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

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When you’re getting ready to head back to college, you’re probably focused on planning your dorm room, shopping for school supplies, and figuring out how to fit your entire wardrobe (or most of it) into a tiny dorm closet. With so much to do, it’s easy to forget the smaller details—like replenishing your skincare and makeup supplies.

Restocking your beauty collection is a must before move-in day—because having all your fave products on-hand is going to make week one of classes that much easier! Trust us, the last thing you want to be doing during move-in weekend is perusing your local drugstore to try to find a replacement for the holy grail mascara that got left behind at home.

Even if you’re a self-described makeup maven, you might still be a little unsure of exactly what products and tools you need to pack for college. The good news? We’ve compiled the ultimate packing list to help you get started. Now, it’s up to you to determine which items are essential and which products you want—because having beauty that goes beyond just the basics is everything.



  • Cleanser
  • Face scrub/exfoliant
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Facial oil
  • Moisturizer
  • Eye cream
  • Night cream
  • Blemish treatment
  • Sheet masks
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup remover
  • Clay mask
  • Lip mask
  • Under-eye patches

La Roche-Posay® Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser, $15

KNC Beauty® Big Set Face Masks, $28

Sun Bum® ​​Daily Sunscreen Face Mist SPF 30, $18


  • Primer 
  • Foundation 
  • Skin tint/tinted moisturizer
  • Setting powder
  • Concealer 
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Contour
  • Brow pencil/gel
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Lip balm
  • Lip gloss
  • Setting Spray

Sephora Collection Best Skin Ever Liquid Foundation, $20

Sephora Collection Makeup Setting Spray, $13

Sephora Collection Best Skin Ever Concealer, $15


  • Makeup brushes
  • Cotton pads
  • Tweezers​
  • Spoolie​ brush
  • Eyelash curler
  • Makeup sponge
  • Reusable makeup wipes
  • Ice roller

Sephora Collection Makeup Match Concealer Brush, $10

The Original Makeup Eraser in Original Pink, $20

Flawless™ by Finishing Touch Ice Roller, $10



  • Body wash
  • Body scrub
  • Shave gel/shaving cream
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand cream

cocokind Sake Body Lotion, $22

buttah. Skincare® Body Wash, $28

Athena Club Cloud Shave Foam, $9


  • Perfume
  • Nail polish
  • Razor
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • Loofah

Skylar Coconut Cove Rollerball Perfume, $29

Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, $9

Flamingo® Five-Blade Razor in Sage, $9



  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Serum or oil
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Mousse/styling gel
  • Hairspray
  • Heat protectant

Bread™ Hair Oil Everyday Gloss, $24

JVN Nurture Hydrating Shampoo, $18

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, $13


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

Wet Brush Go Green Detangler Brush, $7

KITSCH Creaseless Bobby Pins in Black, $8

Hot Tools™ Tourmaline Tools 2400 Ionic Dryer, $69


  • Claw clips
  • Headbands
  • Scrunchies
  • Silk/satin pillowcase

Morning Glamour Pillowcases, $15

Chunks Nimbus Claw, $20

Rare Beauty™ Scrunchie Duo, $10

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.

Katy Gioeli

U Conn '18

Katy is the Senior Branded Content Associate at Her Campus Media. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018, where she studied communication and was a College Fashionista Community Member. When she’s not dreaming up new branded content ideas, you can find her trying new restaurants, taking hundreds of pictures of her kitten, Willow, or enjoying a good book and a cup of tea.
Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.