A Two-Brush Makeup Tutorial: An Easy Look With Golden Brown Eyes, Peach Cheeks and Coral Lips to Wear to Brunch, a Hot Date or the Office

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Two Brush Makeup Tutorial

T-minus two brushes to dazzling!

Guess who didn’t realize that she left all of her makeup brushes at home until she was two hours into a three-hour drive to Redding from the Bay Area last weekend?

Go on, guess. Her name starts with “K.”



Here’s a hint: she was supposed to be going to a fancy schmancy Mother’s Day brunch with her hub’s family.


Yup! Yours truly. So when we got into town I had El Hub take me to the nearest MAC counter to pick up some emergency supplies, namely a Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Dark Brunette, a 224 Tapered Brush and a 109 Small Contour Brush.

Seeing as how I usually use at least half a dozen different brushes for most of my real-deal makeup looks, it was actually kind of fun seeing what I could do with just one eye brush and a face brush.

Didn’t turn out half bad! — so I thought I’d write it down. πŸ™‚


A two-brush makeup tutorial for a Mother’s Day brunch-tested look with gold, brown and coral.

If you’re blazing through your makeup without a minute to spare and have to apply multiple products with the same brush…

  • Begin by applying the lightest products first
  • Quickly clean the brush head a bit between products, swiping it back and forth across a dry paper towel
  • Try to stick to products with similar formulas — powders with powders and creams with creams

You most definitely do not have to use these same brushes or products for something like this. If you don’t have anything here, swap it out for a product from your stash.

Two Brush Makeup Tutorial products

Products used in this look, clockwise from the pan in the lower left: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach (under-eye concealer), Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Honey, MAC Face & Body Foundation in C5, MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Rich Glance (gold eye shadow stick), MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Copper Strip (copper eye shadow stick), MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Dark Brunette, Dolce & Gabbana Smoky Eyeshadow Quad (gold and brown powder eye shadows), Dolce & Gabbana Instense Khol Eye Crayon in Graphite (liner), COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara (black mascara), Guerlain Terra Nerolia Bronzer (matte bronzer), MAC Ripe For Love Blush (peach blush), Giorgio Armani Summer Collect Face & Eye Palette (highlighter), MAC Studio Careblends Pressed Powder in Medium Dark (face powder), MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush (tapered eye brush) and MAC 109 Small Contour Brush (face brush)

Two Brush Makeup Tutorial

  1. Apply your foundation and concealer with your fingers
  2. Apply a base all over your lids with your shimmery copper eye shadow stick
  3. Blend! — with a finger
  4. Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with your shimmery light golden eye shadow stick
  5. Fill in your brows
  6. Load a tapered blending brush with face powder to set your under-eye concealer
  7. Sweep your shimmery golden powder eye shadow all over your lids with the same brush
  8. Blend your shimmery dark brown powder eye shadow into the outer corners of your eyes with the same brush
  9. Line your upper and lower water lines
  10. Coat your upper and lower lashes with mascara
  11. Cut down on the shine by loading your face brush with face powder and applying that to your forehead, nose and chin
  12. Sweep a matte bronzer below your cheekbones and around the edge of your face and jawline with the same brush for contouring
  13. With the same brush, apply a peach blush to the apples of your cheeks
  14. Still with the same brush, dust a peachy bronze highlighter on your upper cheeks
  15. Add a coral lipstick…
  16. Now give yourself a hand because you’re done! πŸ™‚

Two Brush Makeup Tutorial

The finished look…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Ms.O says:

    you look stunning! your quick make-up is my day-to-day elaborate routine :D. btw you missed that Nars Lip Pencil on the bottom right, is that New Lover? I NEED that

  2. Amy says:

    Good job! Your husband is an understanding man. πŸ˜‰

  3. Gowthami says:

    refreshing look karen πŸ™‚ lovely done..
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  4. Bell says:

    Hey Karen! Loved the look!! One question: what shade is that Nars lip pencil? Thanks πŸ™‚

  5. Sunny says:

    Ahhhh PRETTY! I love it when I don’t have to use many brushes to achieve a look, and you can definitely go EVERYWHERE with this!
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  6. Charisma says:

    Coral looks good on you Karen!
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  7. Emily A says:

    I think the lip pencil is Bolero, isn’t it?

  8. Agata says:

    Another great post with useful tips! I really like this small countour brush, it looks like it’d come in handy a lot. And your earrings are beautiful too.

  9. Kim says:

    It *was* you who forgot her brushes. I almost guessed. πŸ˜‰ I think your look is fab in these shots. Then again, I think you could work out an awesome look with just your fingers and maybe a Q-tip. Mad skills, woman. πŸ™‚

  10. Danielle says:

    I love the Veluxe Brow pencil from MAC! I’ve been using it everyday lately.
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  11. K says:

    Is that Nars Lodhi satin lip pencil?

  12. Kathy says:

    Very Pretty! You Wear It Well!!:-)

  13. Arianne says:

    HUGE props for a beautiful two-brush look! Really, what a feat!

    Work that smize, cat mama. Tabs has taught you well! πŸ˜›
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  14. renu says:

    Nars Lodhi lip pencil?

  15. Sara says:

    Could you please tell me the shade of the NARS lipstick – it’s absolutely beautiful.

  16. jmaindahowz says:

    Hold the phone, there was a Mac counter in Redding?!

  17. Heather says:

    Very pretty and easy look – thanks for sharing this! Also – love the gold flower earrings!

  18. Christine says:

    How do we find out who has won the Sephora gift card? Thanks! πŸ™‚

  19. Tiffany says:

    you look AMAZING as always! I also really really really need to know what the NARS lippie is. Also I am pretty close to tears right now because that MAC blush is already sold out! It was just released online today, I think, and it’s like 1:30pm here. How can it be gone already?!?!? wahhhh!

    • Karen says:

      It’s Lodhi! πŸ™‚ You need it in your life.

      • Tiffany says:

        Thanks girlie! Just added to my sephora cart. Now to figure out how to get ripe for love πŸ™

        • Karen says:

          Do you live near a MAC counter? You could always call around and find out if they can either pre-sell you one or put one on hold. If a counter isn’t within driving distance you could always ask them to ship it to you. I know Nordies does that!

  20. Tiffany says:

    Yeah I can pop by the nordies counter next week when it’s released… I just hate bringing Abbie to the mall! I cannot believe how many things are sold out already!! I ordered the bronze strobe liquid online; super excited to get it!!

  21. Zoorkity says:

    I LOVE THIS. I am going to copy this- step by step. your colouring is same as me !

  22. Hajy says:

    You look stunning!!! i loved the look simple but still amazing to rock day or night <3 much love my dear <3.

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