These Smart Beauty Gifts Will Get Any Student Excited About Back-To-School

It's hard to get anyone excited about going back to school at the end of a three-month vacation filled with beach days, sleeping in until 10, and procrastinating any and all summer reading assignments. Even if you're long past that feeling of first-day-of-school jitters, you have to feel for the students and teachers who are about to have a very rude awakening come September 1. (But then again, a three-month vacay does sound pretty dreamy to us 9-5ers right about now...)

One way we all can get in the spirit of back-to-school is to do some seasonal shopping. Whether you're buying a pencil-shaped makeup case that will make your 7th-grade niece the envy of every other 13-year-old in class, or you're into the five-star-rated designer eyeliner that's vaguely reminiscent of a sparkly gel pen — we've rounded up all the cheeky beauty products that look just like our school supply lists, back in the good days when back-to-school was all naptime and coloring books.


Ahead, find all the cutest back-to-school beauty products. You can consider it part of your summer reading.

There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Your statistics teacher will think you're taking notes, but this tiny notebook actually hides Tarte's best-selling blushes, highlighters, and bronzers that mix and match for hundreds of different potential outcomes. So, technically, that counts as studying.
Tarte blush 101 Amazonian clay blush palette$44.00 Buy
Don't accidentally mistake this lip gloss pen for your chubby Wite-Out stick when you're rustling through your pencil case. If you do, you'll be left with a metallic, lavender glaze all over your homework. Then again, it would be a bigger flub to mistake the Wite-Out pen for lip gloss...
pinkie swear Lo-Fi$18.00 Buy
You never thought you'd need a makeup bag shaped like a pencil, but when it comes with four different mini Benefit concealers inside... Yeah, you probably still don't need it, but a pencil filled with makeup beats your standard #2 Ticonderoga any day of the week.
Benefit Cosmetics erase case concealer kit$26.00 $21.00 Buy
Even if colored pencils aren't on your back-to-school list, one of these multi-purpose wooden makeup pencils — which can be used to line your eyes, define your lips, or enhance your brow arch — will bring you right back to a simpler time.
Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil: Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil$18.00 Buy
Not amped about chem class? We don't blame you, but stocking this goblet-shaped softening shampoo in your shower might make those glass chemistry beakers a little less triggering.
nature lab NatureLab Perfect Haircare Product Repair Shampoo$14.00 Buy
The same way whipping out a fat bright-yellow highlighter is way better than underlining your textbook with a regular ballpoint pen, this lip marker is a fresh, innovative take on your hom-hum lip stain.
Milk Makeup MILK MAKEUP Lip Marker Boss (red)$7.99 Buy
You might just mistake your Marc Jacobs Highliner for a gel pen. It glides along your lash line with the same smooth pigment flow as your pink pen whizzed through your middle school diary, and all your friends will definitely ask to borrow it. (But don't let them, because of styes.)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner$25.00 Buy
You never think to buy a pencil sharpener until your dull eyeliner is scraping across your lash line. Get out ahead of any painful scratching by investing in a cute multipurpose pencil sharpener — for just $5.
Benefit Cosmetics All Purpose Pencil Sharpener$5.00 Buy
Like those big, clicky retractable pens with seven colors in one, this brow contour situation comes with four different colors you can click down to shape, define, and highlight your brows.
Benefit Cosmetics Brow Contour Pro$34.00 Buy
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