How to: back to uni make-up for under £5

Watch our how-to video tutorial on how to master your everyday uni make-up for under £5

Shopping when you’re a student isn’t always easy, especially if you’re just starting a new term; with tons of textbooks to buy, homeware hauls to do (and not to mention all those freshers/refreshers events), it’s easy to find yourself having to tighten the purse strings. But there’s no need to dip into your overdraft when it comes to your everyday make-up look. We’ve got some amazing products that’ll keep you looking great without breaking the bank. What’s more, they’re all under £5 – bargain!

Check out our video tutorial on how to master your university make-up on a budget. 

Step 1 – Banish those blemishes

The very first thing on your uni make-up to-do list should be getting hold of a fab concealer. We know getting a good night’s sleep is likely the last thing on your mind, especially when you’ve just gone back to uni life, but the good news is you can fake it ‘til you make it! Dab concealer underneath your eyes to cover any dark circles or signs of tiredness. A few dots of product are adequate, and then just simply blend - you’ll look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in no time (even if you don’t feel it!). A concealer is great for masking spots and blemishes too, just make sure to choose one that matches your skin tone.

We love Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It has a wonderfully creamy texture and lasts for up to 16 hours – perfect for those long days and nights. You can use a brush or apply it directly using the applicator, then use your fingers to blend until your complexion looks smooth and seamless.

Step 2 – Brow power

Eyebrows are still the statement facial feature of the moment, and for good reason; they frame your face, help your expression, and can make you look put-together with minimal effort. Armed with a good pencil, a strong brow is super easy to achieve, no matter what your shape or shade. 

Fill in any sparse areas using short, dash-like strokes, making sure to go in the direction of your natural hairs. A great product to use is the Rimmel London Brow This Way Fibre Pencil. It’s enhanced with nylon fibres, so it helps to add the appearance of volume to your brows, plus it’s highly pigmented.


Step 3 – Highlight and delight 

An easy way to give yourself a healthy glow - use a highlighter on your cheekbones, then blend with your fingertips. You can also apply it to your cupid’s bow and the arches of your eyebrows for a little extra illumination.

We used the Collection Speedy Highlighter – speedy by name, speedy by nature! This one has a lovely pearlescent sheen to it, and comes in a handy crayon format - so you can simply swipe it on and go.

Step 4 – Lash impact

No look is ever complete without a layer of mascara. Even if you’re not using any other eye make-up, a bit of mascara helps to make your eyes pop and look brighter overall. Barry M That’s How I Roll Mascara is great for giving your lashes a nice little curl, making them look natural but defined.  

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