Makeup Looks

7 Simple Everyday Makeup Looks

As a beauty lover, you probably encounter a similar dilemma each day: Trying to figure out which makeup look to rock. There is nearly an infinite number of options when it comes to everyday makeup looks, based on a bevy of beauty trends and including a number of makeup products. If you’re feeling a little indecisive and need a way to make getting ready in the AM less stressful, we’re here to help with some easy makeup looks. Below, we’re sharing seven of our favorite simple makeup looks that are perfect for day-to-day wear, including simple eye makeup options that you can quickly apply when you’re on the go. Choose from any of the seven everyday makeup tutorials and we promise you’ll look perfect, so go ahead and grab your makeup bag and give one (or all) of them a try.

SIMPLE MAKEUP LOOK #1: NO MAKEUP, MAKEUP

What sounds like quite the contradiction is actually one of our absolute favorite makeup trends. Once upon a time, trendy makeup applications were all about the perfect cut crease or dramatic smoky eye, but nowadays, it’s shifted to embracing your born-with-it beauty. Here’s how to play it up for a natural makeup look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender

Eye shadow primer

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Brown

L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-cademia

Get the look by following these simple steps:

STEP #1: PRIME YOUR SKIN

The best way to create a makeup look that lasts is to start your makeup application with a primer that extends the life of your face makeup. Apply yours over your entire face to create an even canvas for the rest of your makeup.

STEP #2: COLOR CORRECT ANY IMPERFECTIONS

Before applying any foundation, pop open your color-correcting concealer palette to neutralize the look of any discolorations. In case you need a refresher on how color correctors work: A green concealer will work to cancel out redness, lavender concealer can combat dullness, peach concealer camouflages dark circles, and yellow concealer helps disguise other discolorations.

STEP #3: USE A MATTE FOUNDATION

Once you’re done with blending out your pastel concealer shades, apply a matte foundation over your face, dabbing it onto your skin with a makeup blender.

STEP #4: PRIME YOUR LIDS

Just as primer can help your foundation and concealer go on easier, it can also help make for a smoother eye makeup application. Dot an eye shadow primer onto your lids before reaching for any other eye makeup.

STEP #5: APPLY NUDE SHADOW TO YOUR LIDS

Now that your lids are primed, pop open your neutral eye shadow palette and apply a solid wash of nude shadow to your lids. Next, add a touch of a deeper brown shade in your crease to add depth to your look, followed by a swipe of a lighter shade along your brow bone to create a pretty highlighted effect.

STEP #6: APPLY BROWN EYELINER

To open the look of your eyes a bit, dot your lash lines with your brown eyeliner. Be sure to dot and not draw a completely connected line. This will look more natural and help create the appearance of fuller lashes, as opposed to a bold, harsh line.

STEP #7: LIGHTLY DEFINE YOUR BROWS

Since you won’t be wearing a ton of color, all attention will be on your facial features—and that includes your brows. Make sure to define your brows with a brow mascara.

STEP #8: APPLY A COAT OR TWO OF MASCARA

Top your eyes off with a couple of coats of volumizing mascara.

STEP #9: FINISH WITH NUDE LIPSTICK:

Complete your makeup look with a matte lipstick. And there you have it: a gorgeous, no makeup, makeup look that’s sure to turn heads. Wear it to brunch, the office, on a date—you name it!

SIMPLE MAKEUP LOOK #2: casual cat eye

Think a winged liner look is only for a big night out? Think again! Thanks to new innovations, like our handy winged eyeliner stencil, creating the perfect cat eye makeup look can be so quick and easy it can even be classified as a simple eye makeup look. Don’t believe us? For a full rundown on how to use our winged eyeliner stencil and the accompanying eyeliner—the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner—head over to our article, How to Perfect Your Cat Eye With a Stencil.

SIMPLE MAKEUP LOOK #3: YOUTHFUL GLOW

If you want to look radiant without the hassle of whipping out a super-complicated eye look or learning how to strobe, this gorgeous blush makeup tutorial is for you!

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer

Color-correcting kit

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Pro Glow Foundation

Makeup blender

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Just Curious

Eye shadow primer

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avenue Des Roses

Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-caron

Get the look by following these simple steps:

STEP #1: PRIME YOUR SKIN

You want your makeup to look crease-free, right? Simply apply a small amount of face primer from forehead to chin and you’ll be good to go!

STEP #2: COLOR CORRECT ANY IMPERFECTIONS

Hide any redness, perk up any dullness, and neutralize any other discolorations with a few quick dabs of color-correcting concealer.

STEP #3: CREATE A GLOWING BASE

Next up: a gorgeous, dewy-looking complexion. To get the look, squeeze a radiant finish foundation onto a makeup blending sponge and apply a thin layer across your entire face.

STEP #4: BRIGHTEN YOUR UNDER-EYE AREA

Draw an upside-down triangle under each eye using a radiant finish concealer, then blend out with your makeup blender.

STEP #5: APPLY BLUSH

To give yourself the look of youthful radiance, dust a peach blush onto each of your cheeks, sweeping the color in an up and out motion from your cheekbones to your temples.

STEP #6: PRIME YOUR LIDS

Don’t let your shadows stray! Blend a dot of primer onto your lids.

STEP #7: CREATE A TWO-TONED PINK AND NUDE EYE

Next, dust your lids with a nude shade from your eye shadow palette, followed by a touch of pink in your crease.

STEP #8: GIVE YOUR LASHES SOME LOVE

A swipe or two of volumizing mascara is all you need.

STEP #9: DEFINE YOUR BROWS

Use your brow pomade and an angled brush to trace a line along the underside of your brow before blending it all upward for fuller, natural-looking arches.

STEP #10: PERK UP YOUR POUT

Top it off with a pretty pink coat of matte lipstick—talk about pretty in pink.

SIMPLE MAKEUP LOOK #4: MONOCHROME METALLIC LIDS

This is the year of metallic makeup. To hop on the bandwagon and add shimmering shades to your face, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow and dust your lids in a single color. Let your eyes do all the talking and keep the rest of your look subdued for an everyday makeup look that really pops.

SIMPLE MAKEUP LOOK #5: MODERN GLOSSY LIDS AND LIPS

You’ve seen it on runways and in your Instagram feed—now it’s time to bring the model-approved glossy makeup look to real life. Lucky for you, it doesn’t require a personal makeup artist to get this A-list look. Just follow our everyday makeup tutorial below!

What you’ll need:

Eye shadow primer

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Sunset Seine

Clear lip gloss

Mascara

Get the look by following these simple steps:

STEP #1: APPLY EYE PRIMER

Help prevent creasing by applying a quick dab of eye primer before any eye shadow.

STEP #2: COAT YOUR LIDS IN ORANGE EYE SHADOW

Next, coat your eyes in the color of your choice—we particularly love peachy orange shades at the moment since they're trending in a big way.

STEP #3: TOP YOUR LIDS OFF WITH GLOSS

Now, this might sound silly, but trust us—unscrew the wand of your clear lip gloss and lightly apply it on top of your eye shadow. A little gloss goes a long way, so start off light and add more if necessary.

STEP #4: NEXT UP, MASCARA

A coat of mascara will help add just enough definition to your glossy look.

STEP #5: GLOSS IT UP!

Finish with a swipe of clear lip gloss over your pout and you’re runway ready…or, you know, ready for a day at the office.

SIMPLE MAKEUP LOOK #6: colored eyeliner

One easy way to switch up your makeup look is to simply swap out your black or brown eyeliner for a more colorful option. Not only will doing so take the same amount of time than if you had used your usual go-to shade, but you’ll also look totally on-trend. After all, colorful eyeliner hues like blue, gold, and even neon couldn’t be more en vogue! To get you started, here are Our Best Blue Eyeliners.

SIMPLE MAKEUP LOOK #7: THE PERFECTLY CONTOURED EYE

Depending on your eye shape, the right shading technique can make all the difference in the world. No matter the colors you choose to use, here’s how to get an easy contoured look that’s perfect for every day.

If you have round eyes…apply dark shades to the center of your eyes, and use light shades to highlight the corners.

If you have almond eyes…apply a matte brown eye shadow to your lid and work a darker shade into the outer crease for a look with depth.

If you have monolid eyes…create a gradient effect with your eye shadows to add dimension. Start with a darker shade on the outer half of your lid and a lighter shade on the inner half.

If you have hooded eyes…light, shimmering shadow smudged across your lid will work wonders at opening up the look of your eyes.

If you have small eyes…use lighter eye shadows to create the appearance of more lid space.

If you have protruding eyes…wear dark matte eye shadow on your lids and in your crease.

If you have downturned eyes…apply lighter eye shadow to the outer two-thirds of your eye for a stunning highlighted effect.

If you have upturned eyes…focus dark shadow on the outer, lower corner of the eye.

Don’t forget to finish with mascara and a little eyeliner, too!

Loved learning a few new looks to add to your repertoire? If you’re always looking for new ways to switch up your makeup, check out our article on How to Pull Off a Shimmery Eyeshadow Look, next.