One college student’s affordable and efficient makeup tips for back to school

Nadja Theodore demonstrates an affordable makeup look including the items below and her high end preferences with drug store alternatives.

For some college students, putting on a face of makeup before class seems unnecessary. It may even seem impossible to fit into their college morning routine while still having time to make it to class. With a little guidance, the perfect fresh face in the morning can be affordable and efficient. University of Oklahoma student and Norman makeup artist, Nadja Theodore, shows us how she PSW_9541achieves a complete look without (really) breaking the bank.

Theodore is a junior with a double major in Public Relations and Pre-Law and a minor in Sports Management. Coming from Washington D.C., where she never wore makeup, Theodore now uses makeup artistry as a supplemental income to her part time job, while studying full time.

“I started doing my own makeup during winter break of freshman year. My mom never let me wear makeup,” Theodore said. “If I was short on rent, I would do makeup to make up where I was short on money from my regular job.”

In about two years, Theodore progressed rapidly in her technique and skill and is now the glamour go to on OU’s campus. Here is a list of 13 items under $12 she uses and tips on how to use them (with three exceptions that you’ll love anyway):

  1. Maybelline Baby Skin® Instant Pore Eraser® $6

    Photo from Target.com
  2. NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade $7

    NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Eyebrow Pomade
    Photo from Target.com
  3. NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette $12

    Photo from Target.com
    Photo from Target.com
  4. NYX Eye Shadow Base $7

    Photo from Target.com
    Photo from Target.com
  5. Morphs 350 – 35 Color Nature G Pallette – Pick Me Up Collection $15

    Photo from MorpeBrushes.com
    Photo from MorpeBrushes.com
  6. wet n wild H2O Proof Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner $2

    Photo from Target.com
    Photo from Target.com
  7. ULTA Voluptuous Volume Mascara $10

    Photo from Ulta.com
    Photo from Ulta.com
  8. Black Opal True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation $11

    Photo from BlackOpalBeauty.com
    Photo from BlackOpalBeauty.com
  9. ULTA Contour Kit $18

    Photo from Ulta.com
    Photo from Ulta.com
  10. Black Radiance Pressed Powder $5

    Photo from BlackRadianceBeauty.com
  11. Ben Nye Luxury Powder $15

    Photo from CameraReadyCosmetic.com
    Photo from CameraReadyCosmetic.com
  12. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6

    Photo from Target.com
    Photo from Target.com
  13. Maybelline Face Studio® Master Fix™ Setting Spray $9

    Photo from Target.com

    Keep up with Nadja Theodore on Instagram: @makeup__bymoi

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