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Graduation Makeup & Skincare Finds for Absolutely Fire Grad Pics and Senior Photos

An assortment of makeup and skincare products.

Written by Lily Borak

Grad szn is upon us which means academic icons around the world are about to get one degree hotter. It also means there will be photo ops galore as seniors everywhere smile for portraits and pose in their caps and gowns. 

As you prep for diploma day or a portrait photoshoot, you’re gonna want to make sure your makeup absolutely slays just as hard as you did over the past four years. Putting your best face forward is a surefire way to feel like the icon you are as you walk across that stage or lean against that random tree on your school’s campus with your arms crossed—no one else? Just my high school’s senior portrait photog? Cool, cool.

But I digress: Whether you’ve got your senior portraits coming up or your actual graduation ceremony, these are the top products for achieving a glowy, dewy, photo-ready makeup look. Because just like with any overwhelmingly scary final exam, confidence is key!

Eyes and Brows

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

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24.00

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This thin-tipped liner will have your wings looking snatched every time.

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Morphe 35U Gilded Desert Artistry Palette

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28.00

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No one does eyeshadow better than Morphe. This palette offers 35 colors, all jam-packed with pigment.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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16.00

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A classic. An icon. This is one that’s truly stood the test of time.

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NYX Tinted Eyebrow Mascara

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7.99

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Perfect on its own or paired with pencil, this tinted brow gel gives effortless thickness.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze

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23.00

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Get that laminated look with this lifting, sculpting brow wax.

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Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil

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26.00

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Create natural strokes with this ultra-fine brow pencil. Oh, and it’ll actually last throughout the day.

Lips

1

Maybelline Lifter Gloss

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8.98

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Popularized by TikTok as a Fenty Beauty dupe, this Maybelline gloss is a shine and hydration powerhouse.

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e.l.f. Hydrating Core Lip Shine

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7.00

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Are you seeing that heart-shaped core? It’s almost as cute as it is moisturizing (thank you, Vitamin E!).

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Etude Dear Darling Water Tint

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6.85

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Give your lips the nourishment they deserve while also popping off in the color department.

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Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish

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25.00

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This one practically has a cult following for its magical plumping power. But be warned: The tingle isn’t for everyone.

Blush, Bronzer and Highlighter

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Smashbox BECCA Highlighter

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42.00

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When it comes to powder highlighters, BECCA’s Champagne Pop has been the moment for a moment. Shimmer all day long with this brightening powder.

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e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter

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14.00

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A gorgeous, dewy foundation-highlighter hybrid that’ll give you that beauty filter glow IRL.

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Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Sunshine Drops

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Give your skin a kissed-by-the-sun glow with this nourishing serum from the It-brand of skincare.

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Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

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18.47

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With matte and dewy options, Selena did not miss on this long-lasting and lightweight blush.

Foundation and Concealer

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tarte Shape Tape Concealers

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15.00

Your new crease-proof BFF. Shape Tape has been a fan-favorite for years and continues to dominate when it comes to full-coverage concealers.

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Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Liquid Foundation

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7.58

A lightweight, hydrating foundation to effortlessly get that “I’m a grad!” glow in your pics.

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Covergirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation

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7.10

This is a cake-free zone—unless it’s for celebrating your graduation. But seriously: This gorgeous, budget-friendly foundation provides coverage without the cakeiness of heavier foundations.

Primers and Setting Sprays

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NYX Plump Right Back Primer

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14.50

A good primer makes all the difference and this one serves moisture and grip for all-day makeup slayage.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

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17.00

Photo shoots can go over, so a solid setting spray is a must. This mist is like magic in a bottle and will keep that makeup in place for up to 16 hours.

Tools

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AOA Studio Paw Paw Wonder Blenders

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9.95

Blend, baby, blend. A good makeup sponge is key to an effortlessly airbrushed finish and these super soft ones by AOA do not disappoint.

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BAIMEI Ice Roller and Gua Sha

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7.94

Reduce puffiness and soothe skin with a little cryotherapy moment. Try it the morning of your grad photos to set the tone for a happy skin day.

Cleansers, Moisturizers and Serums

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

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15.48

Gentle and hydrating, this CeraVe cleanser truly is the go-to for a solid, fragrance-free cleanser.

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TULA SKINCARE Keep It Clear Acne Foam Cleanser

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36.00

Acne be gone! This daily cleanser helps keep breakouts at bay with acne-fighting salicylic acid and soothes marks with scar-fading azelaic acid.

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cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser

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17.99

A gentle, plant-powered cleanser that’ll keep your skin barrier happy and healthy.

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COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Power Essence

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16.00

Hydrating, plumping and redness-reducing, this lightweight essence is your skin’s new BFF.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

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21.00

Watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid work together in this gel moisturizer to deliver moisture without feeling too oily.

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer

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22.99

Hydration for days. Literally. This moisturizer will keep your skin quenched for up to 48 hours!

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And just like that, you’re ready to take grad season by storm. Pro tip: Once you get those grad pics back, send out a graduation announcement! You’ll get to show off your adorable senior photos while also informing the masses about your newly acquired diploma—talk about a win-win!

What is a signup sheet?

Signup sheets are the perfect way to streamline scheduling, volunteer recruitment, class parties, snack duty, potluck organization, parent-teacher conferences and more! You can think of them as your digital assistant for coordinating events and tasks and ensuring that your event is a success.

Evite SignUp Sheets offers parents, teachers and event planners customizable online forms that organizers and volunteers can access and update effortlessly. Volunteers can choose their preferred time slots, sign up for tasks or indicate what they'll bring to the event. It only takes organizers a few minutes to create a signup sheet and send it out with a shareable link, so they can get the word out via text, email or social media—whichever way they prefer! 

Long story short, signup sheets save everyone involved tons of time, avoid scheduling headaches and ensure everything runs smoothly before and during the event.

How do I create a signup sheet?

Creating a signup sheet has never been easier than with Evite! Here’s how to create a sheet that’s sure to make your event an absolute success:

  1. Go to Evite SignUp Sheets and choose the template that best fits your needs. Evite offers multiple signup sheet templates perfect for every occasion, including:some text
    • Signup sheets for standalone events (without different time slots), perfect for when you’re organizing a class party, potluck or end-of-season party.
    • Signup sheets for recurring or multi-day events (without different time slots), perfect for when you’re organizing a meal train, post-game snack duty or during appreciation week.
    • Signup sheets for single or multiple day events (with time slots), perfect for when you’re organizing concession stand volunteers, fundraisers and parent-teacher conferences.
  1. After selecting your sheet template, create a title for your signup sheet and add the date, the location, the time (if applicable), who the organizer is, the organizer’s phone number or email and an optional note describing the event to your volunteers. You can also change your signup sheet background and title image if you wish!
  1. Next, create slots for your signup sheet. If you aren’t logged into your account, you will need to do so at this point, but luckily, you can use your existing Evite account (no need to create yet another login!). What you’ll include here will depend on what your event needs, but you can include a list of what’s needed (along with optional descriptions), how many volunteers are needed, and dates and times.
  1. After creating your slots, you can then add a wish list from any retailer or include supply suggestions from Evite’s retailer partners. These are to help your volunteers find and purchase supplies quickly and easily.
  1. Finally, review your sheet, copy your shareable link and send it out to everyone on your list! Every time a volunteer signs up for a slot on your signup sheet, Evite will email you. We will also send reminders to you and your volunteers before your event so no one will forget about it, and we’ll even let volunteers know if you remove their slot or cancel your event sheet so you don’t have to!

What information should be included on a signup sheet?

When it comes to signup sheet information, there are some essentials to include regardless of what you’re organizing:

  1. A title for your signup sheet. Tip: Aim to keep your signup sheet title concise but clear. You want volunteers to read it and have a general understanding of what your event is about, and also make it easy for them to look for later if they need to reference your sheet again. You have the option to include a more descriptive note in a different field about your event, so save the more in-depth details for that!
  1. When and where the event is taking place. 
  1. The organizer’s name and phone number.
  1. Slots for volunteers to choose from. Once you choose the SignUp Sheets template that fits the occasion, the slots you’ll need for your sheet will be right there and ready for you to add the relevant info, such as dates, times, items to bring and tasks to complete. 

When adding your slot information, clearly define what people are signing up for, especially for a what-to-bring list or role assignments. If you want someone to bring healthy snacks for kids to enjoy after a game, specify that. You want your volunteers to feel confident in what they’re bringing and to make it easy for them to know what’s expected of them. It will save them time and stress (and you, too!). That being said, if you make your ask too specific (for example, asking for a hard-to-source item or something expensive), you may not end up with a volunteer for it. So be clear about what you expect, but also be reasonable!

Aside from providing the basic signup information, you can also add optional descriptions to both your entire signup sheet and individual slots. While not required, they can help guide your volunteers further and provide more information. You can add information about allergies, preferences and general info about the event. You can also add a wish list to make it easier for your volunteers to bring exactly what you need!

What are the benefits of using a signup sheet template?

Signup sheet templates offer a ton of advantages for both organizers and volunteers and with Evite SignUp Sheets, you'll enjoy even more benefits than other digital and paper signup sheets! Some benefits our signup sheet templates offer include:

  • A 100% free experience (no subscriptions required!).
  • Shareable links for quick and easy sharing.
  • No need to create another login—you can use your existing Evite account.
  • The option to add a wish list to help your volunteers out.
  • Automatic reminders—we’ll remind everyone on your behalf.
  • An easy-to-use experience with eye-catching guided templates.
  • Clean, modern designs with no pop-up ads.

With Evite SignUp Sheets, you can enjoy organizing and coordinating all your events with ease. Signup sheets streamline the signup process for everyone involved, ensuring that everything will go to plan on the day of your event while saving you precious time in the process.

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