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

woman in Preppy Beauty Look with blazer
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 on the search for vintage blazers.  Also. I was searching for straight leg denim and the perfect shade of pale pink lipstick. The lipstick reflects 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…

makeup to use for the Preppy Beauty Look
The full look. 

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

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.
makeup you can use for a preppy beauty look
Base + face. 

// BASE + FACE //

Balanced skin with a touch of bronze. Getting 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.

makeup swatch on the arm
Swatches of base and face in direct sunlight. 


different makeup products to get a Preppy Beauty Look
different makeup on top of books
Eyes and lips. 


Rosy eyes with a nude glimmer are complimented by an array of pure pink lip options. It has varying finishes and levels of depth, collectively contributing to my perfect preppy beauty world.

L’Oreal Color Riche Pocket Palette in 102 Avenue des Roses

 This quad features pale rose, rosy taupe, shimmering cool pink and rich brown shadows in a diminutive palette. I applied all four tones for the prettiest take on a pink eye I’ve encountered in a long time. 

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow 997 Eternal Sunshine

 I tapped a touch of this gilded hue up to my brown bones for additional illuminating. It applies smoothly and doesn’t budge.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Instead of using this for a traditional cat eye (which, in my experience, isn’t the slightest bit preppy), I used the fine tip of this indelible liner to tight line my upper lash line for a nearly invisible effect that yields significant impact.

Maybelline NY Brow Fast Sculpt 260 Deep Brown

 I swept this through my brows for a voluminous effect that rivals some of the more expensive brow gel formulas I’ve purchased.

L’Oreal Air Volume Mega Mascara

Two coats create fluffy and full lashes that look lush yet natural. 

Wet n Wild Gel Lip Liner in 6590 Doll in Love Again

 I applied this peachy pink liner (actually, a very rare color for lip liner in my experience) all over my lip line as a base and love its smooth application and lasting finish.

Jane Iredale Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink

 For moments when a sheer wash of natural pink is called for, this translucent gem is a must! I love that it can also be blended onto the cheeks for a coordinated flush. 

Maybelline Lifter Gloss 001 Pearl and 006 Reef

I have been reading so may good things about this new gloss and can confirm that it’s every bit as resplendent as reported. Packed with hyaluronic acid and illuminating color, Pearl is an cool icy white and Reef is an opaque peachy pink that looks delectable on its own or over nude liner.

Guerlain Shine Automatique 202 Mi-Mai

Luxuriously hydrating with a neutral pinky nude wash of color, this lipstick will flatter a spectrum of skin tones in a single swipe.

Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Beaming Strawberry

Worn throughout this post, this buttery rich light pink lipstick offers immense color payoff and otherworldly shine. I now want to pick up more shades and this formula is beyond

O.P.I. Natural Nail Base Coat

 For moments when I just want a clear coat (which never goes out of style, by the way), this base is brilliant. My nails feel stronger and protected and the glassy shine is simply gorgeous

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

 This frosty taupe nude feels so right for the autumnal season and, while not distinctly preppy, has a classic appeal in its own way.

L'oreal makeup swatch on an arm
Eye swatches in direct sunlight.
arm with makeup swatch
Lip swatches in direct sunlight. 
woman applying makeup to get a Preppy Beauty Look
different lipsticks on top of books
O.P.I. Natural Nail Base Coat 
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…
woman applying lipstick while wearing a Preppy Beauty Look
Applying the Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Beaming Strawberry


woman in her Preppy Beauty Look and sitting in her living room
Forever reading…
woman reading a book
Makeup-meets-books…two of my favorites in harmony.


woman reading a book and holding a pink lipstick
Believe the buzz on the Maybelline Lifter Gloss…it’s color-drenched, bouncy, reflective light in a tube. 
woman wearing a Preppy Beauty Look
woman showing her makeup
Eye look via the L’Oreal Color Riche Pocket Palette in 102 Avenue des Roses


woman wearing a full makeup
woman resting her head on her hand


woman in preppy beauty look and applying lipstick


Style notes.



This outfit and its variations bring me great joy as they check all the preppy boxes. It’s cotton button down (bonus points for the demure ruffle neck), high waist straight leg denim. Also, 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 it 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. It’s pure black one with a higher neckline looks classic and sophisticated. The material is lightweight yet opaque. 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. I 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).

woman in preppy beauty looking and sitting in her white sofa
woman's long hair
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! 
woman smiling
different makeup on a black bowl
Last look.


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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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