There’s a tutorial for every type of makeup look you could dream of creating. These days, beauty lovers are spoiled for choice when it comes to makeup inspiration — from trendy TikTok glam to subtle grunge makeup. However, not every occasion calls for a full face of makeup with multiple products and complex directions.
For those days when you’re looking for a pared-down routine, look towards this list of simple everyday makeup looks for inspiration. These easy makeup ideas are beautiful and uncomplicated — but anything but basic. Keep reading for 10 simple makeup looks that are perfect for day-to-day wear; they don’t use a ton of product or take a lot of time to complete.
How Do I Pick My Makeup Look?
Makeup means different things to different people. Sometimes it’s about concealing blemishes and keeping it simple for a natural look, and others use makeup as though they were an artist painting a canvas for a bold colorful face. When deciding on which look you should wear on a day-to-day, think about the specific occasion, the weather and most importantly, your preference.
You may opt for a red-carpet-worthy makeup look to attend a wedding or special night out with a significant other. Or maybe you want to keep your makeup simple on humid sweat-inducing days. Ultimately, the makeup look that you choose is up to you as long as you're happy with the end result.
What Do You Need for a Simple Makeup Look?
After you decide on your desired makeup look you’ll want to pick the right makeup products and tools to complete it. The last thing you want is to envision yourself in a dewy no-makeup makeup look without any illuminating products to actually use. That being said, what you need for simple makeup will differ based on the look. A basic rule of thumb is to have a few key makeup essentials on hand at all times.
That includes a long-wear foundation or base product made for your skin type, concealer for brightening, smudge-proof eyeliner, a mascara that gives you length and volume, bronzer for warming up your complexion and lipstick to finish your look. Oh, and be sure to keep a setting spray handy, along with a set of makeup brushes and at least one makeup sponge for the best makeup application. This may seem like a long list, but once you have these core products you’ll be set and can create numerous makeup looks.
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10 Everyday Makeup Looks That Are Easy to Do
Try one of the looks below when you need a simple, but stunning makeup look that gets you through day-to-day events.
1. No Makeup, Makeup
One of the ultimate everyday makeup looks is the classic no makeup, makeup trend that keeps your beauty application simple for a natural-looking appearance. More recently referred to on social media as the clean look, this easy makeup look allows you to boast dewy skin and flushed cheeks without the need for a ton of products.
Get the look: Use a radiant finish foundation or skin tint, like L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum, to give your complexion an all-over gorgeous sheen. This tinted serum is perfect for anyone who wants lightweight coverage with skin care benefits like extra hydration, thanks to the infused hyaluronic acid.
If you have oily skin and are worried about looking slick, try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear in a Powder which applies as a powder and melts into skin like a cream, with a blurred, matte finish. Next, accentuate your features with a touch of blush using a neutral color on the apples of your cheeks. Finally, add a swipe of mascara to your lashes for a soft but stunning finish and a layer of tinted lip balm for a subtle pout.
2. Sheer Smoky Eye
While a traditional smoky eye is known for its dark coloring and sultry stare, this sheer take on this classic eye makeup is a great way to bring a smoky eye into the everyday. The combination of sheer pigment provides a balance of color and definition that’s flattering for both day and night and it’s super easy to recreate.
Get the look: To make your smoky eye more sheer, opt for a brown smoky eye (as opposed to a dark black smoky eye) using light shades of brown, beige and champagne that’ll complement all skin tones. Try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Chrome which offers two matte and two shimmery shades, perfect for a sheer smoky eye. Apply the lightest brown shade all over your eyelid, blending up to your crease. Then, using a small swipe of the darker brown color, build definition by blending the shadow into your crease.
Brighten the eye look by applying the sheer champagne color to your brow bone and inner eye corner. Top your eyelids with a little eyeliner on your upper lash line and waterline using L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Mechanical Gel Eyeliner in Brown Denim. Then, coat lashes with a volumizing mascara, add your foundation and you’re ready for your day.
3. Jewel-Toned Eyeliner
Make your eyeliner the focus of your makeup look with a few swipes of colorful liner on your upper lashline and lower waterline for a bejeweled look. Opt for dark blue, green and red colors to mimic the hues of sapphires, emeralds and rubies. With a focus on eyeliner, you can skip eyeshadow for a bold look without a lot of work. All you have to do is grab a pigmented gel eyeliner in the color of your choice to fill in your waterline — right at the base of your lashes — and draw a line on your top lash line for a rounded eyeliner look.
Get the look: To get the perfect underline look, gently widen your eye by pulling down your lower lid. Slowly trace your liner along the waterline with a creamy gel pencil like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Mechanical Gel Eyeliner which offers immense pigment with a smudge-proof, transfer-proof and waterproof formula. Also try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner which glides on smoothly and comes in standout shades like cobalt blue, teal, purple, burgundy and more.
4. Bright Lipstick With Winged Eyeliner
A standout lip color is one of the easiest ways to create an effortless everyday makeup look. Whether you love deep reds and corals or purples and pinks, the right shade can give your face a stunning layer of color without the need for much else. Pair it with a small flick of winged liner and a coat of mascara for voluminous lashes and you’ve got a makeup treasure that takes less than five minutes.
Get the look: You can get as glam as you want with this look, but for a simple version just focus on your eyes and lips. First, pick up a pigmented liquid liner like L'Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner in Black and line your top lash line, adding just a short, upward flick at the end. Go back and add more liner if you want a thicker line or a more defined wing at the end.
Apply a layer of mascara to lashes using the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable Mascara in Blackest Black for a more dramatic look. Finally, pick up a vivid shade of long-lasting lipstick like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Resistance Liquid Lipstick for a smudge-proof and transfer-resistant color infused with hyaluronic acid for softer lips.
5. Monochromatic Lips and Cheek
Adding a pop of color can take your everyday makeup look from basic to brilliant with the swipe of a makeup brush or lipstick tube. From doll-approved bright pink to pumpkin spice orange to berry purple shades, a blush with a burst of color will amp up your complexion and create a radiant makeup moment that is sure to turn heads. Match it with your lip color for a monochromatic lip and cheek that will light up your social feeds.
Get the look: Sweep your cheeks with a vibrant blush like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Blush in Fearless Coral for long-wear, buildable color that feels weightless on the skin. Then, paint lips with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Coral Irreverent for a mate finish that doesn’t dehydrate lips and leaves behind a lightweight layer of pigment. L’Oréal Paris offers a variety of blushes and lipsticks to mix and match for varying monochromatic makeup moments that you’ll never get tired of.
6. Voluminous Top and Bottom Lashes
A set of big and bold eyelashes can elevate your entire everyday makeup look with just a few swipes of mascara. Keep it classic with black or brown formulas or take your lashes to another level by adding a colored mascara to the equation. Depending on the shade you choose, you can also complement the color of your eyes and give your lashes a fuller appearance with a colorful tint at the same time.
Get the look: For a lash boost, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara. Its formula creates volume and length that has staying power, without smudging or clumping. Use the wide part of the brush to coat your upper lashes before using the tip of the mascara wand to wipe across your lower lash line.
This hack will help you avoid accidentally smudging black residue on your under-eye area. Finish the look with an optional liquid winged liner on top and with a subtle glow by applying an even layer of L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer to your entire face. Pick a shade that matches your complexion for a dewy base.
7. Strawberry Makeup
Social media became obsessed with the strawberry girl makeup look that took over the summer beauty trends. While social media platforms create some questionable trends (looking at you feather brows), this pink and red-centric theme is subtle for anyone wanting a fresh look with warm hues.
Get the look: For a simplified version of this trend, give the appearance of clear skin with the medium coverage L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation for a true-to-tone skin-perfecting finish. Then, swipe some color to the apples of your cheeks with L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil in Berry and match that color to your lips with the sheer L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract in Ecstatic Mulberry. Complete the look with a swipe of mascara to your lashes using L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eyes Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume for bigger, wide-open eyes.
8. Graphic Eyeliner
If you can’t tell by now, one of the easiest ways to switch up your everyday makeup is to swap your usual winged eyeliner for a fun shape or a vibrant flick of color. Not only will doing so allow you to play with a variety of quick looks, but it also gets you in on the colored eyeliner trend.
Get the look: To mimic a trending graphic liner, use the aforementioned Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner in Black to draw a sharp wing to the outer corner of your eyes. Then, follow the line of your crease for the fun graphic liner. Using the same liner in Blue, follow above the black liner for a pop of bold pigment that makes your eyeliner the star of the show.
Editor’s tip: If you’re nervous about messing up any graphic liner look, apply your eyeliner in the desired shape using the previously mentioned Infallible Grip Mechanical Gel Eyeliner in White and then apply your colorful liner on top. Not only will this provide a bright base for an even more pigmented color, but if you draw your line too thick or too long you can easily remove it and no one will be the wiser.
9. French Girl Makeup
This makeup look is similar to bright lipstick with winged eyeliner but with a Parisian twist. Instead of using any pigmented color, you’ll want to reach for a vibrant red lipstick that’s a staple for iconic French girl makeup. Pair it with wispy lashes, clean skin (even a croissant if you want) and you’re set.
Get the Look: If you have a cool or neutral undertone, or just like a blue-based red, try Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Rouge Avant-Garde. For those with a warm undertone, reach for L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Reds Of Worth Satin Lipstick With Saturated Color in Successful Red for a fiery orange-based red. Swipe on a coat of L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Waterproof Mascara which adds volume and length without smudging or weighing down eyelashes.
10. Dazzling Eyeshadow
Simple makeup looks don’t have to be boring (that’s the theme here). And the best way to have fun with your makeup is to add products that help you glitter, sparkle and shine like the star you are. This look stays simple by focusing all the color and glitz on your eyes and leaving the rest of your face (lips and cheeks included) neutral.
Get the look: Pick a bold color of your choice that’ll pop against your complexion without looking too dark. For people with darker skin tones, reach for a deep purple look by filling your eyelids with L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow In Perpetual Purple before tapping some glitter onto your lids using L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Amethyst Quartz.
If you have a medium skin tone, try layering Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Golden Emerald and Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow in Diamond Drop on your eyelids for dazzling color. And for those with light skin tones, use Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue beneath a light layer of Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow in String of Pearls
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Digital Tech: Katy Andrascik, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hairstylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Melina Kemph, Wardrobe Assistant: Kayla Martinez, Model: Adrianne Kiara
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