Neutrals, Plaid and Pink: The Preppy Beauty Look of My Dreams

Preppy dreams…just in time for fall.

Growing up, I was all about the preppy look. While my friends were embracing bold patterns and wildly low cut jeans of the 2000s, I was–oft with a book in my hand–ever on the search for vintage blazers, straight leg denim and the perfect shade of pale pink lipstick that reflected the glossy beauty of the 1980s reruns (Facts of Life! Square Pegs!) on which I was raised. To this day, I still seek the classics; I’ve found that when it comes to fashion and makeup, there are timeless pieces and products that feel utterly at home in any decade.

Fulfilling my preppy dreams, I am excited to share some beauty and style find from Walmart for which I’ll be reaching for years to come. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line…

The full look. 
For me, the preppy look possesses a few key elements: even skin, a glowing pink flush, a light wash of rosy eyeshadow, full and feathery brows and, of course, the aforementioned glossy baby pink pout; I’ve found some beautiful options in the drugstore, prestige and luxury categories–all from Walmart–that create this look in mere minutes. 
Base + face. 
// BASE + FACE // Balanced skin with a touch of bronze and a softly flushed cheek is apropos for the preppy look…it’s polished without being overdone.  

  • Max Factor Pan Stik 60 Deep Olive: I started my look by applying a bit of this iconic foundation in the center of my face to even everything out. Concentrated and creamy, a little goes a long way to create fresh canvas. 
  • L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow 26 Sun Beige: I used the included sponge applicator to press this glowing finishing powder (the ratings on this are stellar!) all over my face to further even my canvas. It creates a seamless base that doesn’t look the slightest bit powdery. 
  • Jecca Blac Sculpt & Soften Palette Medium: For touch of dimension, I lightly blended this creamy contour duo into the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face and used the lighter side as an under eye concealer. I am very impressed with the lightweight and crease-free coverage of this pairing. 
  • Laura Gellar Montauk Escape Face Palette: Featuring a bronzer, blush and four neutral shades, this palette is excellent for creating a refined face in seconds. I used the powder bronzer along my cheek bones and focused blush application on the apples of my cheeks.  
  • Rimmel Jelly Blush in Peach Punch: For subtle impact, I dotted a modicum of this glowy cream on my cheeks…this bouncy blush imparts a lit-from-within look that is ethereally pretty. 
Swatches of base and face in direct sunlight. 

Eyes and lips. 
// EYES, LIPS ETC. // Rosy eyes with a nude glimmer are complimented by an array of pure pink lip options in varying finishes and levels of depth, collectively contributing to my perfect preppy beauty world. 

Eye swatches in direct sunlight. 

Lip swatches in direct sunlight. 
New nail neutrals: O.P.I. Natural Nail Base Coat and  

O.P.I. Infinite Shine 2 Fall-ing for Milan.

The following images reflect all products in action + keep reading for Style Notes…

Applying the Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Beaming Strawberry

Forever reading…
Makeup-meets-books…two of my favorites in harmony.

Believe the buzz on the Maybelline Lifter Gloss…it’s color-drenched, bouncy, reflective light in a tube. 
Eye look via the L’Oreal Color Riche Pocket Palette in 102 Avenue des Roses


Style notes. 

// STYLE NOTES // This outfit and its variations bring me great joy as they check all the preppy boxes…cotton button down (bonus points for the demure ruffle neck), high waist straight leg denim, an oversized blazer and a sleek bodysuit  Also would you believe I bought this quartet for under $150?  

  • Cream Ruffled Blouse: Crisp and breathable cotton with the most delicate jabot at the collar, this blouse looks very Endless Love when buttoned up but can easily be modernized (as done above and below) with a few buttons left open. I also picked this up in the blue striped version
  • Straight Leg Jeans: There’s a touch of stretch to these mid-high rise jeans that make them extremely comfortable while holding everything in. On me at 5’9″, they hit at the ankle (love it) and work well with flats, loafers and heels alike.
  • Free Assembly Women’s Boyfriend Blazer: Ahh…this blazer is perfection! I love an oversized look so I ordered it in a large and am thrilled with the roomy fit and soft plaid fabric. It’s a quality piece that I will reach for time and again. 
  • High Neck Black Bodysuit: I am a bodysuit lover–they simultaneously harken the 1960s, 70s 80s and 90s and this pure black one with a higher neckline looks classic and sophisticated. The material is lightweight yet opaque and the suit also has snaps (a must!) and a full bottom for maximum comfort. 
  • Camila Paris French Side Combs: Combs feel very preppy, no? In some of the images, I used a single comb (love how this particular pair hold my thick hair in place without slipping) to sweep one side up and off of my face and then attempted a more advanced half up coiffure (below). 
The Camila Paris French Side Combs in action…this  hairstyle took me exactly 20 seconds to achieve. Let me know if you want a tutorial! 
Last look.

–Shop the Post–

Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this homage to the preppy beauty and style of the 1980s and am grateful that I was able to procure every element at Walmart
I would love to know what caught your eye…do tell!
Good things ahead, including a foundation feature, a home tour and host of new product launches for Holiday 2020. Cannot wait to share. 
Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,
–The Beauty Professor 
**Many thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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  • J Kashi Reply

    Your outfit is awesome, Rachel, esp. the blazer with those Gucci loafers! I've recently got the Maybelline Lifter Gloss – yes, it is amazing.

    October 9, 2020 at 7:33 pm

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