5 makeup looks busy women can achieve to look effortless all the time

by Sinead Lee  /   May 26, 2020

From natural and bare-faced to the well-loved cat eye that can’t go wrong, here’s how you can look like you’ve got it all together no matter how tired you are


Just as you have a varied makeup stash, so should you have varied makeup looks to draw on. From days when you have little time or energy to when you feel dressier, here’s how you can get by with different numbers of products, from just two for a simple look to a full-on makeup face using 10 products. Now, go look your prettiest.

Credit: Photography Veronica Tay Art Direction Windy Aulia Hair Audrey Wang, Using Kevin.Murphy Makeup Grego Model Xi Ran/Mannequin

2 Products

Foundation + mascara

The Look: Natural And Bare-faced

Let your skin shine through, but make it dewier and more even-toned. Since lashes are a great camouflage for tired eyes, apply a few coats of mascara to add definition.

FACE
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation SPF50/PA++++ Cushion Compact
EYES
Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara

3 Products

Foundation + mascara + lip gloss

The Look: Juicy, pretty lips

If you don’t want to go full-on with a bold lipstick, a glassy lip is a wearable work look. A soft, baby pink like Dior’s Stellar Gloss in #765 Ultradior is shiny enough to stand out and add fullness, yet sheer enough to be work-appropriate. Makeup artist Grego, who did the looks here, paired it with a luminous matte skin finish. Tip: For even more subtle shine, apply lip gloss to the middle of your bottom lip and rub your lips together.

FACE
Estee Lauder Double Wear Soft Glow Matte Cushion
EYES
Gucci Beauty Mascara L’Obscur
LIPS
Dior Addict Stellar Gloss

5 Products

Foundation + brow makeup + mascara + blusher + lip gloss

The Look: A Monochromatic Flush

This looks takes a little more time, but makes a great day-to-night look. “Adding blusher will transform and add glow to the face,” says Grego. For something a little softer and romantic, try a red lipstick or mauve gloss.

FACE
YSL Beaute Touche Eclat Le Teint Creme; Milani Trio Rose Blush Palette
EYES
Clarins Wonder Perfect 4D Waterproof Mascara. Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
LIPS
Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss

8 Products

Primer + foundation + concealer + eyeliner + mascara + brow makeup + lip/cheek duo + lipstick

The Look: The Well-loved Cat Eye

Start by creating a dewy canvas for makeup – Supergoop!’s Glowscreen doubles as a makeup-gripping primer. For effortless winged tips, use a black liquid liner with a super-precise tip and smudge-proof formula. Top off with a bold lip to brighten the face.

FACE
Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40; Hera Glow Lasting Foundation; Wander Beauty Double Date Lip and Cheek Duo. Dior Forever Skin Correct
EYES
Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eyeliner in Classic Black. Estee Lauder Featherlight Brow Enhancer. Gucci Beauty Mascara L’Obscur
LIPS
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

10 Products

Plumping serum foundation + concealer + brow product + eyeshadow + blusher + highlighter + lip oil + lipstick + makeup mist

The Look: Full-on Metallic Eyes

Metallic eyeshadow is what you want when you need a dressier look. Build as you go until you reach the intensity you’re looking for. Keep the attention on the eyes, and use a soft and neutral tawny shade on the lips. Tip: a light glittery eyeshadow on the inner eye corners will make you look really wide awake.

FACE
Make Up Forever Ultra Skin Booster. Burberry Matte Glow Foundation. Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer. Chanel Baume Essentiel Sculpting. Moonshot Air Blusher. Fenty Beauty What It Dew Makeup Refreshing Spray
EYES
Estee Lauder Featherlight Brow Enhancer. Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows
LIPS
Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Hydrating Coconut Lip Oil. Clarins Lip Milky Mousse

This article was first published in Her World’s May 2020 issue.