Its graduation season! I can see lots of my younger friends are having their graduation. Congratulations!!!
Graduation is one of the happiest day in your life and all the hardwork you put into your studies pay off.

Last weekend, I was there for my brother-in-law’s graduation. (Congratulations Akram. proud of you! ) I get to play with his graduation gown and cap. So, I took the opportunity to do a little pictorial of graduation makeup.

Happy Graduation!!!
Happy Graduation!!!

The key to the graduation makeup to have a natural yet youthful look. Its not heavy as you will spend long hours during the convocation. Sweat proof makeup with SPF (as usually Malaysian graduates would be spending lots of time in the sun). Let the makeup show the real you. Just have fun and take lots of picture as this would be one in a lifetime event.

Read till the end where I will show you guys my graduation picture back in 2009.

On to the makeup tutorial.

1) Prep your skin.

Exfoliate the night before. Apply hydrating mask and moisturise your face. Apply light sunscreen with at least low SPF (that won’t give u a white cast in pictures). Or you can choose to wear a foundation with SPF in it.

Usually the convocation will be held in a hot stuffy hall and most of the graduates will be gathering in the sun outside the hall. So you have to make sure you protect the skin.

Bareminerals face and eye primer Olay CC cream
Bareminerals face and eye primer
Olay CC cream

After applying a face primer, I apply a CC cream with powder foundation to create a natural finish base makeup.

For clean canvas, I apply face primer with CC cream. Then spot concelaling with a good coverage concealer
For clean canvas, I apply face primer with CC cream. Then spot concelaling with a good coverage concealer
Powder my face with a translucent powder to matify any shine
Powder my face with a translucent powder to matify any shine

2) Brighten and define the eyes

Prime the eyelids well before applying eyeshadow to ensure no creasing and longer lasting eye make up. For graduation, you wanted your eyes to look happy, bright and youthfull. Hence, smokey eyes is no-no. Instead, use light eyeshadow base all over the eyelid, then add shimmering neutral colour over the outer corner, blending into the crease.

1) Dust shimmery base all over the lid 2) Deep brown to the outer corner and blend into the crease 3) Blend to avoid harsh line 4) Drag the contour colour to the outer lower lashes too
1) Dust shimmery base all over the lid
2) Deep brown to the outer corner and blend into the crease
3) Blend to avoid harsh line
4) Drag the contour colour to the outer lower lashes too
Bare mineral duo eyeshadows in The Epiphany
Bare mineral duo eyeshadows in The Epiphany

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Line your eyes with a liquid eyeliner to define and make them bigger. Apply few coats of volumising WATERPROOF mascara (you might cry! -happy tears) and you are done.

Done forget to really fill in the brows, aim for a neutral arch and drwa a thicker brows in keeping with the youthful looks.

I use Maybelline brow pencil in Brown to fill in my brows
I use Maybelline brow pencil in Brown to fill in my brows

3) Moisten lips and gives it a bit of colour

I would recommend a MLBB lipstick or any pinkish or corally pink lip colour would look great in your graduation photos. This is the time to accentuate your natural youthful beauty.

Apply Bare Minerals Moxie lipstick in Get Ready and top it off with Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Spark Plug
Apply Bare Minerals Moxie lipstick in Get Ready and top it off with Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Spark Plug

This mini lipstick is great as you can bring it along for a quick touch up.

4) Contour and define cheek bones

This step is really crucial to look great in photos. You are already wearing a huge black/dark coloured graduation gown and cap. You wanted to face to have a definition that will look beautiful (not swallowed up by the heavy gown) in pictures. Use a matte bronzer and apply in the hollows of the cheeks, dab a little highlighting product over the high point of the cheek bone.  Drag it in a upwards and outwards to the outer corner of the eyes up to the brow bone.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer is the perfect matte medium toned bronzer for my skin tone
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer is the perfect matte medium toned bronzer for my skin tone
Another trick is to dab a tiny dotted 'V' line at the outer corner of eyes and upper part of cheeks and blend it with clean fingers I like highlighting the centre part of bridge of my nose and forehead 'T' shape line too
Another trick is to dab a tiny dotted ‘V’ line at the outer corner of eyes and upper part of cheeks and blend it with clean fingers
I like highlighting the centre part of bridge of my nose and forehead ‘T’ shape line too

Finish off with a natural rosy glow over the cheeks and you’ll love your chiseled cheeks that stand out even pronouncely in you graduation pictures.

This is the finish look!

I love how natural and youthful it turned out. Let your own natural beauty and success be the centre of the show. Happy Graduation!

The finish look!
The finish look!
Love the soft and youthful makeup :-)
Love the soft and youthful makeup 🙂

As promised, here are some of my graduation photos. I had my graduation ceremony during Autumn in University of Auckland. It was one of highlight of my life. I love the fluffy fur-trimmed robe. (I have a teddy bear wearing the same exact robe).

Wish I know how to play with makeup more at the time
Wish I know how to play with makeup more at the time
Me and my father and huge ass certificate (no scroll)
Me and my father and huge ass certificate (no scroll)

If you have graduated or will have graduation ceremony soon, tell me down below which college/university you have/are graduating from (just for my curiosity).

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know what you think! :)