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13 Beauty Essentials You Need To Pack For College

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Mini fridge, twin XL bedding, noise-canceling headphones — once you’ve checked the big boxes off of your college dorm packing list, it’s time to address those easy-to-forget items in your beauty bag. Whether you’re sticking with your tried-and-true products or looking for a hard refresh to upgrade your beauty for freshman year, a well-stocked beauty bag will help you look and feel your best all semester long.

And, once you have your beauty essentials in the bag, you can start planning for all of the exciting moments you’ll be getting ready for this year: festive game day makeup, creative Halloween looks, self-care nights with friends, and so much more! So, if you’re looking for everyday beauty or something bold for a big day, Ulta Beauty has you covered this school year.


A good primer is a must for helping your other beauty products work their best! This one from Ulta Beauty Collection gives your skin a cooling sensation for a little self-care moment when you’re getting ready.

Cool & Glow Face Primer, Ulta Beauty Collection, $18


If you can’t remember the last time you bought new brushes, move-in day is a great reason for a refresh. This travel set won’t take up too much space in your beauty bag and packs up easily for getting ready in a communal space!

Your Multi-Tasker Deluxe Dual-Ended Travel Brush Set, IT Brushes For ULTA, $49


Multi-use products are a lifesaver when working with the limited space of a dorm and shared bathroom. This concealer doubles as skincare by helping get rid of dark circles and gives a boost of hydration with hyaluronic acid. Did we mention there are 32 shades?

Even Better All-Over Concealer + Eraser, Clinique,$30


We’re all about efficiency when it comes to getting ready for an 8 a.m. class, which is why we love this stick foundation that’s easy to apply and also checks the box for your sun protection.

TRUE COLOR Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15, BLK/OPL, $14


A buildable, blendable blush is perfect for keeping that glowy summer look just a little bit longer. This one from Tarte is super lightweight, making it ideal for the long days of move-in and orientation sessions!

Blush Tape Liquid Blush, Tarte, $35


Perfect for when the snooze button was just a tad too tempting, this easy-to-use liquid contour wand will give you a sculpted look with zero mess — and at a price you can’t beat.

Halo Glow Contour Wand, e.l.f. Cosmetics, $9


This Essence highlighter gives you a gorgeous, subtle glow with a silky-smooth texture — so you can feel like your most confident self when meeting your new roomies.

The Highlighter, Essence, $4


A neutral eyeshadow palette will give you tons of options for creating eye looks — from the clean girl aesthetic for class to a more glammed-up look for game day.

The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette, Juvia’s Place, $20


From a big presentation to a girls’ night out, a liquid liner has so many reasons to be in your beauty bag this semester. This one from Urban Decay also comes in bold colors like yellow and green for when you want to switch things up!

24/7 Inks Vegan Liquid Eyeliner, Urban Decay Cosmetics, $26


Would your look be complete without it? When looking for the best mascara to pack, opt for something that’s long-lasting and does the lifting and curling for you — like this pick from Too Faced.

Better Than Sex Mascara, Too Faced, $28


From move-in day to back-to-back classes to game days, your schedule is about to be filled with long days with plenty of time outside. Keep your makeup looking fresh through it all with the help of a setting spray!

Matte Finish Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Vegan Formula, NYX Professional Makeup, $10


Because feeling a little glam *is* essential. Get fuller-looking lips with the help of this Lip Luminizer and plumper hybrid that has all of the perks of a gloss with none of the stickiness.

Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper, FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna, $26


This fruity lip butter is perfect for rehydrating your lips and refreshing your look during a long day of classes. Bonus: It comes in 14 colors, so you’re sure to find one that complements your look.

Cherry Pick Lip Color Butter, about-face, $15

Kenzie oversees branded content for Her Campus Media. She graduated from Drake University in 2014 with a degree in Magazine Journalism and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.