This easy makeup looks masterclass will enhance what nature gave you
Trying to define easy makeup looks isn’t easy: One woman’s five-minute face is another’s hours-in-front-of-the-mirror meltdown. What you deem to be easy, cosmetically-speaking, depends on your personal preference of beauty looks, products, and textures, as well as natural artistic flair and appetite for applying. If a friend has ever shrugged off her perfect eyeliner flicks (the kind you’ve spent a lifetime trying and failing to create) with a mystifying, “Oh this? Two minutes!”, then you’ll understand that easy makeup looks are not a level playing field.
For the purposes of this feature, easy really does mean easy. These makeup artist-recommended looks channel the power of great products, like the best mascara and easily-learned skills like how to apply blush and are truly achievable for all. Even better, all of the tips and buys here act as a sort of face-enhancing pick and mix. Master these easy makeup looks using basic makeup skills and you’ll have options: The option to pick out one or two for a natural makeup look, or the option to throw them all together for a high-glamour full face, if that’s more your kind of thing.
From learning how to apply eyeshadow for a basic three-step smoky, to getting matchy-matchy with the best cream blush and the one-stop shop of a bold statement lip, learn these easy makeup looks and you’ll have a skill for life.
YOUR EASY MAKEUP LOOKS MASTERCLASS, BY THE EXPERTS
1. STATEMENT LIPSTICK
The hardest bit of wearing a bold lip is having the confidence to try it. Once you’re over that hurdle there’s no easier beauty look as you won’t need to make much, if any, effort elsewhere on your face. If you’re worried about upkeep, a few prep steps will help you avoid the usual pitfalls of smudging, drying out, or color bleeding outside the lines.
How to create a statement lip
Matchy-matchy eyes and cheeks could be a bit much, but by picking a flattering shade and cream formula, this is a supremely easy, chic makeup look. Use an eye primer if you have oily skin or creased lids, then pick that tone carefully.
“Choosing the right blush for your skin tone is so important,” agrees Lancôme Pro Artist Antonia Basile. “When it comes to shade, these are some of my favorites to apply for each skin tone.”
Fair skin tone
“Go for softer shades. I always recommend light pinks, peaches, and plums.”
Medium skin tone
“Opt for slightly warmer tones, e.g. apricots, warm peaches, berry, rose, and coppers can look great too.”
Dark skin tone
“Brighter colors look fantastic. Try a brick red, deep berry or plum, orange, and tangerine shades.”
How to apply cream eyeshadow and blush
The phrase smoky eye can elicit terror for anyone lacking confidence. Sure, ultra-sooty looks are best in the hands of professionals or skilled amateurs. But a subtle metallic smoky, using warm tones and crayon products is both achievable and flattering.
How to create a bronze smoky eye
4. DEFINED BROWS
It’s a cliché to say well-groomed eyebrows frame your face. But like most clichés, this one exists because it’s indisputably true and always will be. A subtly defined brow really does make everything else look better, so tread lightly for a flattering effect.
“I recommend what I like to call spot filling. It will give you that natural look and all you need are two products,” says Benefit UK National Brow Artist Laurretta Power.
How to create defined brows
5. HIGHLIGHTED SKIN
The desire for glowing skin is universal. And while the key to perfect dewy makeup is a combined effort between skincare and cosmetics, it’s also possible to cheat a healthy sheen with a few clever products. For an easygoing take on glossy highlighted skin, forget opaque, metallic highlighting powders and go for a sheer balm-like stick instead. It can have a touch of pigment in it, something peach or rose-toned will be most forgiving, or you go totally translucent. Just remember to think dewy rather than reflective.
How to created highlighted skin
“Less really is more,” says makeup artist Ruby Hammer. “Think of your makeup like layers in your wardrobe. You wouldn’t wear all your favorite clothes at the same time so take a similar approach with your make-up. A touch here and there is just enough.”
6. HIGH IMPACT LASHES
Question: Do you really know how to apply mascara? If you’ve ever had your makeup professionally applied and wondered why the lashes bit took so long, your makeup artist was probably doing this. It’s a cut above most of our blink-a-couple-of-times-onto-the-wand routine, and taking the time to do it makes a noticeable impact to the volume and length of your finished look.
“For thicker looking and fuller lashes, less is definitely not more!” explains Bobbi Brown Pro Artist Aimee Morrison. “Layer coats of your favorite mascara adding extra definition to both upper and lower lashes for a dramatic and standout eye look.”
How to create high-impact lashes: