Easy 4-Step Eye Makeup with Benefit Cosmetics

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


I love crazy, complicated eye looks as much as the next makeup junkie, but some mornings I just can’t get it together — I’m either running late or just plain lazy as all hell.


I’ve been wanting to do something with my eye makeup for a few days but haven’t wanted to do anything *too* complicated, so I limited myself to four steps.

Why four steps? I guess it’s my happy medium. Five steps feel like too many; three not enough.

Oh — I’m not counting curling my lashes or applying mascara as individual steps… I probably should, but I don’t like the sound of six steps as much as four. πŸ™‚

Benefit four-step eye look


The look is a shimmery neutral eye with a bit of gray, and I think it’s a great look for beginners.


Here’s how I get the look…

  1. To start, I apply Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Samba-dy Loves Me (a shimmery peachy gold) on the lids and just up into the crease with my fingers, smoothing away any harsh lines.
  2. Next, using a Sonia Kashuk Large Eyeshadow Brush, I sweep Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow in Leggy (a shimmery peachy pink) over the entire eye.
  3. With the same brush, I pat Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow in Where There’s Smoke (a shimmery blackish gray) onto the lid and into the crease.
  4. To finish, I line my upper and lower lash lines with Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Liner (a true black) and smudge out both with a MAC 219 Pencil Brush and Where There’s Smoke Eyeshadow.


Cheeks and lips

You could pretty easily dress up this look with bold pink or red lips, but since I’m not really going anywhere special today, I shot for light and breezy with Benefit Posie Tint (a semi-matte peachy pink) on my cheeks and Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Thrillin’ Brazilian (a shimmery golden peach) on my lips.


Sure, it’s not the fanciest or flashiest makeup look, but I like it because it’s simple, fresh and easy. It’s something I’ll wear when I want to look like I have my shizz together but don’t feel like spending a long time doing makeup.

Something borrowed, something blue

I finished my chick lit book late last night (Something Borrowed). At the end, there was a preview of the sequel, Something Blue, which interestingly retells the same story, but from a different character’s point of view.

A few years ago I remember reading that Stephanie Meyer wanted to retell Twilight from Edward’s point of view.


I would totally read that book, for sure! πŸ™‚

Speaking of vampires, this morning I watched a cool trailer for an upcoming Ethan Hawke vampire flick called Daybreakers.

E. Hawke (my Hollywood crush from 1993-1995) plus vampires = hotness. I can’t wait!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jane says:

    Hi Karen:
    Love the look. You look nice in blue. I was wondering about the creaseless creams. How would you compare them to MAC paint pots? I’m curious, but I don’t want to risk such a splurge if it’s not going to hold up to its claims of not creasing. What do you think? And if you could only own one creaseless cream, which on would you choose?

    (Just FYI, I love MAC paint pot in “painterly.”)


    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane,

      They are more “wet” than the MAC Paint Pots. I find them easier to manipulate and smudge. In terms of wear time, I think they work just as well if not a little better. On my semi-oily lids they don’t crease at all, but if you’re lids are *super* oily you might want to start off with a lid primer beneath it. My fave color is Birthday Suit! It’s a shimmery champagne that I can’t live without. It totally wakes up my eyes — I swear it’s like five hours of sleep in a pot! πŸ™‚

  2. Paris B says:

    Hi Karen, its a beautiful no fuss look and I love it! Its part of the reason I love gray – I always manage to look pulled together in gray and I love your necklace too! πŸ™‚
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Bluunis Facial Salon Γ’β‚¬β€œ My experience and it was not great =-.

  3. Beautiful look Karen! I haven’t tried those Benefit creaseless shadow colours (I only have Skinny Jeans)

    Re: Twilight. The first part of that book from Edward’s POV is online on Stephenie Meyer’s web site. It is really good and I hope she ends up finishing it!!
    .-= Lipstick Rules’s last blog post… End of Project Revisit: The Finale =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lipstick Rules,

      Skinny Jeans is a great color. I love it for smokey eyes. πŸ™‚

      You’ve gotta try Birthday Suit next!

      Oh, and thanks for the link. Are you a Stephanie Meyer fan, too?

  4. That look is great and that blue shirt is a great color on you with your dark hair!

    I am totally vampire obsessed right now. Am reading the 2nd book in the Charlaine Harris series (which is what HBO’s True Blood is based on) and renting the 1st season of True Blood from Netflix. Books and show both excellent!
    .-= Vampy Varnish’s last blog post… OPI Spain Collection for Fall 2009 – Part I =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vampy Varnish,

      Thanks! I love blue… it makes me feel happy when I wear it. πŸ™‚

      Speaking o’ vampires, did you ever watch the Underworld movies? I swear the vampires have the best clothes and cars.

  5. Aimee says:

    Something Borrowed and Something Blue are my two greatest secret guilty pleasures.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Aimee,

      Yup, I’m right with ya. I wonder if it’s ever going to be made into a movie? I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s on the big screen in a few years.

  6. Nicole15 says:

    Love the simplicity & beauty of this look. I wish i had the discipline to limit myself to 4 steps. I need to get better at doing so. I tend to grab this color for here, this color for there, then this color over here…and so it goes. It can be a bit much & then I’m late for work! HA πŸ™‚ The grey & blue combo is def one of my faves!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nicole15,

      I do that, too, when I have palettes out. Things can spiral quickly out of control!

      What kind of job do you do? Do you enjoy your work?

  7. Crystal says:

    I love Benefit. So, I love this look! Can you do more reviews and FOTDs on them maybe?
    I’m going to copy it, if you don’t mind! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Crystal,

      Oh yes, please do this look! I always like to share looks so I hope that it works well for ya. πŸ™‚

      I will try to do more Benefit reviews… it seems like a lot of readers love the line!

  8. Marcela says:

    This is a really pretty look Karen, it flatters you so much! Don’t underestimate a 4 step look! I must try sth like this some day, as I am the ultimate simple step makeup for day girl. And speaking of Twilight & the like, apparently Meyer already started writing the Edward version. My sister pointed it out to me since she’s already read a sample; I’ll see if I can get her to tell me where to find it for you. πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marcela,

      I am starting to really appreciate simple makeup looks for day (especially when I need extra sleep in the morning).

      That’s so sweet of you to offer to find the sample… it looks like a few people put the link up here, so no worries!

      Hope that you are having a nice Tuesday so far!

  9. Sherry says:

    thank you for sharing the steps πŸ™‚ great tips for me
    .-= Sherry’s last blog post… Pink Thoughts’ Pink Contest =-.

  10. Samm says:

    Hey karen
    I love the simple look : ) thanks for sharing.
    was just wondering how you got your hair to look that pretty. i tried curling my hair today and i ended up looking like a crazy lady !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Samm,

      Thank you! I hope you try it sometime — tis very easy. πŸ™‚

      Before curling, I sprayed my hair with Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray, brushed it through, then let it dry. Next, I used a large barrel curling iron and curled my hair sections, starting from bottom layers and working up to the top. After curling I let my hair cool for a few minutes, and then I ran my fingers through the curls to loosen them. One last spray with the hairspray and then I was done!

  11. Kailey says:

    I’m totally gonna try this look =]

  12. sunmom says:

    you look like a blushing first dater on this fotd! love it! πŸ™‚
    .-= sunmom’s last blog post… Nap Time: In Transition =-.

  13. Karen B says:

    Love the look πŸ™‚
    And I started to read the first chapter of that book on Amazon and it sounds so much fun;

  14. Doreen says:

    Wow, I am loving this look on you, Karen! You look so fresh and young, honestly. I really like the lips (my first thought was, “WHAT GLOSS IS THE GIRL WEARING?!”). I’ll have to pay the Benefit counter a quick visit…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Doreen,

      I *love* that lip color. Seriously… it made me fall in love with lipstick again. It stays on forever and doesn’t dry out the lips! I hope you try it. πŸ™‚

  15. Nancy says:

    Did you notice in the main picture (or is it my computer?) that you look like you have a “glow” around your final picture? Were you feeling angelic today? πŸ™‚ Great look! I’m all about non-complicated, low step makeup looks.

  16. gio says:

    Love this look! It’s so simple and fresh! You look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Are you addicted to lip balm? =-.

  17. Judy says:

    You can find the first twelve chapters of Edward’s Twilight by going through wikipedia and searching for Edward Cullen, Twilight – there is a link to Stephenie Meyer’s website – you can download it, but are not allowed to print…it’s adddicting! πŸ™‚

  18. Merylynmagic says:

    Good morning Karen!
    I love this look on you, its really fresh and simple, like you said. I have been meaning to get a Benefit creaseless cream shadow for some time now, ever since you first reviewed them here on your blog… hmmmm maybe sometime soon.. My wallet is still kinda reeling from the MAC friends and family sale!! πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      Hi Merylynmagic,

      They’re awesome! You gotta start with Birthday Suit.

      I am still waiting for my MAC Sumo haul. πŸ™ Did you get your goodies yet?

  19. This is a cute, easy look! I really like some of Benefit’s products and I feel they don’t get enough credit sometimes. Glad to see you do a look with just Benefit. =)
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Straight Hair? Curly Hair? =-.

  20. Tiffany says:

    Such a pretty look! Looks great and simple for summer!

    Here’s the start of Midnight Sun – Stephenie Meyer posted it on her website: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_partial_draft4.pdf

  21. Dao says:

    This is such a pretty look! I love it! You have magazine-worthy photo πŸ™‚
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… How to Get GiseleÒ€ℒs Hair =-.

  22. Babybubblz says:

    I LOVE your necklace and hair in this pic!

  23. Hi Karen,
    Aside from makeup, Twilight is my ‘other’ obsession. And I don’t care that I’m in my 30s. LOL.
    I will have to check out Benefit Birthday suit!
    .-= Lipstickrules’s last blog post… End of Project Revisit: The Finale =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lipstickrules,

      LOL… I’m with ya. It’s not part of the Twilight series, but her book The Host is excellent. It’s her first “adult” novel. I really enjoyed it — bawled like a baby at 1 am when I finished it!

  24. Cindyrella says:

    Pretty, soft and fresh! That lipstick looks fab on you! I need to try the new velvet e/s–any rec’s on which one to start with?

  25. Redhead says:

    I LOVED The Host, Karen! I reread it about a month ago… OMG, Jared is so sexy:D Meyer’s retelling of Twilight from Edward’s P.O.V. was in the making and tited Midnight Sun when the rough draft of the book was leaked on the internet. She said she was so bummed about the leak and that many might not read her book after just reading itonline that she might not even publish it!:O

  26. Michele says:

    i can’t use Aveeno or Murad ; I am allergic.
    But there are others i can use.

  27. Catherine says:

    Oh I love this look on you! I never would have guessed Posietint would look so good!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… FOTD – Fresh Purple and Pink (3 days in a row!) =-.

  28. jessica says:

    i absolutely LOVE this look. i am going to attempt it when i’m getting ready for work today. it’s so clean and fresh and just simply chic. i’ve been on vacay so i’m catching up on all your entries. i’ve missed you! =))

  29. jessica says:

    we flew to puerto rico and then took a cruise around to some of the the caribbean islands. it was fantastic! ^.^

  30. Marisol says:

    You look gorgeous karen!
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Kindle me this… =-.

  31. Cathy says:

    Hi Karen, I just purchased the Benefit Creaseless Eye Shadow and absolutley love it. I really enjoyed seeing your step by step photos too. Thanks very much!
    .-= Cathy’s last blog post… Trendsetter-Fall 2009 =-.

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