Every Beauty Product to Pack for College, Beyond Just the Basics

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If you’re anything like us, planning dorm decor comes second to researching back-to-school beauty releases and hording sheet masks to use with your roommates. Sure, everyone’s beauty bag will look a little different, but replenishing skincare and makeup supplies is a must before move-in day – because having all your fave products and soothing skin mist in your backpack is going to make week one of class that much easier!

We have recommendations for exactly what you should bring to college, but depending on your beauty style – whether that's minimalist or full-blow queen – just read through to find the best products and tools you’ll need for the year. Your task? Determine what’s essential and what you want, because having beauty that goes beyond just the basics is everything.




  • Primer
  • Foundation 
  • Face powder
  • Concealer 
  • Bronzer
  • Blush 
  • Highlighter/contour
  • Brow pencil/gel
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Lip balm
  • Gloss


  • Makeup Brushes 
  • Cotton pads
  • Tweezers​
  • Spoolie​
  • Eyelash curler



  • Body wash
  • Body scrub
  • Shave gel
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Sunscreen


  • Perfume
  • Nail polish


  • Razor



  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Serum or oil
  • Mousse/styling spray


  • Hairbrush
  • Elastic bands
  • Bobby pins
  • Flat iron
  • Curling iron/wand
  • Blow dryer

So, that’s it! As you pack for an exciting new year, these are just a few products that will keep your skin dewy and your contour sharp, however bare-faced or extravagant you want to go.