Easy Eye Makeup Look for Lazies

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

Evening, hotties! Just when I thought I couldn’t get any lazier, I did. I had a major makeup revelation this week. A neutral shimmer shadow plus a lil’ bit of matte in the outer V led to my easiest day eye EVER. A whole new world of 10-minute looks has opened up before me, fo’ reals.


The combo I’ve worn for the past few days combines a champagne shimmer shade with a matte black. It feels breezy and work-friendly. To get the look I used makeup from Chanel, Dior, Laura Mercier and Lacome, as well as three just-released products from Clinique.

Clinique Me

All are fun and easy to use. I’ll post detailed reviews soon, but for now let’s just say *me likey*.

The Products




Doing The Eyes

I like to prime my lids before applying eye shadow, so I started by dabbing MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer onto my lids with a concealer brush. Then, I swiped the shimmery champagne shadow from the Dior Iridescent Palette onto the entire lid with a flat eye shadow brush like the MAC 252 to create a neutral canvas upon which to work.

With a fine, pencil-tipped MAC 219 brush, I applied Clinique Midnight eye shadow on the outer third of the lid. In this step, I concentrated more color on the outer eye, which after blending helps with the smokey effect.

Next, I blended the outer edges with a fluffy MAC 217 brush to erase any harsh lines from the dark black shadow.

To add definition, I used Lancome Stylo Noir on the upper water line, and, with the same liner, placed a few evenly spaced dots along the lash line, smudging them together for a softer effect.

Here, I darkened my brows a bit with a MAC 266 brush and MAC Concrete shadow.

To finish the eyes and really open ’em up, I curled my lashes and added two coats of Chanel mascara for volume and length.

The Rest of the Look


A little concealer, foundation and translucent power helped to even out my skin tone. To add a bit more color to my face, I swiped Stila bronzer in my t-zone (down the nose and across the forehead). Then, with my fingers, I applied and blended Very Blush onto the apples of my cheeks.

To finish the look, I lined and filled in my lips with Pomegranate lip pencil topped with a layer of Bamboo Pink Gloss.

It’s almost Friday!

Well, it’s almost Friday. What are your plans for the weekend? I hope you have something fun lined up. I don’t think I’ve got anything exciting on my plate. Tabs heads to the vet on Saturday. I hope he gets a clean bill of health.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Marisol says:

    Great look Karen! 10 minutes…wow! I wish I could do all my MU in 10 minutes. To get ready for work, it takes me about an hour. More if I decide to straighten my hair.

    I don’t have an exciting weekend planned. Gonna do some laundry and I have two books on my night stand that stare at me nightly wondering when I will continue to read them. I am hoping to pay attention to them this weekend.

    Have a fabulous Friday!

    Marisols last blog post..Blissful Interactions

  2. Beth says:

    Thats a gorgeous look, karn – I love it, especially the lips! At the moment, I’m not bothering with any makeup, its too hot and humid and it just melts off. Eww!

    Beths last blog post..Foot Update

  3. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. I like this look a lot. Not only is it easy, it looks so good on you. The wavy curls in your hair is very cute too.

    Catching up with your previous posts, I tried on Chanel Nude lip liner but it is slightly darker than my natural lip colour. I like the Natural one better since it can match with all my lipsticks. I was given sample of the Exceptionnel mascara at the exclusive Fall preview. I hope it is good on my wimpy lashes. Coincidentally, the French makeup artist gave a tip that was very good, but I read it in your post on the Free Chanel Master Makeup Class already, that is how to choose the right foundation. The best tip I heard from him is hence to draw the eye liner from outer to inner corner. I have been drawing in all directions. It is already Friday here! Enjoy your weekend too!

  4. Brittany says:

    I love this look. I do something really similar on days when I don’t feel like putting on makeup, but I know I should probably wear some. I do it for work all the time just because it’s low key and pretty.

    I’m going into New York tonight to have dinner with my fiance and one of his friends from high school who he hasn’t seen for a few years. Other than that, it seems like I’m on the same quest as every other weekend: to have a clean house πŸ˜€

  5. Glosslizard says:

    That’s a lovely look! I like to do a similar one with shimmery peach or champagne and navy in the corner (MAC Meet the Fleet is my primo choice for this). The lip look is just gorgeous! I’ve been loving on Clinique LL lipliner in Bamboo Pink too! I especially love the way it can extend the wear time of pretty but fleeting lip shades (like slimshines)!

    Have a great Friday, and good luck with Tabs at the vet tomorrow!

  6. Dao says:

    Who knew you spent only 5-10 minutes on your makeup? You look ravishingly beautiful! I’m going to try it but my lazy self probably is going to skip the champagne color and go straight from Bare Canvas to the black eyeshadow πŸ™‚

    Tabs (or Stripes? what’s his official name or I’m confused of 2 cats?), anyways Tabs is one heck of a lucky kitty. Maybe after de-worming he’s going to lose some weight? He’s one cute kitty.

    Daos last blog post..Creme de la Mer: Miracle in a Jar or Not?

  7. Louise Gray says:

    Hi and Happy Friday,
    I love to do a natural look. You always look great, whatever look you choose. You do have beautiful hair. Put a picture of yourself on with an updo. I would love to see you with your hair up. Very chic, I’ll bet. But I’ll guess that I know your real beauty secret. They say pretty is as pretty does. How can you be beautiful on the outside, if you are not beautiful on the inside-which as Tabs can tell us-you are. Be on the watchout for some great end of summer sales. I got me a gorgeous pair of gold wedgey sandals by Lilly Pulitzer, originally $170 for $19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great weekend. Louise

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Yah, the whole 10-minutes thing sort of evolved so that I’d get to work on time, LOL. It usually takes me about an hour, too, if I don’t have to rush.

    Laundry is part of my weekend, too (doin’ it right now). Ugh, it never seems to end!

    What books do you have on your nightstand?

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Beth,

    When it’s really hot and humid I usually don’t wear a lot of makeup, either. I do have to have my brows filled in and some concealer though… otherwise I scare small children.

    Any plans for the weekend?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Thanks, hon! Hmm, I’ll have to check out the Natural shade when I hit the counter next. Good luck with the Exceptionnel mascara — let me know if you find that it’s easier to do one hand over the other (I can’t be the only one!).

    Happy Friday!

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Clinique has a lot of hidden gems. I like how the long last lipliner doesn’t dry out les lips… and it’s pretty affordable, too. I haven’t tried the Bamboo Pink pencil (yet), but I have a feeling it’s gonna be love. Thanks for the rec! What you got on your plate today? Anything fun?

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Thanks, sweets! LOL, that’s on days when I’m super rushed.

    Good call on the Paint Pot mixed mixed with black shadow. I’m actually contemplating Blackground Paint Pot — I think it would make a great combo with the Bare Study.

    Tabs (alt. spelling: Tabz) is what we call the striped beast, but he has all sorts of nicknames: Fat Ass (lol, so mean, but he is quite girthy), F.T. (fussy tabby), Thug Life (he came home the other day with a scar on his nose… I think he’s been fighting, boo) and Worms (eww).

    He’s here right now; I’ll give him a good belly rub for you!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Louise Gray,

    πŸ™‚ You are such a sweetie. Thank you for that very kind complement.

    I must congratulate you on snagging those gold wedges at such a super steal. You know I loves me some shoes…

    Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    That’s a never ending quest for me, too! πŸ™‚

    Have fun at your dinner tonight. Do you know what makeup you’re going to wear?

  15. Amanda says:

    another stellar look. I really love those lips! so perfect.

    Not sure what we are doing this weekend….we are having record heat, boo. Still have 1/2 a day of work to finish first though. I may try to do some makeup and shoe shopping-have you tried any of the new BB metallics?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you! What makeup are you rockin’ today?

    I like warm weather… if I have air conditioning, LOL.

    Oh! I have the BB metallics on my to-try list for today. Which colors do you have your eye on?

  17. Aleks says:

    Happy Friday!

    Yeah, thank God for Excel, lol! I’ve never liked math so maybe that’s one reason why I suck at it ;P

    Nope, so far I haven’t managed to find a peachy blush I would love. I have promised myself not to buy anything that’s just “okay”. There’s no point in wasting your money on something you’ll use once or twice. I’ve already checked out Clinique, Maybelline, L’oreal, Chanel, Dior and Max Factor. I’m visiting Helsinki next week so I’m hoping MAC will have something for me.. πŸ˜‰ I don’t own any of their blushes so it’s about time! Do you happen to have any recs?

    Oh, and I saw the new Batman this week! I’ve never been that into C. Bale but he was hottt! In an every-day-hottie kinda way. You know, not too gorgeously hot that you would think he’s totally superior to you but in a good way. πŸ™‚ And geez, Heath couldn’t have been a better Joker. It was phenomenal. This was the first Heath Ledger movie I’ve ever seen! *shock*

    Tomorrow I’m heading to an amusement park with a friend! Our mutual friend is working there so she gave us free tickets. I haven’t been to an amusement park for years! I’m too wimp to ride a rollercoaster but the atmosphere is always fun to experience. Enjoy your weekend!

    Alekss last blog post..I’m Not Myself

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Aleks,

    Hey girlie! Hmm, do you guys have Neutrogena? Soft Suede is a good, peachy drugstore blush. Good ones to try at MAC: Pinch O’ Peach, Margin and Sunbasque. I hope one of those works for you!

    LOL, you hit the mark as to why I’m hot for C. Bale. He’s attractive, but not in the classical pretty boy sort of way. He’s totally like the boy next door who you grow up with, and then one day you see him in a suit and then you’re like… DAMN. Anyway, I totally agree with you on Heath’s performance. He was a fantastic Joker, and I found him very frightening.

    Have fun tomorrow at the park! If I was with you guys I’d be the one annoying person who would want to go on all of the scary roller coaster rides, LOL. I always have to trick El Hub into going with me.

    Take care and talk to ya soon!

  19. Marisol says:

    The books that I am trying to read are The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark by Sera Beak and Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert.

    The Red Book — Beak, a religious scholar and writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Web site, sfgate.com, presents a brief but potent book focused on invigorating spirituality in the 20- or 30-something American woman. She vividly criticizes the patriarchal interpretation that has dominated most belief systems for centuries, and then quickly moves on to create her own feminist one. Beak encourages her female audience to do so as well, with their own “red book” modeled after hers, which was first given her as a birthday gift by her sister after their grandfather’s death. Beak initially rejected the idea of keeping a journal, but soon found herself writing down prayers, recording dreams and in essence keeping a spiritual scrapbook. Avoiding the typical sentimentality, Beak’s vision is a modern, femme fatale spirituality. The book lives up to its “unorthodox” subtitle, advocating that young women search for the spiritual in all things, even sex (memorably in a chapter called “Open Up and Say Ahh”). Beak calls herself a “spiritual cowgirl,” taking her readers along for the ride. Her writing is probably too brazen for more conservative spiritual readers, but she displays poignant insights throughout.

    Eat, Pray, Love — At the age of thirty-one, Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that she wanted neither a child nor a husband. Three years later, after a protracted divorce, she embarked on a yearlong trip of recovery, with three main stops: Rome, for pleasure (mostly gustatory, with a special emphasis on gelato); an ashram outside of Mumbai, for spiritual searching; and Bali, for “balancing.” These destinations are all on the beaten track, but Gilbert’s exuberance and her self-deprecating humor enliven the proceedings: recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, she says, “It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, ‘I’ve always been a big fan of your work.'”

    Marisols last blog post..Product review – MAC & MUFE plus a bit of Pureology

  20. Karen B says:

    Looks great! I couldn’t find Bamboo pink last time I looked. I should be more thorough. At the other hand I did get myself a glossimer in Blizzard to soothe the disappointment πŸ˜‰

    Karen Bs last blog post..flist is ♥

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Both of these look like good picks. I’ve had Eat, Pray, Love on my list for some time now.

    I went to the Barnes and Noble today — the “new” one in Corte Madera. Have you been? It’s pretty nice.

    I spent 20 minutes leafing through a book that the founder of Mary Kay wrote about business leadership, and another book featuring pictures and history of old time San Rafael. πŸ™‚

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Oh, I don’t have Blizzard. What does it look like?

    Right now I’m using a new one I got from Hawaii in June called “Constellation”. It’s a sparkly peachy pink.

  23. Karen B says:

    For me it’s the perfect neutral colour. I wanted something just a tad enhancing for summer. I like the Aqualumiere too but I fell in love with Blizzard πŸ˜‰
    Here are some pics. they’re blurry but the colour is pretty true.

    Karen Bs last blog post..French Flower revamp!

  24. Karen B says:

    For me it’s the perfect neutral colour. I wanted something just a tad enhancing for summer. I like the Aqualumiere too but I fell in love with Blizzard πŸ˜‰
    Here are some pics. they’re blurry but the colour is pretty true.

    Ooho Constellation looks great on chanel’s website. Do you have a pic?

    Karen Bs last blog post..French Flower revamp!

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