Back To School Hairstyles & Makeup [Fall 2011 Edition]


If you want to stand out on the first day back from break, consider trying out some of your favorite celeb’s hair and makeup styles!

 Leighton Meester was rocking two-toned tresses recently. If anyone can work a hot trend, it’s Blair Waldorf! This look is ultra-flattering on all skin tones.

 Amanda Seyfried, former Mean Girl looks gorgeous rocking a loose fishtail braid and light grey, smoky eye. Make an intense eye appropriate for class by keeping the rest of your makeup simple — just some rosy blush and gloss will do. A playful braid is flirty enough to catch the eye of last year’s crush — or the cute new boy.

Even I received lot of compliments with this hairstyle this summer.

 If you’re a style risk-taker that’s known at school as best-dressed or best-tressed, this runway-inspired ’do is for you! Topknots were all the rage at fashion week this year, so try one out like Kat Graham, and pair yours with a nude lip for a look that’s hallway or party ready.

“I too had fun rocking this look one night while I was at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami 2012. Especially perfect for those hot nights if you live somewhere tropical.”

 The first day of school can be so stressful! Running around trying to find all of your classes can leave your hair a mess. Keep it together by pulling your strands into a sleek pony, like Ashley Benson.

 Here’s a look that will promise you a victorious school year! Full lashes and icy-white eyeliner (applied in the inner corners) will give you a bright-eyed appearance — even if you were tossing and turning the night before! Super-straight layers are also a good choice when you want to be polished, yet cute, at the same time.

“This has to be my go-to look for any occasion as mentioned in my Urban Decay post. In fact I’ve been doing this look since my first year in high school and almost everyday since simply because I like it so much!”

 Want to impress your classmates with your beauty smarts? Try two on-trend styles that work together — braids and bright lips.90210’s Jessica Lowndes gets it right with this (totally free) hair accessory and watermelon red lipstick. Just keep the rest of your hair down to keep the look from becoming too formal.

If red is just not your thing for a pop of color, try a bright pink!

“An alternative bright pink lipstick has been seen not just on celebrities like Christina Aguilera, but also on the runway. Just make sure it’s a shade of pink that goes well with your skin tone.”

Are you filled with Glee for the fall? Steal Lea Michele’s fresh-faced look with wispy bangs, dewy highlighter on the apples of your cheeks, and slighty tinted lip balm. Her best accessory? A smile, of course! Flash those pearly whites on the first day back. It’s the best way to turn those awkward first-day jitters into a new friend opportunity!

 Sometimes less is more when it comes to getting ready in the morning. You want your teachers to remember you, not your hot pink lips, neon eye shadow, and faux lashes. Dakota looks sweet (and classroom appropriate) with minimal makeup except for winged-tip eyes (lined only on the top). Who says liner needs to be applied on the top and bottom — it’s definitely striking this way too!

“I like to strut the winged look almost everyday, I’d say 98% of the time I do my makeup. I personally do line the bottom as well since I find it looks better with my almond-shaped eyes. Winged-tip eyes look great on just about everyone!”

 Long, tousled waves like Selena Gomez give off a “cool girl next door” vibe, especially when paired with glossy pink lips. Don’t forget to deep condition your locks the night before to get them looking healthy and shiny on the first day back!

 If you want to look like you’ve been hitting the beach all summer (even if you’ve been hitting the mall), break out the bronzer for your ultimate back-to-school look! AnnaLynne Mccord’s sun-kissed complexion is just right (yes, there is such a thing as too tan!).

 When she’s not smooching the hottest vampires around (sorry Edward), Nina is apparently trying out new lip color trends — like coral! This peachy shade looks great against her dark, shiny hair, worn down.

 A new season, a new school year — why not a new ‘do? A pixie, like Emma Watson’s, it shows off your face, so slick back your hair and pair it with perfectly groomed brows and black lined eyes for that bold confident and very stylish look.

 Here’s a hairstyle we’ve seen Emma Roberts wear that’s to Scream 4! Voluminous curls get you noticed fast — like say, in the caf, while studying, or hanging out by your locker.

My hair when curled

Another great alternative is going for the newer wavy look you can achieve using the curling wands.

And here's my hair in less of a curl but a more wavy look

“If you don’t have a curling wand, you can also achieve this look by simply wrapping sections of your hair around your 1-in. curling iron, making sure to also wrap it around the clamp as if it wasn’t there.”

 Yes, you can wear your hair up at school without it looking like you got lost on your way to prom! A simple updo like Julianne Hough’s, paired with peachy, light makeup is a great way to get your hair off your face.
 Lauren Conrad is known for her laid-back, Cali-girl style, so steal a page from her beauty playbook for a look that’s pretty, yet easy to do. Ombré-hued waves, pink gloss, and black liquid-lined eyes are a stunning first-day combo!
“If you don’t like applying unnecessary heat to your hair all the time, a trick I like to do is right after I shower, I apply volumizing mousse or salt-water spray in my hair, & then wrap it in a bun while it’s still damp wet and just let it air dry halfway or so for the perfect beach look”
Celebrate the season change by taking a little length off! Jessica has got to have so much more time on her hands thanks to a haircut that takes seconds to style. Her berry-colored lip stain is also minimalist’s best friend — more subtle than lipstick and stays on forever — perfect for school.
 Whitney Port always looks so sweet! This is the perfect amount of makeup to wear — for the girl who hates makeup! If you typically don’t wear a ton of a products or don’t want to wake up extra early to perfect winged liner, then this is the look for you. Use a light pink glossy for a hint of color and shine and swipe brown mascara on your eyes. Seep your hair into a ballerina-inspired bun to finish this easy look and you’re ready to walk out the door!
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Thanks to both Seventeen Magazine & Glamour Magazine who’ve helped me find all these amazing looks and provided some how-to’s.