Beauty Must-Haves for University


There will be times at university when you feel groggy but still want to look your best before you face other students. You’ll also have many opportunities to go out with friends — or even stay in for a spa evening. All these occasions call for beauty supplies. When creating a packing checklist for university, don’t neglect the following beauty must-haves.

1. Makeup Brushes

Look through your current makeup brushes to check if they’re still in good condition. Moving into your student apartment could be the perfect excuse to purchase a new set.

2. Primer

Before you apply anything else, it’s always worth using some primer. This will allow the rest of your makeup to last longer and improve the results.

3. Foundation

If you’re ever limited on time, using just foundation may be enough to help you look refreshed and ready for the day. The best foundation will also have sun protection to keep your skin safe from sunburn and aging caused by UV rays.

4. Concealer

If you notice any imperfections on your skin when you wake up — such as dark circles under your eyes due to a long night of studying — you’ll be glad to have a concealer to hand. Choose a product that has hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin and reduce swelling.

5. Contour

After you’ve applied foundation and concealer, you may like a little contour. Whether you need this will depend on the shape of your face. However, even if you don’t normally use it, contour may be useful to have around for costume parties.

6. Blush

Give your cheeks just a hint of colour with some blush. This can be extra important during the fall and winter for giving your face a warm glow.

7. Highlighter

You can use highlighter as contour or to enhance your skin tone. It’s great to have when you need a confidence booster.

8. Eyeliner

One of the most versatile — and essential — beauty products is eyeliner. In addition to classic black, you may like to have a couple liquid liners in bold colours for special occasions.

9. Mascara

Find a mascara that will lift and curl your eyelashes as well as darken, lengthen, and thicken them. Make sure the one you choose is also long lasting and waterproof.

10. Lip Gloss

Nothing is more glamorous than lip gloss. Consider having an everyday gloss to give your lips a shimmer and some slight colour as well as another that has a frosty or glittery finish for nights out.

11. Eyeshadow

If you don’t already have one, invest in an eyeshadow palette with a range of tones. Neutral tones are ideal for everyday use, but you may also like a vibrant tone or two for when you want to make an impression.

12. Setting Spray

Some days at university will be long and you may have no opportunity to refresh your makeup. Help it last all day with setting spray.

13. Lip Balm

When the air is dry or cold, your lips may start to chap. Have a lip balm you can carry around in your bag and apply throughout the day whenever you need it.

It can be difficult to stick to a beauty routine when you live on campus because you’ll be sharing the bathroom with other students, meaning you’ll lack both time and privacy. The solution is to move into off-campus housing. Foundry First is offering student accommodation at just 49 steps from Fanshawe College. Depending on the floor plan you choose, you’ll have an en suite bathroom or will share your bathroom with just one other student. Apply now to secure your spot.