drying!

And voilá, you got the recipe for a beautiful and natural graduation makeup that can be worn during one of your most unforgettable days.

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