Thursday, August 23, 2012

Every Day Eyeshadow (tutorial)

One of my favorite bloggy homegurlz, Kate, requested an eyeshadow tutorial from me and when a homegirl asks for something your girl delivers! Today, I'm going to show you all my every day eyeshadow how-to. Not to say I wear eyeshadow (or any other makeup) every day, or even every other day, but when I am going au natural with makeup - this is what I do.

Prime your eyelids with whatever primer you prefer. I use foundation, most of the time, for my natural shadow.

Shadow: MAC - Nylon

Take a beige/nude shadow, I use MAC's Nylon, and highlight your brow bone, insides of your eye lid and under the corner of your eye.

Brush: For this I use my finger. 
I only recommend this when you're doing your own makeup... don't go sticking your dirty fingers on your friend's bare skin.

Shadow: Urban Decay (Naked 2) - Half Baked

Brush: Finger

Using a bronze shadow and my finger, I cover my eyelid and move slowly up towards the brow bone - under the highlighted shadow I previously applied.

Shadow: Urban Decay (Naked 2) - Snakebite

Brush: MAC 217

Blend a dark brown shadow from the outer corner of your eyelid into the crease of the eyelid - slowly moving up to contour the crease. Nothing too drastic, this is supposed to be a natural look.

I like to go a little darker on the outer corner for shape.

As for the shadow, that's it. 

Now I line the top of my eyelids with L'Oreal's liquid liner... I slightly wing the outsides, but that's personal preference.

The finishing touch on this look is MAC's False Lashes Extreme.

And viola! This is a very simple look that really isn't very time consuming. Why don't I always wear it? Well... I'm lazy. ha. In a perfect world, I'd do this look every day.

Like this tutorial?

Depending on how this post goes, and if it's actually helpful (I have no idea if I'm good at explaining this stuff, so let me know!) I will do a similar tutorial on a more "going out" look with darker shadows and under-eye liner.

Here is the post where I talk about the different makeup I use, if you missed it.

Happy almost Friday, loves!


  1. August 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    you are too cute!
    i rock a similar look on the daily. love half baked!

  2. August 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    OK. I am new here! And I'm in love with your blog title. I'll admit to you ... I wore yoga pants out in college with a cute going out top. More than once. Ha!

    Love this tutorial ... Fellow beauty junkie here!!

  3. August 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Great post! I have the first Naked palette and my "everyday" eyeshadow is Half Baked + Buck or Toasted + Smog(or Buck for less shimmer). Half Baked is one of those shades that flatters just about anyone. Would love to see more tutorials. xo

  4. August 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Greet tutorial! You have the prettiest eyes!


  5. August 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Lovely! I love Naked and Naked 2 for everyday wear. So pretty. That Mac mascara is gorgeous- might have to try that!

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. August 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I am totally referencing this the next time I do my makeup! Do the other tutorial too!

  7. August 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Love this! I use Bare Minerals Queen Tiffany everyday, and although I am obsessed with it I am always looking to try new "everyday" shadows (sometimes you just get in a rut, you know?!?!)! I think I have colors similar to this already so I could easily try it! Or I could take the fun route and just go buy these colors :)

  8. August 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I heart this!

    And I know I've said this before but I need the Naked 2 palette.

  9. August 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    eeeeee. I love you! This is awesome, I love how you don't put anything on the bottom lids. I've been trying to leave that au natural for the last week (I felt too raccoon-ish) but I feel bare now. I really think that mascara is a necessity, I need to make my way to Mac (after payday of course)

    Thank you SO much!

  10. August 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    so pretty and so simple! thanks for putting this together! :)

  11. August 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Gorgeous! I love it!

  12. August 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Your eyes are seriously gorgeous! I love the gold on you!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  13. August 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I do almost the exact same eye make up everyday. However, I don't have the naked palette. I'm sort of inspired to get one now.
    I found your blog through some random clicking and thought the name was hilarious!

    Penniless Socialite

  14. August 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Fabulous tutorial, Whitney!! Your eyes are stunning, and that color looks great on you.
    Found your blog from Amberlynn - Something Like Glamour, and can't wait to read more of your story! xo

  15. August 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Love this!

  16. August 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Love it! You have gorgeous eyes! I must get me one of those Naked palletes!

  17. August 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Love the color palette you used

  18. August 23, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Super cute! I just wish I weren't so horrible at using liquid liner.. haha :D

  19. August 24, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Thank you for this! I can never get it right and now I see why! I wrote all of this down in my little journal HAHA! Now I know what to do! You are amazing!

    Also, I notice you still haven't sent me over a 200x80 button for your blog on my ad swap! Don't forget! I miss your blog!!

  20. August 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Ok, so you're just going to come live with me and do my makeup everyday, mmmkay?

  21. August 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Oh my gosh I have needed this tutorial like you wouldn't believe. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to master the corner area with the darker shadow. Now I want to leave work and get home so I can try this!

    And your shadow is gorg by the way!!!

  22. August 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    To have NOT used a brush for most of the look, your eye makeup looks fantastic! Now let me add this mascara to my ever growing wishlist of mascaras :) (I have a ton!)

  23. August 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Great tutorial!! I just got the Naked 2 palette and am loving all the colors. I do the same natural everyday look, but I use pencil eyeliner or the black in Naked2 as a dry eyeliner

  24. August 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Great, Great post!!! I want the Naked 2 palette SO BAD, but I just bought the Smashbox Master's palette...sooo...we'll see how long I can wait ; )

  25. August 25, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Will you come do my makeup for me? Your eyes look stunning. They looked awesome before with no makeup on, but the after is just WOW.

    I am pinning this now for all the world to see :)

  26. August 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    super cute look! :)

  27. August 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    As a follow blue eyed girl I'm going to have to try this combo, it looks awesome!

    P.S. I'm Holly and the newest follower to your blog!

    Have a great weekend

    Holly @ Everydays a Holly-Day

  28. August 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    And now I need the Naked palette.

  29. August 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Wow - just found your blog and love this tutorial! Did you take these photos and do the graphics - because it is very impressive!!

  30. October 1, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    So pretty!

    Sparkles and Shoes


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