When it comes to back-to-school beauty, no one gives us more inspo than our favourite fictional teen queens. We turned to makeup artist Jodi Urichuk to help us recreate six A+ looks that you can wear whether you’re returning to the classroom or not.
Regina George from Mean Girls
The vibe: Regina is the type of girl who considers dropping $500 at Sephora a back-to-school necessity. We imagine her Chanel tote – she would never wear a backpack – is overflowing with bubblegum pink gloss, blush and nail polish.
Get the look: “Regina’s look is definitely more-is-more,” says Urichuk. “Her lips, cheeks and eyes are all a statement.” She recommends lining the lower lashline with black kohl eyeliner and blending it out on the edges for a slight cat-eye effect. For more depth, layer on grey or black shadow overtop. On the cheeks, try the Bite Beauty Multistick ($28, at sephora.com), then swipe pink gloss on the lips. We love Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in Candy Pink ($24, at makeupforever.com).
Cher from Clueless
The vibe: Cher is all about matte skin, defined brows and that glossy brown lip. Natural but always polished, she never breaks a sweat – even when she’s on a shopping spree in Beverly Hills.
Get the look: “Use Nars Velvet Matte Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($56.74, at narscosmetics.com) to even out skin and keep skin matte,” says Urichuk. For lips, we like Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Nude Lotus ($27.14, edwardbess.com), with lip liner, obvi. Editors’ note: blowing out hair straight with a ‘90s middle part is a must.
Claire from The Breakfast Club
The vibe: Claire’s makeup MO is pretty in pinks (pink blush, dusty rose lip, etc.). But the most important step of all? The light dusting of powder to keep her makeup in place throughout all-day detention.
Get the look: We love how you can see Claire’s cute splattering of freckles, so use a light foundation like Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation ($87, at sephora.com). It is 60 percent water, so it will provide coverage without feeling heavy. A soft line of brown eyeliner smudged into the lashline looks most natural. Top off the look with brown mascara and a glossy nude lip.
Santana from Glee
The vibe: Gorgeous brows, dewy skin and a cat eye are Santana’s signature beauty look.
Get the look: To mimic her luminous complexion, your go-to is a highlighter like RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($47.50 at sephora.com). Using your finger or a Beauty Blender, dot across the high points of the face, such as the cheekbones, brow bone and temples. For that perfect cat eye, Jodi suggests using the Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen ($40.55 at nordstrom.com); “it will give you that gorgeous, precise line,” she says. Make sure you finish with a setting spray though – if you’ve got cheerleading practice at lunch you don’t want your face beat to go to waste. Try Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($17, sephora.com).
Sandy from Grease
The vibe: We’re always hopelessly devoted to girl-next-door Sandy. But her best beauty moment is when she shuts down the Rydell High carnival with that smoky eye and red lip.
Get the look: Skip the blush, says Urichuk. You want all the attention on the eyes and lips. M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick ($26 at maccosmetics.ca) will add definition around the lash line. As for Jodi’s fave red lip? It’s Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Love Bite ($38, at holtrenfrew.com).
Isis from Bring It On
The vibe: Straightforward, tells-it-like-it-is Isis is all business when it comes to her primping routine, too. Because there are bigger things to worry about – like taking down the Toros.
Get the look: A simple wash of metallic brown shadow over the lid creates depth and definition, while a burgundy glossy lip is the ultimate beauty power statement. Finish with a light dusting of powder.