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How To Do Simple and Easy Everyday Makeup

Updated on March 2, 2016

The Finished Look: Light Brown Smokey Eye

A simple brown smokey eye for every day wear
A simple brown smokey eye for every day wear | Source

Basic Essentials for the Look: What You'll Need for a Simple Look

Tool
Average Drugstore Cost
Drugstore Foundation
$5-$10
Eyeshadow Primer
$3-$10
Eyeshadow Palette (Covergirl)
$4
Basic Blending Brush
$1
Eyeliner
$1-$6
Mascara
$4-$10
Blush
$3-$10
Powder
$3-$10

I have an irrational fear of wasting a perfect smokey eye on an insignificant day.

— Amanda Ensing via Twitter
Vaseline helps your foundation look natural like no primer ever could.
Vaseline helps your foundation look natural like no primer ever could. | Source

Start with foundation

Start off with some foundation. If you know foundation will look too heavy on you, then try using a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer.

One trick I like to use is to apply some Vaseline (petroleum jelly) to my face first especially where I have big pores, and then apply a small amount of foundation over that. Vaseline smooths down any tiny peach fuzz I have and just makes everything look more natural.

Eye primers help eyeshadow colors stand out and help your makeup to not crease.
Eye primers help eyeshadow colors stand out and help your makeup to not crease. | Source

Don't Go Without Eye Primer

Since you will probably be wearing your everyday makeup, all day we need to start off with a good base. Since it's probably for a more casual day, chances are you will want it to last all day and not smudge. We will need just some simple products. Start with an eye primer and apply it all over the lid and below the eye close to the bottom lash line since you will be putting eyeshadow in both places.

Primer helps the colors appear more vibrant on the skin and helps your makeup to not crease, this is a must if you know you have oily eyelids because what eyeshadow may look good now, won't look so pretty 5 hours into your day.

Covergirl's Country Woods palette is only around $4.00 and is perfect for an every day look.
Covergirl's Country Woods palette is only around $4.00 and is perfect for an every day look. | Source

Primer first, then eyeshadow!

Next you need some eyeshadow. Apply a slightly shimmery or matte brown all over the lid, making sure not to apply it into the crease of your eye. Whether the color is matte or shimmery, it doesn't matter as long as it's light. Then blend the eye shadow gently upward. Covergirl's Country Woods Palette has a nice light brown and is a pallete you can get your money's worth from if you plan on using it often. Use the second color from the left as the base color all over your lid. Smudge some underneath your bottom lash line as well to give some illusion of a smokey eye later on.

A blending brush will ensure you have no awkward harsh edges which wouldn't look natural for a simple everyday look.
A blending brush will ensure you have no awkward harsh edges which wouldn't look natural for a simple everyday look. | Source

Darken and Blend out harsh edges

Using the 4th color from the left in the same palette, a darker brown than what is on your lid, apply this eyeshadow in the crease of the eye (the hollow part that sinks into your socket) and blend out the makeup working in circular motions toward the outer side of your eye.

This should give you a simple smoky look, but without being too heavy for a natural look. Apply this eye shadow lightly to the middle of the crease of your eye and connect it with the color you just blended out. Make sure to blend where the two colors meet. Lightly line the bottom of your eyes with this color also, applying it on top of the lighter brown, but not blending downward so much.

An eyeliner can always bring a look together like no other product can.
An eyeliner can always bring a look together like no other product can. | Source

Lightly line your eyes

The next step is to line your eyes with eyeliner. You can opt for a dark brown eyeliner if black is too harsh for you.

For an everyday look it's best to keep the eyeliner just on the top lash line. Here I apply a black eyeliner, Scandal Eyes, by Rimmel only to the top outer third of the lash line. After you apply a small amount, take a sponge tip applicator and lightly dab and drag in small motions to smudge out the eyeliner.

You can also tightline your lashes to make them appear fuller. Just lightly apply eyeliner to your top waterline by lifting up the eyelashes.

Smashbox Full Exposure mascara
Smashbox Full Exposure mascara | Source

Apply A Hint of Mascara

In this step, apply your favorite mascara. Only apply it to the outer third of your top eyelashes to give a nice winged out effect. Dip your brush in again and wipe off excess mascara on a tissue, then go in an apply a hint of mascara to your bottom eye lashes as well.

You should not apply more than one coat for a natural look, but if you have particularly sparse lashes go ahead and apply a second coat as needed. I recommend using a spoolie then to separate out any clumps that may have formed in your eyelashes if your mascara did clump.

One mascara that doesn't clump on me is Smashbox's Full Exposure mascara. But you do need to wipe excess off the brush if you decide to use this mascara because the wand is large.

Use a synthetic brush to blend out any cream blushes such as Maybelline's Bouncy blushes.
Use a synthetic brush to blend out any cream blushes such as Maybelline's Bouncy blushes. | Source

Add a rosy glow to your cheeks

Apply a blush that has an pinkish tint to it. A rosy blush is preferred over any orange toned blushes in a natural look because our skin turns a rosy-red-pink color naturally when we blush so it's easier to mimic that with a pink blush. Here I used Maybelline's Dream Bouncy Blush.

If you have a darker skin tone, use a darker blush that has a red-pink tone to it.

Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake
Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake | Source

Apply A Sheer Lipstick

You should apply a lipstick that looks natural on you, or a combination of colors. Here I use Revlon's Color Burst lipstick in Strawberry Shortcake and applied a nude lip gloss on top for a nice shine.

For me, for a natural look, I wouldn't opt for a dark color since my lips are normally a red-pinkish color, but anything lighter than my own lip shade, or the same color, is fair game.

You can also just apply a clear lip gloss if you are having trouble finding a good lipstick shade. There is technically, nothing more natural than your own lip color.

Always use powder if you know you won't have time to touch up. Buff it into the skin.
Always use powder if you know you won't have time to touch up. Buff it into the skin. | Source

Stay shine free and matte

If you want to wear the look all day and know that you have oily or combination skin, it's best to top off the look with some powder so that everything stays in place all day. Powder can extend the wear of your foundation by about two hours so if you won't have time to touch up later in the day, apply your powder! A good way of making the powder appear natural is to use a buffing brush and just buff the powder into your skin in circular motions, the more you buff the more natural the powder will look.

Transform the Basic Everyday Look for Nighttime

Take the look to the next level by transforming it into a nighttime look. Just darken all the colors, and apply the eyeliner to your bottom waterline to make it appear more intense. See the video tutorial by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge.

Video Tutorial to Transform the Basic Look For Nighttime

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      Abbicat .org 5 days ago

      Nice article it is very informanitive sorry about the spelling

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      Lydia McCarter 6 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      Ah! loved this one too! and with such easy products.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Wow! Finally someone gives directions on how to get a look. Love it. Can you do one on how to get the "smokey eye look"?

      Thanks for a great, useful hub.

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