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Graduate in Style

Posted on 14 June 2017


Happy Grad Season!


If you happen to be graduating soon, congratulations! I’m sure you’ve been wondering about what kind of makeup you want to do for your big day. Hitting a milestone this big deserves a killer look, and let’s not forget about the hundreds of pictures you will look back on from years to come. Trust me, you want to look flawless.

Whether you want to go full glam, or just elevate your natural look, we have you covered! Ever wondered what some of your favorite celebs wore to their graduation? We found some of our favorite recent grads and we’ll show you how to recreate their looks! Take a look at the what they wore to their special day and get inspired for this grad season. Congratulations Class of 2017!



Classic Red

I’m not going to lie and say Emma’s selfie did not inspire this entire blog. I am a soon-to-be graduate, and have been thinking about what kind of look I want for my graduation. Do I want to look a bit more put together than usual? Should I do a red lip? What is the perfect lip color for graduation? Enter Emma’s selfie and all my questions are answered. If you are looking for a classic red lip that will last through your 3-hour graduation ceremony, brunch with the fam, and selfies with your girlfriends, look no further than OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Atlantic City.

Let  your lipstick take center stage by toning down the rest of your look. Keep your complexion flawless with our Absolute Cover Silk Peptide Foundation, give the cheeks a slight touch of color with our Blush in Pink Satin, fill in your eyebrows with our Universal Eyebrow Pencil to frame your face, and voila! Every grandma will be out there complimenting you left and right. Trust me, you want every grandma in the room complimenting your red lip (it means you are winning at life).



Glam Grad

Want to look like a goddess on your graduation day? Insert Zendaya’s I-did-not-wake-up-this-early-for-nothing look for her high school graduation. Yes, I said high school, and yes, this look is totally doable and I’m going to show you why.

If you’re a high schooler and you are already on the glam game (congratulations you’re killing it), then this should be a breeze for you. If you already wake up two hours before school starts to put on your face, and you do it because you enjoy the process and because it makes you YOU, then Zendaya’s nude lip and smokey eye combo is perfect for your special day.

Our Signature Shadow Set in Radiant Eyes will be your best friend. This palette is so versatile, you can wear it to school, work, or any special occasion. Use our Fixline Eyeliner Gel for a quick cat eye, and keep your eyebrows on fleek with our Eyebrow Gel.

Next, you want to contour with our Skin Sculpting Wand, and highlight with Rodeo Drive. We recently released The Nudes Lip Set, and our new shade Manila is here just in time for you to put this look together. Manila is a rosy nude, but if you want to experiment with a few other nudes, then you can take a look at our other two shades in the set, Dubai and Bel Air. I told you this was totally doable!





Dewy Peach

I don’t know where the time went, but starlet Elle Fanning graduated high school back in 2016 and now I feel old. Elle opted to go for a peachy, dewy look for her graduation and, I have to say, I might need to steal this look for myself. Elle is super fair, meaning pinks and peaches look heavenly on her. She kept her look monochromatic, a big trend this spring season leading into summer, and looked angelic on her big day.

This look calls for minimal, but very strategic makeup. I would first start out this look with the OFRA x Kim Thai Wanderlush Moisturizer because it is perfect for sensitive skin since it’s fragrance free and super moisturizing (I can confirm this!) and doubles as a primer for makeup. Once the skin is moisturized, you can apply our Peach Blush to the apples of your cheeks, and follow up by dusting the two lightest shades in our Beverly Hills Highlighter on the highpoints of your cheekbones. With five shades of highlighter in one compact and the peach blush, these products also double as eyeshadow, which – you guessed it – is what you use them for next.  Just lightly blend the blush shade into the crease, inner and outer corners (creating a halo effect), and then add the peachy golden shade to the middle of your eye where you didn’t apply the blush shade.  This halo eye look will draw attention to your eyes and eye color with the pop of shimmer in the center.

For lips, you are going to want to keep this whole dewy theme going. While Elle is rocking a more matte lippie, gloss is having a moment right now and it’s the perfect lip for summer so why not give it a go? Apricot Dream is the perfect gloss for this look. Do you remember the last time you wore gloss? I don’t! Switch it up for a change or stick to a matte lip if you prefer. We already know that peach is here to stay for the summer. Use Apricot Dream either by itself, or over a liquid lippie. I would recommend Rio long lasting liquid lipstick, a warm peach matte shade that will help bring out the warmth in your complexion. See some other great duos in our blog post “The Perfect Lip Pair for You and Your Bestie” for all your monochromatic needs!





Smokey Natural

File Eva Longoria’s accomplishments under career goals. Eva graduated with her Master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University Northridge back in 2013, at 38 years old, proving you are never too old or too busy to finish your studies. Eva’s look is the ultimate smokey eye you want to mirror on your special day. In order to achieve this look, you will need to emphasize the eyes and keep the rest of your complexion fresh and bronzy.

For your eyes, you’ll want to use our Signature Shadow Set in Irresistible Smokey, and follow up with our Eyeliner Pencil in Black. Eva has beautiful brown eyes and this look emphasized that, while her eyebrows are framed to perfection. Our Universal Eyebrow Pencil will help you recreate Eva’s gorgeous eyebrow look.

For the rest of the face, I would recommend our On the Glow Palette, which includes our Americano Bronzer and Rodeo Drive Highlighter, which you are going to use to contour and highlight your face. Last, but not least, Aries Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick will help you bring this look together. Eva looks gorgeous with her nude glossy lip, which is why our Lipgloss in Clear will help you recreate her exact same look. Just pat on top of Aries long lasting liquid lipstick and you’re done!




I hope these looks gave you an idea of the many options you have for your special day. Let us know which one of these is your favorite, and which one are you planning on recreating for your graduation day by commenting down below!




Written by: Joselyne Hernandez

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  • Mariasol: June 15, 2017

    Great article, very helpful and súper funny! THE red lipstick and the grannys OMG SO TRUE ?.
    Love orfa I would totally buy some of the sugested products by Joselyne!! ❤️

    Go ORFA✨❤️

  • Denise: June 14, 2017

    Love this post!!! Vey helpful

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