We hate to say it, but back-to-school season is just around the corner, meaning higher stress levels, earlier mornings, and as a result, lazier beauty routines. We get it, performing a complicated contouring technique along with keeping your hair and skin care routine in check before 8 a.m. can seem a little daunting, which is why the latest hair and makeup trends to hit the beauty scene are a breath of fresh air for the back-to-school season.
What was once deemed "geeky" or "lazy" is now just what you need to fit in with the cool kids. And it all goes back to celebrities and beauty influencers like Kylie Jenner and Alicia Keys, along with the latest geek-chic runway trends seen at Gucci's latest presentation.
Still confused? We've rounded up a list of 5 hair, makeup, and accessory trends that are going to make your trek to school that much easier (not to mention, make your backpacks that much lighter!)
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BEAUTY: 5 TRENDS THAT MAKE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL EASIER
Sure, glasses may have once beckoned dreaded calls of "four eyes" across the school yard, but now the practical accessory is back and with a new motive. Perhaps it all goes back to Frederikke Sofie, the Danish model who stepped onto the Celine runway last year and quickly made waves with her blonde curls, poreless skin, and signature lineup of specs. Since then, the trend has reached its peak, with countless off-duty catwalkers putting their best features on display with help from a pair of face-framing rims. Celebs also took the trend to the red carpet, where they paired their specs with elegant ball gowns – talk about a contrast!
The best part about the trend? It offers a strikingly low-maintenance game plan for back-to-school beauty. Oversized frames can offer crucial backup to a dab of concealer when camouflaging early-morning bags induced by all-nighters and last-minute cram sessions. Glasses also allow you to skip the eye makeup and keep the focus on other features that are easier to pull together – take brows, or lips, for example.
Which leads us to our next trend...
NO MAKEUP, MAKEUP
While no makeup, makeup is an obvious solution to avoiding summer beauty woes, it shows no signs of slowing down when back-to-school season rears its head. Earlier this season, celebrities like Alicia Keys showed their appreciation for no makeup, makeup, proving that you don't need a full face to look beautiful. Soon after, designers had models taking the spring/summer 2016 runways with nothing more than a glossy lip and swipe of mascara, and even began embracing freckles for the world to see.
Now, for fall 2016, take a page from Romee Strijd's and Jasmine Tooke's book: pair your cool frames with a sun-kissed glow and second-day hair. The Victoria's Secret Angels proved that supernatural skin and a swipe of highlighter is all you need to start the year off right.
In recent months, everybody's favourite '90s trend has returned along with the obsession over a dewy, wet-looking complexion: lip gloss. Whether it's clear or your favourite shade of pink, lip gloss is one of the easiest ways to add colour and life to your complexion without taking up too much time in the morning (we get it, sleep is number one when back-to-school season hits!).
The best part? Lip glosses are normally small and lightweight, meaning they fit perfectly into your backpack or even a small purse when it comes time to touch up after class!
Sure, French braids may not be the easiest hair trend to master (especially on yourself!), but once back-to-school season rolls around, it's one trend that you'll want to perfect. First off, French braids are an easy way to cover up unwashed hair (we know how it gets!). Not to mention, they look great and keep hair out of the way when taking notes in class. Then, when you're tired of the same French braided style, simply sleep on it, remove the braids quickly as you get ready for class, and voila! You have a voluminous, curly 'do achieved with zero effort!
NUDE HAIR COLOUR
Nude hair colour was one of the hottest colour trends to hit locks this season, worn by celebs like Amanda Seyfried and Cara Delevigne. The idea is this: women are now moving away from hiding natural hair colour beneath synthetic-looking blondes and reds, and opting for natural, mousy brown or dark blonde colours that resemble their original shades.
The colours are neutral that exist halfway between warm and cool tones, and it is this balance that is responsible for the colour trend: nude. Nude hair is perfect for the back-to-school season because it's low-maintenance and allows you to focus on your studies while looking great at the same time!